Rankings Update: Third Base

Once again, these are your rankings for third baseman. All wOBA numbers are based on FANS projections, unless otherwise noted.

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

I’m very high on Wright this year, and could actually justify taking him over Longoria. However, I won’t.

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

You want one of the top six third baseman. I don’t buy all the talk that 3B is terrible this year, but it does take a dip right here. Some don’t like Reynolds this year, but I’m not that down on him. Just don’t expect a repeat of 2009.

Wish I Would Have Taken A 3B Already:
Michael Young (.355)
Chipper Jones (.389)
Aramis Ramirez (.383)

I have Chipper in a bunch of leagues this year, as most people don’t seem to be taking a bounceback into account when looking at his value. Young will keep a high average, and for some reason I’m not fond of Aramis. Probably due to his injury last year, and the fact that he’s past his prime.

Adrian Beltre (.346)
Jorge Cantu (.347)
Ian Stewart (.352)

Beltre was getting drafted way ahead of where he should go, Cantu is always solid, and Stewart is a nice young player with pop. I don’t love any of these guys, but they all have some value and when put into the right team, can be good enough to start.

Tested and True:
Scott Rolen (.353)
Casey Blake (.339)

Both are somewhat of an injury risk (Rolen more so), but are good guys to have on your bench. Both could start for you if you want to fill up on other positions, with Blake being a safer bet as a full time starter.

Small Upside:
Chase Headley (.353)
Jhonny Peralta (.329)
Mark Teahen (.329)
Andy LaRoche (.340)
Casey McGehee (.330)

More bench guys. None of them are special, but give you some value. Headley and McGehee are both good options if you are in keeper leagues, and McGehee probably has 2B eligibility in your league.

The Rest of ‘Em:
Kevin Kouzmanoff (.330)
Garrett Atkins (.331)
Jake Fox (.345)

I hope you are in a really deep league if you are looking this far down. I don’t mind Atkins as a bench guy, due to his dual 1B/3B eligibility.

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  1. Cameron says:

    Gordon Beckham?

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    • jackweiland says:

      I’d probably put him in the “Eh” category, with a chance to move into the “Wish I’d Already Taken a 3B”.

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      • PK14 says:

        I’d definitely put him into the “Wish I’d Already Taken a 3B” category, with the chance to be in the “Medium Three” category by the end of the season. Kid has a legit shot at 50 2B’s.

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      • Mark says:

        And unless you’re playing in a league which values doubles that doesn’t help much. He’ll hit for BA, probably hit 15-20 HR’s, 10-12 SB, do well in runs but poorly in RBI (so long as Teahen, Ramirez & Pierre are in front of him).

        I wouldn’t think that’s good for a 3B.

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      • Mark says:


        This is for fantasy. Unless you’re playing in a league that has doubles, him having 45 doubles is worthless. In a typical league that doesn’t add any points, so it’s why I don’t care if he hits 10 doubles or 45 doubles. From a fantasy point of view it doesn’t help the majority of people.

        Now, the #’s you pointed out aren’t different than from what I said from a fantasy point of view. I said he’d hit for BA, and you said he’d hit 290. I said he’d score runs and you said he’d get 95. I said he’d hit 15-20 HR, same as the projection. Ditto on the steals.

        The difference comes from the fact that I don’t believe that with Mark Teahen (career 331 OBP), Juan Pierre (347 career OBP) and Ramirez (325 OBP) batting in front of Beckham that he’ll have many RBI opportunities. And if he’s not giving you RBI’s, than he’s just giving you BA, runs, 15-20 HR and 10 steals. He’s just not that strong in any particular category (outside of runs) for me to consider him a quality option at 3B.

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    • Sandersox says:

      If you consider Beckham’s upcoming dual eligibility at 2B, I’d definitely agree.

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      • PK14 says:

        Beckham can easily out hit those numbers though. Look at Bill James, he has him at about a .290/.360/.475 hitter with 20 HR 95 RBI 95 R 10 SB 45 2B, how is that not good, even from a 3B?

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  2. Ron says:

    Brandon Cr-Inge?

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  3. OT says:

    Edwin Encarnacion? Totally fuddleduster, but surely should be on this list.

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  4. yuniform says:

    Chone Figgins also still has 3B eligibility. I’m guess he’d make the medium three into a medium four.

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  5. byron says:

    Polanco is 4 games away from being 3B eligible in Yahoo! Leagues, and Miguel Tejada is 5 games away. Those guys’ flexibility helps them too, so I think they’re worth ranking. In fact, Gordon Beckham’s coming eligibility at 2B is nice as well.

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  6. odbsol says:

    Brandon Wood? Although after last night’s 3K debut, I could see him not making the bottom group.

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  7. Zach Sanders says:

    To answer a couple of your questions:

    Figgins and Beckham will be included in Eno’s 2B reports. Even though they don’t have eligibility yet, that’s where most their value will lie. These two would actually have their own category between “Medium Three” and “Wish..”, for those of you wondering.

    Not a fan of Encarnacion or Inge. But, they could sneak into next weeks rankings.

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  8. Shaggychild says:

    Youk is 3B eligible in Yahoo leagues, which is a huge boost to his value.

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  9. Daniel says:

    Assuming Callaspo plays this week at 3rd, where does he rate? Small Upside, or Rest of ‘Em?

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  10. jrdo410 says:

    Yeah, I guess Figgins and Lopez don’t exist. Moving to 2B is going to help Figgins a lot more than it will help Lopez moving to 3B. But increased position eligibility helps both players this year, and they both deserve to be somewhere on this list,

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  11. Adam Reynolds says:

    Polanco is “Tested and True”. Especially 2nd in that lineup.

    In deeper leagues, I’ve dipped into the Brandon Inge and Jose “At least I’m leading off” Bautista pools. That’s the lesson that you can’t really wait at third.

    Jose Lopez is a nice option for the position.

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  12. Conballs says:

    Aramis past his prime? Didn’t realize that was a fact.

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    • joeIQ says:

      Yeah, you expect better argument than “I’ve never like him for some reason probably because …..” in a fangraphs article.

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    • Zach Sanders says:

      Will be 32 this season, which is past his peak performance years.

      When I said “I’ve never liked…”, it had no effect on the rankings. It was simply commentary. Everyone has players that they hear their name, and they think “Hmm, I’m not a fan” or “I don’t like him”. Just one man’s opinion.

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  13. Joshua Halley says:


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  14. SleepNowInTheFire says:

    Rolen is my starting 3B and I have Atkins getting time at Utility and less often at CI. Not ideal, clearly, but I think both were good values for where I got them (299 and 374 overall, respectively).

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