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September 1B and DH Rankings

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Welcome to the September rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed at the position at which they’re most valuable.

 

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

 

 

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First Baseman and Designated Hitter Rankings

 

SeptFirst BaseTeam2017JulyAug
1 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 1 1 1
2 Edwin Encarnacion Indians 5 2 2
3 Joey Votto Reds 6 3 3
4 Cody Bellinger Dodgers 43 5 4
5 Jose Abreu White Sox 7 8 5
6 Eric Hosmer Royals 11 11 6
7 Justin Smoak Blue Jays 34 14 7
8 Rhys Hoskins Phillies 70 38 32
9 Carlos Santana Indians 13 17 13
10 Hanley Ramirez Red Sox 8 9 9
11 Chris Davis Orioles 9 13 12
12 Wil Myers Padres 10 10 11
13 Eric Thames Brewers 12 7 10
14 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 24 15 14
15 Logan Morrison Rays 26 19 17
16 Mark Reynolds Rockies 35 24 18
17 C.J. Cron Angels 16 40 25
18 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 3 6 8
19 Kendrys Morales Blue Jays 1 DH 16 16
20 Yonder Alonso Mariners 37 21 19
21 Lucas Duda Rays 21 23 20
22 Steve Pearce Blue Jays 28 29 24
23 Josh Bell Pirates 27 25 23
24 Albert Pujols Angels 14 22 21
25 Justin Bour Marlins 20 18 27
26 Mitch Moreland Red Sox 29 26 26
27 Greg Bird Yankees 17 31 45
28 Mike Napoli Rangers 19 20 22
29 Dominic Smith Mets 63 NR 28
30 Nick Delmonico White Sox 67 NR NR
31 Brandon Belt Giants 15 12 15
32 Joe Mauer Twins 25 30 31
33 Luke Voit Cardinals 64 NR 38
34 Tommy Joseph Phillies 18 28 29
35 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 22 35 34
36 Jesus Aguilar Brewers 45 36 35
37 Adam Lind Nationals 36 39 37
38 Jose Osuna Pirates 76 45 43
1 DH Victor Martinez Tigers 2 DH 1 DH 1 DH
39 Sam Travis Red Sox 40 34 36
40 Matt Adams Braves 33 27 30
41 Kennys Vargas Twins 38 41 NR
42 Tyler Austin Yankees 57 37 NR
43 Mark Canha Athletics 32 42 41
44 Chris Carter Athletics 30 33 40
2 DH Pedro Alvarez Orioles 3 DH 2 DH 2 DH
45 John Jaso Pirates 41 44 NR
46 Tyler White Astros 51 NR 39
47 Tyler Moore Marlins 75 NR 33

 

Dropping off: Byung-ho Park (42nd), A.J. Reed (44th)

 

  • So, Rhys Hoskins isn’t a left fielder, but we knew that going in; it was only ever a stopgap measure to get him into the Phillies lineup. He should become a full-time first baseman whenever Aaron Altherr comes off the disabled list. Unfortunately for the Phillies, Tommy Joseph just hasn’t played well enough to give himself any trade value, either now or this winter. Still, there shouldn’t be any role for him in Philadelphia going forward. Even with 40 homers in 758 major league at-bats, he has a negative WAR since debuting last year.

 

  • Hanley Ramirez is catching a lot of flack in Boston in light of the team’s recent brief skid, and now there’s speculation that he’ll lose playing time after Dustin Pedroia comes off the disabled list and once Sam Travis returns from Triple-A. There was similar talk when Ramirez was sporting a similar .750ish OPS in late June, and he responded with one of his best stretches of the season. Clearly, the goal here is for similar results this time around. The Red Sox don’t want to bench Hanley, and they shouldn’t have to. He’s not striking out a ton. His exit velocity, while not exceptional, remains above average. He remains capable of going on a tear, but challenging him to go on that tear seems like a good idea and threatening his playing time is a way to do that.

 

Travis probably isn’t that threat, though. I like his potential, and he didn’t appear overmatched in a couple of earlier stints in the majors. Still, he has a .702 OPS in Triple-A this year. He’s hit .254/.354/.294 with one homer in 126 at-bats during the second half.

 

  • Greg Bird would be quite a bit more interesting as a mixed-league pickup if the Yankees didn’t have Matt Holliday coming off the disabled list on Friday. Chase Headley has been one of the team’s hottest hitters, and while Todd Frazier isn’t lighting it up, I don’t see the Yankees bailing on him at third. Bird has a chance to force the Yankees to play him regularly, but he wouldn’t seem to have much margin for error.

 

  • I’d recommend the Rangers give up on Mike Napoli now that they have Joey Gallo back from the concussion disabled list, but I’m not at all confident that they will. After all, he does have his 27 homers. Still, they come with a .197 average, an 83 OPS+ and mediocre defense at first base. Giving Shin-Soo Choo, Willie Calhoun and catchers Robinson Chirinos and Brett Nicholas more time at DH would make a ton of sense. Gallo can play first. There’s also Jurickson Profar to think about; he’s hit .279/.406/.452 with just eight strikeouts in 130 plate appearances for Triple-A Round Rock during the second half of the season.


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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