By: Will Burchfield
Miguel Cabrera won’t be one of the best hitter in baseball anymore, however he’s nonetheless fairly darn deadly. So deadly, in truth, that he ranked second on MLB Community’s record of Prime 10 first basemen.
The Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt ranked first.
Cabrera is coming off his seventh consecutive All-Star season, one by which he posted 38 house runs, 108 RBI and a .956 OPS. He was notably potent within the second half, racking up 20 homers, fifty five RBI and a 1.057 OPS after the All-Star break. The 33-yr-previous completed ninth in MVP voting.
By the seems of his offseason exercises, he’s primed for extra of the identical this season.
Goldschmidt’s offensive numbers didn’t fairly stack as much as Cabrera’s in 2016, however the Diamondbacks’ 29-yr-previous slugger is arguably a extra an entire participant at this stage of his profession.
MLB Community compiled its positional rankings based mostly on the next standards:
“Bearing in mind participant efficiency over a number of seasons with an emphasis on 2016, quite a few offensive and defensive metrics each superior and conventional, and projected efficiency for the upcoming season, MLB Community’s Prime 10 Proper Now! collection ranks the highest gamers at every place heading into the 2017 season.”
The entire rating of first basemen is under:
1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
three. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
four. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
5. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
6. Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland Indians
7. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
eight. Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
9. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
10. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Along with Cabrera, Ian Kinsler ranked fifth on MLB Community’s Prime 10 Second Basemen listing and Justin Upton ranked seventh on its Prime 10 Left Fielders listing.