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The Best Current MLB First Basemen

Updated January 7, 2020 5.8k votes 471 voters 5.3k views41 items

List RulesOnly current players.

Whether you're working on your fantasy baseball roster or simply staying updated with the 2020 MLB rankings, this list of the best MLB first basemen currently playing will prove to be quite useful. Baseball fans, cast your votes for the players best at covering first base, having quick reflexes, and specializing in defense. Who are the best current first basemen in major league baseball today?

All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner Paul Goldschmidt definitely ranks in the top 10 first basemen, along with Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto and Atlanta Braves's Freddie Freeman. Other good MLB first basemen right now include Anthony Rizzo, Cody Bellinger, Jose Abreu, and Brandon Belt. 

Vote for who you think are the best MLB first basemen currently playing in the league today, and feel free to add any players who are missing from the list. 

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  • Freddie Freeman1
    208
    101

    Freddie Freeman

    Atlanta Braves

    PositionFirst baseman

    BirthplaceFountain Valley, California

    BatsLeft

  • Paul Goldschmidt2
    176
    106

    Paul Goldschmidt

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    PositionFirst baseman

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware

    BatsRight

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  • Cody Bellinger3
    182
    111

    Cody Bellinger

    Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Anthony Rizzo4
    179
    112

    Anthony Rizzo

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionFirst baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceParkland, Florida

    BatsLeft

  • Matt Olson5
    100
    73

    Matt Olson

    Oakland Athletics
  • Josh Bell6
    105
    82

    Josh Bell

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    PositionFirst Baseman

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceIrving, Texas

    BatsSwitch

  • Jose Abreu7
    104
    82

    Jose Abreu

    Chicago White Sox
  • Joey Votto8
    136
    127

    Joey Votto

    Cincinnati Reds

    PositionFirst baseman

    NationalityCanada

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    BatsLeft-handed

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  • Eric Hosmer9
    90
    90

    Eric Hosmer

    San Diego Padres

    PositionFirst baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    BatsLeft-handed

  • Joey Gallo10
    87
    87

    Joey Gallo

    Texas Rangers

    PositionOutfielder, First baseman, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHenderson, Nevada

    BatsLeft

  • Edwin Encarnacion11
    88
    90

    Edwin Encarnacion

    Cleveland Indians

    PositionDesignated hitter / First baseman

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceLa Romana, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-handed

  • Albert Pujols12
    88
    90

    Albert Pujols

    Los Angeles Angels

    PositionFirst baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-handed

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  • Rhys Hoskins13
    96
    100

    Rhys Hoskins

    Philadelphia Phillies
  • Miguel Cabrera14
    85
    90

    Miguel Cabrera

    Detroit Tigers

    PositionFirst baseman, Third baseman

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplaceMaracay, Venezuela

    BatsRight

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  • Yuli Gurriel15
    59
    59

    Yuli Gurriel

    Houston Astros

    PositionFirst Baseman

    NationalityCuba

    Batsright

  • Carlos Santana16
    61
    63

    Carlos Santana

    Philadelphia Phillies

    PositionFirst baseman / Catcher / Third baseman

    NationalityDominican

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    BatsSwitch

  • Trey Mancini17
    58
    64

    Trey Mancini

    Baltimore Orioles
  • Matt Carpenter18
    79
    90

    Matt Carpenter

    St. Louis Cardinals

    PositionFirst baseman, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas

    BatsLeft-handed

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  • Brandon Belt19
    62
    69

    Brandon Belt

    San Francisco Giants

    PositionLeft fielder, First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNacogdoches, Texas

    BatsLeft-handed

  • Ryan Zimmerman20
    60
    76

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Washington Nationals

    PositionThird baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWashington, North Carolina

    BatsRight-handed

  • Joe Mauer21
    52
    79

    Joe Mauer

    Minnesota Twins

    PositionOutfielder, Catcher, First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    BatsLeft-handed

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  • Justin Smoak22
    46
    76

    Justin Smoak

    Toronto Blue Jays

    PositionFirst baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGoose Creek, South Carolina

    BatsAmbidexterity

  • Jose Martinez23
    40
    67

    Jose Martinez

    St. Louis Cardinals
  • Wil Myers24
    43
    73

    Wil Myers

    San Diego Padres

    PositionOutfielder

    BirthplaceThomasville, North Carolina

  • Justin Bour25
    44
    81

    Justin Bour

    Philadelphia Phillies

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCentreville, Virginia