Same format as before, I'll look at the guys who played everyday for the full-season affiliates in one post, the short-season affiliates in a second post and then rank 'em in a third post.
First base in the minors is a little funny: one needs to be an offensive monster to project to play the position in the big leagues, but, especially at the lower levels, the best athletes (those who can really hit) are trying to prove that they can stick at other positions.
These wraps will get much more interesting as we move towards second and continue around the diamond.
AAAAnd your winner in games played at first in 2011 for the Buffalo Bisons was 32-year old Valentino Pascucci, who hit a solid .264/.375/.476 in 85 games at first.
Nick Evans played 26 games at first for Buffalo, 10 at third and 31 in the outfield. Oh, and the 25-year old hit .313/.375/.462 overall in 249 AB and .338/.397/.544 against lefties in 68 AB. Will he ever hit enough to hold a job at the big league level? His .256/.314/.403 line in 176 AB this year which nearly matches his MLB career of .256/.305/.407 doesn't offer much hope as an everyday player. And yet, he owns a career batting line of .295/.360/.489 versus lefthanders. If only there was someone who needed a platoon partner...
AAThe Mets picked up Allan Dykstra in exchange for Eddie Kunz back in March, and the big guy did a nice job playing nearly everyday at first for Binghamton. Dykstra, who turned 24 in May, hit .267/.389/.474 with 19 homers, and 69 walks against 131 strikeouts in 121 games. His 69 walks were tied for fifth in the Eastern League, and he closed down his dramatic platoon split from 2010. I don't think he's an impact big leaguer (he whiffed in 28% of his Binghamton plate appearances) but he's certainly better than Eddie Kunz. Kunz, by the way, ran a 4.30 ERA in 73.1 innings for the Padres' double-A affiliate with an almost impressive 34 walks against 27 strikeouts.
Eric Campbell backed up at first on his tour all over the diamond. He played 43 games at first, 56 at third and 25 in the outfield, while committing 20 errors. Few players in the system could match Campbell for a disappointing first half (.210/.334/.272 in 257 AB), but the 24-year old turned it on after the all-star brea (.311/.364/.466). As someone who can play either infield corner or left field, he has organizational value.
Another consistent performer, the Australian Stefan Welch played 124 of St. Lucie's 140 games at first hitting .271/.361/.438 with a career-high 16 home runs. The wiry Welch was repeating the level at age 22 and looks like a fine organizational piece.
Sam Honeck began the season as the Gnats' everyday first baseman, but side effects of a concussion ended his season in early July when he was hitting just .227/.306/.346. I feel for the 24-year old Honeck, who has had two straight seasons marred by injury after playing in just a handful of games in 2010 with a compound fracture in his leg.
Joe Bonfe, who will turn 24 in December took over for Honeck, and played nearly everyday in the second half for the Gnats. A third baseman in Brooklyn in 2010, Bonfe hit .254/.318/.327 with surprising speed for a 6'4" 220 pounder.