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Fantasy Baseball Draft Advice: Third Base

Third base is much more deep than it has been in years past. Much of that is because so many young third baseman fulfilled their potential in 2015. Josh Donaldson is the only “can’t miss” player. Beyond that their are questions of repeat-ability. If you don’t draft Donaldson, Machado, Arenado, or Bryant early, you can’t get some real value late. All four of those players, however, are solid fantasy lineup cores.

 

1. Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays

2015 Stats: AB 41 | R 122 | H 184 | 2B 41 | 3B 2 | HR 41 | RBI 123 | SB 6 | BB 73 | SO 133 | BA .297 | OBP .371 | SLG .568 | OPS .939 | BAbip .314

Although Josh Donaldson should not be the MVP, his numbers are unquestionably great and should stay that way. His improved numbers are simply attributed to Rodgers Center.

2. Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles

2015 Stats: AB 633 | R 102 | H 181 | 2B 30 | 3B 1 | HR 35 | RBI 86 | SB 20 | BB 70 | SO 111 | BA .286 | OBP .359 | SLG .502 | OPS .861 | BAbip .297

Manny Machado saw a huge numbers spike in 2015. Most scouts predicted this, but he still has no statistical history of this kind of production. We would be slightly cautious, but only slightly.

3. Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies

2015 Stats: AB 616 | R 97 | H 177 | 2B 43 | 3B 4 | HR 42 | RBI 130 | SB 2 | BB 34 | SO 110 | BA .287 | OBP .323 | SLG .575 | OPS .898 | BAbip .284

For Nolan Arenado, interchangeable analysis with Manny Machado. He might see some regression, but still a great fantasy draft pick.

4. Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs

2015 Stats: AB 559 | R 87 | H 154 | 2B 31 | 3B 5 | HR 26 | RBI 99 | SB 13 | BB 77 | SO 199 | BA .275 | OBP .369 | SLG .488 | OPS .858 | BAbip .378

Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant lived up to the hype. He is another solid pick at third base. Be careful, however, if his price is too high in auction drafts. His BAbip was .378 so he may have been a little lucky, but progression should even that out.

5. Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals

2015 Stats: AB 574 | R 101 | H 156 | 2B 44 | 3B 3 | HR 28 | RBI 84 | SB 4 | BB 81 | SO 151 | BA .272 | OBP .365 | SLG .505 | OPS .871 | BAbip .321

What appears to be a breakout season for Matt Carpenter, was really just many of his doubles turning into home runs. He’s actually had more productive seasons in the past. If your league has enough stat categories, he will still be productive even without the home run numbers.

6. Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners

2015 Stats: AB 623 | R 85 | H 166 | 2B 37 | 3B 0 | HR 26 | RBI 74 | SB 6 | BB 54 | SO 98 | BA .266 | OBP .328 | SLG .451 | OPS .779 | BAbip .278

Safeco Field really hurts the fantasy value of Kyle Seager. He is still, however, one of the most consistently productive third baseman available.

7. Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds

2015 Stats: AB 619 | R 82 | H 158 | 2B 43 | 3B 1 | HR 35 | RBI 89 | SB 13 | BB 44 | SO 137 | BA .255 | OBP .309 | SLG .498 | OPS .806 | BAbip .271

Todd Frazier has purely hitters park production. A trade would really hurt his value, otherwise, a nice source of power.

8. Maikel Franco – Philadelphia Phillies

2015 Stats: AB 304 | R 45 | H 85 | 2B 22 | 3B 1 | HR 14 | RBI 50 | SB 1 | BB 26 | SO 52 | BA .280 | OBP .343 | SLG .497 | OPS .840 | BAbip .297

Maikel Franco looks to be a very productive player. His rookie numbers also seemed to resemble his production in the minor leagues, so he should progress nicely.

9. Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays

2015 Stats: AB 604 | R 74 | H 163 | 2B 35 | 3B 1 | HR 21 | RBI 73 | SB 3 | BB 51 | SO 132 | BA .270 | OBP .328 | SLG .435 | OPS .764 | BAbip .309

Even Longoria is a player that continues to disappoint, but also puts up consistently above average numbers. No reason to think that will change.

10. Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers

2015 Stats: AB 567 | R 83 | H 163 | 2B 32 | 3B 4 | HR 18 | RBI 83 | SB 1 | BB 41 | SO 65 | BA .287 | OBP .334 | SLG .453 | OPS .788 | BAbip .295

Adrian Beltre is gracefully approaching the end of his career, but he still has some productive years left. You should be able to get him for good value this year.

11. Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals

2015 Stats: AB 549 | R 73 | H 156 | 2B 34 | 3B 1 | HR 22 | RBI 82 | SB 1 | BB 43 | SO 76 | BA .284 | OBP .348 | SLG .470 | OPS .817 | BAbip .294

Mike Moustakas is another third baseman who fulfilled his potential in 2015. They must have put something in the dirt last year. Same sustainability questions as the others.

12. Jung Ho Kang – Pittsburgh Pirates

2015 Stats: AB 421 | R 60 | H 121 | 2B 24 | 3B 2 | HR 15 | RBI 58 | SB 5 | BB 28 | SO 99 | BA .287 | OBP .355 | SLG .461 | OPS .816 | BAbip .344

Jung Ho Kang is in line for more playing time in 2016, and with that will come more quality production. Kang has 25 home run potential.

 

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