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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Mixed - Third basemen

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Mixed - Third basemen

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1 Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees
2 David Wright, 3B, New York Mets
3 Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
4 Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Arizona Diamondbacks
5 Pablo Sandoval, 1B/3B, San Francisco Giants
6 Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals
7 Michael Young, 3B, Texas Rangers
8 Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Chicago Cubs
9 Chone Figgins, 3B, Seattle Mariners
10 Miguel Tejada, 3B/SS, Baltimore Orioles
11 Jose Lopez, 2B, Seattle Mariners
12 Chipper Jones, 3B, Atlanta Braves
13 Ian Stewart, 2B/3B, Colorado Rockies
14 Jorge Cantu, 1B/3B, Florida Marlins
15 Adrian Beltre, 3B, Boston Red Sox
16 Chase Headley, 3B/OF, San Diego Padres
17 Brandon Wood, 3B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
18 Casey Blake, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers
19 Placido Polanco, 2B/3B, Philadelphia Phillies
20 Scott Rolen, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
21 Mark Teahen, 3B/OF, Chicago White Sox
22 Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
23 Pedro Feliz, 3B, Houston Astros
24 David Freese, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
25 Mat Gamel, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers
26 Greg Dobbs, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies

Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Tough to argue with .286-30-100 in 444 at-bats. Much respek: Alex Rodriguez tied his career-best walk rate; this should continue. His liner rate increased for the second straight year. He was more patient, too, as if this top-three roto player couldn't be any scarier.


David Wright, 3B, New York Mets
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
55785165229319.296.382.496.878

David Wright's reduction of playing time attributable to a concussion. Power outage? It's not just Citi Field, as evidenced by his road numbers. Wright's flyball rate has been slipping, and his increasingly line-drive ways don't play well in that park. The batting average looks ready to sink below .300 again, too. He's too young for this. Expect a refocusing, but not miracles, and stolen bases may suffer, too.


Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5778516030842.277.356.508.864

Evan Longoria expanded on rookie year in first full MLB campaign while sustaining positive indicators; he finished strong. A slight drop in contact isn't worrisome because he's taking walks. Longoria's offseason conditioning program may lead to more swipes. He's arriving. 


Mark Reynolds, 1B/3B, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
373508318572.223.316.416.732

Serious spike in HR/FB, but concerns about average remain because Mark Reynolds doesn't make a lot of contact and liner rate has gone down. Thus, in part, his career-high stolen bases garner a little too much attention. Homers support his otherwise poor average. They're what you draft him for; consider the rest only a possible bonus.


Pablo Sandoval, 1B/3B, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5186015021801.290.353.475.828

Pablo Sandoval's significant improvements in plate discipline and batting eye mean more since he skipped Triple-A before '08 call-up. Homer success on flyballs likely will come down a bit - he's a better bet as a contact hitter. His BABIPs will probably remain high.


Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5538815827726.286.353.488.841

Flyball increase, healthy season prompted power breakout. Shaky - albeit improving - batting eye mean some drop-off in batting average possible, especially if Ryan Zimmerman turns even more flyball-happy; his K rate bounced back along with his walks. He's a top-30 commodity with room to grow, but also potential for a slight drop-off; consider the power real.


Michael Young, 3B, Texas Rangers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Kiss Michael Young's shorty eligibility goodbye. Welcome ... more dingers? His lob rate has climbed in the last two years. Young's HR/FB was too good to be true, though. Batting average, as always, remains Young's selling point.


Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4917514020894.285.368.487.855

A dislocated shoulder sent Aramis Ramirez to the DL in May and bothered him the rest of the way, but his power remained on a full-season pace. The four-category contributor should continue to hit around .300. Even if a longer season strips some of his power, he should easily outperform his draft stock and is one of the best profit opportunities in a spotty third-base class.


Chone Figgins, 3B, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
901018172.200.302.289.591

Chone Figgins has seen a flyball increase for two straight years; his lofts aren't productive. Figgins' high-level contact rate should cement top-10 value among mixed third basemen, and his possible full-time move to second would once again give him beneficial roster flexibility. You should spend a little more in AL-only leagues considering the drop-off at third this year.


Miguel Tejada, 3B/SS, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Return to Camden Yards jacks up homer potential for this right-handed stick. However, Miguel Tejada seemingly changed his game last year - contact grew for fourth straight year, and he sustained his line-drive growth even with a drop-off. His batting eye is worrisome, though, especially if he's relying more on contact. The large drop-off at the tail end of the draftable shortstop class ups Tejada's value, which should account for no upside but somewhat stable skills. He's a last resort in mixed leagues, though; not much to gain here.


Jose Lopez, 2B, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Flyballs trending in the right direction entering peak power years; homers look like Jose Lopez's safest offering. Poor batting eye puts average growth at risk - BABIP seems to fluctuate with line drive rate. His potentially permanent move to third base would add more roster flexibility. If you don't plan to spend on an elite second baseman, Lopez is a suitable choice that can support your power base.


Chipper Jones, 3B, Atlanta Braves
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Chipper Jones's .264 average could bounce back near .300 because of contact rate, batting eye and batted-ball percentages. His power has steadily been declining, but last year it fell off the table. The HR/FB could bounce back a bit, but flyballs are on the way down. Count on at least one DL trip. All that, no wonder everyone is so sour. Definite profit opportunity as price comes down.


Ian Stewart, 2B/3B, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Ian Stewart's power is climbing, and he's taking steps to focus on making more contact. He'll need to improve against lefties to bolster his clip. Those who take this detriment into account could place 30-homer potential at a corner or middle infield spot; Stewart steals enough bags to offset some of his batting average pain. Expect his multipositional eligibility to drive his middle-round price tag up.


Jorge Cantu, 1B/3B, Florida Marlins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Another hitter swapping ding dongs for batting average. Jorge Cantu's knack for producing runs makes him a potentially undervalued mixed commodity in middle rounds and safe NL buy, but Cantu is type you just settle for. Rising flyball percentage combined with any rebound in HR/FB results in long-ball bounce-back, but distance ratings suggest that's unlikely.


Adrian Beltre, 3B, Boston Red Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5838518230971.312.357.521.878

Adrian Beltre's steady flyball drop continued thanks in part to shoulder surgery and a testicle injury. Injuries are starting to pile up, but not to the extent that you should forget completely about his 25-homer potential. That big wall in left field should make some more flyballs productive. He pulls a lot.


Chase Headley, 3B/OF, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
54775143187810.261.355.433.788

Moving back to his natural position might help Chase Headley. Decreasing line-drive rate doesn't help someone who's already average-tortured. However, his walk rate and batting eye improved - so did his flyballs. Drastic splits that favor road games might make him a part-time play, but aerial increase means a few more might leave the yard. He's a decent deep flier pick who has double-digit-steals capability.


Brandon Wood, 3B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Finally Brandon Wood will get a clear shot at regular playing time. Hasn't translated flyball frequency to bigs yet. Small batting eye improvement in third Triple-A stint points to some batting average improvement, but you can't bank on anything significant. Power is his best contribution. It doesn't hurt to test in the late rounds whether the post-hype prospect has benefited from extra seasoning.


Casey Blake, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Increased walk rate gives hope for him offering something else at 36, but his flyball rate has dropped in the last two years. How much longer can his HR/FB set his 20-homer pace? Positive: makes hard contact, so clip should remain serviceable. No surprises here: Late-rounder in deep mixed to fill out your roster with somewhat stable run production.


Placido Polanco, 2B/3B, Philadelphia Phillies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Placido Polanco's flyball rate and batting eye ratio are moving in opposite directions, but contact remains steady. Polanco may be sacrificing steady average for a barely noticeable increase in power - not exactly the reason the Phillies signed him. Eligibility and locale will be his major draws.


Scott Rolen, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

No rhyme or reason for Scott Rolen's year-to-year fluctuation in batting average, but a repeat of 2009 is unlikely given hint of luck. Flyball and HR/FB levels are down, but move to Cincy usually a slight boon. He can serve as a low-end starter in NL formats, but in deep mixed leagues, take it or leave it.


Mark Teahen, 3B/OF, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

At least Mark Teahen won't have to count on numerous injuries for at-bats, but can he cut it at the hot corner full-time? His new ambience raises the intrigue, but Teahen's peripherals don't support power growth despite his age (28); he dents worms too much. Yawn.


Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
52487142341007.271.370.523.893

A broken wrist hurt Edwin Encarnacion's chance to build on '08. Slump can be attributed partially to injury. Flyball explosion in previous season can't be ignored. Worse park for power, but he's entering peak power years. Dirt-cheap listing should prompt you to try him out on your deep bench. 


Pedro Feliz, 3B, Houston Astros
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Pedro Feliz: Hot glove, cold bat. Average has trouble reaching .270 thanks to thankless BB/K. Line-drive spike doesn't offer much hope on its own. Flyballs are dropping. Hope in his new ballpark, which accelerates right-handed power. Maybe that helps him reach usefulness, but you should keep your pursuit to NL-only drafts, where he's a bottom-level hot corner starter.


David Freese, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4776213514722.283.358.428.786

David Freese, 26, flashed power at Triple-A in last two seasons despite shaky batting eye. Though he looks like the front-runner, Freese will battle for the third base job. Deep mixed leaguers can watch competition unfold unless they're desperate, in which case Freese can be a flier pick. 


Mat Gamel, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Mat Gamel's stone glove and platoon tendency are holding him back. He didn't find a groove in spotty playing time last season. Putrid batting eye means he'll probably need luck to top .260 batting average. He'll also start the year on the sidelines and when he returns will at best platoon with Casey McGehee. Gamel is worth having for a low-end price in NL leagues as a potential corner infield solution. Note the word "potential."


Greg Dobbs, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
12411312121.250.307.347.654

Greg Dobbs hits liners but also plenty of flies. A little bounce-back in luck will make the average respectable again, but it won't approach 2008 level. Minor plus: Placido Polanco is a bit more of an injury risk at the hot corner.