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2020 1B and DH Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: July 17, 2019, 5:10 am ET

I usually do this over the All-Star break, but time didn’t allow for it last week. So here now are my very, very preliminary 2020 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2020. Click to see other preliminary 2020 rankings:

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

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2020 First Baseman and Designated Hitter Rankings

 

2020 First Base Team 2019 July
1 Freddie Freeman Braves 1 2
2 Josh Bell Pirates 12 3
3 Pete Alonso Mets 19 8
1 DH Yordan Alvarez Astros 206 OF 20 OF
4 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 4 4
5 Rhys Hoskins Phillies 17 OF 16 OF
6 Paul Goldschmidt Cardinals 2 5
7 Jose Abreu   5 6
2 DH Khris Davis Athletics 1 DH 3 DH
3 DH Shohei Ohtani Angels 3 DH 1 DH
8 Daniel Murphy Rockies 3 2B 4 2B
9 Matt Olson Athletics 16 7
10 Luke Voit Yankees 7 11
4 DH Nelson Cruz Twins* 2 DH 2 DH
11 Joey Votto Reds 6 12
12 C.J. Cron Twins 11 13
13 Eric Hosmer Padres 10 14
14 Edwin Encarnacion Yankees* 15 10
15 Nate Lowe Rays 56 38
16 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 8 17
17 Dan Vogelbach Mariners 46 15
18 Ronald Guzman Rangers 24 23
19 Justin Smoak   20 18
20 Carlos Santana Indians 23 16
21 Eric Thames Brewers* 77 OF 60 OF
22 Jesus Aguilar Brewers 13 25
5 DH Renato Nunez Orioles 34 3B 23 3B
23 Garrett Cooper Marlins 129 OF 75 OF
24 Brandon Belt Giants 29 27
25 Justin Bour Angels 25 33
26 Rowdy Tellez Blue Jays 30 20
27 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals* 26 26
28 Logan Morrison   34 32
29 Matt Adams Nationals* 38 29
30 Ryan Mountcastle Orioles 50 3B 34 3B
6 DH Mark Trumbo   5 DH 4 DH
31 Albert Pujols Angels 36 24
32 Christian Walker Diamondbacks 47 28
33 Ji-Man Choi Rays 6 DH 31
34 A.J. Reed White Sox 48 NR
35 Mitch Moreland   40 30
36 Evan White Mariners NR NR
37 Chris Davis Orioles 33 37
38 Yonder Alonso   32 41
39 Seth Beer Astros NR NR
40 Brandon Dixon Tigers 49 39
41 Bobby Bradley Indians 58 36
42 Tyler White Astros 17 34
43 David Freese   40 3B 42 3B
44 Steve Pearce   28 40
45 Neil Walker   39 2B 43 2B

 

  • I’ve sprinkled in the designated hitters here. One of the tough calls initially was just how aggressive to be with Yordan Alvarez. Through 23 games, his major league numbers are pretty much an exact match for what he was doing in Triple-A. It’s still way too early to think of him as a true .300 hitter, but the power isn’t going anywhere. The other question was whether to list him as an outfielder; I use 20-game eligibility, so he still needs to play 14 more games in the field.
  • Shohei Ohtani would probably slot just ahead of Anthony Rizzo here if the Angels announced he was giving up pitching. Since that’s probably not happening and his hitting schedule will be managed next year, he’s considerably lower.
  • Nate Lowe is several spots higher here than he would have been a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, there aren’t many other youngsters who look like great bets for 2020. Ryan Mountcastle will surely get a long look in Baltimore at some point, but plate discipline figures to hold him back. I’m interested in seeing what A.J. Reed does in Chicago; there hasn’t been anything encouraging about his performance the last couple of years, but he looked like a significant talent at one point and it’s understandable that four years in Triple-A would wear him down. Evan White has a chance to be a solid bat for Seattle, though probably not an exciting one for fantasy purposes anytime soon.
  • Soon to be replacing Reed for Houston’s Triple-A affiliate is Seth Beer, who has hit .324/.421/.574 between high-A and Double-A this year. He could follow the Alvarez path and break into Houston’s lineup next June.
Matthew Pouliot
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.