2019 First Base Rankings

First base enters 2019 at an interesting crossroads. It’s a bit thin at the top in terms of bankable, premium talent, but there’s also a path to it re-taking its perch as one of the deepest positions in the game. It will add the likes of Rhys Hoskins, Daniel Murphy, and Jake Lamb early into the season (the former pair being top 10ers right off the bat once they qualify). Here’s a piece I did with more thoughts on those 1B-to-be. There’s a group of pivotal guys like Max Muncy, Matt Olson, and Jesus Aguilar who could really flip the position at the top while guys like Ryan O’HearnJake Bauers, and Luke Voit are on-the-rise bats who intrigue me.

Podcasts on 1B: Pt. 1; Pt. 2

  • What’s your strategy at 1B in shallower mixed leagues (10-12 teams)?
  • What about 15-team NFBC-type leagues?
  • Who’s your favorite gamble outside of my top 20?

First Base – February
1 Freddie Freeman ATL
2 Paul Goldschmidt STL
3 Anthony Rizzo CHC
4 Cody Bellinger LAD OF
5 Matt Carpenter STL 3B
6 Joey Votto CIN
7 Max Muncy LAD 3B
8 Matt Olson OAK
9 Jose Abreu CWS
10 Jesus Aguilar MIL
11 Miguel Cabrera DET
12 Edwin Encarnacion SEA
13 Joey Gallo TEX OF
14 Carlos Santana CLE
15 Jose Martinez STL OF
16 Ian Desmond COL OF
17 Justin Smoak TOR
18 Jurickson Profar OAK SS/3B
19 Tyler White HOU
20 Josh Bell PIT
21 Ryan O’Hearn KC OF
22 Jake Bauers CLE OF
23 Eric Hosmer SD
24 Yuli Gurriel HOU 3B
25 Justin Bour LAA
26 C.J. Cron MIN
27 Luke Voit NYY
28 Yonder Alonso CWS
29 Marwin Gonzalez MIN OF/SS/2B
30 Jay Bruce SEA OF
31 Trey Mancini BAL OF
32 Ryan Zimmerman WAS
33 Brandon Belt SF
34 Greg Bird NYY
35 Ronald Guzman TEX
36 Mitch Moreland BOS
37 Eric Thames MIL OF
38 Hunter Dozier KC
39 Niko Goodrum DET 2B
40 Peter Alonso NYM
41 Wilmer Flores ARI
42 Ryan McMahon COL
43 Ryon Healy SEA
44 Tyler Austin MIN
45 Chris Davis BAL
46 Matt Adams WAS
47 Nathaniel Lowe TB
48 Matt Davidson TEX
49 Albert Pujols LAA
50 Peter O’Brien MIA
51 Neil Walker MIA
*20+ gm eligibility

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stuck in a slump

Where would Hoskins rank in leagues where he is eligible?


“It will add the likes of Rhys Hoskins, Daniel Murphy, and Jake Lamb early into the season (the former pair being top 10ers right off the bat once they qualify).”

stuck in a slump
stuck in a slump

Which then wouldn’t be a pre-season ranking, would it? With Carpenter 5th on this list, it looks a bit different from others that I’ve seen, which makes me curious as to where he would be placed.


Well top10 is a huge range.


In the article about 1B to be, Paul says he doesn’t see much of a difference between Hoskins and Bellinger…


I think this is a legitimate question, as in some leagues he’s already eligible. Plus, in the second base article written by Paul this kind of question has been answered multiple times for various players.

So for consistency, here it is: 4th or 5th. I got this from the article that Paul linked that talked about Hoskins, etc as to where they’d be ranked when eligible. With Paul comparing Hoskins to Bellinger, 4th or 5th it is.