Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Leagues 10 Best 1st Basemen

1. Rob Willis In just his 3rd major league season this 24 year old has shown that he is among the elite 1st basemen. Currently on pace for another 30 homer 100 rbi season, he also adds solid speed and gold glove type ability. Will continue to grow as a player and should develop better power. Looks like a future Hall of Famer.

2. Mel Haywood Would be the front runner for the Gold Glove if not for Mark Yamaguchi. Hitting well above .330 with a plus 400 OBP. His power isn’t as great as in years past he still drives in runs and should finish with over 100 RBI again this season.

3. Dennis Newfield This former MVP is having another MVP type season. On pace for 30+ homers and 120+ RBI. Hitting above his career avg at .327 and plus 400 OBP. Doesn’t steal bases or get caught stealing, he is also about average fielding wise.

4. Tanner Magnante Usually known for swatting massive homers this slugger already has a cabinet full of awards. He is quietly having another solid season. Only on pace for 20 homers 80 RBI he does the little things really well. Could draw 100 walks for the 2nd time and is a solid defensive 1st baseman that occasionally makes a spectacular play.

5. Billy Corey Another young slugger that has seen his power numbers drop off sharply. After hitting 54 homers last season, might not reach 30 this year. Does have one of the highest batting averages for a 1st baseman and an OBP close to .400. Still learning to play 1st he is a only at best avg defensively.

6. Leonardo Mackowiak Another former MVP. Drives in runs, hits homers and walks a lot. Pretty much all you want from a 1st baseman. On the other hand, he has never hit for great avg, and with each passing day his range gets less and less. One of the all time greats is now just good.

7. F.P. Koskie Another smooth fielding 1st baseman in the mold of Wally Joyner, still swings a solid stick but his power seems to be fading every month. Other then fielding and batting for a good average doesn’t do enough to be listed with the top tier 1st basemen.

8. Spike Barkley Former catcher is having a career season with the bat. On pace for 30+ homers and 100+ rbi. Too bad for him he is one of the worst fielders in the league. A move to the AL might be best for his career.

9. Tomas Javier The senior member of the Toros is having another solid season at the dish. On pace for 50 jacks and 100 rbi. Doesn’t walk and doesn’t run. His lack of durability hurts his performance but a solid glove and good instincts help him defensively.

10. Mark Yamaguchi Meet the Gold Glove winner for season 14. Is having an awful year batting wise but does everything else better then everyone else. Runs well and fields even better. San Diegos solid pitching is supported by their teams better defense.

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