Rankings Update: Third Base

Back after a week lost to illness, here are your third base rankings. wOBA numbers are listed as “(Current, ZiPS Updated)”. If the wOBA numbers are a couple of points off, don’t sweat it, because it’s just me writing these things up ahead of time.

Big Three
Alex Rodriguez (.363, .389)
Evan Longoria (.417, .397)
David Wright (.401, .401)

According to wOBA and ZiPS, Wright is wright (intended, shamelessly) on target.

Medium Three
Ryan Zimmerman (.432, .385)
Pablo Sandoval (.337, .371)
Mark Reynolds (.377, .371)

I decided to place Zimmerman above Kung Fu Panda. He’s got more power and the batting average is more than good enough. Reynolds is still cranking balls out of the park, but that’s partly because he’s been getting the ball in the air more often.

Third Base Group X
Jorge Cantu (.350, .341)
Ian Stewart (.395, .362)
Michael Young (.312, .339)
Scott Rolen (.339, .346)

Cantu and Stewart move up at the expense of Young. Cantu is very steady, and I like what Stewart is doing at the plate.

The “A” Team
Aramis Ramirez (.218, .324)
Adrian Beltre (.361, .350)

Yes, America, I hear your cries regarding A-Ram. He’s aging, and even though his numbers say he’ll bounce back, I don’t think it will be enough to be anything special. If you ask me, he’s almost done.

The “C” Team
Chipper Jones (.352, .382)
Casey McGehee (.396, .347)
Casey Blake (.336, .347)
David Freese (.387, .352)
Chase Headley
(.369, .335)

McGehee sure is slugging the ball, eh?

The Rest of ‘Em
Andy LaRoche (.362, .341)
Jhonny Peralta (.301, .323)
Mark Teahen (.304, .327)
Kevin Kouzmanoff (.295, .322)
Alex Gordon (.299, .329)
Mark DeRosa (.243, .313)
Edwin Encarnacion (.296, .315)
Brandon Inge (.322, .314)

I originally had LaRoche and Peralta in their own group, but decided to just lump them together with the rest of these fools. Seriously, though, can someone please save Gordon from the hell that is the Royals organization?

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  1. JayCee says:

    If you play OBP then Jose Bautista belongs all the way up in Group X here.

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  2. Jon E says:

    “the rest of these fools”…..you stay classy, Mr. Sanders.

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  3. Jason says:

    no David Freese?

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Somehow he’s in my spreadsheet but not on the list. I like what he’s doing. BABIP is really high right now (.390), but his HR rate is nice. Falls into the “C” Team. Good catch.

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  4. Jake says:

    “here are your catcher rankings.”

    Have to agree with Jason on the surprise of not seeing Freese

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  5. jack says:

    they say they moved gordon to OF

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  6. Nate says:

    I accepted this trade just prior to Zimmerman’s HR last night. I got Headly and J Upton for Zimmerman (5 cat + OPS and K). I’m not sure how that can possibly be bad for me, but I wanted to see what kind of reaction you all might have.

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  7. geo says:

    Where is Alberto Callaspo?

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    • The A Team says:

      You’d probably want him playing at 2b…in most leagues, there’s going to be a better 3b either on the waiver wire or a cheap trade away. In a deeper league, sure Callaspo might deserve a mention in that last cluster.

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  8. JayCee says:

    BTW I like Kouzmanoff twice as much as any of the scrubs next to him in the bottom tier.

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    • The A Team says:

      As a player? yes. As a standard categories fantasy performer? not so much…

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      • JayCee says:

        Only Inge and LaRoche have category impacts comparable to Kouzmanoff. Look at those names again- Alex Gordon? Encarnacion? Peralta? Kouz is an everyday cleanup hitter.

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  9. Pete says:

    Youkillis is eligible at 3B in my league. In which class would be be here? in comparing the numbers from the 1B group in the subsequent post, it looks like he belongs in the top tier. am I correct?

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  10. Rivalmist says:

    Thanks for these rankings. Can you include Kevin Youkilis in your 3B rankings since he has 3B eligibility in Yahoo leagues?


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  11. Chad says:

    Due to his SS eligibility I drafted Peralta to man the MI slot and right now have been stuck with that stiff or Alexei Ramirez dragging down my stats in that spot. Does Peralta show any signs of being able to right the ship? In my league the only player looking remotely interesting on the WW that could replace him would be Aviles, who doesn’t even play everyday. I’m last in my league in OBP with these two steadily dragging me down.

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    • JayCee says:

      Aviles is the kind of gift who can turn your season around. He has shown the ability to be an elite MI option.

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  12. Nate says:

    Brandon Wood is so bad he’s not even in the bottom list. Ugh, the pain of being an Angel fan.

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  13. WalkMan says:

    What about Troy Glaus?

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