“Foster Your Roster” – 3B Not So Shallow in 2012

There’s no doubt about it, preparing for a draft last year, it was obvious that 3B was a position that got shallow very quickly.  Looking ahead to 2012, however, 3B is much improved.

Jose Reyes signing with the Miami Marlins will force Hanley Ramirez over to 3B.  Yes, Hanley had a down year in 2011, but he had off-season surgery and is expected to be ready to start the 2012 season.  Also, he has performed at an elite level in his 5 previous seasons, so I am confident that he will rebound well.  With all that being said, if Hanley is on your roster, you’re still probably better off playing him at SS for one final season.

There were also a couple of big name 1B free agents that may move teammates to 3B.  Miguel Cabrera has garnered the most excitement as a potential 3B eligible player, but I’m skeptical of him making a fantasy impact at 3B early in the year.  Keep in mind that Victor Martinez will be out for months. While he is out, Fielder and Cabrera can split time between 1B/DH.  I’d monitor the situation closer to the start of the season, but Cabrera may not become 3B eligible in most formats until later in the year.  If it does happen, he is clearly the top option at the position.  Another player rumored to be exploring 3B is Mark Trumbo, due to the arrival of Albert Pujols.  Pujols is a good defender, so he’s locked in at 1B. If Kendrys Morales can come back healthy enough to DH, then Trumbo may see some time at 3B.

Finally, there is the up and coming pack of young players at 3B.  Brett Lawrie seems to be the most impressive, but Mike Moustakas, David Freese, and Lonnie Chisenhall also have the ability to provide decent production.  So, as of now, the way I see it stacking up is as follows:

  1. Miguel Cabrera*
  2. Jose Bautista
  3. Evan Longoria
  4. Adrian Beltre
  5. Hanley Ramirez*
  6. David Wright
  7. Ryan Zimmerman
  8. Aramis Ramirez
  9. Pablo Sandoval
  10. Alex Rodriguez
  11. Kevin Youkalis
  12. Brett Lawrie
  13. Michael Young
  14. Mark Reynolds
  15. Mark Trumbo*
  16. Martin Prado
  17. Mike Moustakas
  18. Chipper Jones
  19. David Freese
  20. Lonnie Chisenhall
  21. Chase Headley

* Indicates the player will not have 3B eligibility to start the year in most formats.

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7 replies

  1. A fine list Marc. I will have to come up with my own for sure. I like most of the rankings, but I would move 5 players a round. A.Ramirez, Beltre, A-Rod, Michael Young, and Freese is who I would move up or down in the list.

  2. My only thought on this is h ramirez will serve fantasy leagues better at shortstop. You cant get his normal production from that spot. It would be great to have his extra flexibility….but I would use him at short.

  3. I agree, if you have Hanley on your roster you’re much better off with him at SS but flexibility is always nice yo have.

  4. I agree, hands down, Hanley is a better play at SS this season. However, I do think I take Hanley over Beltre without a thought.

  5. Good article and a nice list, I however would add Casey McGehee right around 8, Alberto Callaspo around 15 and if Jack Hannahan and Casey Blake improve over last year like they should, it only adds to the depth.
    I’ve always liked having Mark Reynolds on my teams even though he is a strikeout master.

  6. Speaking of third basemen, what do you all think of Jimmy Paredes? An up-and-coming star, (pun intended) or someone who will go the wayside?

  7. Tobias, I like Callaspo, but definitely toward the bottom of the list as you mentioned and certainly not much if the Angels really do let Mark Trumbo play 3B. With Hannhan, I’m not sure how much playing time he is going to get since it seems CLE is committed to Chisenhall at 3B. I honestly don’t know what to expect from McGehee this year, the Brewers felt they needed to upgrade and he may have just been a guy who overachieved for a year and came back to earth, he was never a big prospect. Blake is a solid player, but is pretty much the same guy year after year and I’m not even sure he’ll win the starting job.

    With Paredes, I think he’s a low end option to help with SBs but not much else. I don’t expect a big breakout year from him and the lineup in Houston doesn’t offer much help.

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