Final 2011 First Base Rankings

First base is very heavy at the top and most of the big names will be gone by round three. However, there should still be some decent value later in the draft for those to chose to wait.

1 Albert Pujols $41
2 Miguel Cabrera $37
3 Adrian Gonzalez $31
4 Joey Votto $29
5 Mark Teixeira $28
6 Ryan Howard $26
7 Prince Fielder $24
8 Kevin Youkilis $22
9 Adam Dunn $20
10 Justin Morneau $20
11 Victor Martinez $19
12 Buster Posey $18
13 Paul Konerko $16
14 Ben Zobrist $14
15 Billy Butler $13
16 Kendry Morales $13
17 Adam Lind $10
18 Michael Cuddyer $12
19 Mike Napoli $10
20 Gaby Sanchez $9
21 Pablo Sandoval $9
22 Carlos Pena $8
23 Adam LaRoche $8
24 Carlos Lee $8
25 Garrett Jones $7
26 Dan Johnson $7
27 Aubrey Huff $6
28 Justin Smoak $5
29 Ike Davis $5
30 James Loney $5
31 Lance Berkman $5
32 Luke Scott $4
33 Kila Ka’aihue $2
34 Matt LaPorta $1
35 Freeman Freddie $1
36 Daric Barton $1
37 Rivera Juan $1
38 Belt Brandon $1
39 Wallace Brett $1
40 Miranda Juan $1

I really like A-Gone in Fenway and in that lineup. It may take April or some of May for his power to be 100 percent due to the shoulder issue, but his numbers should shine regardless.

I ended up dropping Morneau down from $24 to $20 based on reports of his recovery from post-concussion symptoms. SI.com’s injury expert, Will Carroll writes, “It is impossible to know if or when Morneau will be back to form, or if he’ll simply try to play through the lingering effects, but the real danger here is if he were to suffer a second injury before the first is healed.” There is significant risk in spending bug-bucks on Morneau given that he hasn’t fully recovered yet. 

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/will_carroll/03/01/twins-health-report/index.html#ixzz1FgZporJ1

The catchers get rankings here, but obviously they are much more valuable in used as catchers.

I really like Adam Lind as a value pick in 2011. His swing was all messed up in 2010, but he has shown us all what he is capable of. 

People seen to be very down on Justin Smoak, but I still believe his potential is huge. He’s a perfect bat to snag in the last few rounds.