June 1B and DH RankingsMonday, June 03, 2013
Here are the June first baseman and designated hitter rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. I try to list players at the positions at which they're most valuable, so if you can't find that second baseman you're looking for, check shortstop instead. Included along with the position rankings you'll find a fully updated top 300 list.
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First Baseman Rankings
Dropping off: None.
- Ask me again tomorrow and I could completely rearrange Nos. 2-7. I feel safest with Votto first, but the next six are all bunched together in the top 300. I expect that Davis will stop hitting for average, but he may finish in the top three in the AL in homers and RBI. Goldschmidt should falter some, but he gets the boost because of the stolen bases. As much as I like the way Gonzalez is swinging the bat, he loses points in the runs category.
- Pujols seems to be running better on his sore foot, so his bat should follow. Last year, his bat came alive in May, but it was June when he really took off and he went on to hit .326, .330 and .312 the next three months. He finished with 30 homers and 105 RBI last season after having eight homers and 28 RBI through the end of May. This year, he had eight homers and 31 RBI through the first two months.
- Loney's start to 2013 looks a lot like his finish to 2011, when he hit .375 with eight homers and 31 RBI over his final 160 at-bats. This year, he's opened up at .326 with seven homers and 30 RBI in 181 at-bats. His history makes it really difficult to believe in him. 2009 is the only season of his career in which he's had three months with an OPS over .800 (and he had just the three that year). I wouldn't chalk his start up to luck -- he does have an improved approach at the plate -- but I don't trust him after seeing so many horrible at-bats through the years.
Designated Hitter Rankings
Dropping off: None.
- For comparison's sake, Ortiz would rank 10th at first base, Hafner 32nd and Scott 33rd.