Power Rankings: Top 15 First Basemen in the Majors

2. Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Who is ready for Paul Goldschmidt to play the wonderful game of baseball again? I know I am. Paul Goldschmidt has the capacity to push his Arizona Diamondbacks to the playoffs if he is healthy. In 2013, he lost out on being the NL MVP, arguably because the D-Backs missed out on the postseason. He led the MLB in HR, RBI, SLG, OPS, OPS+, and total bases.

Goldy played in 95 games before the All-Star break (where he did play as an All-Star) with 16 HR, 61 RBI, and .308 BA. After the break, he had just 49 at-bats, not 49 games, but 49 at-bats, and had only 12 hits with three homers and eight runs batted in.

His hand injury did derail his year and eventually ended it. He is on pace to be back and 100% in 2015. And just in case anybody has forgotten already, Paul Goldschmidt at 100% should be your worst nightmare.

4 Responses

  1. jdn

    Ridiculous Pujols is not considered to be in the top 15 first baseman in baseball today. Have his numbers slipped, certainly but to not rank him in the top 15 is freaking insulting and just flat out stupid.

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    • Will Gribin

      He is in the top 15. That’s what the “On the Bubble” is on the first page.

      Thanks for the feedback though. Seems like we might be on the same page

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  2. Al-Kendall

    I don’t know why you did not rank Morneau higher on the list. Not only did he win the 2014 NL BA crown, but he is an excellent defender at 1B.

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    • Will Gribin

      It’s funny that you say that because I actual just had an entire discussion where I had to defend having Morneau on the list at all. If it’s any consolation, Morneau is #11.

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