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August 1B and DH Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: August 1, 2019, 4:50 am ET

Welcome to the post-deadline edition of the rankings. It would have been nice to have a full day to ruminate on Wednesday’s trades and see some of the initial lineup ramifications, but today is August first and I dared not delay any longer. As always, players are ranked based on rest-of-season value in 5x5 leagues and are listed at their most valuable positions.

Click to see other August rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

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First Baseman and Designated Hitter Rankings

Aug First Base Team 2019 July
1 Cody Bellinger Dodgers 3 1
2 Freddie Freeman Braves 1 2
3 Paul Goldschmidt Cardinals 2 5
4 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 4 4
5 Josh Bell Pirates 12 3
6 Pete Alonso Mets 19 8
1 DH Shohei Ohtani Angels 3 DH 1 DH
2 DH Nelson Cruz Twins 2 DH 2 DH
7 Matt Olson Athletics 16 7
8 Jose Abreu White Sox 5 6
9 Ian Desmond Rockies 9 9
10 Edwin Encarnacion Yankees 15 10
3 DH Khris Davis Athletics 1 DH 3 DH
11 Joey Votto Reds 6 12
12 Eric Hosmer Padres 10 14
13 Carlos Santana Indians 23 16
14 C.J. Cron Twins 11 13
15 Luke Voit Yankees 7 11
16 Dan Vogelbach Mariners 46 15
17 Jesus Aguilar Rays 13 25
18 Jose Martinez Cardinals 21 19
19 Nate Lowe Rays 56 38
20 Justin Smoak Blue Jays 20 18
21 Matt Adams Nationals 38 29
22 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 8 17
23 Albert Pujols Angels 36 24
24 Jake Bauers Indians 18 21
25 Christian Walker Diamondbacks 47 28
26 Mitch Moreland Red Sox 40 30
27 Rowdy Tellez Blue Jays 30 20
28 Brandon Belt Giants 29 27
29 A.J. Reed White Sox 48 NR
30 Yonder Alonso Rockies 32 41
31 Ronald Guzman Rangers 24 23
32 Matt Beaty Dodgers 62 35
33 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 26 26
34 Dominic Smith Mets 44 22
35 Chris Davis Orioles 33 37
36 Justin Bour Angels 25 33
37 Ryan O'Hearn Royals 35 NR
38 Tyler White Dodgers 17 34
39 Brandon Dixon Tigers 49 39
4 DH Mark Trumbo Orioles 5 DH 4 DH
40 Ji-Man Choi Rays 6 DH 31
41 Steve Pearce Red Sox 28 40
42 Logan Morrison Phillies 34 32
43 Tyler Austin Giants 42 42
44 Bobby Bradley Indians 58 36
45 Mike Ford Yankees 55 NR

 

Dropping off: Mark Reynolds (43rd), Kendrys Morales (44th), Lucas Duda (45th)

 

  • It’s hard to rank Luke Voit right now while awaiting word if he’s going to aim to play again in 10 days or undergo surgery for his sports hernia. I am wondering if the Yankees might give Mike Ford a shot if Voit undergoes surgery. Ford is hitting .306/.400/.616 in Triple-A, and he didn’t embarrass himself in his 30 major league at-bats earlier this season (.200/.400/.333). The Yankees aren’t lacking lineup options, so it’s not necessarily likely that Ford would get the call. Still, he could surprise if given the chance.
  • New Rays first baseman Jesus Aguilar got off to a brutal start and never got much of a chance to resume playing against righties after falling into a platoon role in Milwaukee, but he actually hit .275/.369/.483 in his 177 plate appearances since April 29. It will be interesting to see if he gets a chance to start regularly in Tampa Bay or if he continues to be utilized mostly against lefties. If I’m the Rays, I’d give him a real shot and move on from Ji-Man Choi. If it looks like they’ll go that route, Aguilar should be picked up in mixed leagues.

 

Matthew Pouliot

Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of NBC Sports Edge and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.