Rankings Update: Third Base

Here we go again.

Big Three
Alex Rodriguez (.418 wOBA)
Evan Longoria (.386)
David Wright (.395)

Once again, I wrestled with the idea of mixing this bunch up. Next year, I’ll be taking Longoria over A-Rod, but I don’t think that’s the case for 2010. I heard some objections about Wright last week so I thought I’d clear something up; I don’t expect 30+ homers again, but I think 25 is totally reasonable and still makes him worthy of this rank.

Medium Three
Pablo Sandoval (.386)
Ryan Zimmerman (.376)
Mark Reynolds (.364)

I really like the diverseness of this group. Sandoval is a mostly AVG guy who will pop a few, Zimmerman is a happy medium, and Reynolds is the power guy.

Tier X
Michael Young (.355)
Jorge Cantu (.347)
Ian Stewart (.352)

Cantu and Stewart each move up a couple of spots and are starting to win me over. I wasn’t a big Stewart fan coming into the year, but I’m about to hitch a ride on that bandwagon. Feel free to join me.

Tested and True
Scott Rolen (.353)
Chipper Jones (.389)
Adrian Beltre (.346)
Aramis Ramirez (.383)
Casey Blake (.339)

I like what I’m seeing from Rolen, and I think Jones could be closed to finished as an automatic fantasy starter. His lack of pop and lowered batting average numbers make him questionable in my book.

Mark Teahen (.329)
Chase Headley (.353)
Casey McGehee (.330)
Alex Gordon (.364)

Teahen is another guy I like. He’s hitting the ball in the air more, which works well when you play in The Cell.

I Know What I Like, and Don’t Like What I Know
Mark DeRosa (.342)
Andy LaRoche (.340)
Jhonny Peralta (.329)

For the most part, what you see is what you get with these three. And what you get isn’t going to be the prettiest thing in the world.

The Rest of ‘Em
Kevin Kouzmanoff (.330)
Jake Fox (.345)
Edwin Encarnacion (.348)
Brandon Inge (.319)

If Jake Fox starts one more game at the catcher position, he’ll be eligible there in Yahoo! leagues, and I’ll likely start ranking him as a backstop. Also, Garrett Atkins is off the list this week.

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  1. Shane says:
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    I’ve had multiple low-ball offers for Wright this year. The first one was for Michael Young before the season started, while the second was Rickie Weeks not too long ago.

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    • The A Team says:
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      One thing to note about Wright is he’s currently on pace to steal something like 55 bases. Obviously he’s not going to, but he could set a new career high which makes up for the slightly lesser power numbers.

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  2. Seideberg says:

    You aren’t at all concerned with Wright’s falling contact rate, rising swing % outside the zone, which both contribute to his rising K%. Put these together with a crappy Mets lineup, and I wonder if Wright will get many good pitches to hit, and if he even has the power to do anything when he does.

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    • Jimbo says:

      I own wright, and would actually consider less then 2nd round value for him based on his start. If the steals aren’t there, he’s not going to stay in that top tier with Arod and Longo.

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  3. BB says:

    Aramis way too low, bro. Love these segments though. Keep it up.

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  4. coreyjro says:

    I think I have a man crush on Mark Reynolds. That said, I agree that Aramis is too low. In fact, I think he may be a very good buy low option.

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  5. Byron says:

    I’m so glad you didn’t include Beckham or Polanco in this. It’s so much more useful not seeing all of our options.

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    • Big Nate says:

      Which side do you like:

      I give Aramis + Kershaw for Zimmerman + Guitierrez (Qualls handcuff).

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  6. Big Offer says:

    I was just offered Rodriguez and Castro for Zimmerman and Garza. So, essentially, Rodriguez and an open roster spot for Zimmerman and Garza. Yay or nay?

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