The trade deadline is behind us but there were very few moves made with real fantasy impact at the first base position. Due to popular demand, the catchers — Buster Posey, Carlos Santana, Joe Mauer, and Mike Napoli — have been left out of the first base rankings just because they’re so much more valuable behind the plate. The same goes for guys with middle infield eligibility like Howie Kendrick and Michael Young. Here are our preseason, May, June, and July tiered rankings for reference, as well as our consensus second half rankings.
These four remain the game’s truly elite first base producers, a position where monster numbers are expected. Konerko has cooled off a bit in the power department, which likely has something to do with the minor wrist procedure he had a few weeks ago. The rest of his production is top notch though.
Gonzalez has finally started to hit as expected after three down months to start the season, a welcome sight for fantasy owners. Goldschmidt now has a clear path for playing time with Lyle Overbay being removed from the roster, though he still does most of his damage against southpaws. Craig also has a clear path for playing time, but he’s a little banged up himself at the moment.
Howard is back in the lineup but he’s yet to have any kind of real impact. After such a long layoff due to the Achilles injury, that’s not entirely unexpected. Both Hart and Freeman have been hitting the snot out of the ball lately, Youkilis not so much. He’s another guy who’s banged up.
July was an insane month for Carter, but this has lasted all of 112 plate appearances. That walk rate (19.6%) and power output (.367 ISO) is coming down eventually and you don’t want to get caught holding the guy when it does. Sell sell sell!
LaHair has crashed back to Earth in a big and somewhat unsurprising way, and Hosmer’s struggles continue into the season’s fifth month. I have to imagine the Royals are very disappointed that one of his six cost controlled years has been essentially lost.
John Mayberry Jr.
In our spectrum of adequacy, these guys range anywhere from regrettable to participatory.
Off The Radar (injuries, minors, etc.)
Obviously there are lots of injuries here, some more significant than others. Votto, Ortiz, Sandoval, and Scott figure to return to their respective lineups very soon, within a week or so. Berkman, Helton, and LoMo are a little further off. Other guys like Duda, Adams, and Smoak have been sent back down the Triple-A.