The American League first basemen are a unique group. A few underachievers made the list. Three players stand out from the crowd, and two of them in particular have dominated the position this season.
5. Kevin Millar, Baltimore Orioles
Kevin Millar has had a decent season with the Orioles. The 10-year veteran has nine home runs and 29 runs batted in. He has been walked 28 times, arguably making him the most patient player on this list. Millar’s downfall though, is his average. He is hitting a mediocre .243.
4. Carlos Guillen, Detroit Tigers
Miguel Cabrera is actually the current first basemen for the Tigers. However, the All-Star ballots still have Carlos Guillen as the Detroit nominee for first basemen. Guillen has a .293 average while posting five home runs and 26 runs batted in. He has also put up 16 doubles this season.
3. Casey Kotchman, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Casey Kotchman has the best average amongst American League first basemen, currently hitting .319, with 66 hits and 12 doubles. He has six home runs and 30 runs batted in. He’s also struck out the least amount of times of anyone on this list. Kotchman has only whiffed 13 times this season.
2. Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins
Justin Morneau is the power hitter of this group. In his fifth year with the Twins, Morneau has put up 10 long balls and has driven in 42 base runners. He has a .302 average and has been walked 24 times. However, Morneau leads this group in strikeouts, having been punched out 40 times.
1. Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox
Kevin Youkilis has had an amazing season with the defending champion Red Sox. He leads American League first basemen in runs, doubles, and triples. He has a .305 batting average, nine home runs, and 35 runs batted in. Most impressively, though, Youkilis has yet to commit an error this season.
C A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox
1B Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox
C Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
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