July Third Baseman RankingsFriday, July 01, 2011
Up this week are the July rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.
Click to see other July rankings: Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DHThird Baseman RankingsFalling off: Melvin Mora
(No. 32), Jorge Cantu
I probably should have just cut the rankings here from 40 to 35 or even 30. Since I have a few third basemen listed at other positions, there isn't much depth at all to this list.I don't feel good about placing Moustakas at No. 15, but after the top 14, it was mostly like picking names out of a hat. I've never thought much of McGehee, but he's in a great situation in Milwaukee and he should start driving in runs again at some point. Alvarez still has upside. Freese has upside if he can just stay healthy. Encarnacion is actually slugging .559 over the last month, though he has all of five RBI to go along with his four homers. But, really, outside of the top 14 (and Rolen is pretty borderline himself), there's no one here I'd want to have to start in a mixed league right now.Stewart hit nine homers in Triple-A last month, but it came with a modest .263 average. Since Ty Wigginton has caught fire as the Rockies' third baseman, it doesn't look like Stewart will rejoin the team within the next couple of weeks.Lawrie, who came in much higher than Moustakas and Chisenhall while all three were still in the minors last month, may have to wait until September for his chance. His fractured hand appears likely to sideline him for the entire month of July, and he'll have to regain his swing in Triple-A before he's called up.