Now we are on to the big boys on the list. 1st base has been known as one of the premier power positions in baseball for years. Recently it has become more athletic leading to better defense and batting. As usual after the list I’ll have a breakdown of each of our picks.
- Paul Goldschmidt
- Freddie Freeman
- Joey Votto
- Anthony Rizzo
- Cody Bellinger
- Jesus Aguilar
- Jose Abreu
- Rhys Hoskins
- Matt Olson
- Max Muncy
Taking home our top spot for our initial rankings is Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals. First that’s weird for me to say after spending his entire career with the Diamondbacks. They made the worst decision in their franchise history to trade him and now the Cards have the best 1st Basemen in the league. Goldy is one of the best all around players in the league. He hits, plays gold glove defense, and even steals bases! That’s fantasy land for a 1st basemen. Paul hasn’t always gotten the national recognition for how dominate he is but maybe this season playing for the Cardinals will put him into that spotlight. One of my favorite players tops our 1st base rankings.
At #2 we have Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves. Freddie spent the first half of last season looking like a lock for the NL MVP. He started to taper off in the 2nd half (especially power wise) but still finished with strong numbers across the board. He plays great defense as well. With the young Braves up and coming for everyone he’s the perfect man to lead them. He takes home our #2 spot.
Next on the list we have Joey Votto. He is probably one of the most frustrating players for me in the league (Basil loves him though). Votto plays great defense like the other before him but he has a different approach at the plate. He loves to get on base and load up on walks. That’s great and all but 1st basemen are suppose to drive in runners. This past year he drove in a career low 67 runners. It’s so frustrating because Votto could easily be on top of this list because he is one of the best hitters in baseball. He’ll have to settle at for third for now though.
At 4 we have Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs. A to the Rizzo (his home run call by me) had a very strange year this past season. He was ice cold through the first half but managed to gain fire in the 2nd half leading to another 100 RBI season. Rizzo is another guy leading the wave of all around 1st basemen. He even pitches for the Cubs when needed (only one batter bu he still got him out!). He’s one of the better actual guys in the game. Glad we got him in at 4 on our list.
#5 we have the LA Dodgers young stud Cody Bellinger. Now I’ve actually caught a ball he’s thrown in the stands. He can gun it. With that Cody is interesting because he’s the only 1st basemen on this list that also plays Center Field! That’s how athletic this guy is. He threw out Ian Kinsler in a World Series game last year at home to save a run. He stays at 1st base for our rankings though because he logged the most amount of time there. He has a little bit of sophmore slump this past year but still had an all around good season. He’s going to be on our list for years to come, just maybe in center next season.
Next up we have Jesus Aguilar of the Brewers. This guy came out of nowhere last year after being released by the Indians. He made the brewcrew out of spring training looking to be a backup but quickly took hold of the job. He finished with 35 homers and 108 RBI’s. That’s amazing from a guy kicked to the curb by the Tribe of all teams. Aguilar has a bright future hitting behind NL MVP Christian Yellich in their lineup.
At #7 we have Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox. Now Abreu is probably one of the better hitters you may not really know because he plays for the other Chicago team. He did have a career low 22 homers this past year but dealt with nagging injuries and only logged 499 at bats. He has consistently hit 30 homers and 100 RBI’s each of the 4 seasons before this last one. He isn’t going to blow anyone away with his running or defense but he is solid at the bag. That’s enough to still keep him at 7 in our rankings.
Up next we have Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies. Now he played LF all of last season because the Phillies were dumb enought to sign Carlos Santana and move him there but they rectified that mistake and have put Rhys back at 1st for the upcoming season. Even though he had no business playing LF he still had a strong offensive campaign hitting 34 bombs and 95 RBI’s in a horrendous Phillies lineup. I personally expect big things out of him the next season with him moving back to his natural position. Rhys will be higher on our list next year I’m sure but for now he slide in at 8.
At #9 we have Matt Olson of the Oakland Athletics. The Matt 2 (Matt Chapman being Matt 1) had a breakout season for the A’s this past year. He’s always been known as a great defender but like Matt 1 he broke out on the offensive side. He hit 29 bombs and drove in 84. Now he only hit .247 but the power production and defense gets him into our top 10 still. That and I like having Matt 1 and Matt 2 on our lists.
Finally we have everyone’s favorite Baylor Bear Max Muncy. Mighty Max came out of nowhere this past season to crush 34 homers for the Dodgers. That’s incredible considering he was picked up nothing as a free agent. Max was able to help carry the Dodgers while Justin Turner was hurt to start the year. He made some swing adjustments and the power finally came out for him crushing right handed pitching. Now I know we had his teammate Bellinger on this list already but I think they will both log their most time at 1st this year making them both eligible for our rankings.
Well there is our composite list for the top 10 1st basemen right now. If you have any disagreements with these feel free to blame Basil or Topher for them. Any other comments feel free to leave below. Keep an eye out as I will have our top 10 Catchers coming up next for you. As always Stay Whelmed NoHustlers.