Justin Mason’s Final 2022 First Base Ranks (w/Comments)

With the season upon us, it is time to drop my final edition of my positional ranks. I will continue to update them live on the Sleeper and the Bust Patreon until the season gets underway and in-season as well.

You can review my ranks for other positions here: https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/category/rankings/

Justin Mason’s First Base Ranks: 3/29/22
Rank Player Team POS ADP Notes
1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR 1B 5.61 Fantastic player, but I have a hard time taking a player without speed that early
2 Freddie Freeman LAD 1B 19.51 I love Freeman at his price. One of the few five categories first basemen
3 Matt Olson ATL 1B 44.16 Love the landing spot in Atlanta
4 Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B 52.86 Goldy is getting older, but he is like a diet Freeman.
5 Pete Alonso NYM 1B 52.98 Kind of underrated for a guy that could lead the Majors in homers.
6 José Abreu CWS 1B 90.67 About as safe as you get.
7 Jake Cronenworth SD 1B, 2B, SS 129.24 Love the triple eligibility on a great team
8 Josh Bell WAS 1B 130.78 I believe in the talent and he is a small change from another monster season.
9 Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B 129.2 Health is the only question mark.
10 C.J. Cron COL 1B 127.63 Love Cron, but health and lineup are questionable.
11 Joey Votto CIN 1B 149.88 Approach change makes the power surge more believable.
12 Jared Walsh LAA 1B 119.88 I am a bit worried about the awful average against lefties.
13 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B, 2B, 3B 118.94 I am a little worried that the playing time is hurt by recent trades.
14 Anthony Rizzo NYY 1B 182.37 Great that he is returning to NY. Feels underrated.
15 Ryan Mountcastle BAL 1B, OF 122.33 Park change hurts Mountcastle more than anyone else.
16 Yuli Gurriel HOU 1B 212.96 Not much power, but he is a great average guy in a great lineup.
17 Frank Schwindel CHC 1B 235 Small sample, but I believe in the skills we saw.
18 Luke Voit SDP 1B 257.53 Health is the only question.
19 Nathaniel Lowe TEX 1B 228.37 Lowe made real strides in 2021. He is a small tweak in launch angle from a huge season.
20 Jonathan Schoop DET 1B, 2B 203.22 I can’t remember such a streaky player that is so reliable.
21 Trey Mancini BAL 1B 205.45 I don’t know what to make of Mancini. I want him to be good, but I worry the power isn’t great.
22 Ty France SEA 1B, 2B 157.76 I don’t see the power upside that others do for France.
23 Rowdy Tellez MLW 1B 295.67 If he doesn’t platoon, he could have a massive season.
24 Jesús Aguilar MIA 1B 265.8 Boring vet that is very serviceable.
25 Miguel Sanó MIN 1B 259.9 A lot of power for a cheap price.
26 Bobby Dalbec BOS 1B 225.59 Wide range of outcomes. Could be a 40 homer guy or a minor leaguer.
27 Alex Kirilloff MIN 1B, OF 184.82 Health is a huge question mark.
28 Tyler Stephenson CIN C, 1B 149.2 Finally gets the full time role and he could get time at 1B/DH. Breakout potential.
29 Spencer Torkelson DET 1B 246.65 Once he is up, he could be great.
30 Bobby Bradley CLE 1B 417.14 So much power and so much swing and miss.
31 Brandon Belt SF 1B 219.29 Injuries scare me too much.
32 Yoshi Tsutsugo PIT 1B, OF 339.67 I believe in what we saw after the move to Pittsburgh.
33 Keston Hiura MLW 1B 404.29 Swing change is sucking me back in. Has looked good in spring.
34 LaMonte Wade Jr. SF 1B, OF 308.69 I don’t know that he can get to 500 plate appearances.
35 Carlos Santana KC 1B 428.31 Will start until Pratto is ready.
36 Eric Hosmer SD 1B 361.45 NO
37 Yandy Díaz TB 1B, 3B 364.2 Will he ever lift the ball?
38 Max Muncy LAD 1B, 2B 142.78 I can’t draft him until I see him playing.
39 Christian Walker ARZ 1B 391.22 Can he get back to a full time role?
40 Nick Pratto KC 1B 476.16 I think he is up quickly and could be good right away.
41 Miguel Cabrera DET 1B 462.22 Old, but plays.
42 Wilmer Flores SF 1B, 2B, 3B 375.47 Weak side platoon
43 Darin Ruf SF 1B, OF 390.96 Weak side platoon
44 Pavin Smith ARZ 1B, OF 371.14 About as boring as can be.
45 Triston Casas BOS 1B 474.69 Waiting in the wings if Dalbec struggles.
46 Ji-Man Choi TB 1B 564.16 Strong side platoon
47 Colin Moran CIN 1B 615.06 Good park, but likely just a bench bat.
48 Matt Beaty LAD 1B, OF 566.96 If Muncy misses time, he could play more.
49 Jurickson Profar SD 1B, OF 457.2 DH could help him get playing time.
50 Brad Miller TEX 1B, OF 545.57 Could be a sneaky deep league player.
51 Edwin Rios LAD 1B 476.55 Love the potential if healthy.
52 Lewin Díaz MIA 1B 541.49 Is now the time?
53 Juan Yepez STL 1B 469.24 Blocked, but a deep sleeper
54 Daniel Vogelbach PIT 1B 621.14 Could find some regular playing time in Pittsburgh.
55 Ryan O’Hearn KC 1B, OF 683.27 Too much competition now.
56 Albert Pujols STL 1B 711.49 Back in STL, but probably just a short side platoon guy at this point.
57 Willians Astudillo MIA 1B, 3B 704.96 Will he get any playing time?
58 Yu Chang CLE 1B, 3B 613.08 Utility infielder.
59 Travis Shaw BOS 1B, 3B 653.08 Doesn’t have much value in Boston. 0
60 Matt Thaiss LAA 1B 599.73 Addition of Suzuki means he probably won’t catch much in LAA.
ADP is based on NFBC Draft Champions leagues during the. month of March





Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as other periodic articles. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, and the owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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crusader08member
8 months ago

Half these comments feel outdated

hebrewmember
8 months ago
Reply to  crusader08

yeah sure seems like a lot of comments weren’t updated

butthole25
7 months ago
Reply to  hebrew

Ya think?

“No matter where Olson ends up, it’ll be a better park and team.”

helikoopter
8 months ago
Reply to  crusader08

“Where he (Anthony Rizzo) signs will determine his value moving forward.”

I don’t know what you’re talking about.