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2014 1B and DH Rankings

Monday, July 22, 2013

Here are some very preliminary 2014 first baseman and designated hitter rankings for your perusal. Try not to take the lists all too seriously; I haven't actually done projections for any of these players and many, many changes will be in store for the first official rankings in January.


These aren't true keeper rankings, since only the 2014 season is being taken into consideration here. But if you're looking to make trades in keeper leagues in the coming weeks, I hope this piece will help you along.



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Click to see other preliminary 2014 rankings:

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2014 First Baseman Rankings


  • Hmmm. Of the position player lists, this one definitely has the most potential for change before I actually finalize my preseason rankings in January. I feel pretty good about the first nine here occupying the top nine spots then, but the order could be pretty different depending on how Chris Davis and Goldschmidt finish out the season. I also like Hosmer and Morrison quite a bit for the long term, but since they don't have the kind of power needed to put up big numbers in tough pitcher's parks, they're a clear notch below. I'd consider pushing Ike Davis back up to 10th with a big second half, but we'll have to wait and see if that materializes.


  • Morales gets a little bonus here since he might find himself in a better lineup and ballpark next year. He's part of a rather deep first base class that includes Napoli, Hart, Morneau, Konerko and Loney. Lind is also a possible free agent, but not quite as intriguing. His $7 million option has a $2 million buyout, so if his second half looks anything like his first half, it will be exercised. If he falls way off, then he'll be a free agent, but not a very attractive one.


  • It didn't seem like a good sign for next year's first base crop that the Angels' C.J. Cron and Tigers' Jordan Lennerton were the Futures Game first basemen this year. The 27-year-old Lennerton is probably going to be a quad-A player, while Cron, a 2011 first-rounder, has a modest .763 OPS as a 23-year-old in the Texas League. The prospect first basemen with the best chance of making an impact next year are Singleton in Houston and Morris in Milwaukee. Neither rates particularly highly here, though. Both have contact issues, and while Singleton's power potential is excellent, he shouldn't be expected to be an above average regular before 2015. Morris should get a look with the Brewers sometime next month as the team decides how to approach first base this winter. They also have Gamel coming back from ACL surgery and Juan Francisco, so they could let Hart go and stay in-house.



2014First BaseTeam2013July
1 Chris Davis Orioles 47 OF 1
2 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 8 3
3 Joey Votto Reds 2 2
4 Albert Pujols Angels 1 5
5 Prince Fielder Tigers 4 4
6 Allen Craig Cardinals 9 8
7 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 3 6
8 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 11 10
9 Freddie Freeman Braves 7 9
10 Eric Hosmer Royals 12 11
11 Logan Morrison Marlins 23 18
12 Mark Trumbo Angels 58 OF 41 OF
13 Kendrys Morales   17 19
14 Corey Hart   21 NR
15 Mark Teixeira Yankees 18 NR
16 Ike Davis Mets 10 17
17 Mike Napoli   7 C 3 C
18 Adam LaRoche Nationals 14 14
19 Ryan Howard Phillies 13 13
20 Adam Lind * 26 12
21 Justin Morneau   20 20
22 Brandon Belt Giants 19 23
23 James Loney   36 16
24 Paul Konerko   16 21
25 Nick Swisher Indians 60 OF 62 OF
26 Justin Smoak Mariners 25 28
27 Yonder Alonso Padres 22 27
28 Adam Dunn White Sox 27 22
29 Brandon Moss Athletics 29 25
30 Mitch Moreland Rangers 31 26
31 Matt Adams Cardinals 43 34
32 Jonathan Singleton Astros 55 NR
33 Garrett Jones Pirates 30 29
34 Darin Ruf Phillies 141 OF NR
35 Gaby Sanchez Pirates 38 35
36 Nate Freiman Athletics 57 36
37 Josh Satin Mets 80 37
38 Hunter Morris Brewers 46 39
39 Mat Gamel Brewers NR NR
40 Daric Barton Athletics 42 NR



2014 Designated Hitter Rankings



Billy Butler Royals 6 1B 7 1B
David Ortiz Red Sox 1 1
Victor Martinez Tigers 3 C 6 C
Lance Berkman Rangers 15 1B 15 1B
Luke Scott   3 99 OF
Wilson Betemit * 33 3B 32 3B
Travis Hafner Yankees 2 2
Manny Ramirez   NR NR

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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