Matthew Pouliot

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June 1B and DH Rankings

Monday, June 02, 2014


Here are the June Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.

 

Click to see other June rankings:

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

 

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First Baseman and Designated Hitter Rankings

 

JuneFirst Base and DHTeamAprMay
1 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 1 1
2 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 6 7
3 Freddie Freeman Braves 5 2
4 Albert Pujols Angels 7 3
5 Jose Abreu White Sox 13 8
6 Chris Davis Orioles 3 9
7 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 8 5
8 Joey Votto Reds 4 4
1 DH David Ortiz Red Sox 1 DH 1 DH
9 Victor Martinez Tigers 3 DH 14
10 Brandon Moss Athletics 17 18
11 Justin Morneau Rockies 14 10
12 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 15 12
13 Allen Craig Cardinals 9 15
14 Mark Trumbo Diamondbacks 10 21
15 Adam LaRoche Nationals 24 19
16 Mike Napoli Red Sox 16 16
17 Eric Hosmer Royals 11 13
2 DH Billy Butler Royals 2 DH 2 DH
18 Brandon Belt Giants 12 11
19 Mark Teixeira Yankees 27 17
20 Adam Lind Blue Jays 26 26
21 Ryan Howard Phillies 22 20
22 Kendrys Morales   18 24
23 James Loney Rays 25 23
24 C.J. Cron Angels 62 38
25 Ike Davis Pirates 23 29
26 Adam Dunn White Sox 30 27
27 Matt Adams Cardinals 19 22
28 Justin Smoak Mariners 29 28
29 Jonathan Singleton Astros 43 35
30 Yonder Alonso Padres 21 32
31 Nick Swisher Indians 20 25
32 Mitch Moreland Rangers 32 37
33 Lucas Duda Mets 104 OF 31
34 Chris Carter Astros 28 30
35 Garrett Jones Marlins 36 36
36 Corey Hart Mariners 31 33
37 Logan Morrison Mariners 33 41
38 Gaby Sanchez Pirates 35 39
39 Steve Pearce Orioles 8 DH NR
40 Tommy Medica Padres 41 NR
41 Paul Konerko White Sox 39 NR
42 Marc Krauss Astros 113 OF NR
43 Lyle Overbay Brewers 45 42

 

Dropping off: Prince Fielder (No. 6), Chris Colabello (No. 34), Daric Barton (No. 40)

 

  • That super strong top nine at first base took quite a hit last month: three members of the group are now on the DL and one (Fielder) probably isn’t coming back. Last month, the No. 9 first baseman (Davis) was No. 31 in the overall top 300. This time, just the top six are that high. With Votto expected to come back at less than 100 percent, the top tier of first basemen runs only seven deep now.

 

  • Not only is Hosmer’s home run power still absent, but he’s stopped hitting for average. He’s also been a zero in steals so far, which is a big problem. He could be projected as a top-12 first baseman as a 15-18 homer guy because he swiped 11-16 bases in each of his first three seasons. This year, he’s 0-for-1. His bat still figures to come alive -- for all of his problems, he does lead the AL with 20 doubles -- but without the steals, he’ll be an overrated property even after he starts hitting.

 

  • I wasn’t quite sure what to do about Teixeira. He was good for six homers and 19 RBI in 25 games last month, but he followed that up with another round of wrist problems over the weekend. It sounds like he’ll return to action this week, but that’s not a given. Prior to the setback, he probably would have come in at No. 15. Now I’m rather worried about leaving him in the top 20.


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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