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2022 First Baseman Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: July 15, 2021, 5:03 am ET

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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

2022First BaseTeam2021July
1Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Blue Jays31
2Freddie Freeman 22
3Matt OlsonAthletics74
4Pete AlonsoMets55
5Jose AbreuWhite Sox66
6DJ LeMahieuYankees47
7Kris Bryant n/a11
8Josh BellNationals1520
9Luke VoitYankees1213
10Jake CronenworthPadres1817
11Max MuncyDodgers1912
12Alex KirilloffTwinsn/a25
13Anthony Rizzo 1314
14Paul GoldschmidtCardinals1110
15Jared WalshAngels3219
16Ryan MountcastleOrioles922
17Eric HosmerPadres1016
18Rhys HoskinsPhillies1618
19Trey ManciniOrioles2023
20Yuli GurrielAstros*2821
21Keston HiuraBrewersn/a24
22Nate LoweRangers2926
23Pavin SmithDiamondbacks6432
24Garrett CooperMarlins3738
25Joey VottoReds3527
26Jonathan Schoop n/a30
27C.J. Cron 88
28Bobby DalbecRed Sox2434
29Miguel SanoTwins2143
30Brandon Belt 2641
31Ty FranceMarinersn/a35
32Carlos SantanaRoyals3029
33Jesus AguilarMarlins4137
34Tyler StephensonRedsn/aNR
35Rowdy TellezBrewers2757
36Edwin RiosDodgers37 3BNR
37Christian WalkerDiamondbacks2533
38Bobby BradleyIndiansn/a40
39Nick PrattoRoyalsNRNR
40Joshua FuentesRockies4344
41Colin MoranPirates3842
42Seth BeerDiamondbacks6765
43Mason MartinPiratesNRNR
44Miguel CabreraTigers7 DH52
45Danny Santana 4553
46Evan WhiteMariners42NR
47Yandy DiazRaysn/a60
48Renato NunezTigers40NR
49Triston CasasRed SoxNRNR
50Jake BauersMariners4455


  • 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.