2011 First Base Rankings: August by Mike Axisa August 4, 2011 New month, new rankings. The trade deadline had some fantasy impact on the first base position, but nothing too crazy. Here are last month’s rankings, which link back even further into the season. Tier One Adrian Gonzalez Joey Votto Prince Fielder Miguel Cabrera Albert Pujols So ranking Votto and Pujols in tier two last month was pretty stupid, no? These five remain the best of the best, but it is kinda weird to see Pujols with a lower wOBA than Alex Gordon and Jhonny Peralta in early-August. Tier Two Paul Konerko Lance Berkman Mark Teixeira Ryan Howard Kevin Youkilis ZiPS really likes Konerko for the rest of the season but doesn’t love him, which is why he’s a notch below the super-elite guys. Berkman has cooled off but is still immensely productive, as are Tex and Howard. You’re better off using Youk at third base, but you knew that already. Tier Three Freddie Freeman Gaby Sanchez Mike Morse Billy Butler Michael Cuddyer Michael Young Eric Hosmer Todd Helton Freeman man, that dude’s been on a mission since mid-May and hasn’t stopped hitting. Hosmer’s tear hasn’t lasted quite that long, but he’s been producing at a high level for more than a month. Morse has been mashing for close to 700 PA now, so we’re beyond the point of him possibly being a fluke. All three lack track records though, which relegates them to tier three. Tier Four Carlos Pena Adam Lind Mark Trumbo Daniel Murphy Casey Kotchman Mitch Moreland Matt LaPorta There was a short period of time, maybe three or four weeks earlier in the season, during which Lind was actually outhitting teammate Jose Bautista, but that’s over with and Lind has fallen into a deep and prolonged slump. Moreland’s production has declined as well, though Murphy and Trumbo continue to climb the rankings. Trumbo will kill you in an OBP league and Murphy doesn’t hit the ball over the fence very often, their primary negatives Tier Five Carlos Lee Lucas Duda Derrek Lee Aubrey Huff Justin Smoak Ty Wigginton Garrett Jones James Loney Chris Davis Yonder Alonso Russell Branyan Eric Hinske Adam Kennedy Adam Dunn Brandon Belt Kyle Blanks Duda, Davis, Alonso, and Blanks are all new to the rankings. The first three got their jobs with some help from the trade deadline, the latter with a return from injury. Smoak hasn’t hit much of anything for close to two months now, and Belt is still (still!) stuck behind Huff’s reanimated corpse. Off The Radar Anthony Rizzo Juan Miranda Brett Wallace Lyle Overbay Ike Davis Justin Morneau Luke Scott Daric Barton Brad Hawpe Adam LaRoche Kila Ka’aihue Brandon Allen Dan Johnson Kendrys Morales Chris Carter Jorge Cantu Xavier Nady Rizzo, Wallace, and Davis will definitely be back at some point in the future (not necessary this year), but everyone else is kinda on the fence for whatever reason.