2013 MLB Preview: Fantasy Baseball Additional Third Base Options

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IFebruary 26, 2013

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Brett Lawrie #13 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a two-run home run against the New York Yankees during MLB action at the Rogers Centre September 27, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 10 fantasy baseball third basemen for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your third base slot to address other positions. Alternatively, many leagues offer corner infield slots, which put these options on your radar.

Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates

Alvarez will continue to be a batting average liability, but he realized his power potential, smacking 30 bombs last year.

Brett Lawrie, Toronto Blue Jays

Lawrie has breakout potential. He had double-digit home runs and stolen bases, which make him a fantasy asset. He has the ability to contribute in all five categories.

Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox

Middlebrooks had 70 strikeouts in just 267 at bats, making him a slight risk. He did post a .288-34-15-54-4 line. The power is real. He could easily be in the top 10 in home runs and RBI.

Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

Moustakas hit 20 home runs last year, but wasn’t a significant contributor in any other category. The Royals are not an offensive force, which limits his run and RBI potential. He also strikes out too frequently to provide a decent batting average.

Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins

Plouffe was one of the biggest surprises, smacking 24 home runs. He’s a career .231 hitter which, along with the Twins’ offense, threatens his counting numbers.

Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks

Prado is a low-end third baseman to target if you’re looking more for batting average than power. He tends to provide decent run and RBI totals. Last year he stole 17 bases after stealing just 13 in his first 227 games. I’d figure on a .300-80-12-65-10 line.

Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners

Seager quietly posted a modest .259-62-20-86-13 line. He has some decent pop and should benefit from the changes made to Safeco Field.

Kevin Youkilis, New York Yankees

Youkilis has some decent power, and he’s a much better hitter than last year’s .235 average suggests. Red Sox fans aren’t happy with his new home, but fantasy owners should get decent value.

Michael Young, Philadelphia Phillies

At 36, Young isn’t likely to return to the days of 90 runs, 20 home runs or 80 RBI. He should hit at a solid clip, but I would be surprised with anything better than a .300-70-12-70-5 line.

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