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2015 First Base Rankings


First Name

Last Name


1 Jose Abreu CWS
2 Miguel Cabrera Det
3 Paul Goldschmidt Ari
4 Edwin Encarnacion Tor
5 Jose Bautista Tor
6 Anthony Rizzo ChC
7 Freddie Freeman Atl
8 Adrian Gonzalez LAD
9 Victor Martinez Det
10 David Ortiz Bos
11 Buster Posey SF
12 Todd Frazier Cin
13 Albert Pujols LAA
14 Jonathan Lucroy Mil
15 Prince Fielder Tex
16 Justin Morneau Col
17 Lucas Duda NYM
18 Carlos Santana Cle
19 Brandon Moss Cle
20 Joey Votto Cin
21 Chris Carter Hou
22 Chris Davis Bal
23 Brandon Belt SF
24 Mark Trumbo Ari
25 Matt Adams StL
26 Eric Hosmer KC
27 Adam LaRoche CWS
28 Michael Cuddyer NYM
29 Steve Pearce Bal
30 Chase Headley NYY
31 Mike Napoli Bos
32 Adam Lind Mil
33 Kennys Vargas Min
34 Billy Butler Oak
35 Joe Mauer Min
36 Brian McCann NYY
37 Mark Teixeira NYY
38 Pedro Alvarez Pit
39 Kendry Morales KC
40 Lonnie Chisenhall Cle
41 C.J. Cron LAA
42 Ryan Howard Phi
43 James Loney TB
44 Mike Morse Mia
45 Jonathan Singleton Hou

Notable Higher Ranked Player

Justin Morneau: My Rank- 16 ECR- 26

Coors Field is just what the doctor ordered for turning Justin Morneau around last year. He thrived in his new digs turning in a .319 batting average for the season and striking out in a miniscule 10.9% of his plate appearances. He really scalded the ball, and I think a few more long balls could be launched by the former American League MVP. His 44.0% ground ball rate last year, per FanGraphs, was his highest since 2007. A few more fly balls would really help him up his tater total. Add a healthy Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez to this lineup and I see the opportunity for more run production, too. Add it up and you’ve got a very nice line.

Notable Lower Ranked Player

Albert Pujols: My Rank- 13 ECR- 8

There is no other way to say it, Albert Pujols lacks the pop he once had. In his first season with the Angels he had a .231 ISO. Over the last two seasons his ISO has been .179 and .194 respectively. Pujols hasn’t had an average over .280 since 2012. Couple his down batting average with his diminishing power and you’ve got a player who’s far too reliant on run production numbers and others in the lineup for me to feel comfortable ranking him in the top 10.