May Third Baseman RankingsMonday, May 06, 2013
Welcome to the May 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 300 list.
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Third Baseman Rankings
Dropping off: Scott Sizemore (No. 34), Scott Rolen (No. 36), Jason Donald (No. 38)
- Wright nudges ahead of Longoria and Beltre here, but don't get too excited about his six-steal April; it's typical of him to get most of his steals early on. For his career, his high steal months are May, followed by April and June. In 2010, he swiped seven bases in April and then settled for 12 the rest of the way.
- Especially now that Martin Prado and Matt Carpenter have been shifted to second base in the rankings, third base thins out pretty quickly. There aren't any sure things after Aramis at No. 8. As talented as Machado is, I'm not counting on him to keep hitting like this in his age-20 season. He still strikes out plenty, and my guess is that he'll be more of a .260 hitter the rest of the way. I'm also not a Chris Johnson believer, not with his 21/2 K/BB ratio in 88 at-bats.
- It looks like I way underestimated Donaldson. Not only is he batting .301, but he's walked 15 times (with just 18 strikeouts) and collected 11 doubles in his 113 at-bats. He's even swiped a couple of bases. It doesn't necessarily mean he'll keep it up, but it's seems more like the line of a really good player than a guy off to a fluky start.
- With one double and a 26/3 K/BB ratio to go along with his .294 average and four homers in 68 at-bats, Juan Francisco probably fits into that latter category.