Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Third Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 5×5 categories besides stolen bases.
4. Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
Ramirez has not played 150 games since 2006, but he did play 149 games in each of the past two seasons. He has hit 25 or more home runs in nine of his last 10 seasons.
5. 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.
6. Chase Headley, San Diego Padres
I don’t think 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.
7. 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 there is more room for growth.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Alvarez will continue to be a batting average liability, but he realized his power potential, smacking 30 bombs last year.
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