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May 1B and DH Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

Here are the May first baseman and designated hitter rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300 list. I try to list players at the positions at which they're most valuable, so if you can't find that second baseman you're looking for, check shortstop instead.


Click to see other May rankings:

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


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First Baseman and Designated Hitter Rankings


May First Base and DH Team 2014
1 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 1
2 Freddie Freeman Braves 5
3 Albert Pujols Angels 7
4 Joey Votto Reds 4
5 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers 8
6 Prince Fielder Rangers 2
7 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 6
8 Jose Abreu White Sox 13
9 Chris Davis Orioles 3
1 DH David Ortiz Red Sox 1 DH
10 Justin Morneau Rockies 14
11 Brandon Belt Giants 12
12 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 15
13 Eric Hosmer Royals 11
14 Victor Martinez Tigers 3 DH
15 Allen Craig Cardinals 9
16 Mike Napoli Red Sox 16
2 DH Billy Butler Royals 2 DH
17 Mark Teixeira Yankees 27
18 Brandon Moss Athletics 17
19 Adam LaRoche Nationals 24
20 Ryan Howard Phillies 22
21 Mark Trumbo Diamondbacks 10
22 Matt Adams Cardinals 19
23 James Loney Rays 25
24 Kendrys Morales   18
25 Nick Swisher Indians 20
26 Adam Lind Blue Jays 26
27 Adam Dunn White Sox 30
28 Justin Smoak Mariners 29
29 Ike Davis Pirates 23
30 Chris Carter Astros 28
31 Lucas Duda Mets 104 OF
32 Yonder Alonso Padres 21
33 Corey Hart Mariners 31
34 Chris Colabello Twins 51
35 Jonathan Singleton Astros 43
36 Garrett Jones Marlins 36
37 Mitch Moreland Rangers 32
38 C.J. Cron Angels 62
39 Gaby Sanchez Pirates 35
40 Daric Barton Athletics 34
41 Logan Morrison Mariners 33
42 Lyle Overbay Brewers 45


Dropping off: Alex Gonzalez (37th), Japhet Amador (38th), Paul Konerko (39th)


  • No. 2 through No. 9 is totally a jumble here, and I could come up with a completely new order if asked again tomorrow. I’m not going to write off Fielder or Encarnacion. I don’t think Davis’s stock has fallen as far as his placement here suggests, but it’s hard to rank any of those healthy guys behind him. Anyway, all of them are bunched closely in the top 300.


  • That Cron had three hits and two RBI in his major league debut after being called up Saturday turned him from an interesting speculation pickup in AL-only leagues into someone who is getting grabbed in mixed leagues. After all, the 24-year-old was hitting .319/.369/.602 with six homers in 113 at-bats in the minors, and he has only Raul Ibanez standing in his way at DH in Anaheim.


Still, I am rather skeptical. Last year, Cron hit a much less interesting .274/.319/.428 with 14 homers in 519 at-bats in Double-A. That came with a sub-.700 OPS against righties. His minor league numbers have been inflated by playing in very good situations for hitters and still aren’t all that impressive. I think he’s a long shot to make it as a major league regular for the long haul.


Of course, I’m also pretty skeptical of Ibanez making a positive contribution this year, and if he starts getting regular at-bats, it’s not like Cron would need to post an .800 OPS to be a useful fantasy property while hitting in the middle of the Angels lineup. I still think there are plenty of better mixed-league options out there right now, but it’s a situation worth watching.

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