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May Third Baseman Rankings

Monday, May 6, 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.



RankThird BaseTeam2013
1 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 1
2 David Wright Mets 4
3 Evan Longoria Rays 2
4 Adrian Beltre Rangers 3
5 Pablo Sandoval Giants 5
6 Chase Headley Padres 9
7 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 6
8 Aramis Ramirez Brewers 7
9 Brett Lawrie Blue Jays 10
10 Kyle Seager Mariners 12
11 Todd Frazier Reds 13
12 Manny Machado Orioles 18
13 Will Middlebrooks Red Sox 11
14 Pedro Alvarez Pirates 14
15 Josh Donaldson Athletics 26
16 Mike Moustakas Royals 15
17 Michael Young Phillies 16
18 Nolan Arenado Rockies 31
19 David Freese Cardinals 17
20 Kevin Youkilis Yankees 19
21 Lonnie Chisenhall Indians 20
22 Chris Johnson Braves 32
23 Alex Rodriguez Yankees 23
24 Trevor Plouffe Twins 22
25 Luis Valbuena Cubs 37
26 Juan Francisco Braves 28
27 Alberto Callaspo Angels 24
28 Jordan Pacheco Rockies 25
29 Eric Chavez Diamondbacks 39
30 Matt Dominguez Astros 27
31 Wilson Betemit Orioles 33
32 Conor Gillaspie White Sox 51
33 Placido Polanco Marlins 29
34 Juan Uribe Dodgers 40
35 Ian Stewart Cubs 30
36 Brandon Inge Pirates 49
37 Greg Dobbs Marlins 48
38 Brandon Laird Astros 69
39 Nick Castellanos Tigers 56
40 Pedro Ciriaco Red Sox 35

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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