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August Third Baseman Rankings

Monday, August 05, 2013


Welcome to the August third baseman rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season.

 

 

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Third Baseman Rankings


Dropping off: Jordan Pacheco (No. 31), Danny Valencia (No. 34), Ian Stewart (No. 37), Kevin Frandsen (No. 39)

 

  • If Alex Rodriguez is allowed to play through his appeal of a Biogenesis suspension -- and it sounds like he will be -- then he'll come off the DL on Monday and he'll be worth trying in shallow mixed leagues. At least for the next few weeks, I'd rank him 14th or 15th among third basemen.

 

  • The Mets are playing it safe and going with Justin Turner at third base for now, but they have Wilmer Flores and Zach Lutz available to fill in for David Wright if they wish. Flores has played second base this year, even though he makes more sense at third; obviously, that's because he has Wright ahead of him at the hot corner. The Mets probably wouldn't shift him over to fill in for Wright, but they could put Daniel Murphy at third if they wanted to take a look at Flores. He's hitting .322/.357/.526 with 14 homers for Triple-A Las Vegas. Lutz is less interesting, but he might offer a little more pop than Turner and no further infield movement would be required. He's hit .282/.361/.471 at Las Vegas's third baseman.

 

  • Luis Valbuena's hamstring injury got him put on the DL on Sunday. It would have been a grand opportunity for Mike Olt to make his Cubs debut, except Olt has gone 4-for-43 with no extra-base hits for Iowa since coming over from Texas in the Matt Garza trade. The Cubs think his general malaise this year is a result of the concussion he sustained playing winter ball, though he did manage to have one good month for Triple-A Round Rock before the deal. Obviously, the Cubs won't promote him while he's struggling, so they'll go with Logan Watkins and Cody Ransom at third base for now. Junior Lake can also play there, but it looks like he'll remain in the outfield. Olt is ranked No. 37 over at first base.

 

 

RankThird BaseTeam2013MayJuneJuly
1 Miguel Cabrera Tigers 1 1 1 1
2 Adrian Beltre Rangers 3 4 4 4
3 Evan Longoria Rays 2 3 3 3
4 Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays 5 1B 5 1B 5 1B 5
5 Kyle Seager Mariners 12 10 12 12
6 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 6 7 6 6
7 Chase Headley Padres 9 6 7 8
8 Pedro Alvarez Pirates 14 14 15 13
9 Manny Machado Orioles 18 12 8 9
10 Pablo Sandoval Giants 5 5 5 7
11 Josh Donaldson Athletics 26 15 11 11
12 David Wright Mets 4 2 2 2
13 Michael Young Phillies 16 17 20 16
14 Chris Johnson Braves 32 22 22 22
15 Aramis Ramirez Brewers 7 8 9 10
16 Todd Frazier Reds 13 11 14 15
17 Nolan Arenado Rockies 31 18 17 14
18 Brett Lawrie Blue Jays 10 9 13 19
19 Mike Moustakas Royals 15 16 23 21
20 Alex Rodriguez Yankees 23 23 21 20
21 David Freese Cardinals 17 19 19 17
22 Juan Francisco Brewers 28 26 30 28
23 Mark Reynolds Indians 24 1B 12 1B 10 18
24 Lonnie Chisenhall Indians 20 21 31 24
25 Trevor Plouffe Twins 22 24 28 23
26 Matt Dominguez Astros 27 30 25 25
27 Eric Chavez Diamondbacks 39 29 32 30
28 Wilson Betemit Orioles 33 31 33 32
29 Juan Uribe Dodgers 40 34 34 33
30 Conor Gillaspie White Sox 51 32 37 36
31 Alberto Callaspo Athletics 24 27 27 27
32 Placido Polanco Marlins 29 33 35 35
33 Will Middlebrooks Red Sox 11 13 16 26
34 Luis Valbuena Cubs 37 25 26 29
35 Kevin Youkilis Yankees 19 20 18 38
36 Nick Castellanos Tigers 56 39 NR 40
37 Cody Asche Phillies 79 NR NR NR
38 Brandon Snyder Red Sox 68 1B NR NR NR
39 Wilmer Flores Mets 77 NR NR NR
40 Brent Morel White Sox 41 NR 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 @matthewpouliot.
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