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May 1B and DH Rankings

Updated On: May 1, 2019, 4:50 am ET

Up this week are the May rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Remember that players are listed where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see someone you’re looking for, check another position. Designated hitters are listed with the first basemen.

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First Baseman and Designated Hitter Rankings

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


Dropping off: Greg Bird (39th), Frank Schwindel (45th)


  • I mix in the remaining DHs along with the first basemen here to give one a better idea of where they rank. The big three DHs are all still about the same in the top 300 as they were a month ago. I had Joey Votto 71st, Khris Davis 72nd, Nelson Cruz 80th and Shohei Ohtani 91st in the preseason. Votto has slid down some since then, while Luke Voit, who was originally 108th, has leapfrogged all of them.
  • The Astros are pretty much rotating Tyler White, Tony Kemp and Jake Marisnick so that each one plays once every three days. I imagine the hope is that one will get hot and win the day, but it’s really hard to get hot as a hitter while playing twice per week. I still like White as a mixed-league guy if he earns a longer look. As is, he’s started on consecutive days just once all season (he went 4-for-4 with three walks on April 22-23 and then rode the pine the next two days).
  • Nate Lowe got a callup from the Rays after hitting .300/.444/.543 with three homers and a 19/17 K/BB ratio in 21 games for Triple-A Durham, and he figures to see a lot of time against righties, at least until Austin Meadows comes off the IL. Like Ji-Man Choi, Lowe is a left-handed hitter who is limited to first base, so one imagines there will be room for only one of the two once the Rays get healthier. Perhaps Lowe will win out in that battle -- I’m giving him the higher ranking here -- but I don’t think he’s an immediate pickup in mixed leagues.

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