Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends First Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
1. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Votto was limited to 111 games and 374 at bats, but his 1.041 OPS was ridiculous. His knee should be healthy and he should once again be a dominant force.
2. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Gonzalez had just six home runs through the end of June, but managed to hit a dozen the rest of the way to finish with a .299-75-18-108-2 line. His second half OPS was 133 points higher than his first half mark. The Dodgers figure to have a potent offense in 2013 with A-Gone as one of the anchors.
3. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Goldschmidt had a solid .286-82-20-82-18 line in his first full season. The stolen base total puts him ahead of similar young options.
4. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Rizzo played in just 87 games, but managed to hit 15 home runs with 44 runs and 48 runs batted in. He’s just 23-years-old and handled big league pitching well. Look for continued growth.
5. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Freeman posted his second straight 20-plus home run season. His average dipped from .282 to .259, but his run total (67 to 91) and RBI total (76 to 94) climbed. Freeman is another one of the young first basemen (23) that should continue to grow.
6. Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals
Last year he posted a terrific .307-76-22-92-2 line. You may want to add a solid backup because he does have a tendency to get hurt.
7. Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals
LaRoche is far from a sexy pick, yet he continues to hit 25 home runs and drive in around 90 runs without being a batting average liability.
8. Ike Davis, New York Mets
Davis had a terrible average last year (.227). He’s a better hitter than that. He did smack 32 home runs. He should improve his average and still provide some pop.
9. Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
Belt posted a decent .275-47-7-56-12 line in 411 at bats last year. He’ll turn 25 in April and this could be the year he puts it together. I really like his stolen base production last year.
10. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
Through injury and general decline, Howard could be a decent value pick. You’ll have to live with the average, but the power numbers should be there.
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