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2013 Stats: 47 games, 168 AB, 6 HR, 28 RBI, 2 SB, .308/.383/.517
No, Josh Donaldson isn't the second face-of-the-franchise third baseman that I promised in Longoria's slide. He very well could be, though.
Be honest. If you neither root for Oakland nor own him in fantasy baseball, you would probably have no idea who Donaldson is. However, his current batting average is better than any an Oakland Athletic has finished a season with in the past seven years.
It's unlikely you'll see him at the All-Star Game, even though he 100 percent deserves to represent the A's in the most overrated exhibition game in the world. Despite how well he has played, he has the unfortunate distinction of being the fourth-best third baseman in the American League.
In terms of WAR, he's sixth-best in the American League.
Even if you're a Donaldson enthusiast, that seems a bit high, doesn't it? Though Jason Catania made a compelling case for WAR as the most perfect baseball statistic last week, this is where it becomes a bit silly.
Because third base in the American League is so incredibly shallow, the replacement-level player that we're comparing Donaldson against is some combination of Mark DeRosa, Jayson Nix and Jamey Carroll. So long as you can walk and chew gum at the same time, you should be worth at least a couple of wins more than that, right?
Nevertheless, Donaldson could be 60th in the AL in WAR and his current level of coverage in the national media would still be less than he deserves.
But since when is that news for an up-and-coming star in Oakland? Yoenis Cespedes has gotten a bit of national attention, but that's about it.
Donaldson deserves the same level of attention Cespedes is getting, and then some.