Third Basemen Rankings
1.) Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) – Kind of goes without explanation why Cabrera tops the list, but in case you live under a rock, he won the Triple Crown!! Arguably the best hitter in baseball right now and is poised to have another great season at the plate.
2.) Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) – Capable of 30 HRs, 100 RBIs, and 100 Runs. If he can stay healthy this season he is going to knock the cover off the ball more than a few times.
3.) Adrian Beltre (Rangers) – An outstanding .321 avg for a guy with 36 swats in 2012. Beltre is a big dude who can absolutely smoke the ball into the bleachers. Now that the Rangers are sans-Josh Hamilton, Beltre is easily the biggest power threat.
4.) David Wright (Mets) – Captain America will be ready for Opening Day. Have to give him credit for sticking with the Mets organization when it’s evident that the Mets won’t be winning a title anytime soon. Expect 25 HRs, 100 RBIs and his swipes will be in the neighborhood of 15 this year.
5.) Chase Headley (Padres) – Odds of a Padre to lead the NL in RBI’s? Same as the fastest man in the world being named Bolt…oh wait. Unfortunately Headley will miss the first few weeks of the 2013 campaign.
6.) Evan Longoria (Rays) – Health concerns have hindered Longoria’s potential to be a super star in this League. Lacks the batting average to be an elite offensive force, still a lot of pop in his bat.
7.) Brett Lawrie (Blue Jays) – Will unfortunately start the season on the DL. However, when he returns he will have Mr. Reyes hitting in front of him which will spell disaster for opposing pitchers.
8.) Will Middlebrooks (Red Sox) – A 75 game phenom who needs to prove that he can hang with big boys. Needs to lower his strikeout numbers and avoid a sophomore slump.
9.) David Freese (Cardinals) – The 2011 playoffs didn’t vault him into the 2012 that most expected, but he is still above average with the stick. The Cardinals need Freese to be a superstar this year if they have any hopes of winning.
10.) Martin Prado (Diamondbacks) – A durable and versatile player who is sitting on a nice new contract with the Diamondbacks. Was good in Atlanta, could be great in Arizona.
1.) Todd Frazier (Reds) – With Rolen out of the way Frazier is primed for an all-star season. Big things in Frazier’s future.
2.) Lonnie Chisenhall (Indians) – 2008 1st round draft pick will get his chance this season to be the starter.
3.) Jordan Pacheco (Rockies) – Was in the top 5 in avg in the NL. Gets on a lot, but the Rocks getting get him in.
4.) Manny Machado (Orioles) – Hopefully the move from SS to 3B doesn’t take away from his offensive numbers.
5.) Luis Cruz (Dodgers) – Finally at age 29 got his big break. Should benefit from the Dodgers stacked lineup.
1.) Aramis Ramirez (Brewers) – Don’t count on his 2012 2nd half .990 OPS again, aging and losing his swing.
2.) Pablo Sandoval (Giants) – His size and massive amounts of injuries have limited in the past 2 years. Could start season in the DL.
3.) Pedro Alvarez (Pirates) – 30 swats were great, but 180 K’s and a .244 avg is not what the Pirates are looking for right now.
4.) Juan Francisco (Braves) – too long of a swing and will start the season in a platoon role. Definitely no Chipper.
5.) Mike Moustakas (Royals) – This hurts because he was a sleeper in 2012, but his .242 avg with 124 K’s just doesn’t cut it.
1.) Jose Reyes (Blue Jays) – Managed to stay healthy last year and swiped 40 bags. He is a solid all around former batting champion. We all know the speed of Reyes and now, we’re going to see how much he really means to the Blue Jays.
2.) Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) – Assuming his groin injury is in the past, Tulo will be back dropping bombs on the greater Denver area. The Rockies are filled with young prospects who are all but ready, which means if Tulo looks hurt at all, he’s going to sit.
3.) Starlin Castro (Cubs) – A head case to say the least, but he can sure swing a nice stick. If he gets it together he has the potential to be a 20 HR -30 SB player. Be thrilled that defense doesn’t count in fantasy leagues.
4.) Hanley Ramirez (Dodgers) – Drops on the list from #2 to #4 because of his injury. If this is a precursor for what happens during the regular season there is going to be a lot of frustration from the Dodgers and fantasy owners alike.
5.) Ian Desmond (Nationals) – If he repeats his 2012 he is easily a top three shortstop. However, his career numbers say Desmond’s 2012 was nothing but a fluke. If he can prove doubters wrong, he will be considered one of the elite in the game today.
6.) Asdrubal Cabrera (Indians) – Talks of being shipped out of Cleveland surrounded Cabrera all winter long. He has a good amount of power, but he is prone to strikeout and he is more know for his fielding than his batting.
7.) Elvis Andrus (Rangers) – His numbers were down last year, but Andrus is capable of a of 30 HR and 100 Runs. Hopefully the pressure from Profar propels Andrus to have a career year.
8.) Alicides Escobar (Royals) – .293 avg, 52 RBI, 68 Runs, and 35 SBs are all good numbers for a shortstop, however there is absolutely no power in Mr. Escobar’s bat.
9.) Erick Aybar (Angels) – Aybar has the potential for 30 SBs, but it took him most of the season to bust out of his sophomore slump. He won’t really benefit from Hamilton’s addition because Aybar will most probably bat lower in the lineup.
10.) Derek Jeter (Yankees) – Always great numbers for the Bronx Bombers captain, but the now oft injured Jeter could play a shortened season due to injuries and Eduardo Nunez.
1.) Andrelton Simmons (Braves) – potential ROY, showed some pop in the 49 games he played in last season. The Netherlands sure enjoyed his talents.
2.) Jean Segura (Brewers) – Will start at short for the Brewers this season. They saw enough in him to deal Greinke for him, time for him to come through.
3.) Evereth Cabrera (Padres) – Not the greatest average and no power, but could steal 50 bases which is great for any team.
4.) Zack Cozart (Reds) – Cozart will most probably hit 7th in the Reds potent lineup relieving him of the pressures of hitting leadoff.
5.) Jurickson Profar (Rangers) – Will start the year in AAA, but will be called up well before September. A super-prospect for the Rangers.
1.) Jimmy Rollins (Phillies) – The 34 year old will have a tough time repeating his 2012 season. His best attribute, speed, has greatly decreased.
2.) Alexei Ramirez (White Sox) – 65 runs doesn’t make up for a .287 OBP. Low OBP yields low offense numbers
3.) Rafael Furcal (Cardinals) – Will miss the entire 2013 season after having Tommy John surgery. Even if he comes back, Kozma is ready to start.
4.) Stephen Drew (Red Sox) – A terrible average with no power on a poor team with a new manager…anything else?
5.) Brandon Crawford (Giants) – known for his outstanding defensive play. Struggles hitting the broadside of a barn.
Second Basemen Rankings
1.) Robinson Cano (Yankees) – Aside from the awful performance in the HR derby and 3-40 playoffs, Cano has separated himself as an elite 2nd baseman. Hopefully he gets back to his .313 avg, 33 HRs, 94 RBIs, and 105 Runs scored.
2.) Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox) – Very solid offensive threat who swings a very smooth stick. The BoSox need him to be at the top of his game if the expect to finish anywhere but last in the AL East.
3.) Brandon Phillips (Reds) – Self-proclaimed “ya favorite athlete’s favorite athlete”, Dat Dude BP was the 2nd most consistent second baseman behind Cano. Needs to use Choo’s high OBP to his advantage.
4.) Jason Kipnis (Indians) – Who? His average is nothing short of, well, average, but his 30 stolen bases and the pop in his bat make up for his average. Could benefit from Bourn and Swisher coming to the Indians.
5.) Ben Zobrist (Rays) – Super utility helps Zobrist get playing time. Oh yeah, and the 20 HRs, 74 RBIs, and 88 Runs help too. Another big improvement for Zobrist was his 2011 1.66 K/BB ration dropped to 1.06 K/BB in 2012.
6.) Ian Kinsler (Rangers) – Only positive stat that rose from 2011 to 2012 was his average…by .001. Still a franchise player with 19 HRs, 72 RBIs, and 105 Runs. Let’s see how long he stays at 2nd.
7.) Aaron Hill (Diamondbacks) – Is he finally over the hill? .302 avg last year says ehhh, look at previous years. However, 26 HRs says alright, I’ll draft ya.
8.) Jose Altuve (Astros) – Last years big sleeper notched 33 swiped bags, 8o Runs, and hit at a .290 clip. Let hope he doesn’t hit a sophomore slump and come up “short” in 2013.
9.) Howie Kendrick (Angels) – A 3-year average of .284 avg, 12 HRs, 68 RBIs, 70 Runs, and 14 SBs get Kendrick on the list. He could potentially benefit from the Angels stacked lineup, but don’t expect much over his average numbers.
10.) Danny Espinosa (Nationals) – He needs to put an end to his sophomore slump. Following a great breakout year in 2011, Espinosa disappointed fantasy owners across the board in 2012. However, his 15 swats and 15 swipes get him on the list.
1.) Josh Rutledge (Rockies) – 7 swipes in as many attempts in 73 games. Great things for this young man in his future. Will start for the Rocks.
2.) Donovan Solano (Marlins) – Big hype prospect who also has 7 swipes in as many attempts. He’s got speed in a huge ballpark.
3.) Steve Lombardozzi (Nationals) – Added OF to his list of positions last year. Needs to get regular player time and more power.
4.) Logan Forsythe (Padres) – .273 avg in first full-ish season. All around good prospect looking for playing time.
5.) Brian Dozier (Twins) – His minor league numbers were great, his rookie numbers, not so much. Has potential to be a good asset.
1.) Chase Utley (Phillies) – Chondromalcia isn’t some foreign country or a phobia, it’s Utley’s injury. Hard to be good when you’re always injured.
2.) Neil Walker (Pirates) – Bothered by a herniated disk. Only had 1 HR in 320 ABs against RHP. Not good numbers at all.
3.) Dustin Ackley (Mariners) – A whopping .226 avg in his first full season in the bigs doesn’t bode well for this season.
4.) Rickie Weeks (Brewers) – A .230 avg, declining numbers on a declining team in a strong division.
5.) Marco Scutaro (Giants) – Don’t let the post-season heroics fool you. Had a sub-par regular season last year, expect the same this year.
First Basemen Rankings
1.) Joey Votto (Reds) – With Choo and Phillips hitting before him in the line up it will give Votto more chances to drive in runs. Based off of his spring and willingness to participate in the World Baseball Classic, Joey’s knee is just fine. Look out.
2.) Prince Fielders (Tigers) – The big guy’s strikeout numbers were way down (compared to his previous years). Cabrera will most likely hit in front of Fielder which hurts Fielder because of the likeliness of the bases being cleared by Cabrera. Needs HR numbers to go back up.
3.) Albert Pujols (Angels) – Remember his 110 ABs without a home run? His .305 avg, 36 HR, 102 RBIs say you on’t remember his slow start. With the addition of Hamilton and Trout’s great numbers, pitchers will have to pitch to Pujols.
4.) Allen Craig (Cardinals) – Craig quietly hit 22 moon shots while driving in 92 runners last season playing in just 119 games. Berkman’s departure opens the door for Craig to play upwards of 150 games.
5.) Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks) – 18 stolen bases and very aggressive base running (tagging on shallow fly balls) puts Goldschmidt as a quality asset to any team. As far as power, expect around 20 HRs.
6.) Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers) – For Gonzalez to have big numbers the guys around him are going to have to hit pretty well. Fortunately for Gonzalez, he has Kemp, Ramirez, and Ethier (for now) hitting around him.
7.) Adam LaRoche (Nationals) – Are 33 HRs with 100 RBIs a fluke? Probably. Can he do it again? The Mike Morse-less Nationals need him to if the Nationals expect to contend with the hard hitting Braves.
8.) Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays) – 2012 was a great year for Edwin. Can the Encarnacion reincarnation carry over into 2013? The rejuvenated Blue Jays are hoping so.
9.) Freddie Freeman (Braves) – The only reason Mr. Freeman is making this list is because of his potential and who is batting around him. Freeman has an opportunity of a lifetime and needs to prove himself this season.
10.) Kendrys Morales (Mariners) – He found his stroke with the Angels towards the end of 2012. If that carrier over into 2013 with the Mariners, Morales could have a great year at the recently shrunken Safe-Co Field.
1.) Brandon Moss (Athletics) – Had a great 2012 over shadowed by teammates Reddick and Cespedes. Will start for the A’s.
2.) Brett Wallace (Astros) – Has a chance, just a chance, to rip the relatively poor AL West pitching, but has to prove himself.
3.) Garret Jones (Pirates) – The Bucco’s 1B will most probably bat behind McCutchen which will greatly help his numbers.
4.) Tyler Colvin (Rockies) – Hit .290 last year as a super-utility player. Helton’s age and health could give Colvin more playing time.
5.) Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) – Perhaps underrated on this list, but needs to prove his 15 HRs and 48 RBIs wasn’t just a 1/2 season thing.
1.)Mark Texiera (Yankees) – Admitted he is too old for what he is being paid. Old man of an old, oft-injured Yankees lineup.
2.) Ryan Howard (Phillies) – Bigger health risk than a 90 year old. Always near the top in strikeouts. Not worth declined power numbers.
3.) Corey Hart (Brewers) – Off-season surgery has already shortened his season. Not enough weapons around him to boost his numbers.
4.) Eric Hosmer (Royals) – Guess who was in my top 10 in 2012. Guess who flopped. Perhaps too highly touted.
5.) Brandon Belt (Giants) – Belt only belted 7 yard shots in 145 games. Really needs to improve his power numbers.
1.) Buster Posey (Giants) – .336 avg, 24 HR, 103 RBIs, 78 Runs. Can’t argue with the stats and neither could the Baseball Writers of America when they awarded Posey the MVP award. Oh yeah, and he led the Giants to the World Series title.
2.) Joe Mauer (Twins) – Aside from getting girls with his Head and Shoulders washed hair, he hits .300 and drives in 80 base runners. He needs to stay healthy and have his power numbers show up this season.
3.) Miguel Montero (Dbacks) – Joe Mauer-esque numbers with a little more power. If he stays consistent and doesn’t slump off, he will have a great season in the desert.
4.) Yadier Molina (Cardinals) – A career year for Molina in 2012. He posted a .315 – 22 – 76 season with 12 stolen bases. If he repeats those numbers he is #2. His power seems to grow with age, just means we fans get to say Yadios even more.
5.) Sal Perez (Royals) – Sidelined by a knee injury for 1/2 the 2012 season, Mr. Perez is back with a vengeance, and he’s showing it this spring. Royals and fantasy owners expect big things from this kid.
6.) Wilin Rosario (Rockies) – Hit 28 bombs in 117 games last season. Obviously playing in the launching pad that is Coors Field helps, but this kid can crank in any park. Be glad defense doesn’t matter in most fantasy leagues.
7.) Matt Weiters (Orioles) – Hits .333 from the right. Struggles mightily from the left. You’re guess is as good as mine as to why he still hits switch. Still a great offensive threat.
8.) Jesus Montero (Mariners) – A .260 avg with 15 HRs might seem a little lame, but Safe-Co moved the left field fence in 17 feet this off season. Mr. Montero’s power numbers will be aided by the shortened fence.
9.) Ryan Doumit (Twins) – Should qualify as a catcher in every league. Will have regular playing time whether it is at C, 1B, or DH. Career numbers say to expect about .255 avg with 14 HRs, not bad numbers by any means.
10.) Carlos Ruiz (Phillies) – The 25-game suspension drops him in the list. Hopefully his numbers last season were not inflated by the PEDs for which he was suspended. Hit .325 with 16 swats last season. Expect more of a .290 with 12 HRs this season.
1.) Travis D’Arnaud (Mets) – More hype for this young man than Bryce Harper ever had. Mets calling him future of the organization.
2.) Wellington Castillo (Cubs) – Could be the cornerstone of the Cubs batting order for years to come, worth a look.
3.) Derek Norris (Athletics) – Has a great glove and is a born leader. Needs the stick to come a round and improve from AAA power.
4.) Rob Brantley (Marlins) – In 100 ABs he only launched 3, but he has been likened to Joe Mauer. Will start in Miami.
5.) Hector Giminez (White Sox) – If Tyler Flowers falters, Giminez, with his good looking offensive numbers, will get playing time.
1.) Carlos Santana (Indians) – every year seems to be deemed his “potential break out year”…when will we actually see it?
2.) Brian McCann ( Braves) – 29 going on 39. Injury prone. A .230 avg isn’t worth the lack of games played.
3.) A.J. Pierzynski (Rangers) – A 35 year old catcher with 25 HRs? He will not repeat those numbers this year, he’s no Carlton Fisk.
4.) Jonathon Lucroy ( Brewers) – A career .270 hitter hit .320 last season. He doesn’t repeat, and Maldanado is chomping at the bit.
5.) J.P. Arencibia (Blue Jays) – 18 HRs looks nice, but a sub-.235 avg and a yearly decline in numbers looks really bad.