First Basemen are everything in MLB The Show 18, just as they have been in past iterations of the flashship baseball sim. In this MLB 18 Best Prospect First Basemen guide, we’ll be running over the very best players you could place at the first base on the field, in order to give your team the best chance of winning.
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MLB The Show 18 Best Prospect First Basemen
You can usually hide a sub-par fielder, or weak thrower at first base, but without a big bat, they’re going to stick out like a sore thumb. Here are some of the top first basemen prospects for you to be on the look for in MLB The Show 18 when starting your franchise.
|Sam Travis||Boston Red Sox||24||53||A|
|Matt Olson||Oakland Athletics||24||80||A|
|A.J. Reed||Houston Astros||24||60||A|
|Garth Raimo||New York Mets||23||62||A|
|Mason Ibarra||San Francisco Giants||25||71||B|
Best Potential First Baseman - Sam Travis - Boston Red Sox Organization
Travis is currently 3rd on the Red Sox Depth Chart for the Red Sox, behind Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland. While he won’t have the power of either, or the fielding of Moreland, by the time they are gone, Travis will be a better hitter than both of them. Starting with 53 Con vs R and 59 Con vs L, he should become a very competent hitting first basemen, the only question will be if his power will be high enough for you to keep him there.
Best Potential First Baseman - Matt Olson - Oakland Athletics Organization
Last year Matt Olson hit 24 home runs in just 59 games in his rookie campaign. He goes into MLB The Show 18 as the A’s starting first basemen, with the power (96 Pow vs R, 73 Pow vs L) to keep him hitting bombs at a very high pace. When his 53 Con vs R, and 43 Con vs L, come up, he should have the offensive production of an MVP candidate.
Best Potential First Baseman - A.J. Reed - Houston Astros Organization
After being a 2nd round draft pick in 2014, and striking out 48 times in 45 games when he got called up in 2016, Reed spent nearly all of 2017 in AAA. He is currently the 4th highest best first basemen, by Overall rating (60), in the Astros system. The thing his has on the others is age, and power. With a little bit of time, he’ll be as good, if not better, than all of the Astros other options.
Best Potential First Baseman - Garth Raimo - New York Mets Organization
The Mets actually have two, young, A Potential first basemen in Raimo (23) and Dominic Smith (22). At only a year older, Raimo has far better hitting attributes than Smith, and with the only higher overall first basemen in the Mets organization being an aging Adrian Gonzalez, Raimo will be starting for the Mets almost immediately.
Best Potential First Baseman - Mason Ibarra - San Francisco Giants Organization
While older (25) than everyone else on this list, and only a B Potential, I felt it would be criminal to not mention Mason Ibarra. He is currently stuck behind Brandon Belt in the Giants Depth Chart, but he’s got the bat to be a starting 1B in the MLB right now, though, he may be better suited at DH due to his 37 Fielding rating.
This concludes our MLB The Show 18 guide on the best potential first basemen in the game, but check out our complete guide to the best MLB 18 second basemen, or our guide to the best left fielders in the game.