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September Third Baseman Ranks

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Welcome to the September rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed at the position at which they’re most valuable.

 

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Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

 

 

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Third Baseman Rankings

 

SeptThird BaseTeam2017JulyAug
1 Nolan Arenado Rockies 1 1 1
2 Kris Bryant Cubs 2 2 2
3 Josh Donaldson Blue Jays 3 3 4
4 Freddie Freeman Braves 2 1B 4 1B 3
5 Anthony Rendon Nationals 5 4 5
6 Travis Shaw Brewers 18 8 6
7 Adrian Beltre Rangers 8 11 13
8 Kyle Seager Mariners 4 10 9
9 Todd Frazier Yankees 6 6 7
10 Jake Lamb Diamondbacks 15 9 10
11 Justin Turner Dodgers 14 7 11
12 Mike Moustakas Royals 17 12 12
13 Rafael Devers Red Sox NR 37 19
14 Joey Gallo Rangers 39 22 17
15 Evan Longoria Rays 13 14 14
16 Miguel Sano Twins 7 5 8
17 Eugenio Suarez Reds 21 20 21
18 Jose Bautista Blue Jays 29 OF 28 OF 42 OF
19 Nick Castellanos Tigers 16 15 16
20 Yulieski Gurriel Astros 19 19 20
21 Chase Headley Yankees 30 23 22
22 Ryon Healy Athletics 12 16 18
23 Wilmer Flores Mets 38 27 26
24 Maikel Franco Phillies 10 13 15
25 Jeimer Candelario Tigers 57 NR 30
26 Matt Chapman Athletics 46 32 28
27 Matt Davidson White Sox 7 DH 26 25
28 David Freese Pirates 34 25 24
29 Luis Valbuena Angels 42 29 27
30 Pablo Sandoval Giants 22 30 31
31 Renato Nunez Athletics 62 NR NR
32 Yunel Escobar Angels 35 28 29
33 Brian Anderson Marlins 77 NR 37
34 Ryder Jones Giants NR NR 32
35 Danny Valencia Mariners 25 21 23
36 Jurickson Profar Rangers 33 35 35
37 Cheslor Cuthbert Royals 40 36 39
38 Yandy Diaz Indians 44 NR NR
39 Patrick Wisdom Cardinals NR NR NR
40 Tommy La Stella Cubs 51 NR NR
41 Ryan McMahon Rockies 74 NR NR
42 JaCoby Jones Tigers 41 38 NR
43 Martin Prado Marlins 26 24 33
44 J.D. Davis Astros 78 NR NR
45 Adonis Garcia Braves 32 39 38

 

Dropping off: Trevor Plouffe (34th), Jae-gyun Hwang (40th)

 

  • Ryon Healy and Maikel Franco are a couple of players who should be quite vulnerable to losing at-bats in September. Healy is hitting just .252/.281/.374 in the second half and has an embarrassing 121/18 K/BB ratio in 497 plate appearances for the season. He also offers nothing to the A’s on defense. I’m not giving up on him for 2018, but the A’s would be just fine giving some of his playing time to Renato Nunez and maybe Chris Carter, should Carter get the call. Franco has had an awful August, hitting .210/.245/.340 to drop his overall OPS to .669. J.P. Crawford will take some time away from him in September, and Scott Kingery would take even more if he gets the call.

 

  • Due to Victor Martinez’s irregular heartbeat, the Tigers no longer have to shift Nick Castellanos to right field in order to give Jeimer Candelario a look at third base in September. Still, it’s worth seeing what Castellanos can do out there. I’m not sure Candelario will prove to be a long-term regular at third, but it seems pretty clear at this point that Castellanos is never going to be anything close to average at the hot corner.

 

  • I’m rather surprised the Marlins haven’t yet promoted Brian Anderson to take over at third base with Martin Prado out. Derek Dietrich has been fine there, but the Marlins have been dealing with a black hole at first base with Justin Bour sidelined and could play Dietrich there. Anderson is hitting .336/.407/.607 with eight homers in 107 at-bats since being promoted to Triple-A New Orleans last month. I’m not a big believer in his bat, but given the Marlins’ alternatives, it’d seem to be worth giving him a shot.


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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