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July Third Baseman Rankings

Friday, 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 | DH

Third Baseman Rankings

Falling off: Melvin Mora (No. 32), Jorge Cantu (No. 33)

  • 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.


  • RankThird basemanTeam2011MayJun
    1 Jose Bautista Blue Jays 4 2 1
    2 Alex Rodriguez Yankees 1 1 2
    3 Evan Longoria Rays 2 3 3
    4 Adrian Beltre Rangers 6 5 4
    5 Kevin Youkilis Red Sox 9 1B 6 5
    6 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 5 10 6
    7 David Wright Mets 3 4 8
    8 Aramis Ramirez Cubs 10 9 12
    9 Pablo Sandoval Giants 8 14 7
    10 Mark Reynolds Orioles 7 7 11
    11 Chipper Jones Braves 19 11 9
    12 Placido Polanco Phillies 17 13 10
    13 Chase Headley Padres 13 16 13
    14 Scott Rolen Reds 18 19 14
    15 Mike Moustakas Royals 44 37 31
    16 Casey McGehee Brewers 16 15 16
    17 Pedro Alvarez Pirates 11 12 17
    18 Danny Valencia Twins 15 17 15
    19 Ryan Roberts Diamondbacks 195 OF 25 20
    20 Casey Blake Dodgers 23 27 22
    21 David Freese Cardinals 24 29 27
    22 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 20 21 24
    23 Chris Johnson Astros 22 23 23
    24 Alberto Callaspo Angels 28 24 21
    25 Lonnie Chisenhall Indians 40 39 34
    26 Wilson Betemit Royals 26 20 18
    27 Ian Stewart Rockies 12 18 25
    28 Dayan Viciedo White Sox 32 NR NR
    29 Brandon Inge Tigers 25 26 30
    30 Brent Morel White Sox 27 30 29
    31 Greg Dobbs Marlins NR 40 26
    32 Brett Lawrie Blue Jays 44 2B NR 19
    33 Kevin Kouzmanoff Athletics 21 22 28
    34 Daniel Descalso Cardinals 41 NR 38
    34 Mark Teahen White Sox 29 31 37
    35 Jack Hannahan Indians 55 28 35
    37 Steven Pearce Pirates 43 1B NR 39
    38 Eric Chavez Yankees 14 DH 32 40
    39 Miguel Cairo Reds 35 38 NR
    40 Chase D'Arnaud Pirates 84 SS NR NR


    Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter at matthewpouliot.
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