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February 13, 2014

Get to Know

Third Base Prospects

by Craig Goldstein


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Third base is currently short on impact but long on floor, which isn’t a solid place to be when Kris Bryant and Miguel Sano are about to enter the mix. While Miguel Cabrera’s departure from the position will be a blow to fantasy leagues the world over, those two power-prospects will do their best to make up the difference. In the meantime, Nick Castellanos, Matt Davidson and fantasy zombie Mike Olt have a chance to break camp with starting jobs and could add even more depth to the position. Overall, speed is the one skill this position doesn’t address (outside of David Wright and a few others), and it doesn’t appear that anyone in the visible horizon is going to change that aspect.

Names for 2014

Nick Castellanos – Detroit Tigers
The old saying goes that a year away from a position makes you better suited when you return to it, right? No? Well, let’s try it anyway, it worked for James McDonald. How good (or bad) Castellanos is in the field hardly seems relevant as long as the Tigers are committed to playing him there. His bat didn’t take a year off from anything, as Castellanos was productive at Triple-A despite being one of the youngest regulars in the league. He gains value being part of a dynamic lineup, and can be expected to contribute immediately, with a slash line that will likely resemble a second-division third baseman. He’s got first-division upside, with more weight on his hit tool than his power tool for the time being. 20 home runs are a possibility eventually, though. He also doesn’t (or didn’t) use batting gloves, so that’s a reason to root for him.

Matt Davidson – Chicago White Sox
First and foremost: plus-plus hair game. Davidson should be in the majors sooner than later, with many expecting him there Opening Day. White Sox GM Rick Hahn recently intimated otherwise, but that could be GM speak, in that most teams don’t like to hand rookies jobs from the get go. Even with a quick pit stop in Triple-A, Davidson should contribute meaningfully to both the White Sox and your fantasy team this season. He’s got holes in his game and his swing, but he’s been a consistent producer at every level. Might those holes be exploited more frequently in the majors? Certainly so, but he’s got power, plays in a hitter-friendly park, and should be able to attain a batting average in the .260s, if not better.

Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
There’s not much left for me to tell you about Bryant except that I wouldn’t anticipate a meaningful fantasy contribution until the second half of 2014 at the earliest. We know he has power in spades—the question is whether he’s going to make enough contact for the power to flourish immediately. Also, if I were to choose a walkup song for him, it would be “These Eyes” by The Guess Who.

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