Third Base Rankings (July 4, 2012): Mark Trumbo/Trevor Plouffe Rising & Much More

Once viewed as the weakest position in fantasy baseball, that definitely is no longer the case.  It’s been over a month since we last looked at these rankings, so to say that there has been some significant movement would be an understatement.  Trevor Plouffe has broken out, Pablo Sandoval has returned from the DL, Kevin Youkilis was traded to the White Sox and so much more.  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers (1)
  2. Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays (2)
  3. David Wright – New York Mets (5)
  4. Hanley Ramirez – Miami Marlins (3)
  5. Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers (4)
  6. Mark Trumbo – Los Angeles Angels (15)
  7. Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays (11)
  8. Pablo Sandoval – San Francisco Giants (NR)
  9. Brett Lawrie – Toronto Blue Jays (8)
  10. Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees (9)
  11. Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals (6)
  12. Aramis Ramirez – Milwaukee Brewers (10)
  13. Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals (12)
  14. Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins (NR)
  15. David Freese – St. Louis Cardinals (13)
  16. Kevin Youkilis – Chicago White Sox (NR)
  17. Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles (NR)
  18. Will Middlebrooks – Boston Red Sox (NR)
  19. Martin Prado – Atlanta Braves (17)
  20. Pedro Alvarez – Pittsburgh Pirates (18)

Currently on the DL – Evan Longoria, Emilio Bonifacio
Out for the Season – Mat Gamel


  • David Wright is no longer flirting with .400, but no one really expected him to maintain that all year, did they?  He remains a productive option, however, producing like he did before the opening of Citi Field.  In the middle of a Mets lineup that has been surprisingly productive, Wright remains one of the elite at his position.
  • Is anyone still questioning if Mark Trumbo is for real?  Granted, he’s not likely going to continue to hit over .300 (his BABIP continues to drop, now at .328, and he’s sporting a 15.3% line drive rate), but the power is very much for real.  With 40+ HR potential, in this day and age that has tremendous value for fantasy owners.
  • Can Alex Rodriguez stay healthy?  If he does he is producing like a Top 10 option.  It’s certainly hard to ignore him.
  • David Freese is producing big numbers, though I’m not sure I believe that he’s capable of maintaining a 20.3% HR/FB rate.  If the power falls his value is going to go with it (though not to unusability).  Just keep that in mind.
  • Since his trade to the White Sox Kevin Youkilis is playing like someone who has something to prove.  In 32 AB he’s hitting .281 with 1 HR, 8 RBI and 5 R.  It’s definitely possible that he continues to produce so, if you stuck with him during the bad, you may be about to be rewarded.
  • Will Middlebrooks has been a nice story, but the question is can he maintain this type of production (.298, 10 HR, 37 RBI in 171 AB).  I do have my doubts, considering his .342 BABIP and 20.8% HR/FB.  In fact, his struggles have already started as he’s hit .229 with 2 HR and 6 RBI in his past 10 games.  In yearly formats, one he proves healthy, now may be the perfect time to deal him.


  1. JT says:

    What does Plouffe’s stat line read at the end of the season?

  2. Nats says:

    Hopefully awesome, as I just traded Mike Aviles and Ryan Cook for him.

  3. Rotoprofessor says:

    Honestly, at this point he appears to be swinging for the fences. In June he posted nearly a 50% fly ball rate and a 31.4% HR/FB. No way the latter continues and, with the fly balls, his average is going to struggle. I will take a closer look at him shortly, but I would think now is a great time to sell high.

  4. Chris Harper says:

    Should I start David Freese or Kevin Youkilis this upcoming week? Also I have someone offering me Austin Jackson and Cole Hamels for Billy Butler, Freese or Youk and Derek Holland.

    Is this a good deal? He needs a 1B and 3B. Would you give up Youk or Freese in the deal?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      As fir the trade, at this point in the year it depends on need. You are clearly improving in SP, but you’d def. be weakening your offense.

      AS for Youk/Frees, with the way Youk has been playing it’s tough to sit him down…

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