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Third Base Consensus Ranks for the Second Half

By now, you might have a favorite ranker among the four of us. That’s fine, we’re adults. We’ve gathered to give you four options for a reason. In fact, we’ve gathered these four guys in particular for a reason.

Jeff Zimmerman primarily uses ZiPs rest-of-season projections, with a few tweaks, and so he’s our Sober Suzy. ZiPs does use information from this year, weighted against information from past years, and it does include playing time projections, but it does not get caught up in the excitement of a player in a breakout. Zach Sanders has his own projections, which are more intuitive, and he uses his value calculator to stack the players up against each other. On the other end of the spectrum, you have me and Mike Podhorzer. We are more intuitive, and yet we have different ideas about the players and different levels of cynicism.

Taken as a whole, you should get a reasonable set of rankings that doesn’t get too caught up in a hot month, or too upset about a bad start. That’s the aim.

You’ll see that Zimmerman likes David Freese a little less than the rest of us, for example. And that he likes Chris Davis a little more. Interesting to find these two so close to each other. One has little power and should have a good batting average. The other has power and only power — and some years a good enough batting average to make it work. Both are flawed. And sandwiched in between them is a normally steady Eddie in a new park that loves righty power — Kevin Youkilis. That trio should inspire some conversation.

Add in your opinion (and your appraisal of your league’s opinions) and the puzzle should be complete. Good luck with the second half.

FanGraphs Consensus Rankings:
Third Base
New Last Player Name Eno Sarris Mike Podhorzer Jeff Zimmerman Zach Sanders
1 1 Miguel Cabrera 1 1 1 2
2 2 Jose Bautista 2 2 2 1
3 3 David Wright 3 4 3 3
4 6 Adrian Beltre 6 5 6 6
5 4 Hanley Ramirez 4 3 5 11
6 5 Brett Lawrie 5 8 4 8
7 11 Pablo Sandoval 7 7 9 7
8 21 Mark Trumbo 9 11 7 4
9 15 Edwin Encarnacion 8 6 14 5
10 8 Ryan Zimmerman 10 10 12 9
11 14 Mike Moustakas 12 13 10 10
12 9 Alex Rodriguez 11 12 13 12
13 12 Aramis Ramirez 13 9 11 15
14 18 Martin Prado 15 15 15 14
15 7 Michael Young 16 14 16 21
16 10 Evan Longoria 14 23 8 25
17 16 Chase Headley 19 26 19 13
18 19 Mark Reynolds 20 16 17 30
19 13 David Freese 18 19 30 18
20 20 Kevin Youkilis 17 20 24 26
21 26 Chris Davis 21 17 18 31
22 47 Trevor Plouffe 22 24 25 19
23 17 Emilio Bonifacio 23 25 28 16
24 35 Kyle Seager 27 29 20 24
25 42 Will Middlebrooks 25 21 32 23
26 25 Pedro Alvarez 24 31 21 28
27 22 Chipper Jones 28 27 33 17
28 43 Todd Frazier 29 34 22 22
29 24 Mike Aviles 30 28 23 27
30 28 Jed Lowrie 26 18 46 20
31 23 Daniel Murphy 31 30 27 41
32 27 Ryan Roberts 34 38 31 32
33 36 Casey McGehee 33 40 37 29
34 40 Alberto Callaspo 32 41 35 33
35 37 Chris Johnson 37 36 29 40
36 30 Placido Polanco 38 32 38 36
37 44 Stephen Lombardozzi 37 43 36 34
38 34 Sean Rodriguez 42 33 42 37
39 41 Wilson Betemit 43 22 43 48
40 45 Jordan Pacheco 39 44 39 35
41 50 Jose Lopez 36 48 26 47
42 39 Lonnie Chisenhall 35 42 34 51
43 31 Scott Rolen 47 35 48 43
44 48 Chris Nelson 41 46 41 45
45 46 Alex Liddi 40 45 40 50
46 38 Juan Uribe 50 37 51 39
47 29 Danny Valencia 44 51 44 42
48 42 Brandon Inge 48 39 49 46
49 33 Ian Stewart 46 53 47 38
50 49 Elian Herrera 45 47 53 44
51 43 Chone Figgins 49 49 50 52
52 44 Jimmy Paredes 51 50 52 49
53 32 Brent Morel 52 52 45 53