Top 10 Third Basemen Under 30

January 14, 2009

All Positions: C / 1B / 2B / SS / 3B / CF / OF

Top 10 Third Basemen Under the age of 30
No.   Player   Pos.   Comments   Age   Org   Lvl
1   David Wright   3B   Call him Mr. Consistency: Wright's gone better than .300/.380/.520 each of 4 full MLB seasons   25.8   NYM   MLB
2   Evan Longoria   3B   Offensively, he was 08's Ryan Braun -- less power and speed, more walks and better glove   23.0   TB   MLB
3   Ryan Zimmerman   3B   Similar offensive production to Gordon (.345 wOBA in 1932 career PA), much better defense   24.0   WAS   MLB
4   Adrian Beltre   3B   8.2% BB rate highest since signing with Seattle; .359 road wOBA and he is an elite defender   29.5   SEA   MLB
5   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
6   Pedro Alvarez   3B   High upside hitter w/ power + patience; missed time in '08 (contract disputes/broken hamate)   21.7   PIT   NCAA
7   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
8   Jorge Cantu   3B   Not much patience (5.8% BB); gets it done w/ power (.204 IsoP); .340 wOBA highest since '05 26.7   FLA   MLB
9   Edwin Encarnacion   3B   .215 IsoP, 10.5% BB career highs; 17.6% K worst since '05; .351 wOBA; poor defender   25.8   CIN   MLB
10   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
Honorables: Kevin Kouzmanoff (SD), Mark Reynolds (ARI), and Brett Wallace (STL).            
* Our rankings combine a player's ceiling with the odds that he'll reach it within a five-year period            
** Ages are as of November 1st, 2008            
*** Level is the highest level the player has reached            
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