2011 Top 10 First Basemen Prospects



1. Freddie Freeman – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’5″ 220 – ATL – 9.12.89. I don’t think I’ve ever truly understood how good Freddie Freeman has actually been. Maybe it’s the fact that he was a second round pick of the same Braves draft class that produced Jason Heyward that I viewed Freeman as somewhat of an afterthought. While I still don’t think he’s as good as Heyward, very few humans are, so I shouldn’t hold him responsible. Freeman has been one of the youngest players at each level he’s played at as a professional and has still produced each step of the way. When a 20 year old posts an .898 OPS in AAA I guess it gets my attention. Congrats kid, you’re my number #1 first baseman. Your parents must be proud.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

IL

AAA

124

461

73

147

35

2

18

87

6

43

84

.319

.378

.521

2010

NL

MLB

20

24

3

4

1

0

1

1

0

0

8

.167

.167

.333

2. Eric HosmerBats: L Throws: L – 6’4″ 215 – KC – 10.24.89. Hosmer was the #2 ranked prospect in the Texas League behind only his Northwest Arkansas teammate Mike Moustakas. Following a horrible 2009 season Hosmer was ranked #7 on this list last year, and treated himself to off-season laser eye surgery. The results have been nothing short of spectacular as Hosmer had a near 1.00 BB/K% and posted a .977 OPS.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CAR

A+

87

325

48

115

29

6

7

51

11

44

39

.354

.429

.545

2010

TEX

AA

50

195

39

61

14

3

13

35

3

15

27

.313

.365

.615

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

137

520

87

176

43

9

26

86

14

59

66

.338

.406

.571

3. Brandon Belt – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’5″ 195 – SF – 4.20.88. As a college baseball fan, I’m partial to professional guys that I was able to follow in their college years, and while Belt was a good college player he wasn’t supposed to be this good as a professional. The 5th round pick out of Texas wasn’t even included in the top 30 Giants prospects prior to the 2010 season by Baseball America. Belt got off to a great start in the hitters heaven that is the California League but he produced at all three levels last season, finishing with a 13 game stay the AAA Pacific Coast League. On top of the 40+ doubles, 10 triples, 23 HR, 22 steals, 1.00 BB/K ratio and 1.075 OPS, he’s an excellent defensive first baseman. There’s a lot to love about that last sentence if you’re into metrics and commas.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CAL

A+

77

269

62

103

28

4

10

62

18

58

50

.383

.492

.628

2010

EL

AA

46

175

26

59

11

6

9

40

2

22

34

.337

.413

.623

2010

PCL

AAA

13

48

11

11

4

0

4

10

2

13

15

.229

.393

.563

2010

TOT

3 Lgs

136

492

99

173

43

10

23

112

22

93

99

.352

.455

.620



4. Jonathan Singleton – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’2″ 215 – PHI – 9.18.91. First he writes and directs a great film like Boyz N the Hood then he takes up baseball and becomes a promising prospect. OK different John Singleton. Regarded as the top prospect in the South Atlantic League, Singleton possesses power and patience at the plate reminiscent of Ryan Howard. With Howard in front of him, Singleton has experimented in LF but with his anticipated MLB debut being years away, it’s too early to be talking about a position change.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SAL

A-

104

376

64

109

25

2

14

77

9

62

74

.290

.393

.479

5. Yonder Alonso – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’2″ 210 – CIN – 4.8.87. Like Singleton, Yonder is blocked by an All-Star in Joey Votto but it’s much closer to decision time for the Reds with regard to the Cuban born Alonso. Yonder did play 30 games in LF last season and he can’t be much worse defensively than Johnny Gomes but it’s unclear that he can match Gomes in the ever so crucial mohawk category. Another go at AAA wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world for Alonso as his pitch recognition was exposed in a late season call up.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SO

AA

31

101

19

27

5

0

3

13

4

19

16

.267

.388

.406

2010

IL

AAA

101

406

50

120

31

2

12

56

9

37

76

.296

.355

.470

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

132

507

69

147

36

2

15

69

13

56

92

.290

.362

.458

2010

NL

MLB

22

29

2

6

2

0

0

3

0

0

10

.207

.207

.276


6. Chris Carter – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’5″ 230 – OAK – 12.18.86. Look out Crash Davis, Carter has 149 career minor league HR, but he won’t get enough minor league time to accumulate the 100 or so needed to break Crash’s fictional record. A first basemen by trade, Carter didn’t play a single game at the position upon his August 9th promotion to Oakland as all 22 of his MLB appearances came at either LF or DH. You know what you’re going to get with Carter; a lot of HR’s and a lot of K’s but he does take his fair share of walks (13.2 BB% last season). If he can win a spot in Oakland this year he could produce enough power numbers to be an All Rookie Team selection.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

PCL

AAA

125

465

92

120

29

2

31

94

1

73

138

.258

.365

.529

2010

AL

MLB

24

70

8

13

1

0

3

7

1

7

21

.186

.256

.329

7. Jerry Sands – Bats: R Throws R – 6’4″ 225 – LAD – 9.28.87. Sands was so impressive in A ball I had to do a double take to verify that he was doing it in the frigid Midwest League and not the California League. Sands, the NCAA DII product, has a power/athleticism combo that is rare for a 1B. He’s spent significant time at all 3 OF positions over the past 2 years and even played a game at 3B last season. Frankly it doesn’t matter where he plays as long as he’s posting a .981 OPS.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

MW

A-

69

243

48

48

16

3

18

46

14

40

61

.333

.432

.646

2010

SOU

AA

68

259

54

54

12

2

17

47

4

33

62

.270

.360

.529

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

137

502

102

151

28

5

35

93

18

73

123

.301

.395

.586

8. Anthony Rizzo – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’3″ 220 – SD – 8.8.89. Rizzo, along with RHP Casey Kelly and OF Reymond Fuentes were dealt to San Diego this off-season for Adrian Gonzalez. While in AA last year, the Eastern League managers voted him as the best defensive first baseman in the league. Rizzo could get the opportunity to play every day with the departure of Gonzalez but he’d have to beat out my very close personal friend Mike Baxter whom I’ve met once and newly acquired Brad Hawpe. Rizzo wi

ll likey start the season in AAA Portland.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CAR

A+

29

117

26

29

12

0

5

20

3

16

32

.248

.333

.479

2010

EL

AA

107

414

66

109

30

0

20

80

7

45

100

.263

.334

.481

2010

TOT

2Lgs

136

531

92

138

42

0

25

100

10

61

132

.260

.334

.480

9. Lars Anderson – Bats: L Throws L – 6’4″ 215 – BOS – 9.25.87. Lars may have been the top first base prospect in baseball entering the 2009 season and that’s probably the primary reason why he’s still hanging around my top 10. With Rizzo out of town, Lars has reasserted himself as the first baseman of the future in Boston. After an awful 2009 he had a less awful 2010 and made his MLB debut at age 22 so that’s something.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

EL

AA

17

62

13

22

5

0

5

16

1

7

16

.355

.408

.677

2010

IL

AAA

113

409

49

107

32

3

10

53

2

44

109

.262

.340

.428

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

130

471

62

129

37

3

15

69

3

51

125

.274

.349

.461

2010

AL

MLB

18

35

4

7

1

9

9

4

9

7

8

.200

.326

.229

10. Paul Goldschmidt – 1B – ARI. Bats: R Throws R – 6’4″ 220 – ARI – 9.10.87. A high school teammate of Blue Jays pitching prospect Kyle Drabek, Goldschmidt put up such spectacular numbers in the California League that it’s tough for me to ignore. Because of the historical statistical inflation of said league, Goldschmidt’s very appearance on this list could be really be interchanged with other first basemen of the notorious hitter’s league such as Seattle’s Rich Poythress or Washington’s Tyler Moore but suppose I think Goldschmidt’s numbers are slightly less inflated than the other guys.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CAL

A+

138

525

102

165

42

3

35

108

5

57

161

.314

.384

.606



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