2017 First Base Rankings

Tier 1

  1. Goldschmidt
  2. Rizzo
  3. Cabrera
  4. Votto

I contemplated putting Goldschmidt into his own tier, he is the best 1st baseman in the league and will contribute in every hitting category. He has a three year average of .300 AVG 25 HR 94 R 90 RBI and 20 SB. But could easily go for more stolen bases including a career-high 32 last season. Top five pick for sure, could argue for taking him three after Trout and Betts.

Cabrera is mister consistency, has a three year average of .319 AVG 27 HR 97 RBI and 85 R scored, and had 38 HR in the 2016 season. I don’t see many signs of slowing down from Cabrera. He is being drafted early second round, and I am okay with that spot, especially with his consistency.

Tier 2

  1. Encarnacion
  2. Freeman
  3. Myers

I am a big Wil Myers fan, if you check out my hitting targets post, he has 1st and OF eligibility which is awesome and he is overall a young stud at 26. I hate that he plays for San Diego, but he will help in all categories besides hitting! With 30 HR 90 RBI power, he will also be able to score 90 R and steal 25 bases. His biggest problem has been his lack of health over the last four seasons with last year being his first full season.

*Posey/Lucroy-If you are using either of these guys as a first baseman this is the Tier I would take them in.

Tier 3

  1. Abreau
  2. Hosmer

Jose Abreu has been nothing but consistent in his three-year MLB career, posting a .300 AVG 30 HR and 100 RBI I think he is a steal at his 62 ADP. I was close to moving him up to tier two. He is in a great hitters ballpark and should have some runners ahead of him with Tim Anderson and Melky Cabrera hitting one and two.

Tier 4

  1. Chris Davis
  2. Hanley Ramirez
  3. Carlos Santana

After a tough stretch of injury filled years Hanley was able to stay healthy for the 2016 season playing in 147 games. With Ortiz leaving, I would assume he is going to get the bulk of the DH work in Boston. Which may be the best thing for him and his career. After putting up a .286 AVG with 30 HR 111 RBI and 81 R scored last season he very well could replicate those numbers in that great lineup. With his ~80 ADP, I would be okay taking him in the 7th or 8th round.

Dynasty League Stashes

  1. Josh Bell (PIT)
  2. Dan Vogelbach (SEA)
  3. Cody Bellinger (LAD)

 

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