Top 10 First Basemen (And DH’s!)

K Zone Master Ranking Mike’s Ranking Ian’s Ranking Mojo’s Ranking
 1) Paul Goldshmidt (ARI) Anthony Rizzo (CHC) Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)  Joey Votto (CIN)
 2) Miguel Cabrera (DET)  Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) Miguel Cabrera (DET)  Miguel Cabrera (DET)
 3) Anthony Rizzo (CHC)  Freddie Freeman (ATL) Joey Votto (CIN)  Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
 4) Freddie Freeman (ATL)  Miguel Cabrera (DET) Anthony Rizzo (CHC)  Freddie Freeman (ATL)
 5) Joey Votto (CIN) Wil Myers (SD) Freddie Freeman (ATL) Anthony Rizzo (CHC)
 6) Edwin Encarnacion (CLE)  Chris Davis (BAL) Edwin Encarnacion (CLE) Edwin Encarnacion (CLE)
 7) Brandon Belt (SF)  Brandon Belt (SF) Ian Desmond (COL)  Brandon Belt (SF)
 8) Wil Myers (SD)  Edwin Encarnacion (CLE) Carlos Santana (CLE)  Hanley Ramirez (BOS)
 9) Chris Davis (BAL)  Carlos Santana (CLE) Brandon Belt (SF)  Jose Abreu (CWS)
 10) Carlos Santana (CLE)  Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) Jose Abreu (CWS)  Mike Napoli (TEX)


Some Brief Words of Explanation:

Overall, first base is one of the deepest positions in Baseball, with lots of MVP-caliber players at the top, and plenty of potential all-stars who did not even make the list. Paul Goldshmidt has shown a remarkable ability to use all five tools, putting him in the #1 overall spot and in the top three of each writer’s list. Miguel Cabrera, an all-but-guaranteed hall-of-famer, is also mutually liked, making him the #2 overall first baseman. While slightly more controversial, the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo made the 3-spot still with full approval. Freddie Freeman, coming off an excellent season, has carried himself to 4th. Mike’s contempt for Joey Votto balanced out Ian and Mojo’s obsession with the player, resulting in a still very respectable #5 position. Edwin Encarnacion’s move away from a great hitter-friendly park likely hurt his value a little, but he was hurt most by the incredible depth near the top of, and throughout the position. He ended up at ranking sixth. Mike alone carried Myers, who displayed near 30/30 skills last season, to the 8-spot, just as he also carried Chris Davis to the 9-hole. Carlos Santana was the final player to make the cut, deserving so as his on-base skills consistently rank near the head of the class. Coors Field import Ian Desmond and the Cuban Jose Abreu just missed the overall top 10.

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