2024 Dynasty Baseball Top 10 First Base Prospects

by Alex Welch
2024 Dynasty Baseball Top 10 First Base Prospects

First base is typically an extremely productive position for fantasy baseball teams. But it might feel a bit lackluster when you look at the top prospects right now. With that said, it's time to look at 2024 Dynasty Baseball Top 10 First Base Prospects. You can check out all the prospect top 10 lists by following the links in the table below.

2024 Prospect Top 10 Lists

You won’t find a first-base only prospect on MLB’s top 100 at the moment until you get down to No. 58 on the list, and only three players at the position are featured in those rankings. We often see players eventually transition to first base if defense doesn't work out elsewhere, so this is always a position to closely monitor as players move around.

There are still some exciting names currently at first base to watch, though. Let’s take a look at the current landscape and see where you might be able to find a big source of power for your dynasty roster. And if you're looking for other rankings, check out our full Dynasty Baseball Rankings, Prospect Rankings and FYPD Rankings.

2024 Dynasty Baseball Top 10 First Base Prospects

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10. Nathan Martorella, San Diego Padres

Martorella is still working his way into dynasty discussions, but he took a significant step forward in 2023. The Padres prospect slashed .255/.361/.437 with 19 home runs and 88 RBI across two minor league levels.

The numbers might not be eye-popping. However, the plate approach is what stands out. He walked at a 14.1% rate while striking out only 17.4%.

We’ve seen similar players make huge jumps up prospect rankings in recent years. Some have compared his profile to Kyle Manzardo and Vinnie Pasquantino, two first basemen with good plate approaches who also were relatively unknown for a while.

Keep an eye on his progress this season.

9. Matt Mervis, Chicago Cubs

We could compare Mervis’ production in Triple-A vs. MLB the same way we view Game of Thrones season seven vs. the final season. The drop off was that bad.

The Cubs first baseman broke out in 2022 and climbed prospect rankings after batting .309 with 36 home runs and 119 RBI in 137 minor league games. Chicago called him up in May in 2023, and his production plummeted. Mervis managed a paltry .167/.242/.289 slash line and struck out at a 32.3% rate in 99 plate appearances.

He bounced back after the Cubs sent him back to Triple-A, but the organization has “legitimate questions” about his potential in the majors. Mervis could end up at a platoon guy long-term. We’ll see if he even sticks in Chicago. All dynasty managers can do is hold for now.

8. Hunter Goodman, Colorado Rockies

I could probably copy and paste most of what I wrote about Mervis right here for Goodman. The Rockies prospect showed huge power potential in the minors but struggled mightily in his brief MLB stint in 2023.

Goodman batted .200 and managed just one homer in 77 plate appearances after getting called up last year. The strikeout rate jumped above 30%. Not the first impression you want to see.

He’ll compete for playing time at first base, right field, and DH. The 70-grade power is obviously enticing for a guy playing half his games at Coors Field. But, like Mervis, the long-term outlook is not as optimistic heading into 2024.

7. Abimelec Ortiz, Texas Rangers

OK, maybe we’ll have more positive things to say after those last two. Ortiz certainly enjoyed an explosive 2023, coming out of nowhere among prospect rankings to crack the top 150 on plenty of lists.

He began the year at Single-A and posted a 170 wRC+ through 29 games before the Rangers decided he was ready for tougher competition. Ortiz continued his hot streak at High-A, slashing .290/.363/.624 with 26 home runs and 81 RBI in 80 games with the Hickory Crawdads.

The Rangers have praised his improvements in plate discipline to go with his impressive power. Another campaign like 2023 and Ortiz will be widely coveted among the dynasty community.

6. Blaze Jordan, Boston Red Sox

Here’s a prospect that has been all over the place as far as rankings go. Known for monster power at a very young age, Jordan didn’t quite live up to his hype in 2022, then tried to rectify that with a better approach in 2023.

Last season he hit .296 with 18 home runs and 86 RBI in 122 games. He struggled a bit after moving up to Double-A – he only posted an 89 wRC+ in 49 games. But overall the strikeouts came down and he looked like a better-rounded hitter.

It’s hard to tell where he fits in with the Red Sox long-term. Triston Casas has first base locked down for now. Jordan is probably still a couple years away from the big leagues, though. We’ll see if he can tap more into that raw power in 2024.

5. Tyler Locklear, Seattle Mariners

Locklear dominated at High-A to start 2023. He batted .305 with 12 home runs, 44 RBI, and 162 wRC+ through 61 games with Everett.

He suffered a broken hand after getting hit by a pitch in June, but Locklear returned in August and continued to hit well. He finished the season at Double-A and should be pushing for tougher competition in 2024.

Scouts rave about his physicality. Baseball America gives him 65-grade power. If he can continue to tap into that against better pitching, the Mariners could gain some major power in the heart of their lineup. It might be worth throwing out a trade offer for Locklear right now before he takes a next step.

4. Nolan Schanuel, Los Angeles Angels

The Angels did not waste any time moving Schanuel through their system. The No. 11 overall pick last season went from the complex league all the way to the majors in less than two months.

Schanuel looked the part at Double-A, batting .333 with 161 wRC+ in 17 games. He saw 132 plate appearances with the Angels after that, showing impressive plate discipline at such a young age with a 15.2% walk rate and 14.4% strikeout rate.

That came with basically zero power, though. Schanuel hit two homers in 113 games in all of 2023. The hit tool is his best attribute, which might not be the most appealing profile at first base for dynasty managers. But he is 6-foot-4 and should continue to develop more power with that frame.

3. Xavier Isaac, Tampa Bay Rays

If we’re searching for the first baseman who improved his stock the most in 2023, it’s probably Isaac. In 102 games between Single-A and High-A, Isaac posted a .916 OPS with 19 home runs, 72 RBI, and 12 steals.

It’s a small sample, but he absolutely crushed High-A pitching with a .408 average and 258 wRC+ in 12 games. The 19-year-old is clearly up for a greater challenge. It’s too bad we know what to expect with the Rays and their slow, methodical approach to prospects.

But Kyle Manzardo is now out of the way in Tampa, opening up the future at first base to Isaac. If he can continue to lift the ball and lower than groundball rate, we could see another big jump in prospect rankings.

2. Kyle Manzardo, Cleveland Guardians

Well, we were just talking about him. The Rays shipped Manzardo to Cleveland last season, and he managed to improve his numbers a bit after several disappointing months in Triple-A.

For the year he hit .236 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 97 games. His meteoric rise in 2022 didn’t exactly come crashing down, but it was not what dynasty managers wanted to see as a follow-up.

Now, there were reports of Manzardo’s mother dealing with health issues and that playing a part into his down year. It’s impossible for us to know the full story, but he bounced back in the Arizona Fall League with six homers and a .905 OPS in 22 games. That’s the Manzardo we’ll hope to see out of the gate in 2024.

This is another opportunity to gauge his cost in dynasty leagues. His stock was at an all-time high entering 2023, and now it’s a more manageable trade opportunity if you’re looking to invest heading into next season.

1. Samuel Basallo, Baltimore Orioles

Basallo enters 2024 as the Orioles No. 2 prospect behind Coby Mayo in Baseball America's rankings. They grade him at a 65 overall, which is high praise the 2023 standout.

Now, let's get the position question out of the way. Yes, he's considered a catcher, but Baltimore put him at first base for a good chunk of the 2023 season. Basallo is not going to supplant Adley Rutschman at catcher.

Assuming he does end up as a 1B/DH player for your team — possibly providing catcher eligibility, too — he brings the tools to fit in nicely there. Basallo exploded at Single-A last season, batting .299 with 12 homers and 60 RBI in 83 games. He looked even better after moving up to High-A with 195 wRC+ in 27 games with the IronBirds, and then capped 2023 off with a .467 average in 16 plate appearances at Double-A.

With a good hit tool and plus power, Basallo should be making an impact for the Orioles by 2025.

2024 Prospect Top 10 Lists

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