2012 Top 10 First Base Prospects

With such a lackluster class of first basemen this year only the top three will make my top 100 prospects list.

1. Yonder Alonso – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’2″ 210 – SD – 4.8.87. College: Miami (FL). Drafted: 2008 (1st Round – 7th Overall). No longer blocked by Joey Votto after being traded to San Diego, along with Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger in exchange for Mat Latos, Alonso will be the every day 1B this season. Scouting report here.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

IL

AAA

91

358

46

106

24

4

12

56

6

46

60

.296

.374

.486

2011

NL

MLB

47

88

9

29

4

0

5

15

0

10

21

.330

.398

.545

2. Anthony Rizzo – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’3″ 220 – CHC – 8.8.89. High School: Parkland (FL). Drafted: 6th Round (2007) Boston. The Red Sox dealt Rizzo, along with RHP Casey Kelly and OF Raymond Fuentes to San Diego following the 2010 season in exchange Adrian Gonzalez. Despite the change in scenery, Rizzo produced a second straight 25 HR 100 RBI season. His reward – another off season move. This time to Chicago to be reunited with Theo Epstein. Rizzo mashed in AAA but struggled mightily after being called up to the big club. He fell just 2 AB’s short of losing his prospect status.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

PCL

AAA

93

356

64

118

34

1

26

101

7

43

89

.331

.404

.652

2011

NL

MLB

49

128

9

18

8

1

1

9

2

21

46

.141

.281

.242

3. Jonathan Singleton – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’2″ 215 – HOU – 9.18.91. High School: Long Beach (CA). Drafted: 2009 (8th Round) Phillidelphia. Singleton is our third straight prospect on this list to change systems in 2011 after being traded from Philadelphia along with Jarred Cosart, Domingo Santana and Josh Zeid for Hunter Pence. He has a keen eye which has contributed to his .390+ OBP in each of his three professional seasons.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

FSL

A+

93

320

48

91

14

0

9

47

3

56

83

.284

.387

.413

2011

CAL

A+

35

129

20

43

9

1

4

16

0

14

40

.333

.405

.512

2011

TOT

2Tms

128

449

68

134

23

1

13

63

3

70

123

.298

.392

.441

4. C.J. Cron – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’4″ 235 – LAA – 1.5.90. College: Utah. Drafted: 2011 (1st Round – 17th Overall). A Prospect Junkies Preseason All-American in 2011, Cron, a converted catcher, didn’t disappoint, producing a .434/.517/.803 line to go with 15 HR and 59 RBI. Cron possesses some of the best pure power in the 2011 draft class. The perceived success of Marc Trumbo and the acquisition of Albert Pujols could mean that Cron will eventually be traded but the decision doesn’t need to be made any time soon.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

PIO

RK

34

143

30

44

5

1

13

41

0

10

34

.308

.371

.629

5. Matt Adams – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’3″ 230 – STL – 8.31.88. High School: Slippery Rock (PA). Drafted: 2009 – 23rd Round. A converted catcher and after thought, Adams has been a discussion point this offseason with the departure of Albert Pujols. While he’s not a toosly prospect, he has raked everywhere he’s been. Lance Berkman will take over first base for now and Adams is ticketed for AAA.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

TL

AA

115

463

80

139

23

2

32

101

0

40

90

.300

.357

.566

6. Chris Parmelee – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’1″ 230 – MIN – 2.24.88. High School: Chino Hills (CA). Drafted: 2006 – 1st Round (20th Overall). Parmelee has reinvigorated his prospect status with a strong 2011 that included a successful Major League call up. While I don’t think his future is considerably bright, the Twins certainly need offense and have a knack for squeezing production out of moderate ceiling guys.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

EL

AA

142

530

76

152

30

5

13

83

0

68

94

.287

.366

.436

2011

AL

MLB

21

76

8

27

6

0

4

14

0

12

13

.355

.443

.592

7. Chris Carter – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’5″ 245 – OAK – 12.18.86. High School: Las Vegas (NV). Drafted: 2005 – 15th Round – White Sox. Carter’s stock is fading after repeated failures, albeit in short samplings (.480 OPS in 124 PA’s), at the Major League level but I’m not ready to give up on him. At 25 years old, however, he’s running out of time. He has 170 Minor League HR’s under his belt.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

CAL

A+

6

24

3

8

0

0

3

7

0

4

8

.333

.429

.708

2011

PCL

AAA

75

296

55

81

18

2

18

72

5

42

85

.274

.366

.530

2011

AL

MLB

15

44

2

6

0

0

0

0

0

2

20

.136

.174

.136

8. Aaron Westlake – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’4″ 235 – 12.27.88. College: Vanderbilt. Drafted: 2011 – 3rd Round. In Aaron Westlake’s final game in Nashville, he hit three home runs to send the Commodores to the College World Series for the first time in school history. A fourth year junior before being drafted, Westlake is older than most 2011 draftees so he’ll need to move quickly so he can be blocked by Miggy and Prince.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

GLF

RK

5

18

2

3

1

0

1

4

0

2

6

.167

.250

.389

2011

NYP

A-

27

106

14

28

4

1

2

15

1

10

23

.264

.328

.377

2011

2 lgs

TOT

32

124

16

31

5

1

3

19

1

12

29

.250

.316

.379

9. Dan Vogelbach – Bats: L Throws: R – 5’11 250 – 12.17.92. High School: North Fort Myers (FL). Drafted: 2011 – 2nd Round. The power is real and so is his waist line.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

ARI

RK

6

24

4

7

3

0

1

6

1

2

2

.292

.370

.542

10. Alex Dickerson – Bats: L Throws: L – 6’3″ 235 – 5.26.90. College Indiana. Drafted: 2011 – 3rd Round. Alex uses his massive forearms to generate a powerful pull heavy swing. Click here for a our scouting report.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2011

NYP

A-

41

150

25

47

16

1

3

19

0

16

28

.313

.393

.493

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