End of Season Rankings: Third Base

The 2012 fantasy baseball season has come to a close, so it is time to look back at the season past and determine which players were the most valuable at each position. This week focuses on third baseman, a hotly contested position on draft day.

The players were ranked based on their 2012 production, using the evaluation system explained and updated on this site some time ago. To keep things manageable and avoid skewing the numbers, players were only considered if they amassed 350 plate appearances over the course of the year. The replacement level was also adjusted to account for players eligible at multiples positions. The valuations are built for $260 budgets and traditional 5×5 roto fantasy leagues.

One important thing to note is the premium (or lack thereof) placed on the position a player occupies in your lineup. For example, while a first baseman may be able to accumulate superior overall numbers, the availability of such production lower in the rankings severely dampers the amount the player was worth.

These rankings are meant to reflect a player’s value should he have occupied this spot in your lineup for the entire year. So, a player who missed time due to injury but put up great numbers during his time on the field would be worth less.

With all this in mind, here are your rankings.

Rnk Name Pos AB HR R RBI SB BA $$$
1 Miguel Cabrera 3B 622 44 109 139 4 0.33 36
2 Edwin Encarnacion 3B 542 42 93 110 13 0.28 26
3 Chase Headley 3B 604 31 95 115 17 0.286 26
4 Adrian Beltre 3B 604 36 95 102 1 0.321 24
5 Aramis Ramirez 3B 570 27 92 105 9 0.3 22
6 David Wright 3B 581 21 91 93 15 0.306 20
7 Ryan Zimmerman 3B 578 25 93 95 5 0.282 17
8 Hanley Ramirez 3B 604 24 79 92 21 0.257 16
9 Chris Davis 3B 515 33 75 85 2 0.27 13
10 Mark Trumbo 3B 544 32 66 95 4 0.268 13
11 Martin Prado 3B 617 10 81 70 17 0.301 12
12 Marco Scutaro 3B 620 7 87 74 9 0.306 10
13 David Freese 3B 501 20 70 79 3 0.293 9
14 Kyle Seager 3B 594 20 62 86 13 0.259 8
15 Alex Rodriguez 3B 463 18 74 57 13 0.272 7
16 Pedro Alvarez 3B 525 30 64 85 1 0.244 7
17 Jose Bautista 3B 332 27 64 65 5 0.241 4
18 Mike Moustakas 3B 563 20 69 73 5 0.242 4
19 Brett Lawrie 3B 494 11 73 48 13 0.273 4
20 Daniel Murphy 3B 571 6 62 65 10 0.291 3
21 Michael Young 3B 611 8 79 67 2 0.277 3
22 Chris Johnson 3B 488 15 48 76 5 0.281 3
23 Todd Frazier 3B 422 19 55 67 3 0.273 3
24 Chipper Jones 3B 387 14 58 62 1 0.287 2
25 Mike Aviles 3B 512 13 57 60 14 0.25 1
26 Pablo Sandoval 3B 396 12 59 63 1 0.283 1
27 Jordan Pacheco 3B 475 5 51 54 7 0.309 1
28 Kevin Youkilis 3B 438 19 72 60 0 0.235 0
29 Jeff Keppinger 3B 385 9 46 40 1 0.325 -1
30 Chris Nelson 3B 345 9 45 53 2 0.301 -2
31 Trevor Plouffe 3B 422 24 56 55 1 0.235 -2
32 Jamey Carroll 3B 470 1 65 40 9 0.268 -4
33 Alberto Callaspo 3B 457 10 55 53 4 0.252 -4
34 Ryan Roberts 3B 439 12 51 52 10 0.235 -4
35 Jed Lowrie 3B 340 16 43 42 2 0.244 -7
36 Logan Forsythe 3B 315 6 45 26 8 0.273 -7
37 Wilson Betemit 3B 341 12 41 40 0 0.261 -8
38 Steve Lombardozzi 3B 384 3 40 27 5 0.273 -10
39 Robert Andino 3B 384 7 41 28 5 0.211 -15



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  1. geo says:

    Mark Trumbo only played 8 games at third base; doesn’t that come under the heading of “not qualified” in most leagues?

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  2. Acacia says:

    Does Longoria not make this list at all? Surely regardless of his missed time he was one of the top 40 3B this year.

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    • batpig says:

      350 min PA dude

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      • Acacia says:

        So we are counting Trumbo’s 8 games at 3B and saying he’s the 10th best 3B in baseball, but Longoria’s 312 PA’s are written off?

        “These rankings are meant to reflect a player’s value should he have occupied this spot in your lineup for the entire year.”

        Just seems kind of a trivial thing in Trumbo’s 8 games, Bautista’s ONE game, and aviles ONE game.

        Should be minumum appearances at 3B and not overall PA’s.

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      • batpig says:

        dude, there isn’t a conspiracy here. The 350 PA rule is something they are applying to all positions just to keep the lists manageable. So a player like Longo gets off the list, big deal? Does that change the fact that he is obviously a top 3B when healthy?

        and the fact that Trumbo only played 8 games at 3B this year is totally irrelevant. It’s a FANTASY article, so all that matters is that he qualified for the position in 2012. Guess what – Chris Davis played ZERO games at 3B in 2012 but he is included because he qualified based on games played last year.

        again, no conspiracy and nothing complicated here: this is a list of players who qualified at 3B for FANTASY purposes in 2012, and who had a minimum of 350 PA. Not a big deal.

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      • Acacia says:

        “dude.”

        Who’s speaking conspiracy?

        I’m saying including x guy but not including y guy because he didn’t have enough AB’s but had 80 times as many appearances at 3B is trivial. Why 350 PA’s? Why not 300? Why not 500? The number is arbitrary. He’s trying to make a concise list, but is including everybody who has played 3B the past 2 years when a handful of these guys won’t even qualify for 3B next year.

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      • batpig says:

        duh, of COURSE it’s an arbitrary cut-off. That’s the way it goes. Regardless of whether you pick 300, 350, or 400 PA as the cut-off somebody’s going to get left off. Deal with it.

        with respect to the positional eligibility, you still seem to be missing the point completely. There is NO relationship between the two (the PA cut-off choice and the positional eligibility). It’s a FANTASY article, again, and all he is doing is listing people who were eligible at 3B in 2012. Where they played in real life is irrelevant.

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  3. jthom17 says:

    Yahoo only requires 5 games started or 10 games played to qualify.

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  4. Chicago Mark says:

    The list should probably be by $$$ and not AB’s. In either case, we’re nit picking about Longo. I would like to see a write up about him though. If he does find a way to stay on the field for 150+ games I think he’d be top 2-5. Although he may not run as much after this seasson’s leg injuries.

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  5. Shawnuel says:

    Where would Manny Machado fall on this list?

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