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10 Best MLB First Basemen (1B)

There are several positions on a baseball field that are manned by power hitters, and first base is no exception. The 2023 season saw some exceptional offensive outputs at the position, as well as defensive stalwarts. Here’s a look at the best first basemen this season.

10 Best MLB First Basemen (1B)

10. Carlos Santana (Milwaukee Brewers)

Santana is a 17-year MLB veteran who has played for six different teams. The bulk of his success was in his 10 seasons in Cleveland, where he surpassed 20 home runs seven times and was an all-star in 2019.

Last season, Santana split time with the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates, hitting a combined .240 with 33 doubles, 23 home runs, and 86 RBI.

Santana went 2-for-7 in NLWC round against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Also read: Best Second Basemen (2B) in MLB

9. Vladimir Guerrero Jr.  (Toronto Blue Jays)

Guerrero made his MLB debut in 2019 and finished 6th in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.

He became one of the top offensive players in the league in 2021, leading the league in runs, home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS.

Guerrero’s numbers have been declining since, but he was still very productive in 2023. He finished the season with 30 doubles, 26 home runs, and 94 RBI.

In the field, Guerrero committed eight errors and had a solid .991 fielding percentage. He had one hit in seven at-bats in the ALWC round against the Minnesota Twins.

8. Tristan Casas (Boston Red Sox)

Cassas played in 27 games in 2022 and showed promise with five home runs in 95 at-bats.

He saw regular time in 2023 and put together numbers worthy of third-place voting for AL Rookie of the Year.

Casas hit .263 with 24 home runs, 64 RBI, and an OPS of .856. He was excellent in the field, posting a .995 fielding percentage with only five errors in 1037 innings.

7. Spencer Steer (Cincinnati Reds)

Joey Votto was a fixture at first base for many years in Cincinnati, but the new era begins with Steer taking over the position.

Steer hit .211 in 95 at-bats in 2022 and improved dramatically in his first full season in 2023. He hit .271 with 37 doubles, 23 home runs, and 86 RBI.

Steer is a versatile player who can play nearly every position on the field. He has committed five errors in 82 career games at first base.

6. Pete Alonso (New York Mets)

Alonso has been a tremendous power hitter since day one of his MLB career. He led the league with 52 home runs as a rookie in 2019 and made his first All-Star team in addition to winning Rookie of the Year.

He made another All-Star team and led the league in RBI in 2022. Last season, Alonso hit only .217, but blasted 46 home runs and knocked in 118.

He’s also an underrated defensive player and committed only six errors in 1111 chances for a fielding percentage of .995.

5. Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals)

Goldschmidt’s best days may be behind him at the age of 36, but he was still very productive in his 13th MLB season.

Goldschmidt is a year removed from his MVP season of 2022. He hit .268 in 2023 with 25 home runs and 80 RBI. He has hit at least 20 home runs in a season ten times, seven times belting at least 30.

Goldschmidt has also won the Gold Glove Award four times and had a .998 fielding percentage this past season.

Also read: Best Third Basemen (3B) in MLB

4. Yandy Diaz (Tampa Bay Rays)

Diaz put together his best season of his seven-year MLB career in 2023. He made his first All-Star team and finished the season as the league’s top hitter with a .330 batting average.

In addition, he hit 35 doubles, 22 home runs, and 78 RBI, all career highs. Diaz also flashed the leather in the field, posting a .996 fielding percentage.

However, he struggled in the ALWC round against the Rangers, going 1-for-8.

3. Christian Walker (Arizona Diamondbacks)

A late bloomer, Walker’s first full MLB season was in 2019 at the age of 28. He has become one of the best power hitters in the league, belting over 30 home runs in each of the past two seasons.

In 2023, Walker hit 36 doubles, 33 home runs, and 103 RBI. He’s also exceptional in the field, winning the Gold Glove Award after posting a .998 fielding percentage.

Walker struggled in the NL Playoffs but hit a respectable .286 in the World Series against the Rangers.

2. Matt Olson (Atlanta Braves)

Olson spent his first six MLB seasons in Oakland, culminating in an All-Star appearance in 2021.

In his first season in Atlanta, Olson destroyed opposing pitching, belting a league-leading 54 home runs, 134 RBI, and .604 slugging percentage. He finished second in the NL MVP voting to teammate Ronald Acuna Jr. 

Olson is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner and committed just eight errors in 1426 innings last season.

1. Freddie Freeman (Los Angeles Dodgers)

At 34 years old and 14 MLB seasons under his belt, Freeman is showing no signs of slowing down.

The seven-time All-Star hit .331 last season with 29 home runs and 102 RBI. Freeman has hit at least .300 in a season eight times and knocked in over 100 runs four times.

A .285 hitter in the postseason, Freeman was limited to one hit in 10 at-bats versus the Diamondbacks in the 2023 NLDS.

Freeman was nearly perfect in the field, posting a .999 fielding percentage, making him our #1 pick for best MLB first baseman!

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