Third base has had some nicks and cuts but has survived fairly intact. Sure, Evan Longoria has takent some time to get going, and David Wright looks like he won’t be that counting stat monster going forward. And Nolan Arenado’s injury has been a disappointment. I’m sure some of you are even upset about the terrible start Mike Moustakas has had.
But, generally, the position looks pretty good still.
Though he was top two going in and might be top 20 in the rear view mirror, Miguel Cabrera is a beast at third base. Edwin Encarnacion only made us worry for a few weeks before turning it on. And Josh Donaldson has been a mad man, again.
And though the second half of the top ten looks a little iffy, it’s full of guys that are intriguing. Pedro Alvarez has the power, but there’s something in his plate discipline stats that looks like there might be even better on the way. Pablo Sandoval finally got aggressive again. Todd Frazier looks completely sustainable, and Ryan Zimmerman is back, allbeit in left field.
There are even some names in the low 20s that have jobs and skills and all that. It’s not a bad position.
Again, this is for 5×5 roto rest of season, and though Jeff Zimmerman mostly uses the rest of season projections, it’s not just a computer ranking. We’ve left off the color coding in favor of a simple up or down arrow — those arrows are only next to big movers. The table is designed to be sortable in case you prefer one of the rankings.
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