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  1. And out of curiosity, if Michael Cuddyer qualifies for 3B in your league, he fits in which tier?

    Comment by Jon — February 22, 2011 @ 10:38 am

  2. He would probably headline ‘The Rest’. His versatility will be nice as he’ll likely have 1b/3b/OF eligibility. Low .270’s BA, high teens in HR. If you believe he can hit 22-24 HR’s, he’s easily a Tier 4 guy because he scores runs, drives in enough to be useful and he might also grab a bag a month.

    Comment by Michael Barr — February 22, 2011 @ 10:46 am

  3. I thought I followed baseball pretty closely, but I thought you made up the name Lonnie Chisenhall.

    Comment by Junker23 — February 22, 2011 @ 10:47 am

  4. Pretty classic baseball name, huh? They should just call him Moonlight Lonnie.

    There’s a very real possibility you’ll see him in Cleveland by mid-season. He’s interesting.

    Comment by Michael Barr — February 22, 2011 @ 10:50 am

  5. Where is Chone Figgins? Even though he probably fits under “The Rest”
    I thought you were a Mariner guy?

    Comment by Bjorn — February 22, 2011 @ 11:13 am

  6. Yeah, that’s called payback.

    He fell off a few lists and so he didn’t make our overall, but yes – I think it’s fair to stick him towards the top of ‘The Rest’. He’ll be featured fairly prominently on the 2b rankings coming up later this week.

    Comment by Michael Barr — February 22, 2011 @ 11:25 am

  7. Why would Neil Walker have 3B eligibility with Pedro Alvarez in town?

    Comment by GT — February 22, 2011 @ 11:27 am

  8. I doubt he comes up before September, between guys like Goedert, O Cabrera, Donald, Phelps and Nix there are too many options at 3B for the Indians and all of them prevent their top prospect’s arbitration clock from ticking for one more season. Perhaps at the start of next season, if not June of 2012 he’ll be up.

    Comment by Chris — February 22, 2011 @ 11:31 am

  9. Good point. Walker had 6 games at 3b last year, so his eligibility has more to do with your league rules than his appearing early in the season.

    Comment by Michael Barr — February 22, 2011 @ 11:32 am

  10. Dan Johnson! 5 games started at 3B!
    (Sorry, I’m in a deep league and options are limited. I get excited about such things)

    Comment by Dirty Platypus — February 22, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

  11. Nice list I was gonna bicker with you and say that Ian Stewart should be part of “the rest” then I realized he’s only 25 and the potential for 30HR’s is there. Throw in a lucky BABIP year and he could easily end up towards the top of that “Tier 3″ group.

    And let me ask you this, if you knew Chipper was going to play 140 games this year, would he make Tier 4?

    Comment by DonCoburleone — February 22, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

  12. I really like Stewart headed into this year… he’s a little under the radar too. ADP 117 in MDC, 167! in Yahoo.

    Toughie on Chipper… ISO pretty pedestrian last couple years, predicting a rebound there might not be wise. .270-18HR-80 if he plays 140 games? I like the old man a lot, but it’s gonna take more than 5-hr energy to get him into tier 4 I think.

    Comment by Michael Barr — February 22, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

  13. Why all the Martin Prado love? What is so exciting about a 12/5 guy in your 3B slot? I noticed in the tier 3 comments there is no specific mention of Prado’s ranking.

    He’s Placido Polanco plus 5 homeruns, or Jose Lopez plus some average. Both those guys are in your untiered tier. Prado had a career year last year, and that was still only a 15/5 season. His upside is limited, his downside is league average. His value comes from having 2B and 3B eligiblity, it makes him a felixible play and makes his boring numbers more tolerable. But this is a 3B only list, what is he doing inside the top 10 3Bs?

    Comment by Luke — February 22, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

  14. I tend to agree, I will let someone else have Prado’s relatively empty average and run-scoring ability. I think I would rather swing for the fences with an Alvarez (maybe) or Stewart (especially).

    Comment by Jason B — February 22, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

  15. You caught me. I’m not thrilled with Prado as a 3b option either, but I think his presence in Tier 3 is largely because you can practically take a .300 batting average and 100 runs to the bank. Add in double-digit HR’s a fistful of steals, and 2b/3b/OF eligibility in most formats and he’s a nice guy to have around.

    If several of those Tier 4 guys climb over him, I won’t be surprised.

    Comment by Michael Barr — February 22, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

  16. I look at the 2B/3B/OF eligibility and see him as a nice Monday and Thursday plug-in, not a 3B starter. I would place him at the bottom of tier 4, as the 15th 3B.

    Comment by Luke — February 22, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

  17. Overall, I like the rankings though. I don’t want to sound too negative. I agree with the rest of the list, just Prado stuck out to me.

    Comment by Luke — February 22, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

  18. Mario Mendoza not Manny

    Comment by correction — February 22, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

  19. doh!

    Fixed, thanks.

    Comment by Michael Barr — February 22, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

  20. Thanks for putting this together. It looks like Cuddyer is going to start in RF, and he’s not listed as a backup at 3B on the Twins’ site. I know he played 14 games there last year, but was there some news that he’d be playing there more this year? He’d be a nice option at 3B once the top guys are gone, but if he’s not the starting 3B (like, for example, Youkilis), it might take a long time for him to qualify, if at all.

    Comment by Jay — February 22, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

  21. The talk about 3B being incredibly shallow seems weird to me – in fact, I see it as almost the opposite. As you said, the top guys are a bit riskier than you might want from a R1 pick. They’ll still produce, but will they produce like a first pick?

    On the other hand, I think every team in a 10 team league can have a reasonable 3Bman. Tier 4 here isn’t nearly as bad as Tier 4 in some other positions.

    Comment by Wade8813 — February 22, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

  22. Chase Headley or Chris Johnson? I’m in an NL only league and prefer them to the oldsters like Tejada, Rolen, Chipper et al.

    Comment by Jethro — February 22, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

  23. Jay – he played 14 games at 3b last season, so he already has eligibility in Yahoo’s system.

    Comment by Michael Barr — February 22, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

  24. well, I guess it’s all about trade offs at other slots, but there are only 4 players that I’d be happy starting at 3b, and only about three others that I’d find acceptable.

    Comment by Michael Barr — February 22, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

  25. Yeah, if I had a heart, I’d have put Headley at the bottom of Tier 4 but 13 home runs, 11 stolen bases, and a .270 batting average… mmm….meh. I actually find Chris Johnson pretty interesting. I’d take Headley and Johnson over the other three…the projections for all of them aren’t terribly different and you might as well go with youth.

    Comment by Michael Barr — February 22, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

  26. Even though it is very unlikely he’ll play second base at all next year (unless the M’s trade him)?

    Comment by MGP — February 23, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

  27. I’d be happy with all 5 in the top 2 tiers (and I’d be happy with Beltre, and would probably have put him in the 2nd tier).

    I’m not as excited about Bautista as some other people are, but that probably means that a 3B slot will get filled leaving someone else for me to grab.

    Alvarez projects as .265 with 28 HR
    Ramirez projects as .275 with 25 HR
    Young projects as .290 with 19 HR
    Sandoval projects as .295 with 20 HR
    McGhee projects as .283 with 20 HR

    Those guys seem solid to me (and are possibly better than some of the 1Bmen that will be filling UTIL roles)

    Comment by Wade8813 — February 23, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

  28. So, do you still think Placido Polanco is bottom tier after the ALL-STAR voting? lol

    Comment by Matt — July 3, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

  29. OK, so he should have been in the 4th tier. Big whoop. I’m a Phils fan, I like Polanco. A lot of his value is in his defense, and his ability to play “small ball”… which is not a part of most Roto leagues.

    After a blazing hot start, he’s hitting .274, with 4 HR, 3 SB and solid R and RBI totals. Lets not get all crazy because he’s on the all-star team.

    His all-star selection at 3B just speaks to the dearth of talent at the position this year… which was mentioned in the piece.

    Comment by Dave S — July 6, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

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