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.