Five players could all legitimately finish the season as the top-ranked first baseman: Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez. The million dollar question is who will it be?
While all five will be taken in the first 10-15 picks, the answer to this question has changed slightly from the time it was posed back in September. Let’s eliminate the first two from contention.
Votto should finish the year in the top 30, but his power numbers aren’t on par with the others in this scenario. He did have 29 homers to Gonzalez’s 27, but I expect A-Gon to improve on those home run totals, which should give him the advantage not only in power, but batting average and run production. Votto has an edge in steals, but he’s not stealing 16 bases again so it’s not enough to put him over A-Gon. This immediately eliminates Votto from the conversation.
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