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The Best Current MLB First Basemen 

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Updated January 7, 2020 4.4k votes 412 voters 4.4k views 41 items

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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 Freeman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Atlanta Braves

Position: First baseman

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Fountain Valley, California

Bats: Left

2
Anthony Rizzo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Chicago Cubs

Position: First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Parkland, Florida

Bats: Left

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Cody Bellinger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Cody Bellinger Los Angeles Dodgers
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Paul Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Arizona Diamondbacks

Position: First baseman

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware

Bats: Right

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Josh Bell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Pittsburgh Pirates

Position: First Baseman

Nationality: American

Birthplace: Irving, Texas

Bats: Switch

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Joey Votto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Cincinnati Reds

Position: First baseman

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Bats: Left-handed

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Jose Abreu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox
8
Matt Olson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Matt Olson Oakland Athletics
9
Rhys Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Rhys Hoskins Philadelphia Phillies
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Joey Gallo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Texas Rangers

Position: Outfielder, First baseman, Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Henderson, Nevada

Bats: Left

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Eric Hosmer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
San Diego Padres

Position: First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Miami, Florida

Bats: Left-handed

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Edwin Encarnacion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Cleveland Indians

Position: Designated hitter / First baseman

Nationality: Dominican

Birthplace: La Romana, Dominican Republic

Bats: Right-handed

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Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Los Angeles Angels

Position: First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Bats: Right-handed

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Matt Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
St. Louis Cardinals

Position: First baseman, Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Galveston, Texas

Bats: Left-handed

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Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Detroit Tigers

Position: First baseman, Third baseman

Nationality: Venezuela

Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela

Bats: Right

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Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Philadelphia Phillies

Position: First baseman / Catcher / Third baseman

Nationality: Dominican

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Bats: Switch

17
Yuli Gurriel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Houston Astros

Position: First Baseman

Nationality: Cuba

Bats: right

18
Trey Mancini is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Trey Mancini Baltimore Orioles
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Brandon Belt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
San Francisco Giants

Position: Left fielder, First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Nacogdoches, Texas

Bats: Left-handed

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Ryan Zimmerman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Washington Nationals

Position: Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Washington, North Carolina

Bats: Right-handed

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Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Minnesota Twins

Position: Outfielder, Catcher, First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Bats: Left-handed

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Justin Smoak is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Toronto Blue Jays

Position: First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Goose Creek, South Carolina

Bats: Ambidexterity

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Justin Bour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Philadelphia Phillies

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Centreville, Virginia

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Jose Martinez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
Jose Martinez St. Louis Cardinals
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Wil Myers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB First Basemen
San Diego Padres

Position: Outfielder

Birthplace: Thomasville, North Carolina