Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ranking NL East First Basemen

Today we delve into the power position of 1st base in the NL East.

1. Philadelphia Phillies
Ryan Howard
(31)
.276/.859, 87 R, 23 2B, 5 3B, 31 HR, 108 RBI, 2.1 WAR. Was hampered by a bum ankle last season, but this slugger is always in contention for the MVP. Struggles against lefties and isn't much with the glove, but the man can sure knock the snot out of a baseball.

2. New York Mets
Ike Davis
(23)
.264/.799, 73 R, 33 2B, 19 HR, 71 RBI, 2.5 WAR. This youngster could have a breakout season in 2011. He has power, plays good D, and hit for a decent average during his brief time in the minors.

3. Washington Nationals/Adam LaRoche (31)
.261/.788, 75 R, 37 2B, 25 HR, 100 RBI, 1.2 WAR (with Arizona). Has hit 20+ homeruns and knocked in 78+ runs 6 straight seasons. Not terrific, but steady and that counts for something.

4. Florida Marlins/Gaby Sanchez (27)
.273/.788, 72 R, 37 2B, 19 HR, 85 RBI, .7 WAR. Needs to improve defensively to make more of an impact, plus hit for a higher average like his minor league stats suggest (.302 AVG).

5. Atlanta Braves/Freddie Freeman (21)
.167/.500 in 24 plate appearances. Big things are expected out of this rookie, as Atlanta is essentially handing him the job much like they did with Jason Heyward last season. Freeman owns a .301/.835 minor league line in 3 seasons (2 as a teenager), so he could easily catapult to #2 on this list if all goes as planned.

9 comments:

GM-Carson said...

There was a malfunction with the original Hall of Fame poll, so we have replaced it. Please make sure to vote again. Thanks

Bob D said...

I thought Howard had improved greatly at defense last year. And without the injury he would have likely topped 40Hrs. He lost 3 weeks (when he was hot) and wasn't hitting the same afterwards.

GM-Carson said...

Howard still cannot start a double play by throwing down to second base. His Defensive WAR is negative.

GM-Carson said...

Howard did get better on defense in the '08 and '09 seasons, but too a step backward last year.

Bob D said...

Howard actually had an average year for him last year, but every year has almost been consistantly the same. 2010: 990 Field% / 14Errors / 9.70 Range Factor (the highest of his career). 2008 he had 19 errors but everything else was simular. 2010 he had better range, participated in more double plays, and had the same fielding% as 2009 in less innings. But he did have lower put outs and much lower assists. Maybe a draw here

ripjgarcia said...

Yeah the malfunction is that your stupid entry of Bea Arthur wasn't winning.

ripjgarcia said...

The team as a whole took a step backward defensively last year as a whole and it reared its ugly head in the playoffs.

GM-Carson said...

Garcia- the malfunction was the poll went back to 58 votes and was then stuck there. Not sure why. That's the reason we put a different type of poll up.

ripjgarcia said...

I understand.. I have to keep my anti-Bea campaign in full force.