Third base is a shallow position. That’s certainly not news to fantasy owners. However, there are a few younger players with the potential to join the elite before long. Pedro Alvarez made his debut in 2010 and Mike Moustakas will likely follow him in 2011. How do they stack up? Let’s take a look (obviously, these rankings are dependent on your league format):
- Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays
- David Wright – New York Mets
- Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals
- Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees
- Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays
- Pedro Alvarez – Pittsburgh Pirates
- Pablo Sandoval – San Francisco Giants
- Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers
- Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals
- Michael Young – Texas Rangers
- Martin Prado – Atlanta Braves
- Aramis Ramirez – Chicago Cubs
- Mark Reynolds – Baltimore Orioles
- Casey McGehee – Milwaukee Brewers
- Ian Stewart – Colorado Rockies
- Alex Rodriguez may be 35-years old, but does anyone see his production dropping? Yes, there are injury concerns, but we all still anticipate him hitting 30 HR and picking up 100 RBI for the next few seasons. It’s easy to downgrade him due to his age, but there is no reason to do so.
- On the other hand, Michael Young is 34-years old, has lost his everyday 3B job (though I would anticipate him getting enough time there to maintain eligibility for another year at least) and doesn’t have the power potential of Rodriguez. It is easy to imagine him not being a long-term answer for a fantasy owner, isn’t it?
- We all know 3B is one of the shallower positions in the game, giving a potentially elite prospect a chance to rank highly on this type of list. Mike Moustakas certainly falls in that class. I have to keep him below Pedro Alvarez, given Alvarez’ experience, but long-term it wouldn’t be surprising to see Moustakas be the better option. Depending on your format he certainly is worth considering. There’s a good chance that Moustakas actually breaks camp with the Royals, so monitor the news closely. If he does open the year, he could leapfrog a few more people in the rankings.
- At 24-years old, I have to bank on a rebound for Pablo Sandoval. I know he’s a risk, but if we are talking both 2011 and long-term, who has the brighter upside, someone like Sandoval or a 32-year old Aramis Ramirez? It’s a pretty easy decision.
What are your thoughts on the rankings? Who’s too high? Who’s too low?
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