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June 1B and DH Rankings

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

 

 

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.

 

 

RankFirst BaseTeam2013May
1 Joey Votto Reds 2 1
2 Chris Davis Orioles 47 OF 9
3 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 8 6
4 Prince Fielder Tigers 4 3
5 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 5 5
6 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 3 4
7 Albert Pujols Angels 1 2
8 Billy Butler Royals 6 7
9 Freddie Freeman Braves 7 8
10 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 11 10
11 Allen Craig Cardinals 9 11
12 Mark Teixeira Yankees 18 18
13 Lance Berkman Rangers 15 16
14 Adam LaRoche Nationals 14 19
15 Ryan Howard Phillies 13 14
16 Corey Hart Brewers 21 20
17 Kendrys Morales Mariners 17 22
18 Paul Konerko White Sox 16 17
19 Brandon Belt Giants 19 25
20 Justin Morneau Twins 20 24
21 James Loney Rays 36 32
22 Yonder Alonso Padres 22 23
23 Mitch Moreland Rangers 31 29
24 Logan Morrison Marlins 23 26
25 Eric Hosmer Royals 12 15
26 Ike Davis Mets 10 13
27 Adam Lind Blue Jays 26 30
28 Chris Carter Astros 28 27
29 Brandon Moss Athletics 29 21
30 Garrett Jones Pirates 30 28
31 Adam Dunn White Sox 27 31
32 Carlos Pena Astros 34 36
33 Chris Parmelee Twins 32 37
34 Todd Helton Rockies 33 39
35 Justin Smoak Mariners 25 33
36 Lyle Overbay Yankees 35 38
37 Matt Adams Cardinals 43 34
38 Nate Freiman Athletics 57 40
39 Gaby Sanchez Pirates 38 35
40 Josh Satin Mets 80 NR

 

 


Designated Hitter Rankings

 


Dropping off: None.

 

 

  • For comparison's sake, Ortiz would rank 10th at first base, Hafner 32nd and Scott 33rd.

 

 

RankDHTeam2013May
1 David Ortiz Red Sox 1 1
2 Travis Hafner Yankees 2 2
3 Luke Scott Rays 3 3
4 Jim Thome   4 4


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