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2015 1B and DH Rankings

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


 

As has become an All-Star break tradition, here’s a peek ahead at some very, very preliminary 2015 player rankings. I’m only concerned with next year here, so these aren’t true keeper rankings; if I were factoring in 2016 and beyond, some younger players would be listed quite a bit higher. As always, I’m going position by position (trying to account for next year’s position eligibility) and including a top 300 overall.

 

This winter’s free agents are listed without teams. Players facing option years are listed as “opt” in the team column.

 

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Click to see other preliminary 2015 rankings:

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

 

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2015 First Baseman Rankings

 

2015First BaseTeam2014
1 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 1 3B
2 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 1
3 Jose Abreu White Sox 13
4 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 6
5 Freddie Freeman Braves 5
6 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 15
7 Chris Davis Orioles 3
8 Prince Fielder Rangers 2
9 Brandon Moss Athletics 17
10 Joey Votto Reds 4
11 Albert Pujols Angels 7
12 Joe Mauer Twins 1 C
13 Victor Martinez   3 DH
14 Brandon Belt Giants 12
15 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 8
16 Justin Morneau Rockies 14
17 Matt Adams Cardinals 19
18 Mike Napoli Red Sox 16
19 Mark Teixeira Yankees 27
20 Eric Hosmer Royals 11
21 Jonathan Singleton Astros 43
22 Adam LaRoche opt 24
23 C.J. Cron Angels 62
24 Adam Lind opt 26
25 Lucas Duda Mets 104 OF
26 Ryan Howard Phillies 22
27 Ike Davis Pirates 23
28 James Loney Rays 25
29 Corey Hart   31
30 Logan Morrison Mariners 33
31 Nick Swisher Indians 20
32 Adam Dunn   30
33 Garrett Jones Marlins 36
34 Yonder Alonso Padres 21
35 Mitch Moreland Rangers 32
36 Steve Pearce Orioles 8 DH
37 Justin Smoak Mariners 29
38 Kyle Blanks Athletics 122 OF
39 Mike Carp Red Sox 123
40 Tommy Medica Padres 41
41 Nate Freiman Athletics 46
42 Christian Walker Orioles 76
43 Gaby Sanchez Pirates 35
44 Eric Campbell Mets NR
45 Jesus Aguilar Indians 69

 

First Basemen

 

  • This is the deepest I can remember first base being, with two dozen legitimate mixed league options looking towards next year. Of course, it helps that two guys I have ranked elsewhere right now -- Cabrera and Mauer -- won’t qualify at those positions next year.

 

  • There is quite a drop off after the top 25, with most of the rest of the rankings filled with a) guys I think can hit some but might not get the chance and b) guys who will continue to play because of money. Blanks and Carp, in particular, are guys who could put up solid fantasy numbers in different situations. I also haven’t given up on Alonso, though my guess is that the Padres are about to.

 

  • The free agent crop is led by Martinez and LaRoche, who has a $15 million mutual option with the Nationals. Presumably, the Nationals will move on and install Ryan Zimmerman at first base next year. Lind’s $7.5 million option will likely be exercised by the Jays, leaving Hart and Dunn as the next best free agents here.

 

2015 Designated Hitter Rankings

 

2015DHTeam2014
1 David Ortiz Red Sox 1
2 Kendrys Morales   18 1B
3 Billy Butler opt 2
4 Chris Carter Astros 28 1B
5 Henry Urrutia Orioles 5
6 Jesus Montero Mariners 41 C
7 Wilson Betemit Rays 6
8 Jason Giambi   10

 

Designated Hitters

 

  • Barring a really strong second half, Butler’s $12.5 million option figures to be declined by the Royals, and given that he really can’t be considered anything other than a DH, he could be looking at a major pay cut next year. He does deserve a chance to remain an everyday player.

 

  • Carter is another difficult case; he’s put himself on 30-homer pace with a recent outburst, but he can hit 30 homers without being a particular valuable player. On the plus side, he probably won’t make more than $2 million-$2.5 million as a super two arbitration eligible player next year. But I’m not sure the Astros can continue to let him rack up 180+ strikeouts behind the 300+ strikeouts they’ll be getting from George Springer and Jon Singleton in the middle of the order.


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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