Get ready for your 2009 fantasy baseball draft by dominating the competition with some of the best fantasy baseball rankings, projections, and tips for free. Here is a complete listing of the Top 5 Rookie First Basemen for 2009 fantasy baseball drafts. Note: Rookie first basemen rankings are based on the potential for each player to play in 2009, or their individual major league readiness for the 2009 season, and not just overall talent at the minor league level and years beyond 2009.
Top 5 Rookie First Basemen Rankings – Fantasy Baseball 2009
#1 – Gaby Sanchez – Florida Marlins
#2 – Kila Ka’aihue – Kansas City Royals
#3 – Joe Koshansky – Colorado Rockies
#4 – Brad Nelson – Milwaukee Brewers
#5 – Micah Hoffpauir – Chicago Cubs
Player Details & 2009 Projections:
#1 Rookie First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Gaby Sanchez – Florida Marlins
With the trading of Mike Jacobs, Sanchez appears to be the odds on favorite to win the starting first base job in Florida entering the 2009 season. And if he does win a starting job, Sanchez could post very good power numbers to go along with a good batting average. 15-20 homeruns, 70 rbi, 50 runs scored, and a batting average around .290 seem likely if Sanchez can get 400 at bats in 2009.
#2 Rookie First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Kila Ka’aihue – Kansas City Royals
If he can stick with the Royals big league club and net himself 400-500 at bats, the power hitting Ka’aihue could easily post 25 homeruns and 80 rbi with an average around .290 for the 2009 season.
#3 Rookie First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Joe Koshansky – Colorado Rockies
Koshansky definitely has the minor league track record to consider him a top flight first base prospect. However it looks like Todd Helton will still hold down the first base job in Colorado in 2009, assuming he can stay healthy. Yet if for some reason Helton can’t stay healthy and Koshansky is actually given a chance to play everyday, he clearly has 30 plus homerun potential. 25 homeruns, 70-80 rbi, 60 runs scored, and a .300 batting average is possible if Koshansky can get 400 plus at bats for the Rockies in 2009.
#4 Rookie First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Brad Nelson – Milwaukee Brewers
With Prince Fielder heading towards free agency, it may only be a matter of time before the Brewers unload Fielder and try to real in some prospects while they can. In other words, if the Brewers fall out of playoff contention, Nelson would be next in line to get the starting job in Milwaukee. Nelson has power galore, so even in just half a season, 20 homeruns is possible. Expect 15 homeruns, 50 rbi, 25 runs scored, and a .290 batting average in just 250-300 at bats if Nelson makes a mid season call up.
#5 Rookie First Basemen – Fantasy Baseball 2009: Micah Hoffpauir – Chicago Cubs
With all his power potential, it’s a shame the Cubs haven’t found a way to get Hoffpauir some playing time in the big leagues. At age 29 he isn’t the prototypical young prospect anymore, but his potential is obvious. Considering his first taste of the big leagues came last year, and he produced an amazing .342 batting average, 14 runs scored, 2 homeruns, 8 rbi, and 1 stolen base in just 73 at bats, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Cubs give him a roster spot to begin the 2009 season. If Hoffpauir could ever get a full time job, he could be a fantasy baseball star. As it goes, if Hoffpauir gets 350 at bats for the Cubs in 2009, you can expect 10-15 homeruns, 50 rbi, 30 runs scored, 3 stolen bases, and a batting average around or just above .300.
Rookie First Basemen Just Missing the Top 5:
Chris Marrero – Washington Nationals, Ike Davis – New York Mets, Nick Evans – New York Mets