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June Third Baseman Rankings

Friday, June 15, 2012

Welcome to the June third baseman 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 soon find a fully updated top 250 list.

Click to see other June rankings:
Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

Third Baseman Rankings

Dropping off: Mat Gamel (20th), Juan Uribe (34th)

  • Miguel Cabrera would have come in ahead of Jose Bautista had I ranked him at third base in the preseason (he hadn't qualified there yet, so I didn't), and the only real question now was whether to drop Bautista below David Wright or any other third basemen. I was giving it some thought before the recent power binge, but I probably wasn't going to anyway.


  • Especially since I did move the first basemen over, third base is looking awfully strong at the moment. In fact, the 11-20 range here is much stronger than it is over at first base.


  • I'm still not a big believer in Mark Trumbo -- at least not in his ability to hit for average -- but I couldn't really go any lower than 15 on him, not when he's stinging everything lately. I'm sure some will take issue with the choice to rank him behind Mark Reynolds (among others), but Reynolds has quietly hit .340 with three homers in 15 games since coming off the DL.

Rank Third Baseman Team April
1 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 2 1B
2 Jose Bautista Blue Jays 1
3 David Wright Mets 4
4 Alex Rodriguez Yankees 3
5 Evan Longoria Rays 2
6 Adrian Beltre Rangers 5
7 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 10
8 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 6
9 Brett Lawrie Blue Jays 7
10 Pablo Sandoval Giants 8
11 Aramis Ramirez Brewers 9
12 Martin Prado Braves 14
13 Chase Headley Padres 13
14 Mark Reynolds Orioles 12
15 Mark Trumbo Angels 30 1B
16 David Freese Cardinals 16
17 Michael Young Rangers 11
18 Kevin Youkilis Red Sox 15
19 Chris Davis Orioles 27
20 Mike Moustakas Royals 18
21 Will Middlebrooks Red Sox 80
22 Todd Frazier Reds 37
23 Chipper Jones Braves 25
24 Chris Johnson Astros 39
25 Brandon Inge Athletics 42
26 Wilson Betemit Orioles 21
27 Jordan Pacheco Rockies 33 1B
28 Alberto Callaspo Angels 28
29 Ty Wigginton Phillies 32
30 Pedro Alvarez Pirates 36
31 Scott Rolen Reds 22
32 Lonnie Chisenhall Indians 33
33 Brent Morel White Sox 17
34 Placido Polanco Phillies 23
35 Ian Stewart Cubs 24
36 Josh Harrison Pirates 55
37 Casey McGehee Pirates 29
38 Nolan Arenado Rockies 47
39 Danny Valencia Twins 19
40 Chone Figgins Mariners 26

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