MLB Position Rankings: Third Base

D.A.Senior Writer IJune 12, 2008

THE TOP FIVE

1. Chipper Jones, Braves-- Chipper is first among third basemen in batting average (.419), on-base percentage (.504), slugging (.676), and hits (93). He's second in runs (44) and home runs (15) and has 41 RBI.

2. Ryan Braun, Brewers-- Braun leads third basemen in homeruns (17) and RBI (49). He's third in hits (77) and slugging (.572) while batting .292.

3. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees-- A-Rod is second among third basemen in slugging (.576) and stolen bases (6) and third in batting average (.314), homeruns (15), and on-base percentage (.388) while having 32 RBI.

4. Mark Reynolds, Diamondbacks-- Reynolds is third among third basemen in runs (44), homeruns (15), RBI (43), and stolen bases (5) while slugging over .500.

5. David Wright, Mets-- Wright leads third basemen in stolen bases (8) and is second in RBI (47) while slugging .490 with 12 homeruns.

THE BEST OF THE REST

6. Aramis Ramirez, Cubs-- Leads third basemen in runs (45) and is second in on-base percentage (.417), while batting .300 and slugging .500 with 43 RBI.

7. Garrett Atkins, Rockies-- Second in hits (78) and batting average while slugging over .490 with 9 home runs.

8. Joe Crede, White Sox-- Slugging .540 with 41 RBI and 14 home runs while batting .280.

9. Jorge Cantu, Marlins-- Slugging .530 with 39 RBI and 14 home runs while batting .290.

10. Carlos Guillen, Tigers-- Slugging .470 with 30 RBI and batting .300.

11. Evan Longoria, Rays-- Slugging .500 with 32 RBI and 10 home runs.

12. Blake DeWitt, Dodgers-- Batting .290 with 29 RBI.

13. Casey Blake, Indians-- Slugging .400 with 39 RBI, but only batting .254.

14. Mike Lowell, Red Sox-- Slugging .500 with 31 RBI, but only batting .270.

15. Troy Glaus, Cardinals-- Slugging .430 with 38 RBI, but only batting .260.

16. Melvin Mora, Orioles-- Slugging .420 with 34 RBI, but only batting .240.

17. Alex Gordon, Royals-- Slugging .400 with 27 RBI, but only batting .260.

18. Pedro Feliz, Phillies-- Slugging .400 with 30 RBI, but only batting .250.

19. Adrian Beltre, Mariners-- Slugging .420 with 28 RBI, but only batting .220.

20. Jose Castillo, Giants-- Slugging .440 with 24 RBI, but only batting .270.

21. Kevin Kouzmanoff, Padres-- Batting .260 with 27 RBI.

22. Edwin Encarnacion, Reds-- Slugging with 25 RBI, but only batting .240.

23. Jose Bautista, Pirates-- Batting .250 with 23 RBI.

24. Scott Rolen, Blue Jays-- Batting .293 with 16 RBI. Injury kept him out and slugging .440 means he’ll move up soon.

25. Mike Lamb, Twins-- Batting .225 with 25 RBI.

THE BOTTOM FIVE

26. Eric Chavez, A’s-- Batting .300 and slugging .450. Injury kept him out. He well move up really roon.

27. Ramon Vazquez, Rangers—slugging .522 and batting .333 but only in 138 at-bats and will see reduced playing time when Blalock comes back.

28. Rob Quinlan, Angels-- Batting .280 with 6 RBI and will see reduced playing time when Figgins comes back.

29. Aaron Boone, Nationals-- Batting .250 with 16 RBI and will see reduced playing time when Zimmerman comes back.

30. Ty Wigginton, Astros-- Too little at-bats and only 10 RBI. Will move up soon.

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