Red Sox vs the AL East: first basemen

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Sep 19, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) hits a two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

1. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays

However, the top player on this list is already firmly in the discussion of best power hitters in the league as Encarnacion has been one of the more feared hitters in baseball during his last three seasons. And while he did miss some time last season, playing in just 128 games, he was unstoppable when he was in the lineup, slashing .268/.354/.547 for the Jays. Encarnacion is 32 years old, but it’s reasonable to expect that he can continue this performance for at least another season or two. Even if his numbers slide down a bit, though, it shouldn’t be enough to strip him from his title of top first baseman in the AL East.