2014 Third Baseman Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
Matthew Pouliot breaks down the July top 300 overall rankings

July Top 300 Overall

Matthew Pouliot breaks down the July top 300 overall rankings

Here are some very preliminary 2014 third baseman rankings for your perusal. Try not to take the lists all too seriously; I haven't actually done projections for any of these players and many, many changes will be in store for the first official rankings in January.

These aren't true keeper rankings, since only the 2014 season is being taken into consideration here. But if you're looking to make trades in keeper leagues in the coming weeks, I hope this piece will help you along.

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2014 Third Baseman Rankings

  • Pity the team that needs a third baseman this winter. The best player available in free agency, Chavez, nearly retired a couple of years ago and can only be viewed as a part-timer because of injuries. Youkilis should probably be looked at the same way. Young might eke out another year as an everyday player, but he hasn't been an asset in that role since 2011. Reynolds is a first baseman. Juan Uribe and Placido Polanco will be out there as well, but teams aren't going to want to sign them as starters.

  • A-Rod would be listed at No. 15 without the suspension threat hanging over his head.

  • Sano's ETA will start to become a bigger story this winter. The Twins could lose Justin Morneau to free agency, and they're not thrilled with Plouffe's defense at third, making a move to first a possibility. After tearing up the FSL to the tune of a .330/.424/.655 line earlier this season, the 20-year-old Sano is now hitting .205/.305/.500 with six homers and a 30/14 K/BB ratio in 88 at-bats in Double-A. I don't imagine he'll be an option to begin next season, and he might need to spend the entire 2014 campaign in the minors. However, he had to be included here somewhere.

  • I also snuck Moran on to the list at the very bottom. The 2013 first-round pick just made his pro debut last week, but he was the most polished bat in the draft and the Marlins have nothing to speak of ahead of him at third base. He might be a mid-2014 arrival.

  • The Phillies will have to decide whether to acquire another stopgap for third base or to go young. The 23-year-old Asche has hit .288/.349/.453 with 10 homers and 11 steals in Triple-A this year. He'd probably be a fringe regular, but the team does have Franco coming up behind him. Franco, who was promoted to Double-A in mid-June, has hit .321/.360/.598 with 21 homers in 343 at-bats this season. He's just 20 and he shouldn't be an Opening Day starter, but he could overtake Asche as the year goes on.

2014

Third Base

Team

2013

July

1

Miguel Cabrera

Tigers

1

1

2

Evan Longoria

Rays

2

3

3

David Wright

Mets

4

2

4

Edwin Encarnacion

Blue Jays

5 1B

5

5

Adrian Beltre

Rangers

3

4

6

Manny Machado

Orioles

18

9

7

Ryan Zimmerman

Nationals

6

6

8

Chase Headley

Padres

9

8

9

Kyle Seager

Mariners

12

12

10

Josh Donaldson

Athletics

26

11

11

Pedro Alvarez

Pirates

14

13

12

Pablo Sandoval

Giants

5

7

13

Aramis Ramirez

Brewers

7

10

14

Nolan Arenado

Rockies

31

14

15

Todd Frazier

Reds

13

15

16

Will Middlebrooks

Red Sox

11

26

17

Mike Moustakas

Royals

15

21

18

Mark Reynolds

 

24 1B

18

19

David Freese

Cardinals

17

17

20

Trevor Plouffe

Twins

22

23

21

Chris Johnson

Braves

32

22

22

Michael Young

 

16

16

23

Lonnie Chisenhall

Indians

20

24

24

Alex Rodriguez

Yankees

23

20

25

Matt Dominguez

Astros

27

25

26

Kevin Youkilis

 

19

38

27

Mike Olt

Rangers

37

NR

28

Juan Francisco

Brewers

28

28

29

Eric Chavez

 

39

30

30

Luis Valbuena

Cubs

37

29

31

Alberto Callaspo

Angels

24

27

32

Miguel Sano

Twins

78

NR

33

Matt Davidson

Diamondbacks

70

NR

34

Cody Asche

Phillies

81

NR

35

Scott Sizemore

Athletics

34

NR

36

Brent Morel

White Sox

41

NR

37

Brock Holt

Red Sox

67

NR

38

Maikel Franco

Phillies

NR

NR

39

Conor Gillaspie

White Sox

51

36

40

Ian Stewart

Dodgers

30

37

41

Colin Moran

Marlins

NR

NR

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