2012 MLB Fantasy Baseball Designated Hitter Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 26, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 26:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox waits to hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 26, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Here are the 2012 Lester’s Legends fantasy baseball designated hitter rankings.

1. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox 

Big Papi returned to form posting a .309-84-29-96-1 line. With a power-packed lineup, Papi should continue to produce.

2. Michael Young, Texas Rangers 

His power dipped to 11 HRs last year, but he hit .338 with 106 RBI. The nice thing about Young is his eligibility at first base, third base and potentially second base gives you more flexibility than a standard DH.

3. Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals 

He played just 11 games at first base last year, so you likely won’t have that positional flexibility. Coming off a rock-solid .291-74-19-95-2 season and turning 26 in April make him a solid candidate once again.

4. Delmon Young, Detroit Tigers 

He has outfield eligibility and will spend some time there, but he’ll also spend time as the Tigers’ designated hitter. He was much better following the move to Detroit last year and should continue to produce.

MESA, AZ - MARCH 8: Jesus Montero #63 of the Seattle Mariners bats during the game against the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium on March 8, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
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5. Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners 

If he can gain catcher eligibility his value will soar. Regardless if he does so or not, he should still be a valuable commodity at the plate.

6. Raul Ibanez, New York Yankees 

He will turn 40 this summer so there is some concern, but he has power and is well-suited for Yankee Stadium.

7. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays 

He has the power (38 HRs over the past two years) and if he can keep his average around .270 again he will be a solid fantasy option. Having first and third base eligibility helps.

8. Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox 

His first year with the White Sox couldn’t have gone much worse. He hit .159 last year. He has first base eligibility going for him, but when you hit that poorly there is some serious cause for concern. If he can bounce back he’ll be a decent discount. If not, at least he won’t come at as high of an asking price.

9. Travis Hafner, Cleveland Indians 

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He can deliver when healthy (13 HRs in 94 games), but that seems to be an issue with Pronk.

10. Luke Scott, Tampa Bay Rays 

He was limited to 64 games last year, but has power when healthy.

11. Kendrys Morales, Los Angeles Angels 

Speaking of injury risk, Morales hasn’t played since 2010. He was tearing it up at the time of his injury. Use caution with him, though.


Also check out:

2012 Fantasy Baseball First Base Rankings
2012 Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings

2012 Fantasy Baseball Outfielder Rankings

2012 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings

2012 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers