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May 1B and DH Rankings

Monday, May 6, 2013

Welcome to the May first baseman and designated hitter rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll soon find a fully updated top 300 list.


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Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH


First Baseman Rankings

Dropping off: Mike Olt (No. 37), Casey Kotchman (No. 39), Brett Wallace (No. 40)


  • Fielder has been far and away the best of the 'big four' first basemen so far, though I had him ranked below the other three initially. So, the question was whether it was time to change that. Votto and Gonzalez both have excellent OPSs, but neither is hitting as for as much power as hoped. Gonzalez has also been handicapped by the dreadful play behind him in the Dodger lineup; his 25 singles, seven doubles and 11 walks have turned into just five runs scored.


Then there's the sore-footed Pujols. Of course, he's still off to a far better start than in 2012; he was hitting .184/.237/.269 until finally hitting his first homer on May 6 last season. Pujols rebounded from there and was a top fantasy first baseman the rest of the way. The difference this year is his plantar fasciitis. While Pujols is tough enough to play through it, perhaps it's taking a toll on his numbers. That said, he did hit three homers last week anyway. I'm more concerned about the possibility of a three-week absence than of continued diminished production. So, for now, I'm going Votto, Fielder, Pujols and then Gonzalez.


  • If Chris Davis can hit .280 the rest of the way, then maybe he's a top-five first baseman. I think something in the .250-.260 range is more likely. He's a threat to reach 40 homers, though.



RankFirst BaseTeam2013
1 Joey Votto Reds 2
2 Albert Pujols Angels 1
3 Prince Fielder Tigers 4
4 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 3
5 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 5
6 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 8
7 Billy Butler Royals 6
8 Freddie Freeman Braves 7
9 Chris Davis Orioles 47 OF
10 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 11
11 Allen Craig Cardinals 9
12 Mark Reynolds Indians 24
13 Ike Davis Mets 10
14 Ryan Howard Phillies 13
15 Eric Hosmer Royals 12
16 Lance Berkman Rangers 15
17 Paul Konerko White Sox 16
18 Mark Teixeira Yankees 18
19 Adam LaRoche Nationals 14
20 Corey Hart Brewers 21
21 Brandon Moss Athletics 29
22 Kendrys Morales Mariners 17
23 Yonder Alonso Padres 22
24 Justin Morneau Twins 20
25 Brandon Belt Giants 19
26 Logan Morrison Marlins 23
27 Chris Carter Astros 28
28 Garrett Jones Pirates 30
29 Mitch Moreland Rangers 31
30 Adam Lind Blue Jays 26
31 Adam Dunn White Sox 27
32 James Loney Rays 36
33 Justin Smoak Mariners 25
34 Matt Adams Cardinals 43
35 Gaby Sanchez Pirates 38
36 Carlos Pena Astros 34
37 Chris Parmelee Twins 32
38 Lyle Overbay Yankees 35
39 Todd Helton Rockies 33
40 Nate Freiman Athletics 57



Designated Hitter Rankings


  • Obviously, it's a short list. For reference, if I were to rank the DHs alongside the first baseman, Ortiz would slot in 10th behind Chris Davis and Hafner would come in 26th, below Belt, with the caveat that he has more short-term value than that.



1 David Ortiz Red Sox 1
2 Travis Hafner Yankees 2
3 Luke Scott Rays 3
4 Jim Thome   4

Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.
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