End of Season Rankings: Third Basemen

The 2014 fantasy baseball season has come to a close, so it is time to look back at the season past and determine which players were the most valuable at each position. Moving around the infield, we’re on to the hot corner this week.

The players were ranked based on their 2014 production, using the evaluation system explained and updated on this site some time ago. The valuations are built for $260 budgets and standard 5×5 roto fantasy leagues, where only one catcher is started. Players are listed only at their primary positions from 2014.

One important thing to note is the premium (or lack thereof) placed on the position a player occupies in your lineup. For example, while a first baseman may be able to accumulate superior overall numbers, the availability of such production lower in the rankings severely dampers the amount the player was worth. These rankings are meant to reflect a player’s value should he have occupied this spot in your lineup for the entire year. A player who missed time due to injury but put up great numbers during his time on the field would be worth less.

This year, I’ve added in RotoGraphs’ preseason consensus rankings so you can see what we thought of each player coming into the year. This ranking can be found in the “Pre” column. “EOS” of course stands for End Of Season, and the rest should be self explanatory.

With all this in mind, here are your rankings.

EOS Pre Name pos G PA AB HR R RBI SB AVG $$$
1 22 Anthony Rendon 3B 153 683 613 21 111 83 17 0.287 25.91
2 20 Todd Frazier 3B 157 660 597 29 88 80 20 0.273 22.90
3 6 Josh Donaldson 3B 158 695 608 29 93 98 8 0.255 20.93
4 3 Adrian Beltre 3B 148 614 549 19 79 77 1 0.324 17.91
5 13 Kyle Seager 3B 159 654 590 25 71 96 7 0.268 16.48
6 Josh Harrison 3B 143 550 520 13 77 52 18 0.315 14.72
7 5 Evan Longoria 3B 162 700 624 22 83 91 5 0.253 14.20
8 11 Matt Carpenter 3B 158 709 595 8 99 59 5 0.272 9.61
9 9 Pablo Sandoval 3B 157 638 588 16 68 73 0 0.279 8.41
10 27 Trevor Plouffe 3B 136 582 520 14 69 80 2 0.258 6.95
11 17 Nolan Arenado 3B 111 467 432 18 58 61 2 0.287 6.25
12 30 Lonnie Chisenhall 3B 142 533 478 13 62 59 3 0.280 4.61
13 Casey McGehee 3B 160 691 616 4 56 76 4 0.287 4.56
14 12 Martin Prado 3B 143 573 536 12 62 58 3 0.282 4.48
15 15 Aramis Ramirez 3B 133 531 494 15 47 66 3 0.285 4.22
16 4 David Wright 3B 134 586 535 8 54 63 8 0.269 2.18
17 38 Luis Valbuena 3B 149 547 478 16 68 51 1 0.249 1.68
18 Justin Turner 3B 109 322 288 7 46 43 6 0.340 1.00
19 Brock Holt 3B 106 492 449 4 68 29 12 0.281 0.20
20 Nick Castellanos 3B 148 579 533 11 50 66 2 0.259 0.11
21 10 Pedro Alvarez 3B 122 445 398 18 46 56 8 0.231 -0.24
22 Conor Gillaspie 3B 130 506 464 7 50 57 0 0.282 -0.84
23 34 Juan Uribe 3B 103 404 386 9 36 54 0 0.311 -1.00
24 16 Chase Headley 3B 135 531 470 13 55 49 7 0.243 -1.09
25 21 Chris Johnson 3B 153 611 582 10 43 58 6 0.263 -1.31
26 24 David Freese 3B 134 511 462 10 53 55 1 0.260 -1.50
27 Yangervis Solarte 3B 131 535 469 10 56 48 0 0.260 -2.35
28 18 Manny Machado 3B 82 354 327 12 38 32 2 0.278 -5.48
29 23 Matt Dominguez 3B 157 607 564 16 51 57 0 0.215 -5.48
30 26 Cody Asche 3B 121 434 397 10 43 46 0 0.252 -5.71
31 Mike Aviles 3B 113 374 344 5 38 39 14 0.247 -5.85
32 25 Mike Moustakas 3B 140 500 457 15 45 54 1 0.212 -6.23
33 31 Juan Francisco 3B 106 320 287 16 40 43 0 0.220 -6.25
34 8 Brett Lawrie 3B 70 282 259 12 27 38 0 0.247 -9.11
35 37 Marcus Semien 3B 64 255 231 6 30 28 3 0.234 -12.02
36 Kristopher Negron 3B 49 158 144 6 19 17 5 0.271 -13.47
37 28 Kelly Johnson 3B 106 297 265 7 29 27 2 0.215 -13.67
38 36 Danny Valencia 3B 86 284 264 4 20 30 1 0.258 -13.72
39 Mike Olt 3B 89 258 225 12 23 33 0 0.160 -14.87
40 Ramon Santiago 3B 75 214 179 2 20 17 2 0.246 -16.55
41 Don Kelly 3B 95 185 163 0 24 7 6 0.245 -16.96
42 Kevin Frandsen 3B 105 236 220 1 17 17 0 0.259 -17.60
43 Jimmy Paredes 3B 27 65 63 2 12 8 4 0.286 -17.83
44 Joaquin Arias 3B 107 204 193 0 18 15 1 0.254 -17.98
45 Charlie Culberson 3B 95 233 210 3 17 24 2 0.195 -18.16
46 Jacob Lamb 3B 37 133 126 4 15 11 1 0.230 -18.21
47 Cory Spangenberg 3B 20 65 62 2 7 9 4 0.290 -18.56
48 Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B 13 51 47 2 8 10 0 0.362 -18.66
49 Rafael Ynoa 3B 19 71 67 0 5 13 0 0.343 -19.33
50 Eric Chavez 3B 44 81 69 3 6 8 2 0.246 -19.75
51 Ryan Wheeler 3B 31 64 56 2 6 13 0 0.232 -19.99
52 19 Will Middlebrooks 3B 63 234 215 2 14 19 1 0.191 -20.45
53 Cesar Hernandez 3B 66 125 114 1 13 4 1 0.237 -20.52
54 Ian Stewart 3B 24 72 68 2 8 7 1 0.176 -21.24
55 Reid Brignac 3B 37 91 81 1 4 10 1 0.222 -21.31
56 Chone Figgins 3B 38 76 60 0 8 1 4 0.217 -21.37
57 Garin Cecchini 3B 11 36 31 1 6 4 0 0.258 -21.42
58 Chris Nelson 3B 27 81 73 0 5 7 1 0.233 -21.70
59 Zelous Wheeler 3B 29 62 57 2 6 5 0 0.193 -21.78
60 Andres Blanco 3B 25 53 47 1 4 3 0 0.277 -21.79
61 Carlos Rivero 3B 4 8 7 1 1 3 0 0.571 -21.99
62 Scott Sizemore 3B 6 16 16 0 3 4 0 0.313 -22.12
63 Andy Marte 3B 6 16 16 1 1 3 0 0.188 -22.74
64 Maikel Franco 3B 16 58 56 0 5 5 0 0.179 -22.85
65 John McDonald 3B 95 91 76 0 4 5 1 0.171 -23.29
66 Brent Morel 3B 23 41 39 0 1 4 0 0.179 -23.43
67 Luis Jimenez 3B 18 41 37 0 3 2 0 0.162 -23.48
68 Ryan Roberts 3B 8 22 19 0 1 0 0 0.105 -23.99
69 Jayson Nix 3B 41 91 83 1 2 4 1 0.120 -24.56

 


It should be noted that our top ranked third basemen heading into the season were Miguel Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion, neither of whom will be eligible outside of first base next season.





Zach is the creator and co-author of RotoGraphs' Roto Riteup series, and RotoGraphs' second-longest tenured writer. You can follow him on twitter.

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What a brutal year for 3rd baseman.