Power Rankings: Top 15 First Basemen in the Majors

8. Lucas Duda (New York Mets)

Lucas Duda is in a very interesting position going into these next few years. The Mets finished just under .500 in 2014 (79-83), 9.0 games from a wild card birth. However, it seems that the Mets flew under the radar this year. David Wight is probably the most talented position player on the Mets, but he is certainly in the latter half of his career. He is past those 25+ HR 100+ RBI years, but Lucas Duda is not.

Lucas Duda is the player most likely to put up flashy numbers on this Mets team, and with the Met’s starting to become a contender, he could possibly become a big name in this league. Let me throw out a hypothetical scenario. Let’s say that the Mets clinch a wild card berth in 2016. David Wright finishes the year with a line of 14 HR, 53 RBI, .307 BA and Lucas Duda finishes the year with a line of 32 HR, 98 RBI, .260 BA, then who gets more credit? The answer is Duda.

The former USC Trojan is 28 years old and still has probably five to seven years of production left. If he plays well in these next two years, expect to hear the name “Duda” a whole lot more.

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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