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All Star Break Updated Consensus Ranks: First Base

Posted By Eno Sarris On July 15, 2013 @ 3:15 pm In First Base,Rankings,Uncategorized | 45 Comments

The king is dead. Long live the king.

That’s right, we have a new number one. For many of you, it’ll be far too late to move Albert Pujols off the top of the heap. But, given how his season went last year, and the excellence he’s shown his whole career, and his combination of contact and power, and his bad batting average on balls in play, it seemed like the good bet was on him to recapture some magic once he was healthy. Maybe the all-star break will help him, but now the mounting evidence about his decline (three-year declines in ISO and HR/FB in particular) is just too much to ignore.

The replacement top dog is not by consensus, however. It’s a pick em, so my ranking got the extra weight. It’s what the boss does in situations like this. But it is worth noticing that all four rankers had a different number one first baseman. Who’s your number one?

Is it the breakout power-crazy star in Baltimore? Or the five-cat youngster in Arizona? Or the steady eddie in Detroit?

With the color-coding we hope to highlight the biggest movers. That definition changes as you follow the ranks down the list — players had to move more to register a color change as you near the bottom of the list. These are rest-of-season rankings for 5×5 roto. Jeff Zimmerman’s rankings are a combination of ZiPs and Steamer rest-of-season projections with playing time determined by our depth charts. You can find the projections on every player page and the depth charts here.


RG Player ES JZ MP ZS
1 Paul Goldschmidt 1 2 4 3
2 Prince Fielder 4 3 1 2
3 Joey Votto 2 4 2 4
4 Chris Davis 3 10 3 1
5 Edwin Encarnacion 6 6 5 5
6 Albert Pujols 8 1 7 10
7 Adrian Gonzalez 5 7 8 8
8 Anthony Rizzo 7 5 11 12
9 David Ortiz 10 14 6 6
10 Buster Posey 9 8 14 7
11 Allen Craig 12 11 9 14
12 Billy Butler 13 9 13 11
13 Freddie Freeman 11 13 12 13
14 Eric Hosmer 14 12 16 20
15 Mark Trumbo 15 15 15 17
16 Joe Mauer 19 18 17 9
17 Michael Cuddyer 16 16 10 26
18 Kendrys Morales 23 24 19 15
19 Carlos Santana 21 23 25 18
20 Adam Dunn 20 19 30 21
21 Adam LaRoche 25 26 18 24
22 Brandon Belt 18 20 27 35
23 Nick Swisher 24 22 20 36
24 Paul Konerko 22 17 24 42
25 Matt Carpenter 17 44 32 16
26 Ike Davis 29 35 21 28
27 Adam Lind 28 34 36 19
28 Mike Napoli 30 39 26 27
29 Chris Carter 32 32 29 30
30 Todd Frazier 27 31 23 44
31 Mitch Moreland 26 43 34 23
32 Garrett Jones 35 25 37 33
33 Logan Morrison 33 47 33 25
34 Yonder Alonso 38 37 35 29
35 Mark Reynolds 36 36 28 43
36 Justin Morneau 31 40 42 31
37 Michael Young 39 30 43 32
38 James Loney 41 38 44 22
39 Daniel Murphy 34 21 46 45
40 Brandon Moss 42 41 31 34
41 Lance Berkman 37 48 41 41
42 Luke Scott 48 52 38 39
43 Darin Ruf 47 52 39 40
44 Justin Smoak 46 52 47 37
45 Lucas Duda 43 46 48 46
46 Chris Johnson 44 49 40 52
47 Dustin Ackley 45 42 49 52
48 Michael Morse 40 45 52 52
49 Brett Wallace 49 52 45 52
50 Chris Parmelee 50 52 52 52

Also ranked once were Jeff Keppinger, Mike Carp, Carlos Pena, Jordan Pacheco, and Ryan Howard.


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