Top First Base Prospects – April 2020

16Andrew VaughnCHW21AAR6′ 0”214Last year’s lack of power seems to have scared some people off. He’s still a hit/power machine.Twitter Twitter
217Alex KirilloffMIN22AAAL6′ 2”195Last year’s lack of power was a huge buzzkill. Not the first time a player regressed in their first taste of AA.YouTube YouTube
348Triston CasasBOS19A+L6′ 4”238Love the power. Not buying that he’s ever more than a average contact guy despite reports.YouTube YouTube
493Ryan MountcastleBAL22MLBR6′ 3”195Above average hit but hasn’t displayed the ability to draw many walks. Should be up soon.YouTube YouTube
594Pavin SmithARI23AAAL6′ 2”210Great hit tool. Power is coming around. ISO has increased ~.40 each season. The #7 overall pick in 2017 finally broke out a bit at AA last year (.291/.370/.466; .175 ISO).YouTube YouTube
6101Michael TogliaCOL21RKS6′ 5”2262019 first rounder above-average power. Average hit but draws walks. Also a Rockie which is nice.YouTube YouTube
7120Lewin DiazMIA23AAAL6′ 4”225Above average power and average hit tools. Big enough to develop plus power if he loses his line drive swing.YouTube YouTube
8122Evan WhiteSEA24MLBR6′ 3”205Signed a contract and shot up lists. Older prospect with mediocre offensive tools. ISO on the wrong side of .200 in his age-23 season at AA last year.YouTube YouTube
9140Tyler NevinCOL22AAAR6′ 4”200Phil’s son is a good contact hitter. Power numbers haven’t been great despite being in the Rockies system. Per Brendan Rodgers he was looking much more muscular and hitting bombs before an abdominal strain this spring.YouTube YouTube
10167Jhonkensy NoelCLE18A-R6′ 1”180Displayed an average approach as a 17-18 year old in the AZL last year. Cut down on strikeouts as the year progressed. Has added height and weight since being signed in 2017. No longer a threat to steal any bases at higher levels but may get to plus power.YouTube YouTube
11190Bryce BallATL21AL6′ 6”235Late round draft pick is huge. Nice power. Doesn’t strike out very much considering his size.YouTube
12202Grant LavigneCOL20A+L6′ 4”220Average hit. May get to above-average power. Hasn’t found it yet despite being in the hitter-friendly Colorado system.YouTube YouTube
13209Logan WyattSF22A+L6′ 4”230The #51 overall pick from last year is enormous. Average hit tool and could get to above-average power given his size.YouTube YouTube
14248Edwin RiosLAD25AAAL6′ 3”220Plus power but is terrible at making contact. Hit 35 HR across AAA and the MLB last year while striking out 35%.YouTube YouTube
15290Drew MendozaWAS22A+L6′ 5”230Third round 2019 pick. Huge frame with plus raw power. Below-average hit tool. Was a college third baseman but was quickly moved to first when he was drafted. Draws walks but is patient to a fault.YouTube YouTube
16303Kevin CronARI26MLBR6′ 5”250Old. Lots of power but lots of strikeouts as well. Not a league-average first baseman.YouTube YouTube
17319Rixon WingrovePHI19AL6′ 5”260The unsexiest of profiles. 20 speed first baseman that can’t field the position. Massive frame. Shows average contact and should get to big power.YouTube YouTube
18334Mason MartinPIT20AL6′ 0”201Solid power. Will struggle with contact. Will not hit enough to be a major league regular.YouTube YouTube
19401Nick PrattoKC21A+L6′ 1”195Has really struggled with strikeouts since being drafted in the first round in 2018.YouTube YouTube
20423Vinnie PasquantinoKC22A-L6′ 4”245Late round 2019 pick. Big guy with big power. Came out of nowhere his senior year of college and continued his breakout in the Appalachian league.
21456Bobby BradleyCLE23MLBL6′ 1”225Plus power. Terrible contact issues. Will probably never post a .300 OBP at the MLB level.YouTube YouTube
22471Connor CannonSF21AR6′ 5”240Late round draft pick is huge. Nice power. Will struggle with contact.YouTube
23531Luken BakerSTL22AAR6′ 4”265The big power hasn’t really shown up. About to enter his first season at AA at age 23. Below average hit tool.YouTube YouTube
24538Ryan McBroomKC27MLBR6′ 3”235A late round pick way back in 2014. Has been traded twice. Has always had plus power but struggled with contact at times. Looks to be in line for PT this year at 1B and DH. Steamer and Depth Charts project him for 400+ AB. Probably a quad-A guy due to contact issues. Could provide sneaky power for nearly zero cost this year.YouTube YouTube
25539Mike FordNYY27MLBL6′ 0”225Average hit and power tools. Has been in the minor leagues since 2013.YouTube YouTube