2011 Positional Review – First Base
You remember back to March when I gave away all my position player rankings for free, right? For those of you who want to revisit my greatest hits, here's where you would go to get all my rankings for hitters – 2011: BBGuys Hitter Capsules.
I'm nothing if not accountable, so I'll review my top-10 predictions at each position as well as point out my biggest “hit” outside of the top-10 and my biggest “bust.” This should be fun.
2011 FIRST BASE Top-10 1 Albert Pujols 2 Joey Votto 3 Mark Teixeira 4 Miguel Cabrera 5 Prince Fielder 6 Adrian Gonzalez 7 Kevin Youkilis 8 Adam Dunn 9 Ryan Howard 10 Paul Konerko
Pujols' run at history, which I wrote about in On the Cusp, fell just short as he ended the year with a .299 batting average, 37 homers, 99 RBI and 105 runs scored. An impressive season for a mortal, but a disappointing effort for Pujols.
Votto wasn't as good as he was during his MVP effort but it was pretty damn close. He posted a .324-37-113-106-16 line in 2010 and followed it up with .309-29-103-101-8 this season.
Teixeira blasted 39 homers and drove in 111 runs for the Yankees giving them the power they expected. Unfortunately he scored “only” 90 runs, and for the second straight season he hit under .260 as he limped home to a career worst .248 mark.
Cabrera was as he always is, fantastic. I admit it, my concerns over his drinking issues were apparently unfounded. I touched on that in Braun: Best of the Bunch.
Fielder was second in the NL in homers (38), RBI (120) and OBP (.415) while he was third in OPS (.994). Someone is going to get awfully rich this offseason.
Gonzalez proved me half right, and half wrong. You can learn more by reading Player Profiles: 2011 Review.
Youkilis was limited all year by injury and his final line looks pretty bad (.258-17-80-68-3). Still, he was on pace to hit more than 20 homers with 100 RBI while his OBP was .373, not bad for a down season. He should be at full health next season.
Dunn fell off more than virtually any player in recent memory (Andruw Jones was close a few years back). Dunn was unquestionably the biggest failure in the game in 2011 as he hit .159 with 11 homers over 415 at-bats. I literally felt a sickness in my stomach well up writing that sentence.
Howard hit his 33 homers and had 116 RBI, but he also hit a mere .253 and scored just 81 runs. He could easily miss the start of the 2012 season as well since he ruptured his Achilles tendon on the final play of the season for the Phillies.
Konerko was strong yet again hitting .300 with 31 homers and 105 RBI. He has no speed, it's almost surprising that he stole a base, and despite playing 149 games with a .388 OBP he scored only 69 runs for the White Sox.
Hit: Freddie Freeman #25 Freeman took a while to get going, if we remove his .225 April he hit .293 the rest of the way, an in the end he batted .282 with 21 homers and 76 RBI for the Braves. Hey, it's first base where everyone can hit. It was hard to find a guy who really stood out past the top-15.
Bust: Dunn U-n-b-e-l-i-e-v-a-b-l-e.
By Ray Flowers
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