CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

<< Previous Article
Fantasy Article Team Health Reports: B... (02/16)
<< Previous Column
Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Second B... (02/13)
Next Column >>
Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Shortsto... (02/20)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Prospectus Hit and Run... (02/16)

February 16, 2009

Fantasy Beat

Third Base

by Marc Normandin

the archives are now free.

All Baseball Prospectus Premium and Fantasy articles more than a year old are now free as a thank you to the entire Internet for making our work possible.

Not a subscriber? Get exclusive content like this delivered hot to your inbox every weekday. Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web.

Subscribe for $4.95 per month
Recurring subscription - cancel anytime.


a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Purchase a $39.95 gift subscription
a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

We continue with our fantasy positional rankings, this time moving on to the hot corner. Third base is one of the stronger positions in baseball right now, but PECOTA does not seem too enthused about many of the players. While a few are well above average, PECOTA has forecasted many of the players for merely average production, including some names that may surprise you given their upside and past performance.

Third base is also intriguing thanks to the number of players who double as first baseman, which raises the question of whether or not you should draft two first baseman and skip out on a true third baseman if one of them can man that position? When is a good time to pick at this position, since so many of the options have similar production? That's what we'll try to sort out with today's list.

In order to make these rankings, I used the 2009 weighted-mean PECOTA projections as a base, and tweaked the results as I saw fit. This isn't a descending list of projected 2009 VORP by any means. Make sure you check out the players' 75th- and 25th-percentile forecasts on their PECOTA cards once they're released, as those may help you to make decisions between players you might be debating over.

Since this keeps coming up in the comments, I want to say here that I am ranking the players at their primary position; if you don't see a player here, it's because he's either not good enough or because he's most likely ranked at a different position. This allows me to cover more players for those of you in deeper leagues.


Rank Name              Team      PA  R  HR RBI SB   AVG/ OBP/ SLG  Beta
 1.  David Wright      Mets     703 121 32 107 20  .302/.400/.538  0.97
 2.  Chipper Jones     Braves   567 104 23  90  5  .341/.443/.564  0.95
 3.  Alex Rodriguez    Yankees  624  97 30  98 18  .282/.373/.508  1.03
 4.  Aramis Ramirez    Cubs     615  85 26 101  2  .288/.363/.509  1.02
 5.  Garrett Atkins    Rockies  644  90 26  97  3  .302/.371/.510  1.04
 6.  Evan Longoria     Rays     604  80 27  88  7  .266/.342/.482  0.91
 7.  Edwin Encarnacion Reds     577  82 24  80  5  .283/.365/.493  0.85
 8.  Ryan Zimmerman    Nats     597  78 19  84  4  .289/.358/.471  0.92
 9.  Alex Gordon       Royals   628  83 23  84 13  .258/.342/.457  0.80
10.  Kevin Kouzmanoff  Padres   639  76 24  92  2  .275/.331/.465  0.83

David Wright is one of the few players in the game who you could classify as perfect, as he has an amazing balance of power, patience, ability to hit for average, speed, and, if your league counts it, defensive play. He's a candidate to be taken with one of the first few picks; PECOTA thinks he's capable of putting up a 30/20 season with a ton of runs this year, and his Beta shows no reason to doubt that.

Chipper Jones is up there with Albert Pujols and Manny Ramirez as one of my favorite hitters to watch, and it looks like the forecast would agree. The one problem with Jones, and one you should all be familiar with, is that you'll need to draft a back-up third baseman for peace of mind, because Jones will more than likely miss time with one injury or another. That shouldn't stop you from drafting him though, because in both roto and head-to-head leagues that batting line is far too good to be ignored, which is why he's ranked ahead of Alex Rodriguez. Honestly, if not for the difference in steals between Jones and Wright and the potential for missed playing time, this 37-year-old could be ranked #1.

If you don't want to draft two third basemen or you can't get Jones, A-Rod is not a bad second pick. PECOTA thinks he's where David Wright was a few years ago before he made the leap; an impressive player, but no longer one of the most productive in the game. Based on last year, I think Rodriguez will hit closer to .300/.385/.550 or so; in my mind he's much closer to Jones than that forecast suggests.

Aramis Ramirez is in the middle of a great lineup, and PECOTA thinks he's capable of being well above-average at third; he's an easy pick for the fourth slot based on that context alone. The same can be said for Garrett Atkins, who plays half of his home games at Coors, and though it's a great forecast, Coors Field is the reason that he's ranked where he is. Atkins also doesn't have to worry about Ian Stewart taking his job, as the Rockies are considering giving Stewart some starts in left field to make sure he's in the lineup while also keeping Atkins' bat around.

I like Evan Longoria more than PECOTA's weighted-mean projection, but I can understand the concerns. He struck out over 27 percent of the time last year, something that will need to be rectified going forward if he wants to keep his batting average from cratering. Other than that, he's David Wright Lite, and he could finish the year as the third- or fourth-most productive guy at the position, depending on how well he can handle how the pitchers adjust to him.

Edwin Encarnacion had a very low line-drive rate last year (15.9 percent), but his .267 BABIP was still a little below expectations. Throw in the fact that he normally hits more liners (19.2 percent for his career, even with 2008 factored in) and you can see why PECOTA expects him to bounce back, as it takes BABIP regression in both directions into account. If he can keep the power he brought last year (the .215 ISO was a career high) and increase his average, then he easily earns his spot.

Ryan Zimmerman struggles against right-handers (.259/.316/.417 in 2008), but he did at least show signs of life in the second half by hitting .306/.370/.455. That makes his projection a bit more believable, and with the similarities between many of these guys, whatever upside someone can give you should be recognized as a potential edge.

Alex Gordon is someone I wrote about extensively a few weeks back. Kevin Kouzmanoff had right-shoulder surgery over the offseason and there's some question about whether he'll be around for opening day, but if healthy he's going to be a solid third baseman again, despite playing in Petco. His second half was a mess, but the surgery should help fix that. Kouzmanoff has hit .282/.330/.488 on the road the past two years, even with that awful stretch when he first came into the league and his poor second half last year.


Rank Name           Team        PA   R HR RBI SB   AVG/ OBP/ SLG  Beta
11.  Mike Lowell    Red Sox    469  51 14  69  2  .272/.332/.442  0.85
12.  Mark Reynolds  D'backs    567  79 29  84  9  .260/.344/.506  0.90
13.  Troy Glaus     Cardinals  549  70 22  81  1  .257/.366/.459  1.04
14.  Adrian Beltre  Mariners   611  77 21  88  9  .271/.330/.453  0.92
15.  Ty Wigginton   Astros     459  56 19  69  4  .272/.335/.477  2.00
16.  Jorge Cantu    Marlins    583  67 20  79  4  .269/.326/.454  0.91
17.  Melvin Mora    Orioles    391  47 12  53  3  .271/.331/.437  0.84
18.  Chone Figgins  Angels     484  68  4  35 29  .263/.340/.352  0.80
19.  Carlos Guillen Tigers     535  72 14  64  9  .271/.349/.426  1.02
20.  Andy LaRoche   Pirates    330  43  8  37  4  .267/.359/.413  0.99

Part of Lowell's problem last year was his hip; he'll be ready in time for spring training, and Fenway has boosted his production since he arrived, so that projection may be a little low. With the increase in playing time and hitting in the middle of that lineup, expect those counting stats to be higher.

Mark Reynolds continues to put up solid lines for the year as a whole, but if you play in a head-to-head league, you're going to have weeks at a time where you have to bury him on your bench. Consider this ranking to be higher for roto leagues, where these things even out more. Troy Glaus surprised me by rebounding despite moving from a hitter's to a pitcher's park, and PECOTA thinks he's still got something left for 2009.

Adrian Beltre's contract seems worth it now that it's almost over, doesn't it? Funny... the market continued to change and the prices of players less productive than Beltre continued to skyrocket. He's not going to hit much more than the other options in front of him, but if your league happens to count defense, you'll be in love.

Ty Wigginton's forecast is bothersome. PECOTA thinks he's going to hit, but also shows no confidence whatsoever in that assertion; check out that Beta. It's the fifth-highest among all hitters, behind just Ryan Budde, Troy Patton, Stephen Holm, and Mike Rabelo. Why do I mention it? Because if you don't have much faith in Wigginton, then you can skip to the next name on the list.

Cantu isn't a great option at first base, but at third he's a solid back-of-the-list pick at the position, especially in deep leagues. He should be eligible at both, which is something to remember if you draft a brittle player at first base. Melvin Mora hit .285/.342/.483 last year, and ranked ninth in VORP for third baseman. Given that he's 37 years old and has been much worse than that in the recent past, I have a hard time believing that he'll do that well again, and PECOTA agrees.

Let me get this out of the way before someone yells at me for unfairly ranking Chone Figgins: If you need the steals and Figgins is on the board, rank him higher than this on your own lists. If you do not need the steals, then there's nothing to see here, folks. PECOTA thinks that Figgins' days as a useful hitter that steals a lot of bases are over, and it even threw up a pretty confident Beta to back up that assertion. If you've already picked your third baseman or if you missed out on all of the great ones and need some steals, he has his uses; otherwise, he's lost some of his luster.

Carlos Guillen is probably a better real-life player than a fantasy one since he moved off of shortstop and over to third. He didn't log any time at short in 2008, so he's probably no longer eligible to play there, which severely limits his value. He's hitting like a middle infielder at the corner; you could easily replace Guillen on the list with someone like Mark DeRosa.

Andy LaRoche has a low forecast, but if you're at the point in the draft where you're considering drafting him for his upside, then you may as well. Just don't expect him to man third base for you out of the gate, especially since PECOTA thinks he's going to slug like a backup catcher.

Just missing the list this time around: Bill Hall and Matt Gamel may both end up playing at third base for the Brewers. Based on PECOTA (.253/.332/.459 for Hall, .258/.325/.431 for Gamel) neither of the two is going to win you a league on their own, but whichever one ends up with the job will get plate appearances, and they could beat out some of the players at the back end of these rankings. The aforementioned Ian Stewart should be third-base eligible, even if Atkins is at the position full-time. Keep an eye on him in spring training to see if he lands a job elsewhere on the diamond, because you can just use him where you need him if he does. You have to embrace the Coors effect when you can, after all.

In addition to the just missed guys, third base is a position where multiple first basemen also have eligibility. Miguel Cabrera should still be a third baseman for at least one more season in many leagues; he'd rank fourth on this list. Kevin Youkilis is another player with eligibility at both; he'd probably come in around the Zimmerman/Gordon area. Chris Davis qualifies at third base as well, and with his power potential he could slide in ahead of Youkilis' hypothetical ranking.

Thanks to Ben Lindbergh for data assistance.

45 comments have been left for this article. (Click to hide comments)

BP Comment Quick Links

Ira

Did your list include Mike Young or Hank Blalock as the Rangers 3b? Not that I'd include either one (Young because Pecota has yet to figure him out and Blalock because he can't stay on the field).

Feb 16, 2009 10:19 AM
rating: 0
 
Marc Normandin

I have Blalock set aside for the DH list. Young was going in the SS list solely because PECOTA has him there and he will more than likely hold more value at that position given the depth at third.

Feb 16, 2009 12:44 PM
rating: 0
 
Drew Miller

Why not put Cabrera in, then?

Feb 16, 2009 18:15 PM
rating: -1
 
Drew Miller

Yeah, because I'm obviously not contributing to the discussion. Right. Sure.

Feb 17, 2009 21:15 PM
rating: 0
 
Drew Miller

Not to pile on, but Wigginton was signed by the Orioles and will be a utility player there. Could always take him out and put Cabrera in. ;)

Feb 16, 2009 18:24 PM
rating: -1
 
Morris Greenberg

Where do you put Pablo Sandoval? Third base, first base, or catcher?

Feb 16, 2009 10:21 AM
rating: 0
 
HonusCobb

I'm pretty sure Sandoval is going to be playing 3rd unless the Giants sign a 3B like Joe Crede, whom they've been talking with. If they sign Crede, then expect Sandoval to be at 1B which is quite a weakness for San Francisco right now. Travis Ishikawa? Rich Aurilia? Scott McClain? Take your pick.

If I'm San Francisco I'm attempting to make a trade with Kansas City for Kila Ka'aihue. They don't seem to want to be giving Kila at bats even though he probably should have been up last year.

Feb 16, 2009 11:17 AM
rating: 0
 
Marc Normandin

PECOTA has him as a catcher, so I have been leaning that way. Chances are good that's the position where you would get the most value out of him.

PECOTA is a big fan too, despite his tender age.

Feb 16, 2009 12:46 PM
rating: 0
 
Jelly

With only 11 games there last year, Sandoval is unlikely to qualify at catcher for many.

Feb 16, 2009 16:05 PM
rating: 0
 
Bob

Chipper Jones just won't go away, will he? I'm surprised that PECOTA still has so much faith in him, but I suppose the numbers don't lie.

Feb 16, 2009 10:38 AM
rating: 0
 
Marc Normandin

That struck me when I looked. I wouldn't be surprised if Chipper hit like that, but having PECOTA expect that is something else for sure.

Feb 16, 2009 12:36 PM
rating: 0
 
dalbano

You are crazy putting Chipper ahead of ARod. Scandal or not, all the numbers going forward tip the scale in ARod's favor, it's not even close. I would go as far as saying Chipper should be closer to 5th or 6th on this list. In what world are you living in where ARod doesn't break the century mark in runs or rbi's in that Yankee lineup. This is borderline fantasy advice malpractice. If I am wrong I will eat crow and apologize.

Either way, I'm really fired up for the season to start, thanks for your columns!

Feb 16, 2009 10:46 AM
rating: -3
 
Marc Normandin

"If you don't want to draft two third basemen or you can't get Jones, A-Rod is not a bad second pick. PECOTA thinks he's where David Wright was a few years ago before he made the leap; an impressive player, but no longer one of the most productive in the game. Based on last year, I think Rodriguez will hit closer to .300/.385/.550 or so; in my mind he's much closer to Jones than that forecast suggests."

I just added that emphasis. Jones is #2 and A-Rod is #3 because they can't both be #2. Nothing against A-Rod, and absolutely nothing to do with the steroid scandal.

Feb 16, 2009 12:43 PM
rating: 0
 
dalbano

If I "can't get Jones", than jeepers, I guess I'll just have to take ARod and laugh at one my buddies for passing on him.

Seriously though, I know you are basing this off of PECOTA as well as tweaking where you see fit. I would definitely see fit to tweak ARod higher than Jones. I don't care where PECOTA puts Jones, he just dosen't belong ahead of ARod in the context of Fantasy Baseball, plain and simple.

Feb 16, 2009 12:56 PM
rating: -1
 
Richard Bergstrom

OBP and SLG only matter in points leagues, not 4x4 or 5x5 and most head-to-head leagues. I'd trade 40 points of average for an extra 10-15 HR and 10-15 SB, especially when there are no guarantees that player will hit .340. That's why people take a hit in some categories like batting average to draft a Chris Young/Eric Byrnes/Mike Cameron or a stud in one category like a Dunn or a Juan Pierre. All else being equal, Jones's HR/RBI/Runs/SB are similar to other third basemen, so in effect, he's a bit of a one category producer if you draft him this high.

By implication, if you are drafting Chipper in the first round, you are passing not only on A-Rod, but people with similar PECOTA projections like Lance Berkman, Mark Teixiera, Miguel Cabrera. A-Rod's projected stats are similar to Chase Utley, so should I ignore them both for Chipper?

Note that Chipper has only hit over .340 once in his career ('08), once over .330 ('07) and twice over .320 ('02 and '06). Granted, all that came recently, but it does not guarantee he will hit .340.

Feb 16, 2009 13:10 PM
rating: -1
 
jwillie

Crede? I know he doesn't have a job yet, but he will. And most likely for the twins, hitting behind Mauer and Mornaue.

Feb 16, 2009 11:00 AM
rating: 0
 
havens

That Alex Rodriguez projection is guaranteed to be low. What is the justification there? An all time great expected to drop off noticeably?

Feb 16, 2009 11:38 AM
rating: 1
 
Drew Miller

I agree. It depends on how much stock you put in PECOTA.

If A-Rod matches his PECOTA forecast, Miguel Cabrera is *definitely* higher than him.

Feb 16, 2009 18:07 PM
rating: 0
 
SaberTJ

Where would Peralta fit in if he's moved to third?

Feb 16, 2009 12:07 PM
rating: 0
 
Richard Bergstrom

You just don't waste first round picks on injury-prone players unless it's a large 16+ team league. This list suggests that A-Rod would somehow drop to the second round and I just don't see it. I can see David Wright being a #1 and A-Rod #2 (though with homers being scarer in recent years, I'd still take A-Rod first).

FYI, Alex Rodriguez hasn't hit less than 35 home runs or had less than 100 RBI since 1997. He also hasn't scored less than 100 runs or hit less than .290 since being a regular. I guess PECOTA either forgot Tex was in the lineup along with a healthier Matsui, or projects his performance to be affected by his steroids confession????

PECOTA's basically predicting that Chipper will maintain most of last year's career year while A-Rod will fall off the shelf.

Feb 16, 2009 12:28 PM
rating: 0
 
Marc Normandin

Which is why I said I think PECOTA is a bit down on A-Rod compared to my own thoughts on him. I'm interested in seeing his 75th percentile, to see if it matches up with what we expect from Rodriguez.

Feb 16, 2009 12:38 PM
rating: 0
 
Richard Bergstrom

I read that you believe A-Rod's predictions were low, but then, why rank him behind Jones? It's true that Jones has a great batting average, but his combination of injuries and walks cuts into the effect his batting average has in helping your team. That's one reason why Ichiro gets rated so highly because he has a high average with low walks, so the extra official "at bats" carry more weight, especially in 4x4 and 5x5 leagues. It's also why Bonds didn't help much with batting average because he had so few official at bats even with his .370 batting average.

If we're talking a points league, perhaps Jones comes in as a #2 but only if he hits higher than .330 with about 500 at bats and another 100 walks. In other words, Chipper needs a career year to outperform A-Rod in the categories he has control over AVG/HR/SB. As for the others, I don't think the Braves will outproduce the Yankees.

A-Rod might not hit .330, but he can hit .300 and that should be enough to help win the AVG column. Even if he hits .290, usually the league leader in average is around .270-.275 and A-Rod would still help in that category. Batting average, like wins, are unpredictable to an extent and unlike steals, drafting a high average hitter is not a guarantee you win that category. Then, factor in that he has more power than Chipper, more runs scored, more RBI and more SB, and I just can't see him being ranked behind Chipper.

Chipper's good, just not that good.

Feb 16, 2009 12:57 PM
rating: -1
 
Jelly

I'm with you here. The 37-year-old Chipper has managed to get 500 ABs just once in the last 5 seasons (513 in '07). In my league, he was still the 5th best 3B last year (behind Wright, Arod, Braun, and Cabrera), so I can't argue with 3rd in '09, but 2nd seems too high (and I'm not an Arod guy at all).

Feb 16, 2009 16:13 PM
rating: 0
 
Richard Bergstrom

As an addendum, I'm very curious to see the top comps for Chipper and Alex Rodriguez once BP2009 delivers.

Feb 16, 2009 12:29 PM
rating: 0
 
dalbano

No joke, the PECOTA spreadsheet lists Sosa & Caminiti as comps for ARod.

Feb 16, 2009 12:50 PM
rating: 0
 
fireorlime

I'm excited to see Gordon's 75th percentile projection. A little bump in BA (due to luck or a better hitting approach) and a small step forward elsewhere could make for a really outstanding offensive season.

Feb 16, 2009 12:40 PM
rating: 1
 
eighteen

PECOTA apparently doesn't think anything of the spike in Ramirez' BB and K rates last year combined with the lowest SLG he's had in 5 years. Aren't those Bad Signs for a 30-year-old?

Feb 16, 2009 13:08 PM
rating: 0
 
Richard Bergstrom

Btw, Glaus is expected to miss the first month of the season even though he reported for spring training.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=3902

Feb 16, 2009 13:29 PM
rating: 0
 
Scooter

Would Sandoval be among the top 30 at 3rd? If so where would he fit in.

Feb 16, 2009 13:53 PM
rating: 0
 
Cromulent

I'm kind of surprised PECOTA likes Reynolds as much as it does (relatively speaking). The strikeouts worry me but I also look at his platoon splits and imagine him splitting time with Chad Tracy. Any platoon worries for you?

Feb 16, 2009 14:04 PM
rating: 0
 
lazeeboy

To put it in a nice way, this is one of the most interesting set of rankings I've seen yet. Chipper Jones is a very good player, but there's no way or what so ever anyone in their right mind would take Chipper over A Rod.
Also, this is about as low as I've scene Evan Longoria ranked on any list. Longoria is going to be hitting in the middle of an absolutely loaded lineup, I'm not sure how it's even possible for him not to crack 100 RBIs and improve on last year's numbers.
Then finally, is Garrett Atkins a little overrated? His numbers the last few years have gone the wrong direction as he enters his prime. There's a good chance he gets traded out of Colorado, where he's a much much better hitter. And he no longer has the luxury of Matt Holliday's protection. So why is Atkins ranked ahead of Longoria?

Feb 16, 2009 14:07 PM
rating: 0
 
dalbano

Longoria is definitely a stud on the way up VS Jones and Atkins who have more against them than going for them...
I would go Arod, Wright, Longoria, ARam, & Chipper as my top 5. The nod to ARod over Wright could go either way, I just think the Yankee lineup benefits ARod much more than the other Mets help Wright. Unless I'm mistaken, the Braves are going to be pretty awful this year...and I'm not sure a 39 yr old Griffey will help a 37 yr old Chipper all that much...

Feb 16, 2009 14:35 PM
rating: 0
 
Richard Bergstrom

I can see the logic in your rankings, dalbano.

I might prefer ARam over Longoria because the Cubs also have a good lineup and Ramirez projects to a better batting average over Longoria, but Longoria might net a few more SB and ARam has a tendency to be hurt.

I think Atkins is at #6. Granted, he might be aided by Coors and hurt by Holliday going away, but he should have multiposition eligibility and is coming off of a bit of a down year, so he'd make a good value pick if he lasted until the 5th or 6th round.

Feb 16, 2009 14:56 PM
rating: 0
 
dalbano

You could definitely go ARam 3rd, when healthy, he's one of the most consistent and underrated 3 baggers in the game.

Feb 16, 2009 16:23 PM
rating: -1
 
Drew Miller

I really don't think he's going to outproduce A-Rod. The PECOTA for Rodriguez is really low.

Feb 16, 2009 18:11 PM
rating: 1
 
Richard Bergstrom

A-Ram is very consistent. He's also someone who could drop to the third or even fourth round, depending if you're in a competitive league or not. I might eye A-Ram with Atkins as a consolation prize while I shore up other positions with my first two or three picks. I don't know if I could rank him as high as third, since Chipper just might edge him out, but then again, if I wanted to get Chipper, I'd have to use a higher round pick best used for another position.

Feb 17, 2009 05:55 AM
rating: 1
 
fellajsmall

Does Kouz's RBi total surpirse anyone at all? I know he is hitting in the middle of that lineup, but A. Gonzalez is the only other decent hitter.

I have him in a keeper league and I like him to really improve on his numbers (especially BA).

Feb 16, 2009 14:30 PM
rating: 0
 
Drew Miller

He will also have Brian Giles in front of him.

Feb 16, 2009 18:08 PM
rating: 0
 
fellajsmall

is that a good thing lol

Feb 16, 2009 21:32 PM
rating: -1
 
Drew Miller

He's projected for a .376 OBP, and there's little reason to suggest he won't get it, so it means he'll often be on base when Kouzmanoff comes up.

Feb 16, 2009 22:24 PM
rating: 0
 
trizzoy22

Where would Aubrey Huff rank on the list since he'll still have 3B eligibility for one more year at least and played like a beast last year?

Feb 16, 2009 21:12 PM
rating: 2
 
frankg

One thing to consider about ARam. Last year, just as he was in his hottest streak, he was given some time off to go home for personnal reasons. When he came back he went into a slump that affected his overall #'s. DOes anyone know what those "personnal reasons" were? If so, are they solved? This could be a major influence on predicting a hugh season for ARam based on his improved walk rate from last year.

Feb 17, 2009 08:39 AM
rating: 0
 
Richard Bergstrom

It was a bit hard to find, and I don't see an official news source article, but apparently his wife had a baby.

He left for three days (will return Thursday) to tend to “personal matters” down in the Dominican Republic. DON’T…GIVE…ME…A…FREAKING…HEARTATTACK - I’m high strung as it is! “Personal matter???” That can only have about 50,000 different meanings... Don’t give me “personal matter” as a freaking excuse. About 24 hours later, we found out he left because his wife was having a baby.


http://touts.wordpress.com/2008/07/02/thinkin-cubs/

I wouldn't worry anyway. Though he had a relatively cold July (.794 OPS), he had been cold in June (.791) OPS before his trip. His Pre-Allstar and Post-Allstar numbers were similar as well (901 OPS vs 893 OPS, though less home runs and more average post-Allstar break).

Feb 17, 2009 18:29 PM
rating: -1
 
A.g. Hombre

I am flabbergasted that Chipper is ranked ahead of A-Ram and Longo, much less A-Rod. Chipper hasn't even reached 600 PAs since 2003.

A-Rod is no longer one of the most productive players in the game??? What game? He doesn't mack on over-the-hill pop stars as well as he used to? I don't have the slightest clue what you could possibly mean by that.

Wow. I don't even know what to say.

Feb 27, 2009 23:37 PM
rating: 0
 
darrylpaul

PFM now lists A-Rod at 424 PA rather than the 624 on this list. As a result, for my hybrid points-roto league, this puts A-Rod at #13 in the PFM rankings. The big surprise to me was that he was not much higher for roto in PFM rankings.

Mar 19, 2009 15:10 PM
rating: 0
 
You must be a Premium subscriber to post a comment.
Not a subscriber? Sign up today!
<< Previous Article
Fantasy Article Team Health Reports: B... (02/16)
<< Previous Column
Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Second B... (02/13)
Next Column >>
Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Shortsto... (02/20)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Prospectus Hit and Run... (02/16)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Fantasy Article Fantasy Players to Avoid: Starting Pitchers
Fantasy Infographic: Starting Pitchers
Fantasy Article Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 ...
Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Third Baseman is...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: The Bad Bullpen Teams ...
Prospectus Feature: A.J. Preller's Offseason...
Premium Article Raising Aces: The Eyes of March

MORE FROM FEBRUARY 16, 2009
Premium Article Prospectus Hit and Run: Job Battles
Fantasy Article Team Health Reports: Baltimore Orioles
The Week in Quotes: February 9-15

MORE BY MARC NORMANDIN
2009-02-27 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Left Fielders
2009-02-23 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Catchers
2009-02-20 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Shortstops
2009-02-16 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Third Base
2009-02-13 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Second Base
2009-02-10 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: First Base
2009-02-05 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Hitting Sleepers
More...

MORE FANTASY BEAT
2009-02-27 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Left Fielders
2009-02-23 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Catchers
2009-02-20 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Shortstops
2009-02-16 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Third Base
2009-02-13 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Second Base
2009-02-10 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: First Base
2009-02-05 - Fantasy Article Fantasy Beat: Hitting Sleepers
More...