MLB Position Rankings: First Base

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MLB Position Rankings: First Base

The Top Five

1. Lance Berkman, Astros—Obvious choice, as he leads all first basemen in batting average (.379), slugging percentage (.745), stolen bases (10), home runs (19), hits (89), and runs (61). He's second in RBI (56) and on-base percentage (.462).

2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals—He leads first basemen in on-base percentage (.475) and comes second in hits (77), slugging percentage (.631), and batting average (.347). Also has 16 home runs with 42 RBI. A strained calf has him out until July, though.

3. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres—He leads first basemen in RBI (57) and comes second in hits (77) and home runs (17). He's batting .292 and is slugging .550.

4. Justin Morneau, Twins—The former AL MVP is batting .296, slugging .475, and has 10 home runs and 44 RBI.

5. Derek Lee, Cubs—He leads first basemen in runs (44), and is slugging over .500 with 41 RBI and 14 home runs.

 

The Best of the Rest

6. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox—Batting .295 and slugging .500 with nine home runs and 39 RBI. Also went 238 games and 2,002 fielding attempts without an error; those streaks ended with a muffed throw on Saturday.

7. Mark Teixeira, Braves—Batting .280 and slugging .460 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI.

8. Conor Jackson, Diamondbacks—Batting a solid .305 and slugging .520 with seven home runs and 38 RBI.

9. Ryan Howard, Phillies—He's not top-five because of his .211 batting average, but he's slugging .450 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI.

10. Casey Kotchman, Angels—Batiing a solid .305 and slugging .441 with 30 RBI and 70 hits.

11. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers—Batting .280 and slugging .453 with eight home runs and 38 RBI.

12. Joey Votto, Reds—Batting .280 and slugging .500 with 11 homers, 35 RBI, and four stolen bases.

13. Prince Fielder, Brewers—Batting .275 and slugging .460 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI.

14. Todd Helton, Rockies—Batting .293 and slugging .435 with 26 RBI.

15. James Loney, Dodgers—Batting .287 and slugging .422 with 32 RBI.

16. Ryan Garko, Indians—Slugging over .400 with 35 RBI.

17. Jason Giambi, Yankees—Slugging over .550 with 14 home runs and 35 RBI, but only batting .260.

18. Mike Jacobs, Marlins—Slugging over .560 with 15 home runs and 37 RBI, but only batting .250.

19. Kevin Millar, Orioles—Slugging .420 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI, but only batting .250.

20. Carlos Pena, Rays—Slugging .430 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI, but batting .230.

21. Carlos Delgado, Mets—Slugging .410 with eight home runs and 30 RBI and only batting .246.

22. Lyle Overbay, Blue Jays—Batting .270 with only five homers and 25 RBI.

23. Paul Konerko, White Sox—Batting only .217 with eight homers and 30 RBI.

24. Adam LaRoche, Pirates—Batting only .217 with six home runs and 25 RBI.

25. Frank Catalanotto, Rangers—Lack of at-bats keeping him down with only nine RBI and 36 hits.

 

The Bottom Five

26. Mark Teahen, Royals—Batting .250 with 20 RBI; should move up soon.

27. Rich Aurilia, Giants—Bating .260 with 17 RBI; should move up soon as he lacks at-bats.

28. Richie Sexson, Mariners—Batting .214 with 23 RBI and nine home runs.

29. Daric Barton, A's—Batting .227 with and 19 RBI and three home runs.

30. Dmitri Young, Nationals—Injury kept him from playing, but he should definitely move up soon, as he has nine RBI in 64 at-bats at a .266 average.

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