February Rankings – Third Basemen

We’re going position by position this week and next with our initial roll out of rankings. We will update these in March based on Spring Training activity and injuries.

We’re using Yahoo! eligibility requirements which is 5 starts or 10 appearances. These rankings assume the standard 5×5 categories and a re-draft league. If we forgot someone, please let us know in the comments and we’ll make sure he’s added for the updates. If you have questions for a specific ranker on something he did, let us know in the comments. We can also be reached via Twitter:

There will be differences, sharp differences, within the rankings. The rankers have different philosophies when it comes to ranking, some of which you’re no doubt familiar with through previous iterations. Of course the idea that we’d all think the same would be silly because then what would be the point of including multiple rankers?! Think someone should be higher or lower? Make a case. Let us know why you think that. The chart is sortable. If a ranker didn’t rank someone that the others did, he was given that ranker’s last rank +1.

Key:

  • AVG– just the average of the seven ranking sets
  • AVG– the average minus the high and low rankings
  • SPLIT– the difference between the high and low rankings

Previous Editions:

February 3B Rankings
# NAME Paul S Brad Mike Jeff Al Justin AVG Adj. AVG Split
1 Nolan Arenado 1 2 1 1 1 2 1.3 1.3 1
2 Kris Bryant 2 1 2 3 2 1 1.8 1.8 2
3 Manny Machado 3 3 3 2 4 3 3 3 2
4 Josh Donaldson 4 4 4 4 3 4 3.8 4 1
5 Jonathan Villar 5 5 5 6 5 5 5.2 5 1
6 Adrian Beltre 9 8 7 7 7 6 7.3 7.3 3
7 Kyle Seager 7 6 8 8 8 8 7.5 7.8 2
8 Matt Carpenter 6 7 11 18 6 9 9.5 8.3 12
9 Todd Frazier 15 15 6 5 10 7 9.7 9.5 10
10 Evan Longoria 10 9 9 12 13 11 10.7 10.5 4
11 Anthony Rendon 8 11 15 11 15 12 12 12.3 7
12 Jose Ramirez 12 16 12 13 9 13 12.5 12.5 7
13 Alex Bregman 11 12 13 14 12 14 12.7 12.8 3
14 Miguel Sano 17 13 16 10 14 10 13.3 13.3 7
15 Justin Turner 16 10 10 19 11 23 14.8 14 13
16 Jake Lamb 13 14 14 20 17 16 15.7 15.3 7
17 Maikel Franco 14 21 18 9 19 15 16 16.5 12
18 Mike Moustakas 18 24 17 15 20 17 18.5 18 9
19 Eduardo Nunez 20 23 21 16 16 18 19 18.8 7
20 Ryon Healy 19 20 20 21 26 21 21.2 20.5 7
21 Nick Castellanos 21 26 19 28 23 20 22.8 22.5 9
22 Jung Ho Kang 24 17 26 17 18 38 23.3 21.3 21
23 Eugenio Suarez 23 19 23 22 29 27 23.8 23.8 10
24 Ryan Schimpf 28 25 25 25 24 32 26.5 25.8 8
25 Yangervis Solarte 25 28 24 41 25 25 28 25.8 17
26 Javier Baez 22 22 36 33 32 24 28.2 27.8 14
27 Matt Duffy 30 30 27 38 27 28 30 28.8 11
28 Hernan Perez 37 32 37 39 21 19 30.8 31.8 20
29 Jedd Gyorko 29 33 43 30 28 22 30.8 30 21
30 Pablo Sandoval 26 29 39 41 36 26 32.8 32.5 15
31 Yulieski Gurriel 32 39 29 24 38 35 32.8 33.5 15
32 Jose Reyes 27 18 40 40 41 31 32.8 34.5 23
33 Martin Prado 35 35 28 36 30 34 33 33.5 8
34 Travis Shaw 33 42 30 31 34 29 33.2 32 13
35 Brandon Drury 31 38 41 41 22 32 34.2 35.5 19
36 Jhonny Peralta 34 27 33 41 41 30 34.3 34.5 14
37 Howie Kendrick 42 31 22 29 41 50 35.8 35.8 28
38 Adonis Garcia 40 50 32 27 40 37 37.7 37.3 23
39 Jorge Polanco 45 45 34 26 31 49 38.3 38.8 23
40 Yunel Escobar 41 36 38 41 41 36 38.8 39 5

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bluerum29
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bluerum29

I agree with the very top of the chart, but the biggest surprise to me is how low Lamb is. Looking at the numbers, why is he expected to take a dip across the board?

Anon
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Anon

Never showed this kind of power in the minors, 2nd half .663 OPS and scuffled badly against lefties, to the point of being basically platooned. I’m a DBacks fan and was all over Lamb last year (I might be one of the few people who actually drafted Lamb) so I’m really hoping the 2nd half swoon was tied to the plunking he took on his hand in July and that he improves against lefties. But there is no question that there are some question marks there.

YKnotDisco
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YKnotDisco

I’d say the plunking definitely took it’s toll (especially from a power standpoint) and played a big part in his dramatic dip in performance: from 4/4 – 7/17 (342 PA) he slashed .302/.380/.635 with a .419 wOBA for a 158wRC+. From 7/19 – 10/2 (252 PA) that line plummeted to .176/.266/.338 with a .263 wOBA for a 54wRC+. His ISO went from .332 to .162 after the hand injury. BABIP from .350 to .215. Hard% went from 42.5% to 34.9%.