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2022 First Baseman Rankings

Anthony Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

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Up this week are my just-for-fun 2022 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

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First Baseman Rankings

2022 First Base Team 2021 July
1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Blue Jays 3 1
2 Freddie Freeman 2 2
3 Matt Olson Athletics 7 4
4 Pete Alonso Mets 5 5
5 Jose Abreu White Sox 6 6
6 DJ LeMahieu Yankees 4 7
7 Kris Bryant n/a 11
8 Josh Bell Nationals 15 20
9 Luke Voit Yankees 12 13
10 Jake Cronenworth Padres 18 17
11 Max Muncy Dodgers 19 12
12 Alex Kirilloff Twins n/a 25
13 Anthony Rizzo 13 14
14 Paul Goldschmidt Cardinals 11 10
15 Jared Walsh Angels 32 19
16 Ryan Mountcastle Orioles 9 22
17 Eric Hosmer Padres 10 16
18 Rhys Hoskins Phillies 16 18
19 Trey Mancini Orioles 20 23
20 Yuli Gurriel Astros* 28 21
21 Keston Hiura Brewers n/a 24
22 Nate Lowe Rangers 29 26
23 Pavin Smith Diamondbacks 64 32
24 Garrett Cooper Marlins 37 38
25 Joey Votto Reds 35 27
26 Jonathan Schoop n/a 30
27 C.J. Cron 8 8
28 Bobby Dalbec Red Sox 24 34
29 Miguel Sano Twins 21 43
30 Brandon Belt 26 41
31 Ty France Mariners n/a 35
32 Carlos Santana Royals 30 29
33 Jesus Aguilar Marlins 41 37
34 Tyler Stephenson Reds n/a NR
35 Rowdy Tellez Brewers 27 57
36 Edwin Rios Dodgers 37 3B NR
37 Christian Walker Diamondbacks 25 33
38 Bobby Bradley Indians n/a 40
39 Nick Pratto Royals NR NR
40 Joshua Fuentes Rockies 43 44
41 Colin Moran Pirates 38 42
42 Seth Beer Diamondbacks 67 65
43 Mason Martin Pirates NR NR
44 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 7 DH 52
45 Danny Santana 45 53
46 Evan White Mariners 42 NR
47 Yandy Diaz Rays n/a 60
48 Renato Nunez Tigers 40 NR
49 Triston Casas Red Sox NR NR
50 Jake Bauers Mariners 44 55

  • Freddie Freeman and Anthony Rizzo are the big free agents at first base. It’s hard to see Freeman continuing his career somewhere other than Atlanta, but Rizzo looks like a better bet to leave with the Cubs probably continuing to cut costs. I assume that Yuli Gurriel’s $8 million option will be picked up by Houston.

  • There aren’t any newcomers high in the rankings here, as there is a shortage of big-time first base prospects and none of the first base prospects that are approaching the majors seem assured of starting jobs to begin next year. I have Nick Pratto first among the prospects; he’s hitting .276/.407/.593 in Double-A and he could push Carlos Santana to DH sometime next year, assuming that the Royals don’t land a big DH this winter. Seth Beer should get a job in Arizona sometime next year, but I don’t know that he’ll be a mixed-league guy in that lineup anytime soon.

  • I assume the Nationals will either have the DH available next year or won’t have Ryan Zimmerman on the roster. Either way, I’ll feel quite a bit better about drafting Josh Bell than I did this year.

  • The possibility of the DH in the National League also moves Garrett Cooper up several spots here. It could be a big help to Edwin Rios, as well. He still would hardly be assured a job in L.A., but he has big-time power upside waiting to be unleashed.