2020 Preseason Power Rankings: First BaseSeason Preview
When we rolled out our Preseason All-America Teams, we followed one guiding principle: If we were building a team to win the 2020 national title, which players would we choose? We use the same philosophy to construct our Position Power Rankings — think of them as an extension of our Preseason All-America Teams.
These are NOT professional prospect lists, though they do take pure talent into consideration. Players who proved themselves against top competition in summer ball and look poised for breakout years might rank higher on the list than other players who had gaudier stats from last spring. We considered past performance and offensive statistics, but we also try to keep the numbers in context, because some leagues or ballparks are more offensive than others, and some leagues simply have more talent than others — so all stat lines are not created equal. So in addition to the numbers, we also factored in raw talent, defensive ability (especially at premium positions), makeup and reports of development over the summer and fall.
Finally, remember that there are 301 Division I teams, and we’re ranking the top 10 percent of starting players at each position. These lists reflect our projections of which players will be the best of the best this spring, but many good players in the remaining 90 percent just didn’t make the cut. We’ll revisit the Position Power Rankings over the course of the season and make adjustments as players prove themselves on the field.
Here’s a look at the top 30 first basemen in college baseball heading into the 2020 season. Leading the way is a pair of first-team Preseason All-Americans who hit for elite power as well as average: Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson and North Carolina’s Aaron Sabato.
Top 30 First Basemen
Rank Player, School AVG/OBP/SLG OPS AB HR RBI BB SO SB
1 Spencer Torkelson, Arizona State .353/.449/.702 1.151 238 22 65 41 43 1
2 Aaron Sabato, North Carolina .343/.453/.696 1.149 230 18 63 39 56 0
3 Bobby Seymour, Wake Forest .377/.439/.576 1.015 236 9 92 26 44 3
4 Alex Toral, Miami .293/.400/.656 1.056 215 24 67 39 68 1
5 Tristan Peterson, New Mexico State .400/.510/.769 1.279 195 20 90 38 47 0
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