by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
There hasn’t much change at the top of our third base rankings, but after the Top 8 things have been shuffled fairly dramatically. How do things shake out for the rest of the season? Let’s take a look:
1. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers (1)
2. Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers (2)
3. Josh Donaldson – Oakland A’s (3)
4. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals (6)
5. Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians (5)
6. Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays (4)
7. Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds (7)
8. Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners (8)
9. Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies (11)
10. Josh Harrison – Pittsburgh Pirates (NR)
11. Pablo Sandoval – San Francisco Giants (14)
12. Aramis Ramirez – Milwaukee Brewers (13)
13. Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles (12)
14. David Wright – New York Mets (9)
15. Lonnie Chisenhall – Cleveland Indians (16)
16. Chase Headley – New York Yankees (18)
17. Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals (17)
18. Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins (NR)
19. Martin Prado – New York Yankees (NR)
20. Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals (NR)
Dropped off the Rankings – Pedro Alvarez (10), Ryan Zimmerman (15), Nick Castellanos (19), Brett Lawrie (20)
- Josh Donaldson has struggled in the average department, thanks to a poor 13.3% line drive rate, but he was at 20.6% in ’13 and has improved in August (22.2%). That’s a good sign, especially given his power, and there is little reason to slide him down the rankings. He should continue to be one of the better options in all formats.
- What can we say about Anthony Rendon that hasn’t already been said? He’s hit the ball hard (20.4% line drive rate), has shown improved power (15 HR courtesy of a 9.8% HR/FB) and has proven capable of stealing a base (12 SB). He’s quickly emerging as one of the better 3B options in the league.
- Right now we are waiting to hear the severity of Manny Machado’s injury, but if he’s not going to miss significant time it’s hard not to like him. For now, though, that’s hardly a guarantee and we’re going to have to keep his spot on these rankings suppressed a bit.
- Josh Harrison may not be able to maintain his current average (.356 BABIP), but the power (10 HR courtesy of a 9.3% HR/FB) and speed (16 SB) is very much for real. While it’s surprising to see him ranked ahead of David Wright (among others), you can’t argue that Harrison isn’t a better contributor in both categories as well as in the R category.
- We all know how bad Chase Headley has been, but he still owns an overall 26.5% line drive rate and .288 BABIP. He may be swinging for the fences a bit in New York (14.3% IFFB), which is something we’ll want to continue monitoring. Still, it’s easy to imagine him starting to produce in his new locale.
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