2013 MLB Preview: Fantasy Baseball Third Base Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJanuary 25, 2013

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers bats in the first inning against the New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Here’s the first look at the 2013 LestersLegends Third Base Rankings.

1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

All Miggy did last year was complete the Triple Crown. He's far and away the Belle of the Third Base Ball. Given the relative scarcity of the position, Cabrera should be among the top two players selected in fantasy drafts.

2. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers

Beltre has been dominant the past three years, averaging a .314-87-32-103-1 line. There is no reason to believe that he can't continue to rake.

3. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

Longoria was limited to 273 at-bats but managed to hit 17 home runs with a .896 OPS.

4.David Wright, New York Mets

Wright returned to form with a stellar .306-91-21-93-15. He has alternated good and bad years since 2008. Hopefully he can buck that trend.

5. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers

Hanley has not been the same force as earlier in his career, but his .257-79-24-92-21 line was solid. He’s only 29 and should be even better in an improved offense.

6. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

Zimmerman is solid but has missed 98 games over the past three years. When he’s healthy, he delivers in all 5x5 categories besides stolen bases.

7. Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers

Ramirez has not played in 150 games in a season since 2006, but he did play in 149 games in each of the past two seasons. He has hit 25 or more home runs in nine of his last 10 seasons.

8. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants

Kung Fu Panda came alive during the World Series. He routinely hits for a solid average and has the ability to improve on his power numbers.

9. Chase Headley, San Diego Padres

I don’t think that he can come close to the .286-95-31-115-17 line. Even with a pretty serious regression, he could have a solid year. He’s a solid bet for a nice home run/stolen base combo.

10. David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals

Freese had a solid .293-70-20-79-3 2012 line. He built upon his strong 2011 postseason, and I feel that there is more room for growth.

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