Position-by-Position Rankings: First Basemen (VIDEO)


This issue celebrates Baseball America’s 25th Top 100 Prospects list, and we just published our 14th Prospect Handbook with 900 scouting reports. Ranking players is our business as well as our hobby, though, so we just can’t stop ourselves. Here’s a look at how prospects rank by position, covering 300 of the best prospects in the game.

Where have the first basemen gone? As we’ve written about at Baseball America, the minors have a significant lack of premium first base prospects. Abreu jumped right to this list when he made it out of Cuba. Peterson is playing third base right now, but very few scouts believe he’ll end up anywhere other than first base in the long term.

FIRST BASEMEN
GRADE D+
Rank, Player, Team
1. Jose Abreu, White Sox
2. Jonathan Singleton, Astros
3. D.J. Peterson, Mariners
4. Dominic Smith, Mets
5. C.J. Cron, Angels
6. Kyle Parker, Rockies
7. Ronald Guzman, Rangers
8. Matt Skole, Nationals
9. Max Muncy, Athletics
10. Dan Vogelbach, Cubs
11. Greg Bird, Yankees
12. Matt Olson, Athletics
13. Rowdy Tellez, Blue Jays
14. Max Kepler, Twins
15. Keon Barnum, White Sox
16. Alex Dickerson, Padres
17. Jesus Aguilar, Indians
18. Hunter Morris, Brewers
19. Daniel Palka, Diamondbacks
20. Richie Shaffer, Rays