Alright, so let’s talk third basemen. If you drafted Miguel Cabrera…congratulations. You don’t have to read any more of this article, unless you really want to. Then in that case, thank you and I hope you enjoy the read. Anywho, for all of those who did not draft Cabrera, then let’s discuss the other options out there.
The best two options are Adrian Beltre and Evan Longoria. Beltre is getting up there in age, but he can still drop bombs and drive in plenty of runs. Longo will be a top tier third basemen for the rest of his career so grab him if you can. David Wright is still a great pick at third as he is the perfect fantasy hitter; however, his one downfall is his injury history. If he can stay healthy for a full season then there is no reason for him to not have a great year. The last of the best, in my eyes, at third base is Matt Carpenter. Yes, this may be his third season in the big leagues but he has already made a big name for himself. He led the major leagues in doubles and runs last year and can still hit double digit homers as well.
Now that the top five third basemen are off the board, where do you go from here? If you thinking about Manny Machado, just think that he is coming off a knee surgery in which he was out for six months. So he is a risk, but he could also surprise us all and have a great year. Oh…Josh Donaldson. Who is he? Well, he had a breakout year last year in which he finished the season hitting .301 with 24 HR and 93 RBI. I don’t see why his success won’t be there in 2014 so look to snag him in the middle rounds. Ryan Zimmerman can still be a impactful fantasy third baseman, disregarding his injury history and consistency. Lastly, if you’re looking for a power threat and don’t care about strikeouts, then Pedro Alvarez is the perfect third baseman for you. He has the power to hit 40 bombs, but he hit a subpar .250 and strikeout close to 200 times. So take the good with the bad when it comes to him.
Now, if you’re just looking for a quality back up player that can still provide you with a decent amount of points when called upon, then the younger guys are where you’re going to be looking at. Nolen Arenado, Xander Bogaerts, Matt Davidson, and Kyle Seager. Arenado can supply the power and get help from playing home games at Coors Field. Bogaerts is still getting better and has all the potential in the world to be a top tier third basemen in the future. Davidson may be young, but he will be a threat at the plate for years to come. Lastly, Seager, who just happens to play in Seattle, is a very attractive bargain. Even though he hit hits most of his homers away from Safeco, he can still hit doubles if the homers aren’t there.
With all that being said, my top 10 third basemen through the Major Leagues goes like this:
- Miguel Cabrera
- Evan Longoria
- Adrian Beltre
- David Wright
- Matt Carpenter
- Josh Donaldson
- Pedro Alvarez
- Ryan Zimmerman
- Manny Machado
- Kyle Seager