In 2018 there will most likely be that mad rush to get the top guys at first base. There is a drop off after the Goldschmidt, Votto, Rizzo, Bellinger and Freeman. While I do believe investing in a top man at first base is a smart move there is also a budding group of young talent that would make me very happy to fill a Corner Infield or Utility positions early to cash on on some of these high ceiling hitters.
In points leagues i am all over Josh Bell who plays everyday with his almost equal BB-SO percentages. Bell hit 26 HR and 90 RBI in his rookie season withe an AVG of .255. He has the capability of being a future 30 HR 100 RBI guy and with such a low k rate a .300 AVG isn’t out of the question.
Wil Myers, Matt Olson, Rhys Hoskins are studs as well and have the ability to be great contributors to your team.
Here is the list of my top 10 first basemen under 30 who are great assets to your lineups.
- Anthony Rizzo, 28, Cubs – You can bank on the numbers he gives you every year and is still in his prime, He hits in the middle of a stacked lineup for great counting stats,My projections for 2018 are – .283/94/32/99/9
- Freddie Freeman, 28, Braves – Freddie has turned into one of the most productive hitters in the game. My only hesitation with Freeman is his habit of being a trip to the DL waiting to happen.My projections for 2018 are – .291/85/25/77/5
- Cody Bellinger, 22, Dodgers – There is bound to be some regression in his 2017 rookie season numbers. Lets get real though this guy is a masher. My projections for 2018 are – .253/78/35/87/9
- Wil Myers, 28, Padres – Myers is a quality all category contributor in the prime of his career. My projections for 2018 are – .251/90/28/84/24
- Eric Hosmer, 28, Free Agent – We will see where he signs and how that park and lineup affect his skills but, he can succeed anywhere with his hitting skills. My projections for 2018 are – .289/83/19/87/6
- Rhys Hoskins, 25, Phillies – Rhys is poised to have years of big success hitting in the middle of the Phillies lineup. He may start to transition into more time playing the OF with the signing of Carlos Santana but his offense can translate into favorable stats from any corner position.. My Projections for 2018 are – .263/83/31/81/3
- Matt Olson, 24, A’s – Yes, the pace of 24 home runs every 48 games is laughable but wow. The way Olson showed off his immense power made many think Joey Gallo. Well, if Joey Gallo struck out 10% less. My projections for 2018 are – .234/84/37/101/0
- Josh Bell, 25, Pirates – I went over my love of Josh bell above.My projections for 2018 are – .273/68/29/85/2
- Brandon Belt, 29, Giants – Belt is a very talented hitter than can provide a lot of value if everything ‘clicks”My projections for 2018 are – .262/71/21/77/4
- Justin Bour, 29, Marlins – The raw power is there. The only question is will there be anyone on base for him. My projections for 2018 are – .264/43/21/69/0