Staff rankings: Third base

We finish up the infield with the top 25 men at the hot corner. The staffers who ranked are Josh Shepardson, Ben Pritchett, Brad Johnson and yours truly. We used FantasyPros.com to create our composite rankings, and if you follow the link provided in our rankings, you can see how ours compared with a slew of other experts’.

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2012 Third basemen rankings
Player name Nick
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Ben
Prichett
Josh
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Brad
Johnson
THT
Composite
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Expert Consensus
Jose Bautista 1 1 1 1 1 compare
Evan Longoria 2 2 2 2 2 compare
Adrian Beltre 3 4 3 4 3 compare
Ryan Zimmerman 6 5 5 3 4 compare
David Wright 4 3 6 7 5 compare
Brett Lawrie 5 6 4 8 6 compare
Pablo Sandoval 7 10 7 5 7 compare
Alex Rodriguez 8 8 8 6 8 compare
Michael Young 9 7 11 10 9 compare
Kevin Youkilis 11 9 10 9 10 compare
Aramis Ramirez 10 11 9 12 11 compare
Mark Reynolds 12 12 12 11 12 compare
Mike Moustakas 13 14 14 13 13 compare
David Freese 14 13 13 15 14 compare
Edwin Encarnacion 16 17 15 14 15 compare
Emilio Bonifacio 15 15 17 19 16 compare
Chase Headley 19 20 16 16 17 compare
Martin Prado 17 16 18 20 18 compare
Ryan Roberts 18 18 20 17 19 compare
Chipper Jones 20 21 19 21 20 compare
Lonnie Chisenhall 21 19 21 21 compare
Daniel Murphy 22 25 22 22 compare
Casey McGehee 33 18 23 compare
Pedro Alvarez 24 22 24 compare
Danny Valencia 25 32 23 24 25 compare

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Brad Johnson
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Brad Johnson

Hanley’s going to be used as a SS 90% of the time. And I was considering McGehee as their 1B. He may platoon with Jones of course, but if he starts on the right foot he could have a full time job quickly between 1b and 3b.

Dylan B
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Dylan B

Yeah, but is someone really going to put Hanley at third? Unless you also have Reyes, Tulo or Castro; you would probably better off keeping him as your SS and picking Ramirez or Reynolds as your 3b.

Ben Pritchett
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Ben Pritchett

I could see several scenarios where Hanley ends a draft as your third baseman especially if the 3B position fills fast in leagues without a MI position. Hanley could be drafted as a shortstop but wind up as a third baseman if I’m having to draft Stephen Drew over the likes of Chase Headley. I’d much rather have Drew at SS and Hanley at 3B than Hanley at SS and Headley at 3B.

In agreement with Brad, that may be a 10 percent occurrence.

Brad Johnson
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Brad Johnson

I think you’ll also find that over the course of the season, the “crap” at third base is going to be a lot better than the “crap” at SS. So once you start making waiver moves, you might end up with an Ian Stewart taking over at third base and pushing Hanley back to SS.

Mike Lahr
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Mike Lahr

Now where is the 2011 NL’s Gold Glove winner in all of this????? I think his name was Placido Polanco.

Jim G.
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Jim G.

I’m surprised that no one is including Miguel Cabrera in these rankings with his return to 3b. Succeed or fail defensively, he’ll play enough to get rated in most fantasy leagues, and I would expect top the list.
(Maybe this piece was put together before the Fielder signing.)

Brad Johnson
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Brad Johnson
I started considering Polanco around #15 bu never had the heart to put him down. I’m a Phillies fan, so I feel qualified to speak to Polanco’s prospects. He’s battled a ton of injury over the last two seasons. He’s a warrior who can play through serious hurts, but it damages his fantasy numbers. His upside is a high batting average with no power, no steals, and at best average R/RBI. Based on the other guys we have on that list, I can’t imagine ranking that upside above them…especially since the last two years have indicated that the downside is… Read more »
Ben Pritchett
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Ben Pritchett

@Mike- As for me, I had Polanco at my 25. He didn’t make the list because no one else ranked him.

Jim G- Cabrera is not ranked because he is not yet Yahoo eligible at third. Same thing can be said for Hanley. We based these rankings on Yahoo eligibility. As you’ll see in our overall rankings, the possible future position eligibility will be calculated in there.

Brad Johnson
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Brad Johnson

You’ll notice that right away on my top 250 list. I have Pujols as the top 1B yet Cabrera tops the big board on the expectation that he’ll gain 3b eligibility.

I tried not to consider position eligibility in my position lists. I know some of my colleagues did, perhaps we should have discussed that ahead of time…

Jeffrey Gross
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Jeffrey Gross
Assuming positional eligibility, I’d re-rank with Cabrera and Hanley: Rank   Player Name   Team 1   Miguel Cabrera*  DET 2   Jose Bautista   TOR 3   Hanley Ramirez   MIA 4   Evan Longoria   TBR 5   David Wright   NYM 6   Adrian Beltre   TEX 7   Ryan Zimmerman   WAS 8   Alex Rodriguez   NYY 9   Pablo Sandoval   SFG 10   Brett Lawrie   TOR 11   Michael Young   TEX 12   Kevin Youkilis   BOS 13   Aramis Ramirez   MIL 14   Mark Reynolds   BAL 15  … Read more »
Jeffrey Gross
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Jeffrey Gross
In fact, if I had to break down the above list into “tiers” it would look like this (a break is a tier) Rank   Player Name   Team 1   Miguel Cabrera*  DET 2   Jose Bautista   TOR 3   Hanley Ramirez*  MIA 4   Evan Longoria   TBR 5   David Wright   NYM 6   Adrian Beltre   TEX 7   Ryan Zimmerman   WAS 8   Alex Rodriguez   NYY 9   Pablo Sandoval   SFG 10   Brett Lawrie   TOR 11   Michael Young   TEX 12   Kevin Youkilis   BOS 13… Read more »
Mark Himmelstein
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Mark Himmelstein
My tentative Top 20: 1. Jose Bautista 2. Evan Longoria 3. David Wright 4. Adrian Beltre 5. Ryan Zimmerman 6. Pablo Sandoval 7. Brett Lawrie 8. Alex Rodriguez 9. Aramis Ramirez 10. Kevin Youkilis 11. Michael Young 12. Mark Reynolds 13. David Freese 14. Mike Moustakas 15. Chase Headley 16. Edwin Encarnacion 17. Emilio Bonifacio 18. Martin Prado 19. Ryan Roberts 20. Pedro Alvarez I actually think 3B looks a bit better deeper this year than the last couple years, but there’s a lot more risk.  Gone are the days when you could really feel secure in drafting a Top… Read more »
Derek Ambrosino
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Derek Ambrosino

I. too, would consider Alvarez a good flier. I’d rather play the lottery on him than draft somebody like Chipper or Polanco, who has pretty much established bench-level fantasy value.

I’d even take a shot on McGehee, depending on what news comes from Pirates camp. He could platoon at 1B with Jones, and if Alvarez tanks again, that would be another route to playing time. If last year was mostly an outlier, you could very conceivably wind up with solid starting CI level value from him. …But, the path to full time ABs has to be become largely unobstructed.

Dave Shovein
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Dave Shovein

At first glance, I think Sandoval is too low. I have him 5th, ahead of Zimmerman and Lawrie

I also wouldn’t have McGehee on the list at all, I think that would have Brent Morel, Ian Stewart or Scott Sizemore getting some consideration for the last couple of spots on the list as well.

Brad Johnson
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Brad Johnson

I had Sandoval third until about the weight (re)gain.

Jeffrey Gross
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Jeffrey Gross
Hopping in early. My tentative top 20: Rank   Player Name   Team 1   Jose Bautista   TOR 2   Evan Longoria   TBR 3   David Wright   NYM 4   Adrian Beltre   TEX 5   Ryan Zimmerman   WAS 6   Alex Rodriguez   NYY 7   Pablo Sandoval   SFG 8   Brett Lawrie   TOR 9   Michael Young   TEX 10   Kevin Youkilis   BOS 11   Aramis Ramirez   MIL 12   Mark Reynolds   BAL 13   Martin Prado   ATL 14   Edwin Encarnacion   TOR 15   Mike… Read more »
Ben Pritchett
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Ben Pritchett

I had the Panda sixth, Brad. For the reason I liked him last year, it seems I will have the opposite feeling since he’s back hitting the buffets.

And Dave, I had Morel in my top 25 and Sizemore wasn’t far away if memory serves me correctly.

KISFantasy
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KISFantasy

A-Rod doesn’t even make my top ten.  After name recognition, I see a chronically injured (legs and hips, including surgery) 36 yo who has basically admitted his best numbers were inflated by steroid use, which may also be playing a part in his body’s breakdown now.  His slugging% is in a 5-year decline, the SB’s are gone… you are paying for brand name.

Brad Johnson
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Brad Johnson

Probably true. I’m gambling a little on the Orthokine treatment helping him measurably.

If healthy, a 90/25/110/5/.270 projected line probably isn’t overly bullish. That compares favorably to the 75/20/80/15/.285 line I have pegged out for Wright.

John Baranick
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John Baranick
Just curious; I play in a 6×6 ESPN league where the only “limits” per se are total number of starts made by SP’s.  In that regard, I’ve found myself looking at more high OBP multi-positional players, and tend to draft more east coast “starting” batters (all things being relatively equal) so if they’re not in the line-up, I can slot in somebody else with a later starting time.  Thought being if your “starter” is a LA based OF’er and all the other games have started before you find out he’s not in the lineup, you can’t move another guy into… Read more »
Brad Johnson
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Brad Johnson

I play Yahoo leagues, I’ve never heard anyone say anything terribly positive about ESPN, so I’ve never investigated.

Yahoo hasn’t supported that sort of style in the past. If it did I would definitely employ a similar approach. Currently, if I have an east coast guy and he doesn’t make his expected start, he’s still locked into that roster spot.

I’m kind of glad it’s done that way. I already spend too much time micromanaging.

Brad Johnson
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Brad Johnson
My thoughts: I think I see every negative when it comes to David Wright. Needless to say I won’t be drafting him. It’s probably just a relic of my days as a Mets hater, but he seems to get substantially worse every season. I think A-Rod has a couple full seasons left in the tank. Being able to take on DH duties from time to time could help. Putting him ahead of Wright is probably silly, but that’s how I would draft. There is a CLIFF after Youkilis/Young. Solve your 3b situation in the first 10 picks or don’t solve… Read more »
Brad Johnson
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Brad Johnson

And the McGehee love is a condemnation of the position. I’m pretty sure he didn’t rank in my top 250.

Ben Pritchett
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Ben Pritchett

McGehee isn’t in my top 250 or 300 for that matter. I want to say the Pirates have already said that the third base job is Alvarez’ to lose. I’m not going anywhere near except as a bench play in AL only leagues.

Ben Pritchett
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Ben Pritchett
Ben Pritchett
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Ben Pritchett

And in all fairness Brad, there’s two big names possibly three gaining eligibility early on which should help solidify the position a bit (Hanley, Cabrera, and Trumbo)

Derek Ambrosino
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Derek Ambrosino
John, I’m definitely familiar with the approach. During the season, I have a side job that puts me in an an office at a computer right around the start of the East coast games. So, I’m able to check my starting line-ups a few minutes before game time and make needed swaps to fill out any rest day DNPs. But, here are my thoughts on this – 1. Unless you are hyper diligent about this, I don’t think this consideration is worth paying much attention to on draft day. It’s a strategy that gets you marginal advantage over the season,… Read more »
Buck Turgidson
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Buck Turgidson

Can those whom wanketh the Lawrie hype chain the hardest take a deep breath and come home to reality please?

JoeC
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JoeC

I’m afraid Hanley’s wonky shoulder is gonna fall off. Therefore, though I have him as the #3 SS, I’d never take him.

I never liked malingerers anyways.

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