Top 10 Third Basemen Under 25

January 7, 2009
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Top 10 Third Basemen Under the age of 25
No.   Player   Pos.   Comments   Age   Org   Lvl
1   Evan Longoria   3B   Offensively, he was 08's Ryan Braun -- less power and speed, more walks and better glove   23.0   TB   MLB
2   Ryan Zimmerman   3B   Similar offensive production to Gordon (.345 wOBA in 1932 career PA), much better defense   24.0   WAS   MLB
3   Alex Gordon   3B/1B   Improved contact rate slightly from '07 to '08 + walk rate up 4.8% on his way to a .338 wOBA   24.7   KC   MLB
4   Pedro Alvarez   3B   High upside hitter w/ power + patience; missed time in '08 (contract disputes/broken hamate)   21.7   PIT   NCAA
5   Mike Moustakas   3B   Tale of two halves in '08; pre all-star: .228/.285/.386, post all-star: .321/.392/.557; .343 wOBA    20.1   KC   A
6   Ian Stewart   3B   Ugly 30.9% K paired w/ likely unsustainable .364 BABIP leave us wondering how good he'll be   23.5   COL   MLB
7   Brett Wallace   3B   08 No. 13 pick had .419 wOBA between A+, AA (234 PA); went .309/.381/.585 in AFL   22.1   STL   AA
8   Mat Gamel   3B   Anti-Moustakas: saw .400+ wOBA in April-June drop under .300 in July, August; .388 overall   23.3   MIL   MLB
9   Dayan Viciedo   3B/RF   Cuban defector w/ big power upside and ability to walk; appears unlikely to stick at third base   19.6   CHW   INT
10   Josh Vitters   3B   Went .324/.361/.494 in SS after Low-A demotion; .378 BABIP vs. 15% LD; 4.7% BB, 16.2% K    19.1   CHC   A
Honorables: Matt Dominguez (FLA), Matt Tuiasosopo (SEA), and Neftali Soto (CIN).            
* Our rankings combine a player's ceiling with the odds that he'll reach it and favor recent production            
** Ages are as of November 1st, 2008            
*** Level is the highest level the player has reached            
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