Fantasy Baseball: Ray's Third Base Rankings For 2010

We move on to the hot corner for the Top 20 rankings and the Yankees Alex Rodriguez leads the way. Hitting in the new Coors Field, I mean Yankee Stadium, ARod could approach 50 homers in 2010. The second guy on this list isn't David Wright. He has to prove his power loss was a fluke in 2009.

Here are the Top 20 third baseman for 2010 fantasy drafts, with 2009 stats:

Name AB HR R RBI BB SO SB AVG
Alex Rodriguez 444 30 78 100 80 97 14 0.286
Mark Reynolds 578 44 98 102 76 223 24 0.260
Ryan Zimmerman 610 33 110 106 72 119 2 0.292
Evan Longoria 584 33 100 113 72 140 9 0.281
David Wright 535 10 88 72 74 140 27 0.307
Aramis Ramirez 306 15 46 65 28 43 2 0.317
Pablo Sandoval 572 25 79 90 52 83 5 0.330
Kevin Youkilis 491 27 99 94 77 125 7 0.305
Gordon Beckham 378 14 58 63 41 65 7 0.270
Chone Figgins 615 5 114 54 101 114 42 0.298
Adrian Beltre 449 8 54 44 19 74 13 0.265
Chipper Jones 488 18 80 71 101 89 4 0.264
Michael Young 541 22 76 68 47 90 8 0.322
Casey Blake 485 18 84 79 63 116 3 0.280
Ian Stewart 425 25 74 70 56 138 7 0.228
Mike Lowell 445 17 54 75 33 61 2 0.290
Mark DeRosa 515 23 78 78 47 121 3 0.250
Kevin Kouzmanoff 529 18 50 88 27 106 1 0.255
Jorge Cantu 585 16 67 100 47 81 3 0.289
Scott Rolen 475 11 76 67 45 62 5 0.305

I rank David Wright 5th because I think he can rebound to maybe 20 HRs in 2010. That along with the 25+ SB potential, a .300 BA and hopefully, 90+ RBIs is valuable. But should he return to hit less than 20 HRs in 2010, he could drop out of the top 10 for me. He can't put up another 10 HR/72 RBI line this season.

I like Mark Reynolds at the two spot in the third base rankings in 2010, because he has legit 35+ HR power, and Diamondbacks manager AJ Finch will allow him to run again. I see another 35-20 season from Reynolds in 2010.

A couple guys who could move up this list in 2010 are the Giants Pablo Sandoval and White Sox Gordon Beckham. Sandoval has the power to hit 30 HRs in 2010. His power and BA could move him up a few spots on this list. GBeck played third base last year, but will move to second base in 2010. I rank him here as he does not yet have the minimum games played eligibility at 2B to be ranked there for 2010 fantasy drafts. He does, however, have the talent to go 20-10 in 2010, while ESPN's Jason Grey thinks he could hit 25 HRs with a .288 BA.

A couple guys coming off injuries are the Braves Chipper Jones and the Red Sox Adrian Beltre. Both will be undervalued in 2010 drafts, and could have bounce back seasons. I could see both approaching 25 HRs and 90 RBIs in 2010. Jones, if he proves healthy, should hit .300 again.

One guy who could play as a "post hype" sleeper is the Pirates third baseman Andy Laroche. Laroche was the Dodgers #1 prospect a few years ago, but his power and plate patience displayed in the minors never translated at the big league level in Los Angeles. Laroche is in his second year as the Pirates starting third baseman, and could begin to show the 25+ HR power he had in the minors this year. If not, he will be replaced by third base prospect Pedro Alvarez.

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