School: Washington State
As is the case with most of the previous first baseman on this list, Manzardo posted an outstanding career at Washington State slashing a combined .336/.404/.533 across three seasons. Rated as the No. 81 overall prospect in this Draft, it’s clear why the 20-year old is considered one of the top first baseman available.
Manzardo is an outstanding hitter and fielder, both of which his grade at least a 50 on MLB’s 20/80 scale. Displaying a powerful left-handed swing, Manzardo has shown an ability to rarely strikeout, while also showing an ability to draw a near equal amount of walks to K’s making it clear as to why he continues to rise up Draft boards.
1. Alex Binelas
The top rated first baseman in this Draft, Binelas also comes in rated as the No. 65 overall prospect available. Originally a 35th Round pick by the Nationals in the 2018 MLB Draft, Binelas slashed a combined .272/.363/.608 during his time at Louisville.
Binelas entered the 2021 season as a projected First Round pick, and after struggling to begin the year finished with 19 HR’s and 63 RBI’s in 196 at-bats. The 21-year old has split time at first and third base throughout his college career, but his HR power and overall potential is evident making Binelas most-likely the top first baseman taken over the next week.
While there might not be an immediate need as big as other positions, there are still some quality first baseman in this Draft, should the Miami Marlins look for one in the middle rounds.