A list of the top designated hitters to draft for 2014 fantasy baseball.
1. David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
Ortiz capped off an impressive regular season (.309/.395/.564, 30 HR, 103 RBI) by hitting .352 in the postseason (.688 in World Series) with five homers, 13 RBI and being named MVP of the World Series. His success made us completely forget that he entered the season on the disabled list, still hobbled by an Achilles' injury that ended his 2012 season prematurely. At age 38, health is the only concern. Ortiz remains one of the game's most feared hitters. He'll return for the final year of his current contract and be Boston's designated hitter and the team's biggest middle-of-the order threat.
2. Chris Carter Houston Astros
One year after blasting 16 home runs in 67 games for the Athletics, Carter fell one home run shy of the 30-homer mark that some thought he could reach in his first full season in the majors. While Carter's power bat is clearly his biggest asset, he obviously has some liabilities as well, most notably an awful 58 percent contact rate that led to him setting the Astros' single-season record for strikeouts by a batter (212) in 2013. Fortunately, he somewhat made up for his lack of contact with a 12 percent walk rate. He actually led the team in walks (70), home runs (29) and RBI (82). For fantasy purposes, Carter will carry dual-eligibility at first base and outfield, but he figures to spend a lot of time at DH this season as well.
3. Corey Hart Seattle Mariners
The Brewers had hoped that Hart would be the teamís primary first baseman in 2013 after moving to the position late the previous year, but his recovery from right knee surgery took much longer than planned, and he was eventually lost for the season after injuring his left knee in June. Hart showed promise defensively at first base, so itís likely he will stick at the position moving forward. The Mariners signed Hart to a one-year deal with heavy incentives in December, where he should receive an opportunity to join the heart of the Seattle lineup. As a right-handed power hitter, he'll face a significant downgrade in terms of his home park with the move from Miller Park to Safeco Field.
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