Here's the first look at the 2014 Lester's Legends' First Base Rankings. I’m not including the likes of Buster Posey, Carlos Santana or Joe Mauer, because you're likely using them in your catcher slot.
1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
All Paul Goldschmidt did last year was hit .302 with 103 runs, 36 home runs, 125 RBI and 15 stolen bases. His success should come as no surprise, as he posted a .286-82-20-82-18 line in 2012. Goldschmidt was a highly touted prospect who has gradually become a star. At 26, he has solidified himself as the premiere first baseman in baseball.
2. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Chris Davis has been a power prospect since 2008, when he hit 17 home runs in 295 at-bats for the Texas Rangers. After some struggles, he figured things out in 2012, posting a .270-75-33-85-2 line for the Baltimore Orioles. Last year, he exploded to the tune of .286-103-53-138-4. If you're looking for pure power, he's your top option. Goldschmidt just provides a little more balance.
3. Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
Prince Fielder is another impressive power source. His move to Texas should only improve his numbers. Over the past eight seasons, Fielder has averaged 35.4 home runs and 107.5 RBI. Plus, as a .286 lifetime hitter, he doesn’t drag down your batting average.
4. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
Sure, Edwin Encarnacion regressed from his monster .280-93-42-110-13 line in 2012, but his 2013 line of .272-90-36-104-7 is nothing to sneeze at. Encarnacion should continue to mash.
5. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Joey Votto was a little disappointing, posting a .305-101-24-73-6 line last year, but he managed to play a full season after managing just 111 games in 2012. He’s a .314 hitter and has scored at least 100 runs in three different years. He won't overwhelm you with his power, but he’s steady.
6. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Freddie Freeman posted a stellar .319-89-23-109-1 line. The Braves took care of him with huge contract extension. He’s just 24, but he already has three seasons with at least 20 home runs. He should continue to grow.
7. Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks
Trumbo will transition to the outfield for the D’backs. He has averaged 31.7 home runs and 94 home runs over the past three seasons. His eligibility at outfield gives him added versatility.
8. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez’s power has dipped since leaving Boston, but he continues to provide a healthy batting average and plenty of RBI. Last year, he posted a .293-69-22-100-1 line. The Dodgers should have a potent lineup, which should put A-Gone in line for another stellar year.
9. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
Think the Angels are having buyer’s remorse? Albert Pujols was limited to 99 games and posted a .258-49-17-64-1 line. His foot is healthy, and he should get back on track. Fantasy owners should be able to get him at a discount.
10. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
Eric Hosmer put up a .302-86-17-79-11 line last year, proving his .232 2012 batting average was a fluke. He doesn’t provide great power numbers, but he has stolen double-digit bases in each of his three years in the league.
Also check out:
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Second Base Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Third Base Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings
- 2014 Fantasy Baseball Outfielder Rankings