Rotographs Rankings First Run – First Basemen

Some of this is being repeated from the Primer piece that went up this morning. 

We’re bringing them to you earlier this year, but that also means that they’re far from set in stone so take that into consideration as you peruse them. There are still strong arms on the free agent market, let alone all the moving and shaking that happens once players start reporting to camp.

We’re using Yahoo! eligibility requirements which is 5 starts or 10 appearances. These rankings assume the standard 5×5 categories and a re-draft league.  If we forgot someone, please let us know in the comments and we’ll make sure he’s added for the updates. If you have questions for a specific ranker on something he did, let us know in the comments.

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There will be differences, sharp differences, within the rankings. The rankers have different philosophies when it comes to ranking, some of which you’re no doubt familiar with through previous iterations. Of course the idea that we’d all think the same would be silly because then what would be the point of including multiple rankers?!

Think someone should be higher or lower? Make a case. Let us know why you think that. Like I said, it’s early. Things are going to change.

The chart is sortable and by default it’s sorted by AVG. If a ranker didn’t rank someone that the others did, he was given that ranker’s last rank +1. That would be 43 for Zach, 37 for Mike, 43 for Brad, and 55 for Paul K. Everyone in the top 50 were on the lists of Jeff, Dan, and myself so we don’t have any +1s. They are indicated in red on the chart.

Key:

  • AVG– just the average of the seven ranking sets
  • Adj. AVG– the average minus the high and low rankings
  • SPLIT– the difference between the high and low rankings

First Base – January Edition
PLAYER Jeff Zach Dan Mike Brad Paul S Paul K AVG Adj. AVG Split
1 Paul Goldschmidt 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.0 1.0 0
2 Anthony Rizzo 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 2.3 2.2 1
3 Miguel Cabrera 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 2.7 2.8 1
4 Jose Abreu 4 5 4 5 6 4 4 4.6 4.4 2
5 Edwin Encarnacion 5 4 5 4 4 6 5 4.7 4.6 2
6 Joey Votto 6 7 7 6 7 5 6 6.3 6.4 2
7 Chris Davis 12 6 13 7 5 9 9 8.7 8.6 8
8 Prince Fielder 7 11 6 10 14 7 8 9.0 8.6 8
9 David Ortiz 9 9 10 9 10 8 10 9.3 9.4 2
10 Freddie Freeman 10 10 8 8 9 13 7 9.3 9.0 6
11 Eric Hosmer 11 8 11 11 12 11 12 10.9 11.2 4
12 Adrian Gonzalez 13 12 12 12 13 10 11 11.9 12.0 3
13 Albert Pujols 8 16 9 13 20 18 13 13.9 13.8 12
14 Buster Posey 19 15 14 14 8 12 16 14.0 14.2 11
15 Brandon Belt 20 18 16 15 11 14 14 15.4 15.4 9
16 Kendrys Morales 15 22 19 17 17 15 22 18.1 18.0 7
17 Carlos Santana 21 19 23 16 15 16 20 18.6 18.4 8
18 Victor Martinez 17 13 15 22 25 27 15 19.1 18.8 14
19 Mark Trumbo 14 14 17 19 35 20 19 19.7 17.8 21
20 Lucas Duda 26 17 22 18 16 23 18 20.0 19.6 10
21 Mark Teixeira 23 21 21 23 19 19 17 20.4 20.6 6
22 Wil Myers 18 23 20 20 38 17 21 22.4 20.4 21
23 Daniel Murphy 16 24 18 24 24 33 23 23.1 22.6 17
24 Justin Turner 25 25 26 25 27 28 25 25.9 25.6 3
25 Adam Lind 28 26 27 26 22 25 28 26.0 26.4 6
26 Mitch Moreland 29 20 25 27 37 26 26 27.1 26.6 17
27 Ryan Zimmerman 36 29 35 21 26 22 34 29.0 29.2 15
28 Brian McCann 31 31 29 30 18 34 30 29.0 30.2 16
29 Chris Carter 24 30 28 29 30 37 27 29.3 28.8 13
30 Byung-ho Park 32 28 30 32 31 24 32 29.9 30.6 8
31 Matt Adams 22 43 24 37 29 36 24 30.7 30.0 21
32 Trevor Plouffe 27 34 31 33 43 29 29 32.3 31.2 16
33 Stephen Piscotty 40 35 36 28 21 31 35 32.3 33.0 19
34 Justin Bour 35 41 34 31 36 21 33 33.0 33.8 20
35 Joe Mauer 33 27 33 34 43 32 31 33.3 32.6 16
36 C.J. Cron 30 38 32 35 33 51 36 36.4 34.8 21
37 Logan Forsythe 34 43 37 37 34 41 39 37.9 37.6 9
38 Mike Napoli 42 39 42 36 32 30 45 38.0 38.2 15
39 Mark Canha 39 33 40 37 43 43 40 39.3 39.8 10
40 Stephen Vogt 47 34 45 37 23 47 43 39.4 41.2 24
41 Adam LaRoche 37 43 38 37 43 45 37 40.0 39.6 8
42 Brandon Moss 50 36 51 37 28 35 49 40.9 41.4 23
43 Pedro Alvarez 41 42 41 37 41 49 38 41.3 40.6 12
44 Luis Valbuena 38 32 39 37 43 60 41 41.4 39.6 28
45 Yonder Alonso 43 40 43 37 43 42 44 41.7 42.2 7
46 Ryan Howard 44 43 47 37 42 46 47 43.7 44.4 10
47 Justin Morneau 48 43 46 37 39 53 42 44.0 43.6 16
48 Yangervis Solarte 51 43 50 37 43 38 55 45.3 45.0 18
49 Gregory Bird 61 43 49 37 43 40 48 45.9 44.6 24
50 Logan Morrison 49 43 54 37 40 44 54 45.9 46.0 17
51 Chris Colabello 54 37 52 37 43 48 50 45.9 46.0 17
52 Ben Paulsen 55 43 56 37 43 39 52 46.4 46.4 19
53 Jon Singleton 46 43 48 37 43 55 53 46.4 46.6 18
54 James Loney 45 43 44 37 43 68 46 46.6 44.2 31
55 Steve Pearce 52 43 53 37 43 58 51 48.1 48.4 21



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