Ranking the projected 15 starting American League first basemen in 2020

Matt Olson has won a Gold Glove each of the last two seasons. [Image Source: Flickr | Scott U]
Matt Olson has won a Gold Glove each of the last two seasons. [Image Source: Flickr | Scott U]

The depth at first base isn’t as strong as it’s been in previous seasons.

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With around two months remaining until the 2020 regular season, we have been taking a look at ranking the projected starters at certain positions.After going through catchers, let’s now look at the projected American League first basemen.

As a subjective list, many of these players can almost be considered interchangeable as to where they are ranked. Depth charts were taken from Fangraphs.

1

Matt Olson, Athletics

Turning just 26 right after the regular season begins, Olson has already developed into one of the premier first basemen. He has won two straight Gold Gloves and hit 36 homers last year despite not playing in 39 games.

2

Jose Abreu, White Sox

Last season, Abreu led the AL with 123 RBIs, the fifth time in his six years that he has reached triple digits. He’s not the most sure-handed first baseman, but with a career .293 batting average and 179 homers in six seasons, he clearly can rake at the plate.

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