Hot Corner Positional Rankings: First Base

by Thom Cunningham | Posted on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
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Paul Goldschmidt

These are the 2013 Baseball Hot Corner positional rankings for qualified first basemen. All end of season positional rankings are for qualified players only. Rankings are determined based off of a player’s end of season statistics including overall team success throughout the 2012-13 MLB season.

Baseball Hot Corner 2012-13 MLB Qualified First Basemen Rankings:

 

1) Paul GoldschmidtArizona Diamondbacks

Season Stats: .302 batting average; 125 RBI; 36 HR

Season Highlights: Highest RBI total for all qualified NL first basemen; Highest HR total for all NL first basemen; NL Silver Slugger Award: NL Gold Glove Award

 

2) Freddie FreemanAtlanta Braves

Season Stats: .319 batting average; 109 RBI; 23 HR

Season Highlights: Highest batting average for all qualified MLB first basemen; NL East Champions; NLDS runner-up; NL All-Star Reserve

 

3) Chris DavisBaltimore Orioles

Season Stats: .286 batting average; 138 RBI; 53 HR

Season Highlights: Highest HR and RBI total for all qualified MLB first basemen; AL All-Star Starter

 

4) Allen CraigSt. Louis Cardinals

Season Stats: .315 batting average; 97 RBI; 13 HR

Season Highlights:  NL Central Champions; NLCS Champions; World Series runner-up; NL All-Star Reserve

 

5) Joey VottoCincinnati Reds

Season Stats: .305 batting average; 73 RBI; 24 HR

Season Highlights:  NL Wild Card appearance

 

6) Prince FielderDetroit Tigers

Season Stats: .279 batting average; 106 RBI; 25 HR

Season Highlights: AL Central Champions; ALCS runner-up; AL All-Star Reserve

 

7) Adrian GonzalezLos Angeles Dodgers

Season Stats: .293 batting average; 100 RBI; 22 HR

Season Highlights: NL West Champions; NLCS Runner-up

 

8) Edwin EncarnacionToronto Blue Jays

Season Stats: .272 batting average; 104 RBI; 36 HR

Season Highlights: Over 100 RBI and 35 HR in one season; Lowest SO total for all qualified MLB first basemen with 62

 

9) Mike NapoliBoston Red Sox

Season Stats: .259 batting average; 92 RBI; 23 HR

Season Highlights: Al East Champions; ALCS Champions; World Series Champions

 

10) James LoneyTampa Bay Rays

Season Stats: .299 batting average; 75 RBI; 13 HR

Season Highlights: AL Wild Card Winner; ALDS runner-up

 

11) Brandon MossOakland Athletics

Season Stats: .256 batting average; 87 RBI; 30 HR

Season Highlights: AL West Champions; ALDS runner-up

 

12) Eric HosmerKansas City Royals

Season Stats: .302 batting average; 79 RBI; 17 HR

Season Highlights: Highest total batting average for qualified AL first basemen; AL Gold Glove Award

 

13) Mark TrumboLos Angeles Angels

Season Stats: .234 batting average; 100 RBI; 34 HR

Season Highlights: Over 30 total HR season

 

14) Nick SwisherCleveland Indians

Season Stats: .246 batting average; 63 RBI; 22 HR

Season Highlights: AL Wild Card appearance

 

15) Justin MorneauMinnesota Twins/Pittsburgh Pirates

Season Stats: .259 batting average; 77 RBI; 17 HR

Season Highlights: NL Wild Card Winner; NLDS runner-up

 

16) Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs

Season Stats: .233 batting average; 80 RBI; 23 HR

Season Highlights: Highest total 2B’s for all qualified MLB first basemen; Named July’s Rookie of the Month

 

17) Brandon BeltSan Francisco Giants

Season Stats: .289 batting average; 67 RBI; 17 HR

Season Highlights:  Highest total 3B’s for all qualified MLB first basemen

 

18) Mitch MorelandTexas Rangers

Season Stats: .232 batting average; 60 RBI; 23 HR

Season Highlights:  AL Wild Card play-in-game appearance

 

19) Adam LaRoche – Washington Nationals

Season Stats: .237 batting average; 62 RBI; 20 HR

Season Highlights: Became sixth player ever to record a home run each game during a four-game series

 

20) Paul KonerkoChicago White Sox

Season Stats: .244 batting average; 54 RBI; 12 HR

Season Highlights:  Signed a one-year, $2.5 million dollar contract w/ White Sox

 

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Thom Cunningham
About the Author

Thom Cunningham has been writing about sports for close to eight years and is also a reporting statistician for Stats, LLC. He was a former Sports editor and radio broadcaster for Georgia Southern University football and baseball games; including work published on sites such as Bleacher Report, Football Nation and CBS Sports. Follow Thom on Twitter @HelloIAMThom







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