Here is a look at the top third basemen in MLB and who to look at for your DraftDay Lineups.
Third Base Rankings and Projections
1. Miguel Cabrera*
Projections: .324 AVG 30 HR 107 RBI .985 OPS 1 SB
2. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay
Projections: .289 AVG 37 HR 113 RBI .917 OPS 5 SB
3. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington
Projections: .298 AVG 28 HR 96 RBI .831 OPS 5 SB
4. Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Projections: .281 AVG 29 HR 93 RBI .861 OPS 3 SB
5. Adrian Beltre, Texas
Projections: .278 AVG 28 HR 94 RBI .859 OPS 2 SB
6. Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee
Projections: .299 AVG 25 HR 101 RBI .863 OPS 1 SB
7. David Freese, St. Louis
Projections: .288 AVG 21 HR 88 RBI .812 OPS 3 SB
8. Kevin Youkilis, Boston
Projections: .277 AVG 22 HR 91 RBI .833 OPS 1 SB
9. David Wright, New York Mets
Projections: .281 AVG 19 HR 89 RBI .817 OPS 17 SB
10. Hanley Ramirez, Miami*
Projections: .283 AVG 18 HR 85 RBI .821 OPS 22 SB
Top Five Sleepers
1. Brett Lawrie, Toronto
One of the best young hitting prospects in the game today, although the prospect tag has been lifted. He should move in to the top ten maybe top five of third basemen by seasons end. He has a lot of power and is an overall good hitter and run producer. He will likely hit around twenty five bombs this year to go along with some high run batted in totals.
2. Mike Moustakas, Kansas City
One of the Royals top and promising prospects going into 2011 got the early call up and struggled. However, he heated up towards the end of the year and it’s not shocking that a young player such as Moustakas, struggles right away. Moustakas has put up big time power numbers in the minors in the past and that should translate to the majors soon, in fact as soon as this year. Keep an eye on him, he may struggle a bit to start off, but should be a real nice option towards the second half of the season.
3. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto
Encarnacion will serve as the DH mainly for the Blue Jays which should bode well for a guy that is already a solid hitter for a third basemen. I expect all his numbers to go up this year with not having to focus so much on the defensive end and put most if not all his time on his offense.
4. Ian Stewart, Chicago Cubs
Ian Stewart struggled quite a bit in Colorado, which is known as a hitter’s park. He has struggled with his average, but has always had some power. Getting a full time gig in Chicago should help him out to go along with a fresh start. Expect a better batting average this year with around twenty home runs.
5. Danny Valencia, Minnesota
Danny Valencia showed a little bit of power for the Twins last year hitting fifteen homers. He is a better hitter than his .246 average and with a full year under his belt he should have more success this upcoming season. The key will come with the guys ahead of him. If Morneau and Mauer can produce like they did a couple of seasons ago, then Valencia could really have a fine season.