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August 1B and DH Rankings

Monday, August 05, 2013


Here are the August 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 and Designated Hitter Rankings


Dropping off: Carlos Pena (No. 30), Nate Freiman (No. 36), Josh Satin (No. 37)

 

  • Since it was just going to be a two-person DH ranking this month, I folded Ortiz and Hafner into the first base rankings here.

 

  • As bare as the cupboard is apart from the top 10 or so, I was tempted to move some qualified outfielders over to first base. I feel kind of bad about having Chris Carter and Mitch Moreland actually moving up one spot apiece as poorly as they've played of late.

 

  • Of course, that's mostly because Albert Pujols (foot), Ryan Howard (knee) and Lance Berkman all got hurt. Berkman has a chance to be the first of the three to return to the lineup, but depending on how his knee and hip respond, he seems as likely to call it a career as he does to play again this season. My guess is that Pujols is done for the year, but he may aim for a Sept. 1 return if the Angels let him. I think it'd be best for both parties if he just rested and got ready for 2014 instead. Howard should be back for the final three or four weeks, but he won't be 100 percent and the Phillies probably won't play him every day. Odds are that he'll be rather useless in mixed leagues after returning.

 

  • Justin Morneau quietly hit five homers last month. Incredibly, he managed only seven RBI anyway, but if he continues showing that kind of power, he'll be a solid mixed league first baseman the rest of the way. Also, his value could get a boost if he's involved in a waiver deal.

 

 

RankFirst BaseTeam2013MayJuneJuly
1 Chris Davis Orioles 47 OF 9 2 1
2 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 8 6 3 3
3 Joey Votto Reds 2 1 1 2
1 DH David Ortiz Red Sox 1 DH 1 DH 1 DH 1 DH
4 Allen Craig Cardinals 9 11 11 8
5 Prince Fielder Tigers 4 3 4 4
6 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 3 4 6 6
7 Billy Butler Royals 6 7 8 7
8 Freddie Freeman Braves 7 8 9 9
9 Eric Hosmer Royals 12 15 25 11
10 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 11 10 10 10
11 Kendrys Morales Mariners 17 22 17 19
12 Justin Morneau Twins 20 24 20 20
13 Logan Morrison Marlins 23 26 24 18
14 Adam Lind Blue Jays 26 30 27 12
15 Adam LaRoche Nationals 14 19 14 14
16 Ike Davis Mets 10 13 26 17
17 James Loney Rays 36 32 21 16
18 Adam Dunn White Sox 27 31 31 22
19 Paul Konerko White Sox 16 17 18 21
20 Justin Smoak Mariners 25 33 35 28
21 Yonder Alonso Padres 22 23 22 27
22 Brandon Belt Giants 19 25 19 23
23 Chris Carter Astros 28 27 28 24
24 Brandon Moss Athletics 29 21 29 25
25 Mitch Moreland Rangers 31 29 23 26
26 Lance Berkman Rangers 15 16 13 15
27 Garrett Jones Pirates 30 28 30 29
28 Brett Wallace Astros 40 NR NR 38
29 Albert Pujols Angels 1 2 7 5
30 Lyle Overbay Yankees 35 38 36 33
31 Todd Helton Rockies 33 39 34 31
32 Matt Adams Cardinals 43 34 37 34
33 Ryan Howard Phillies 13 14 15 13
34 Brett Pill Giants NR NR NR 65
35 Gaby Sanchez Pirates 38 35 39 35
36 Chris Colabello Twins NR NR NR NR
37 Mike Olt Cubs NR NR NR 37
2 DH Travis Hafner Yankees 2 DH 2 DH 2 DH 2 DH
38 Hunter Morris Brewers 46 NR NR 39
39 Jason Giambi Indians 45 NR NR 40
40 Chris Parmelee Twins 32 37 33 32


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 @matthewpouliot.
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