Preliminary 2012 Rankings: Top 10 Third Basemen

Before we get into the rankings, let me put in a little disclaimer. These are extremely preliminary rankings for 2012 (prior to my projections being done) and have a lot of room for movement as the offseason progresses. They are done just on the surface, so as you look at them keep that in mind (and all numbers are prior to yesterday’s game):

  1. Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays
  2. Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays
  3. Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers
  4. David Wright – New York Mets
  5. Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals
  6. Pablo Sandoval – San Francisco Giants
  7. Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox
  8. Aramis Ramirez – Chicago Cubs
  9. Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees
  10. Michael Young – Texas Rangers

Thoughts:

  • Is anyone still doubting the power of Jose Bautista?  Over the past two seasons he’s hit 97 home runs, by far the league leader (Albert Pujols is second with 79).  Clearly, he’s no aberration and has developed into one of the premier players in the game.  The fact that he plays one of the weakest positions is just icing on the cake.  He’s going to be a first round pick this season, and it’s well deserved.
  • So much for Adrian Beltre only performing in contract years.  He was tremendous in his first season in Texas hitting .296 with 32 HR, 105 RBI and 82 R.  Considering a .273 BABIP, there are plenty of reasons to believe that he can continue producing.  Of course, using an early round pick on him is going to be a risky proposition given his history of poor seasons, so let’s consider his spot on these early rankings “tentative”.
  • At this point I am just not sure what to make of David Wright anymore, are you?  Has CitiField gotten that much into his head?  It was nice to see the strikeouts down, though they still weren’t good (21.7%) and his power completely dried up once again.  When he was at his best Wright routinely posted a line drive rate of between 23% and 26%.  The past two years?  He’s been at 18.9% and 18.0%.  We’ll hear rumors of a trade all winter long and maybe it would be for the best if he was traded.  Unfortunately, I don’t believe it will happen.  At a weak position he is going to continue to have value (obviously), but he’s also clearly not the same player that he once was.
  • Where will Aramis Ramirez land in free agency?  The answer to that question will determine his ultimate appeal to fantasy owners.  However, the fact that he proved capable of producing once again will go a long way for fantasy owners.
  • No, Alex Rodriguez owners that’s not a typo.  The fact of the matter is that the injury concerns have become extremely significant, as has his age.  Obviously, he’s going to continue to be a viable option in most formats, but he’s not the superstar that he once was.
  • Brett Lawrie proved quickly that he has the potential to be a must use option in all formats as soon as 2012.  He may crack the Top 10 when all is said and done but for now he fell just short.

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6 comments

  1. Guancous says:

    Is Moustakas closer to #12 or #20?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Right now I’d say probably closer to 20, though that could easily change. He really just didn’t show enough last season.

    • Scott says:

      I would say closer to #12. You look at his splits and pull out his horrid July where he batted.160/.198/.223 he ended up having a decent year. Each month, excluding July, his average went up: June .263, August .283 and Sept/Oct .352.

  2. Marky Mark says:

    Last year, Zimmerman and Aramis were two of my ten keepers. It’s a very good thing Aramis produced well last season, because there’s no way he makes the keeper-cut this year, but I should be able to get something worthwhile in trade before the draft.

  3. Al says:

    Third base scares me more than any other position. I look at these rankings and can’t help but think that after the first three, none of these guys are sure things. A whole lot of questions marks at the hot corner.

  4. Anthony G. says:

    Moustakas is going to shake some heads. If his late season success carries over, he EASILY vaults into the top tiers.

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