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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Third Baseman Rankings
|3||Josh Donaldson||Blue Jays||3||3||4|
|4||Freddie Freeman||Braves||2 1B||4 1B||3|
|13||Rafael Devers||Red Sox||NR||37||19|
|18||Jose Bautista||Blue Jays||29 OF||28 OF||42 OF|
|27||Matt Davidson||White Sox||7 DH||26||25|
|40||Tommy La Stella||Cubs||51||NR||NR|
- 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.