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September 4, 2013

Fantasy Fool's Gold

Third Basemen

by Ben Carsley


If nothing else, our first edition of Fantasy Fool’s Gold last week can serve as a case study of how shallow the first base and catcher positions are in terms of budding fantasy talent.

Thankfully, third base is not so fallow.

Home to many a converted shortstop or future first baseman/right fielder, third base is sort of the baseball equivalent of the Island of Misfit Toys. You’ll find players of all shapes and sizes and all offensive and defensive profiles, and determining who may be of fantasy value at the position one day can be a struggle.

Yet with many of the game’s established stars and up-and-comers manning the hot corner, today’s third base prospects have a tall task ahead of them if they’re to become viable fantasy assets in any but the deepest of leagues.

With that in mind, we bring you five third baseman who you might be tempted to overvalue as you look to round out your dynasty infields. As with last week, many of the observations below come courtesy of the BP minor-league team.

Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox
Cecchini entered the 2013 season unbeknownst to the majority of non-Red Sox fans, but a quick ascent through the mid-minors now has him very much on the mainstream prospect radar. In 262 plate appearances in High-A this season, Cecchini did mean things to pitchers, putting up a .350/.469/.547 line with 14 steals in 21 attempts. Sure, his .400 BABIP helped, but Cecchini also walked more often than he struck out and posted a TAv of .358. That led to a midseason promotion to Double-A, where Cecchini has cooled off some but is still hitting for a .301 TAv as a 22-year-old.

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