Hitters are ranked for their expected performance from this point forward in standard 5x5 redraft leagues, not for statistics that have already been accrued. These rankings can also be used as a barometer to determine trade value.
Top 30 Third Basemen
1 (1). Jose Bautista, TOR
- He hit five home runs against the Twins at Target field over their recent three game series. The Twins have hit six home runs at home all year long. He's now on pace for a .353 AVG, 63 HR, 130 R, 109 RBI, 17 SB, 1.316 OPS and an astounding 137 BB. That stat line looks an awful lot like Bonds from 2000-04. We should start calling him "Candle Guy," simply because he is on fire. During the time it took me to write this article, he probably hit another home run...or two.
2 (2). Evan Longoria, TB
- Just off to a slow start is all.
3 (4.) Kevin Youkilis, BOS
- Was worried, now I'm not. Trending Upward.
4 (5). Adrian Beltre, TEX
- His BABIP is at an ultra-low .238 (career .292) and he's a career .274 hitter, yet he's still manufacturing runs (37 RBI, 25 R, 10 HR). With the injection of both Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz back into the lineup this week, I fully expect an even bigger summer from Beltre. Trending Upward.
5 (3). Alex Rodriguez, NYY
- Even in 137 games last season he hit 30 HR and drove in 125 RBI, so if he misses some time here and there don't sweat it, the production will come.
6. Martin Prado, ATL
7. Michael Young, TEX
7.5a (9.5a). This is where I would put Brett Lawrie, TOR if he were up right now. Trending Upward.
7.5b (9.5b). This is where I would put Mike Moustakas, KC if he were up right now. Trending Upward.
8. Mark Reynolds, BAL
- Two stolen bases in the last week. We know the power will come, but we weren't sold on the speed yet. This is definitely good sign for Mr. Swing and Miss.
9 (10). Mike Aviles, KC
- He's starting to slow down in terms of HR/SB, but I think you should buy-low while you still can.
10 (13). David Wright, NYM
- Reports say it's not as bad as it sounds, but that doesn't change the fact that I'm incredibly worried. I'd still rather have him over McGehee, Polanco, Ramirez and Peralta the rest of the way.
11 (14). Ryan Zimmerman, WAS
- He should be fine when he returns. Might take him a little while to find his stroke though.
12 (17). This is where I put Brett Lawrie, TOR the rest of the way.
- Absolutely raking. The job is his if he continues this for another week or so. He's not a blazer, but he can steal some bases and the Jays like to run. Pick him up before it's too late. Trending Upward.
13 (9). Casey McGehee, MIL
13.5 (10.5). This is where I would put Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE if he were up right now.
14 (11). Placido Polanco, PHI
15 (12). Aramis Ramirez, CHC
- Oh where, oh where has my ISO gone? Oh where, oh where can it be!?! Not hitting home runs for whatever reason—no reports of him being hurt or anything—but he continues to hit singles and doubles like it's nobodies business.
16 (15). Jhonny Peralta, DET
- 20-plus HR potential? Not ready to put him above Polanco and Ramirez, but he's narrowing the gap. Trending Upward.
17 (21). Jed Lowrie, BOS
- Playing time was my only concern, but for now he has the starting SS job, so let's see what you've got kid! Trending Upward.
18 (25). Chipper Jones, ATL
- Last week I said, "I'm thinking this isn't going to be a fun finish to 2011 for Chipper...or his career?," but apparently his partially torn MCL is just fine. Bartolo Colon stem-cell surgery in the offseason anyone? Let's keep Chipper goin' for another five years! Trending Upward.
19 (18). This is where I put Mike Moustakas, KC the rest of the way, assuming he gets called up sometime in June, of course.
- I like Moustakas as a better overall prospect than Lawrie, but I think Lawrie is up within the next 10 days.That being said, Moustakas has legitimate 30-plus HR power right now, a la Mike Stanton, so if he gets hot he could shoot up the rankings quite a bit considering Martin Prado is No. 6.
20 (19). This is where I put Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE the rest of the way, assuming he gets called up sometime in June, of course.
- I think Chisenhall will hit for a decent batting average (.275) and has a good amount of pop (20-25 HR potential over a full season), but he doesn't run at all and he doesn't nearly have the power ceiling Moustakas has.
20.5. This is where I put Alex Gordon, KC if he is 3B eligible in your league.
- For a moment there he was performing really well and looked like a post-hype prospect, but really he's just a little bit better version of Chase Headley.
21 (28). Wilson Betemit, KC
- Last week I gave him a low ranking because of playing time concerns and trade rumors (Moustakas/Aviles/Getz/Hosmer/Butler). But now my thought process is...until that happens, let the man hit. If he gets a shot at playing everyday somewhere for the remainder of the season, then he could easily be up there with A-Ram and Polanco. Trending Upward.
22 (24). Pablo Sandoval, SF
- It pains me to rank him here because I was so high on him in the preseason and because of the wonderful season he was putting together, but I'm thinking the hamate injury will sap a lot of his power when he returns.
23 (16). Scott Rolen, CIN
- Not getting it done. Trending Downward.
24 (22). Alberto Callaspo, ANA
25 (23). Maicer Izturis, ANA
26 (20). Pedro Alvarez, PIT
- I was all-in on that power stroke of his. And now he's on the DL. Trending Downward.
27 (26). Chone Figgins, SEA
28 (27). Chase Headley, SD
29 (29). Danny Valencia, MIN
30 (30). Chris Johnson, HOU