Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez Tops NESN.com’s Fantasy Third Base Rankings

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March 24, 2010

Yankees' Alex Rodriguez Tops NESN.com's Fantasy Third Base Rankings The hot corner is a hotbed of power, with prolific home-run threats such as Evan Longoria and Mark Reynolds leading the way, but plenty of 20-plus-dinger talents lurking in the late rounds.

But speed comes at a premium at third base, because once Alex Rodriguez and David Wright are off the board in the first or early second rounds, Reynolds is the only true 20-plus-steal threat remaining.

If you’re looking for a combination of the two, the Padres’ Chase Headley — a 20 homer, 10-plus stolen-base threat — might be your favorite sleeper.

Whatever the case, NESN’s rankings of the third-basemen for the coming season are sure to help you determine what you can count on from your starter at the hot corner.

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Name Team 2009 Stats 2010 Projection Notes
Alex Rodriguez Yankees .286 AVG, 30 HR, 100 RBI, 78 R, 14 SB .294 AVG, 36 HR, 121 RBI, 103 R, 19 SB Twelve consecutive seasons with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs — hard to find anyone more consistently phenomenal than that.
David Wright Mets .307 AVG, 10 HR, 72 RBI, 88 R, 27 SB .297 AVG, 26 HR, 103 RBI, 99 R, 23 SB Power plunge is scary and may be related to Citi Field dimensions, but Wright has too much talent not to rebound.
Evan Longoria Rays .281 AVG, 33 HR, 113 RBI, 100 R, 9 SB .289 AVG, 39 HR, 122 RBI, 100 R, 7 SB Longoria's ability to hit both lefties and righties, at home and away, suggests potential for continued improvement.
Ryan Zimmerman Nationals .292 AVG, 33 HR, 106 RBI, 110 R, 2 SB .291 AVG, 32 HR, 107 RBI, 103 R, 1 SB The NL's Longoria has just a tad less power, but may hit for a higher average.
Mark Reynolds Diamondbacks .260 AVG, 44 HR, 102 RBI, 98 R, 24 SB .251 AVG, 37 HR, 105 RBI, 95 R, 19 SB Reynolds' 40 homer, 25 stolen-base potential is truly unique, making the strikeouts and low average forgivable.
Pablo Sandoval Giants .330 AVG, 25 HR, 90 RBI, 79 R, 5 SB .316 AVG, 23 HR, 88 RBI, 80 R, 3 SB Power is real, but .350-plus BABIP may be unsustainable, leading to a small slip in batting average.
Aramis Ramirez Cubs .317 AVG, 15 HR, 65 RBI, 46 R, 2 SB .310 AVG, 24 HR, 97 RBI, 86 R, 2 SB Recovered from dislocated shoulder to bat .300 with four home runs and 18 RBIs in 22 games last September.
Adrian Beltre Red Sox .265 AVG, 8 HR, 44 RBI, 54 R, 13 SB .279 AVG, 23 HR, 83 RBI, 78 R, 10 SB Fenway Park worked wonders for Mike Lowell in 2006 and could do the same for Beltre in 2010.
Michael Young Rangers .322 AVG, 22 HR, 68 RBI, 76 R, 8 SB .317 AVG, 15 HR, 64 RBI, 71 R, 8 SB Could lead all third basemen in average, but last year's power surge was due to a 14.9 percent home run/fly ball rate that may be unsustainable.
Jose Lopez Mariners .272 AVG, 25 HR, 96 RBI, 69 R, 3 SB .269 AVG, 23 HR, 91 RBI, 74 R, 4 SB Value drops with move to third, but Lopez retains second-base eligibility and is a good bet for 25 home runs and 90 RBIs.
Chipper Jones Braves .264 AVG, 18 HR, 71 RBI, 80 R, 4 SB .288 AVG, 19 HR, 80 RBI, 79 R, 3 SB Chipper's .287 BABIP suggests that he was unlucky last season, so expect a nice rebound in average.
Jorge Cantu Marlins .289 AVG, 16 HR, 100 RBI, 67 R, 3 SB .277 AVG, 17 HR, 85 RBI, 73 R, 3 SB Although Cantu's power numbers slipped, don’t forget that he hit 29 homers as recently as 2008.
Chase Headley Padres .262 AVG, 12 HR, 64 RBI, 62 R, 10 SB .282 AVG, 18 HR, 71 RBI, 70 R, 10 SB Posted an .803 OPS away from PETCO Park in first full season last year, and only figures to improve.
Ian Stewart Rockies .228 AVG, 25 HR, 70 RBI, 74 R, 7 SB .261 AVG, 21 HR, 76 RBI, 75 R, 6 SB Stewart hit more grounders and fewer liners last season, but his batting average will rebound if he can reverse that trend.
Kevin Kouzmanoff Athletics .255 AVG, 18 HR, 88 RBI, 50 R, 1 SB .260 AVG, 21 HR, 75 RBI, 72 R, 2 SB Kouzmanoff can't catch a break, moving from one tough hitting environment at PETCO to another at the Coliseum.
Alex Gordon Royals .232 AVG, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 28 R, 5 SB .263 AVG, 19 HR, 69 RBI, 69 R, 11 SB Gordon was arguably the top prospect in baseball in 2007, and there's still plenty of potential left in his bat.
David Freese Cardinals .323 AVG, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R, 0 SB .267 AVG, 18 HR, 60 RBI, 58 R, 2 SB Owns a .308 career average in the minors, and hit 26 homers in 464 at-bats for Triple-A Memphis in 2008.
Scott Rolen Reds .305 AVG, 11 HR, 67 RBI, 76 R, 5 SB .281 AVG, 14 HR, 66 RBI, 73 R, 5 SB Rolen's average slipped from .320 to .280 after deadline trade to Cincy, but Great American Ballpark could revive his long-lost power.
Mark Teahen White Sox .271 AVG, 12 HR, 50 RBI, 69 R, 8 SB .270 AVG, 16 HR, 63 RBI, 67 R, 7 SB Moving into a better hitter's environment and a superior lineup should lift Teahen's home run and RBI numbers a bit.
Brandon Wood Angels .195 AVG, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB .244 AVG, 17 HR, 59 RBI, 56 R, 4 SB Wood has nothing left to prove in the minors, but it's hard to say if he's a Quad-A talent or a right-handed Ian Stewart.
Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays .225 AVG, 13 HR, 39 RBI, 35 R, 2 SB .257 AVG, 15 HR, 55 RBI, 55 R, 2 SB Ed-E has two issues: playing defense and staying healthy. He's a fantasy backup third baseman with upside, assuming he's on the field.
Casey Blake Dodgers .280 AVG, 18 HR, 79 RBI, 84 R, 3 SB .263 AVG, 19 HR, 73 RBI, 79 R, 2 SB A good source of pop for your fantasy bench, but his batting average is likely to slip.
Casey McGehee Brewers .301 AVG, 16 HR, 66 RBI, 58 R, 0 SB .274 AVG, 13 HR, 61 RBI, 58 R, 0 SB McGehee likely played over his head last year but could be a decent insurance policy for a quality starting third baseman.
Jhonny Peralta Indians .254 AVG, 11 HR, 83 RBI, 57 R, 0 SB .263 AVG, 15 HR, 62 RBI, 66 R, 0 SB Dwindling lineup support is bad news for Peralta's RBI numbers.
Pedro Alvarez Pirates MLB Debut .296 AVG, 9 HR, 44 RBI, 37 R, 0 SB Alvarez is an elite hitting prospect, and should offer excellent power numbers immediately after arriving in the Show.

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