Fantasy baseball player profiles - 3B

by KFFL Staff on April 2, 2012 @ 09:05:36 PDT

 


KFFL.com's fantasy baseball rankings are based on our fantasy baseball projections, but a ranking doesn't always reflect a player's optimal position in fantasy baseball drafts. Use these player profiles in conjunction with our free Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide to get the whole story.

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers | Age: 28 Bat: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 240 Elig: 1B

Atlanta Braves 3B Martin Prado
Skillfull with a bat, too

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
572100185391242.323.416.582.998

Cabrera's notable dip in HR came at the expense of his AL batting title. Not like 30 HR is bad, but it was a departure. More grounders and liners and an effort to make more contact helped cause that. Either way, given his balanced plate skills, Cabrera won't fall far below 30 if he ever does, and his 4-category dominance makes him a prime bat on which to build a first-round fantasy foundation. Impending 3B eligibility makes it even more alluring. -TH

Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays | Age: 26 Bat: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 210 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5778516030842.277.356.508.864

Longoria's .239 BABIP crippled his BA and detracted from his otherwise excellent fantasy returns last year. Residual effects from early-season oblique strain were apparent; he turned things on as the season waned. Contact rate remained the same, but a smidge fewer liners probably made the difference. Justifiable 30 HR from a 3B, of course, is hard to come by. He hasn't returned mixed first-round value per many metrics, but he he's one of the closest to doing so every year at the hot corner, which enhances his value. -TH

Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays | Age: 31 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195 Elig: 3B OF

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4879212935907.265.376.530.906

Expecting another BA above .300 for Bautista? Not smart; even with an elite BB rate and an acceptable frequency of contact, most of the latter touches the clouds. His 2H BA slump actually represents a more realistic baseline. Still, he boasts some of the realest power in baseball at a shaky fantasy position. His park is hitter-friendly; so is his team's aggressive philosophy at the dish. He's worth top-five consideration in mixed leagues, too, with an even stronger emphasis in OBP leagues. -TH

Hanley Ramirez, Miami Marlins | Age: 28 Bat: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 230 Elig: SS

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
49385139237918.282.347.491.838

Impending 3B/SS eligibility makes Ramirez attractive. So does his track record of HR-SB and above-average BB/K. But warning signs abound: the 50-plus-percent GB rates that weren't entirely injury-influenced; "open" left shoulder; pouty attitude; questionable effort; and a position switch. He was a softee against fastballs last year. How will his shoulder hold up, especially with its violent high-finishing action during his hacks? Defines risk/reward for 2012 fantasy baseball and will still be costly in nearly all formats. -TH

Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers | Age: 32 Bat: R Ht: 5-11 Wt: 220 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5838518230971.312.357.521.878

Surprising development: Beltre hasn't dipped below 449 AB in last 5 years; seems like his injury rep clouds that. He wasn't as fortunate there as he was in 2010, but he's still in peak condition when on the field, thanks to his Arlington home. BB% will hinder him at times, but he has boosted his contact over the last few seasons through a seemingly revamped approach. BA-HR combo looks to be for real. If you can swallow the high possibility of him falling short of a full season, he's a top-5 mixed 3B. -TH

David Wright, New York Mets | Age: 29 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 210 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
55785165229319.296.382.496.878

Wright approves of Citi Field moving in and lowering its fences. Stress fracture in his back responsible for many skills drops, including K's. Contact percentage rebounded, though, which will mean more as he regains his strength. His position inflates his worth a bit, but this HR-SB combo has chance to post similar numbers to 2010. Even with tempered BA expectations, he remains a top-5 mixed 3B option. -TH

Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals | Age: 27 Bat: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 230 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5538815827726.286.353.488.841

Dings have plagued Zimmerman's growth. Though he had a productive second half, an abdominal injury cost him about two months of 2011. You can blame his power partially on that, though his seasonal grounder rates have been a warning sign for capping his power even in healthy seasons. His history of overcoming that tendency to leave the yard, however, justifies expecting a return to 2010 numbers, at minimum. He's only 27 and has the natural power to take the next step; he could be highly undervalued in many circles. -TH

Michael Young, Texas Rangers | Age: 35 Bat: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 200 Elig: 1B 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Even in his old baseball age, Young carries a remarkably consistent seasonal BA profile that bottomed out at .284 (on two occasions) over the last five seasons. A BA regression will come for his .362 BABIP, but Young supporting another high in-play clip with another year of high liner rates would hardly be shocking. He makes the rest of his fantasy living off R and RBI, which could vary if his lineup spot changes but remain assets for him. Young's power won't revisit 2009-2010, thanks to his shaky fly-ball frequency, but he'll at least keep himself afloat there in conjunction with his other elite skills that make him a top-10 1B or 3B in mixed leagues. -TH

Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers | Age: 33 Bat: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 215 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4917514020894.285.368.487.855

Ramirez's friendly new park will limit his power downside if his drastic home-favored stats continue. The streaky bat still has lift, and he proved in a rebound campaign that his clip in 2010 was a fluke; he was hitting too many flies, and he kept getting under pitches. Hitting behind Ryan Braun will be a welcome situation for his RBI column. Expect his clip to drop but remain helpful. An acceptable top-end mixed 3B. -TH

Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox | Age: 32 Bat: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 220 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

The Greek God of BBs still rules over that territory. Youkilis' BB/K puts him in elite company. His noticeable hit rate dip could have come from playing through the numerous injuries he endured last year, including his back and several lower-body maladies. He has relied heavily on mashing LHP in the last few years, and any decline there could jeopardize how much he helps your BA. He should produce more thump if he can minimize the aches and pains, but that's becoming a harder bet to make for him to do consistently, and the fact he tries to play through injuries often can hurt you even when he's in the lineup. His plate skills still fall inside the top 10 mixed fantasy 3B, but health concerns cloud how much upside he'll offer unless he can be had at a significant discount. -TH

Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants | Age: 25 Bat: B Ht: 5-11 Wt: 246 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5186015021801.290.353.475.828

Are Sandoval's skills ready for an explosion? After suffering a fractured hand early on, he smashed 17 HR and laced more liners in the final 3 months. His 2010 .268 BA is an outlier; he'll hover around .300. His September was a bit bloated, but it isn't a total anomaly. Panda's already stellar batting eye could be better with his LASIK-fixed left eye. The surrounding offense isn't exciting, but you can't say the same about his enticing skill set that could see him finish among the top handful of mixed 3B in 2012. -TH

Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees | Age: 36 Bat: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 230 Elig: 3B

Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria
Longo forgotten?

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Rodriguez had an experimental treatment on his troublesome right knee and left shoulder. Will this excursion pay off? That's strictly TBD. At what point is it worth finding out? He's clearly willing to go to certain lengths in order to rebound from a demoralizing 2011. WIth positive health, there's reason to believe that he can hit 30 bombs and drive in 100-plus again, especially when you consider the thump he had in the beginning of last year. He was hitting ample grounders late in the year when he was clearly being affected by his broken-down body. In mixed leagues, Rodriguez is shaping up as an appealing target in the third through sixth rounds, especially if fantasy baseball players can land him toward the back end of that range. He comes with obvious risk, however, so those who draft him should prepare a contingency plan, too. -NM

Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays | Age: 22 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 215 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
49859137145612.275.332.426.758

Two key words with Lawrie: sample size. You can judge a player's power by his HR/FB, but Lawrie's doesn't have a sound MLB track record to bank on him repeating his high 2011 number. That being said, his promising MLB showing displayed his propensity to take walks and a power-infused skill set that can eventually develop at an elite pace. Imagine what he could've contributed had a fractured finger not dampened his season. This is a favorable environment for a hitter's maturity, and his SB opportunism adds fuel to his ability to stand among the top 5 or so mixed 3B. There'll be a tax for his services that could slot him as high as the third mixed round in many formats. Are you willing to take on that price for promising youth? -TH

Martin Prado, Atlanta Braves | Age: 28 Bat: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 190 Elig: 3B OF

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5997117212757.287.339.421.760

A staph infection halted Prado's promising start to 2011. He probably returned before he was 100 percent; it showed in the subsequent slumps. An above-average BB/K and favorable grounder and liner rates - when healthy - give him one of the most underrated BA foundations in the bigs. It's his calling card, but it should be better than it was in 2011, which makes him a fantastic buying opportunity. 3B eligibility doesn't hurt. -TH

Chase Headley, San Diego Padres | Age: 27 Bat: B Ht: 6-2 Wt: 200 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
54775143187810.261.355.433.788

Last year, he fractured left pinkie finger in early August, which marred a solid BA breakout. But counting on some kind of power breakthrough is difficult when Headley's fly-ball rate continues to decline, year by year. Some bounce-back in home runs is likely, but it's hard to expect double digits, and hitting a new plane isn't seem evident, barring a change of home venue. -NM

Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals | Age: 23 Bat: L Ht: 5-11 Wt: 230 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5296613519684.255.307.429.736

What a value play at third base. Moustakas' farm marks appear to be pretty inconsistent ... and they are, because he's taken awhile to adjust to each new level. The important thing: He's made the adjustment, and made it well. His approach improved in 2010, and since then, he's blistered the ball. In August and September, did you watch him settle in? Power at the major league level is just around the corner. Buy. -NM

David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals | Age: 27 Bat: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 220 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4776213514722.283.358.428.786

Freese's 2011 deserves a cautious approach. Freese's grounder rate dwarfs his fly-ball frequency; his HR/FB was fortunate. He's no stranger to the disabled list, having been sidelined for chunks of the last 2 campaigns. Still, Freese's makeup, even with its flaws (BB/K), is no myth. He handles RHP effectively to complement his southpaw smashing and hard contact; he took a sizeable leap forward in his connecting frequency, too. 6 of his 10 regular-season taters went the opposite way - a telltale sign of untapped pop, especially given how much time he has missed; look at how his taters came around following his broken left hand. Sitting in the middle of the order would play to his RBI promise. His realistic 15-HR floor and even sturdier BA foundation make him a mixed CI with room for profit. -TH

Mark Reynolds, Baltimore Orioles | Age: 28 Bat: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 220 Elig: 1B 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
373508318572.223.316.416.732

Fantasy owners already know that he'll kill your BA, but Reynolds is a near lock for 30-plus dingers and a healthy RBI total. He's worth the buy if your BA supporting cast is solid. Just be aware and not surprised that, because his strikeout rate is still above 30 percent and he's not taking any real strides toward putting the ball in play more often, he's at risk to lose a few ABs. -KH

Danny Valencia, Minnesota Twins | Age: 27 Bat: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 220 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
16617404210.241.278.380.658

Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays | Age: 29 Bat: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 235 Elig: 1B 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
52487142341007.271.370.523.893

Can you trust Encarnacion to get 500 ABs? He'll be in a logjam for AB. But he proved with another hot streak in 2011 that he can repeat his '08 power if he stays in the lineup; his fly-first tendencies back that up. His contact rate has improved in each of the last four seasons, and his K% has dropped in each of the last 2, so you don't have to expect a BA below .260. Those desperate for a mixed CI solution in deep mixed leagues could do worse than seeing if E5 finally can meet his once lofty upside. -TH

Alberto Callaspo, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Age: 28 Bat: B Ht: 5-9 Wt: 195 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
34540927412.267.338.377.715

Scott Rolen, Cincinnati Reds | Age: 36 Bat: R Ht: 6-4 Wt: 250 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Placido Polanco, Philadelphia Phillies | Age: 36 Bat: R Ht: 5-10 Wt: 190 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves | Age: 39 Bat: B Ht: 6-4 Wt: 210 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Brent Morel, Chicago White Sox | Age: 24 Bat: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 220 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Lonnie Chisenhall, Cleveland Indians | Age: 23 Bat: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 200 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
357419214512.258.312.440.752

Wilson Betemit, Baltimore Orioles | Age: 30 Bat: B Ht: 6-2 Wt: 220 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
17320445190.254.311.399.710

Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates | Age: 25 Bat: L Ht: 6-2 Wt: 225 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5526913332892.241.308.466.774

The gaping holes in Alvarez's swing were abused in his first extensive MLB action. He must cut down on K's and improve vs. LHP to make any move toward delivery a BA that isn't Carlos Pena-like. Still, the fantasy community has soured on Alvarez. Penny stocks, especially mixed ones, with his power have their time and place, and there could be a big reward involved with a flier. Make sure to have a backup plan in NL-only. -TH

Chone Figgins, Seattle Mariners | Age: 34 Bat: B Ht: 5-8 Wt: 180 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
901018172.200.302.289.591

Ian Stewart, Chicago Cubs | Age: 26 Bat: L Ht: 6-3 Wt: 205 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Casey Blake, Colorado Rockies | Age: 38 Bat: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 210 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners | Age: 24 Bat: L Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
6088716220738.266.329.434.763

Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers | Age: 32 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 225 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
364448811464.242.297.401.698

Ty Wigginton, Philadelphia Phillies | Age: 34 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 230 Elig: 1B 3B OF

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
741115170.203.282.270.552

Daniel Descalso, St. Louis Cardinals | Age: 25 Bat: L Ht: 5-10 Wt: 190 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
22626553243.243.305.354.659

Jimmy Paredes, Houston Astros | Age: 23 Bat: B Ht: 6-1 Wt: 200 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Chris D. Johnson, Houston Astros | Age: 27 Bat: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 220 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4834813611662.282.322.422.744

Taylor Green, Milwaukee Brewers | Age: 25 Bat: L Ht: 5-11 Wt: 200 Elig:

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Don Kelly, Detroit Tigers | Age: 32 Bat: L Ht: 6-4 Wt: 190 Elig: 3B OF

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
24437545233.221.305.316.621

Juan Francisco, Cincinnati Reds | Age: 24 Bat: L Ht: 6-2 Wt: 180 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
279296513410.233.292.441.733

Jeff Baker, Chicago Cubs | Age: 30 Bat: R Ht: 6-2 Wt: 210 Elig:

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
294347810404.265.326.429.755

Greg Dobbs, Miami Marlins | Age: 33 Bat: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
12411312121.250.307.347.654

Mark DeRosa, Washington Nationals | Age: 37 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 220 Elig:

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Eric Sogard, Oakland Athletics | Age: 25 Bat: L Ht: 5-10 Wt: 190 Elig:

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
32739793289.242.298.333.631

Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers | Age: 34 Bat: R Ht: 5-11 Wt: 190 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Jack Hannahan, Cleveland Indians | Age: 32 Bat: L Ht: 6-2 Wt: 210 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
23019523230.226.319.313.632

Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds | Age: 26 Bat: R Ht: 6-3 Wt: 220 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5586813921767.249.328.437.765

Jordan Pacheco, Colorado Rockies | Age: 26 Bat: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 200 Elig:

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
23826642262.269.315.374.689

Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics | Age: 26 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 220 Elig:

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5718916021746.280.351.455.806

Matt Dominguez, Miami Marlins | Age: 22 Bat: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205 Elig:

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5325312618730.237.282.383.665

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