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TDG’S 2024 PLAYERS TO AVOID: FIRST BASEMEN

This is a companion piece to our 2024 Dynasty League Rankings. The opinions below are my own and do not reflect the TDG consensus.

Vinnie Pasquantino, Kansas City Royals (AGE: 26, RANK: 8)

This really isn’t about Vinnie P; well it is, but its also about First Base tiers this season. There is a big drop-off after Cody Bellinger at #6 in our rankings. Triston Casas, Vinnie P, and Spencer Torkelson lead off the next tier, and we all hope these guys are heir apparent(s) to the guys ranked ahead of them (and one guy immediately behind them, Paul Goldschmidt) but I haven’t seen enough out of them to perform an anointment just yet. Vinnie P is the easiest to pick on, coming off an injury when the power was already in question; and it’s a shoulder injury to boot.

We rank him higher than most due to the fact that our rankings are for OBP leagues and our boy can take a walk (10.8% in 558 big league at-bats) and doesn’t strike out much at all (11.6%), but a lack of steals and a poor team around him leaves him short of the other 1Bs in Runs and RBI. The injury worries me and I am approaching with caution, not targeting Vinnie P at the current cost; yet am reserving the right to re-assess next off-season.

Ryan Mountcastle, Baltimore Orioles (AGE: 26, RANK: 23)

This one is done begrudgingly since I really liked our 1B rankings this year, but there’s a word count to meet, so let’s continue to dump on Mountcastle, who is on the wrong team hitting in the wrong stadium as we enter 2024.  We were so much younger just two seasons ago, when the arrow on Mountcastle’s career was pointing firmly up, as he finished a 33-homer, 167 Runs + RBI season with a respectable .255/.309/.487 slash. In 2022 homers were down to 22 with a worse .250 average. Mountcastle was a popular buy-low candidate, and then he just finished 2023 with only 18 homers but a .270 batting average. What gives? I thought we drafted Mountcastle for the homers and not the batting average, right?

A bout with Vertigo put him on the IL for a month starting in early June; Mountcastle was stinking it up to that point, and the rest must’ve helped as he hit seven homers and slashed a baller .357/.429/564. Unfortunately, shoulder inflammation put him on the IL for a couple of weeks in mid-September, though he did make it back before the end of the season for the playoffs.

So which Mountcastle are we going to get in 2024? Your guess is as good as mine. Here’s hoping is that he is traded to a better stadium and a lot of at-bats; our #16 (Coby Mayo), #17 (Sam Basallo), and #26(Heston Kjerstad) ranked players at first base already are breathing down his neck for playing time, and Mountcastle is not a good defender. I traded Mountcastle for Adbert Alzolay in a Saves-only league recently; I’d rather get some value if he bottoms out this season; though as an eternal optimist I want to see him have a productive prime, I’m just not betting on it.

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Phil Barrington

Phil Barrington

Fantasy player since 1999, specializing in OPS leagues. Accountant by day, fantasy writer by night. Spreadsheets are life.

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