Let’s continue with our look around the division with first baseman. As I said in the past, I’m going off of MLB depth charts current rosters. If the Texas Rangers trade Mitch Moreland tomorrow and get Prince Fielder (which they won’t) it won’t be reflected. Let’s see where the Angels stack up. (Let’s just say they do pretty well)
- Houston Astros- Brett Wallace
February 15, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels first basemanAlbert Pujols
(5) throws the baseball during spring training at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Wallace is a former top prospect who is finally going to get a chance to play 162 games. Wallace in 66 games hit nine homers, drove in 24 and had a .323 OBP. He won’t turn 26 until August. It really is a make or break year for him to see what he can do at the big league level.
- Seattle Mariners- Justin Smoak
Speaking of former top prospects with make or break year, Justin Smoak is right up there. He has really struggled. He only hit .217 in 132 games last year for the Mariners. Kendrys Morales has been taking grounders at first during camp. The leash is short for Smoak, but will the moved in fences help him?
Moss came out of nowhere to have a fantastic season for the A’s. In 84 games, he hit 21 homers and drove in 52. When there’s a lefty on the mound, Jed Lowrie could find himself at first base, as well as all over the infield.
- Texas Rangers- Mitch Moreland
Moreland is a pretty good fielder and someone who could see more playing time. He’s arbitration eligible in 2014, so this could be a pretty big year for him. The Rangers are going to count on him more this year with Josh Hamilton and Michael Young gone.
- Los Angeles Angels- Albert Pujols
Pujols struggled at first for the Angels but rebounded to have a pretty good season. Pujols has been trending downward in the past few seasons, however, surrounded by Mike Trout and Josh Hamilon, he could certainly be in line for a pretty good year.
Do you guys think Pujols is the best first baseman in the division? Leave a comment and let us know.