This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Next up in the Top 20 positional rankings are first baseman, perennially one of the strongest positions in the field.
Really? No way.
Next up in the Top 20 positional rankings are first baseman, one of the weakest positions, only ahead of catcher and third baseman.
That's right friends, it's a new era. Despite power ruling the roost, both corner infield spots trail the middle infield and outfield in terms of positional strength. A record number of players with multiple position eligibility muddies the waters, but there's no doubt first base is shockingly weak once you get past the upper tier.
Before embarking on the rest of the lists, I needed to make an executive decision. As mentioned, there's a plethora of players eligible at more than one spot. Do I set up a hierarchy and list accordingly? Do I rank at the spot they played the most? Maybe list them at the position they're expected to play the most? Ultimately, I opted to ignore the position flexibility and share the top 20 of all eligible, meaning there will be some duplicates. The downside is when the lists are finished, fewer players will get a blurb but the upside is not having to answer, "Where does so-and-so rank as a third baseman?" Sure, I could include that info anyway, but if you have a question on a specific player that isn't covered by the site outlook, you can always pose it in the comments and I'll gladly respond.