It’s time to update our first base tiered rankings now that we’re into June and more than one-third of the way through the season. Due to popular demand, I’m leaving the catchers (Mike Napoli, Buster Posey, Joe Mauer, Carlos Santana) and middle infielders (Michael Young, Howie Kendrick) out of the rankings since they’re so obviously more valuable at other positions despite having first base eligibility in most leagues. Here are the preseason and May tiers for reference.
Konerko makes the long overdue jump into the top tier thanks to his MLB-best 189 wRC+. That latest minor wrist procedure doesn’t concern me much, the man has gotten better and better with age.
It’s time to ding Gonzalez. He’s hit just four homers this season and 19 over the last calendar year, and that’s simply not top tier power production. Morse hasn’t done much since coming off the DL about a week ago but that’s no big deal, he has some rust to shake off. E5 owns a 139 wRC+ over the last calendar year, so this isn’t an early-season fluke. Hosmer needs to get it going and soon, this is very uncool.
Injuries have forced Craig into the Cardinals’ lineup on an everyday basis, which is great news for fantasy owners. The man lives to hit. LaHair has cooled off a bit but remains productive, you just can’t use him against left-handers.
Morneau and Morales have been productive though not as productive as they were prior to their devastating injuries. Goldschmidt has started to hit some dingers but Scott is on the way down, he’s been scuffling bad for about a month now.
Your island of misfit fantasy first baseman, loaded with guys who can hit for some power but no average or hit for average with no power. Some aren’t doing either right now, like Davis. I’m a big fan in the long-term but my goodness.
In our spectrum of adequacy, these guys range anywhere from regrettable to participatory.
Off The Radar (injuries, minors, etc.)