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09-08

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Rubbing Mud: Third Base and The People Who Play There (Part 2)
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Matthew Trueblood

09-07

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Rubbing Mud: Third Base and The People Who Play There (Part 1)
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Matthew Trueblood

06-01

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Updating the Tiers: Third Base
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Wilson Karaman

02-03

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14

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Third Base
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-03

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen
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Mike Gianella

02-01

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Get to Know: Third Base Prospects
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Ben Carsley

02-01

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Tale of the Tape: Adrian Beltre vs. Kyle Seager
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Bryan Joiner

01-31

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Tale of the Tape: Nolan Arenado vs. Kris Bryant
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Alex Chamberlain

01-31

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
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Mike Gianella

01-31

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Welcome to Splitsville: Third Base
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Tim Finnegan

01-30

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Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-30

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State of the Position: Third Base
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George Bissell

05-24

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Updating the Tiers: Third Basemen
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Mike Gianella

02-05

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Rafael Devers vs. Ryan McMahon
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J.J. Jansons

02-05

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Rafael Devers vs. Ryan McMahon
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J.J. Jansons

02-05

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Third Basemen on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

02-05

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen
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Mike Gianella

02-05

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen
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Bret Sayre

02-03

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen
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Mike Gianella

02-02

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Tale of the Tape: Nolan Arenado vs. Manny Machado
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Matt Collins

02-02

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12

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
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J.P. Breen

02-01

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The Quinton: Third Base, Year-to-Year Shifts, and Reference Points
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Jeff Quinton

02-01

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State of the Position: Third Base
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Mike Gianella

02-01

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Early ADP Analysis: Third Base
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George Bissell

02-01

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Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

08-19

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Dynasty Dynamics: Discussing the Top Four Third Basemen
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

03-13

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Player Profile: Ryan Zimmerman
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Matt Collins

01-30

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Third Base
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-30

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Player Profile: Chris Davis
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Wilson Karaman

01-30

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16

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-29

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Maikel Franco vs. D.J. Peterson
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Ben Carsley

01-29

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Third Basemen
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Keith Cromer

01-28

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen
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Nick Shlain

01-28

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The Quinton: Third Base and Avoiding Result-Driven Strategy
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Jeff Quinton

01-28

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The Adjuster: Third Base
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Wilson Karaman

01-28

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Top 30 Third Basemen
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J.P. Breen

01-27

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Tale of the Tape: Evan Longoria vs. Carlos Santana
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Matt Collins

01-27

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Get to Know: Third-Base Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-27

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Fantasy Infographic: Third Base
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Mauricio Rubio

01-27

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base
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Craig Goldstein

01-26

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State of the Position: Third Base
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Mike Gianella

01-26

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Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

08-27

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They Hold No Quarter: Third Basemen
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Baseball Prospectus

02-14

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Third Basemen
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Bret Sayre

02-14

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16

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Third Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-14

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Third Basemen
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

02-13

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Tale of the Tape: Evan Longoria vs. David Wright
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Alex Kantecki

02-13

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15

Get to Know: Third Base Prospects
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Craig Goldstein

02-12

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Third Basemen
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Ben Carsley

02-11

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Third Base
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Mauricio Rubio

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Ranking every starting third baseman defensively, from worse to best.

I’ve spent most of this season watching third basemen. I’m not entirely sure why. I’ve just found my eye drawn to the position. When I’m at a game, I watch the way they set up, the way they move before and during their pitcher’s windup, the way they communicate with their fellow infielders, and the way they address batted balls of all kinds that come near them. It’s been an informative experience.

To share it in a way that’s not overwhelmingly wonky, I’m going to distill it into a subjective ranking of all 30 starting third basemen defensively (repeat: only defensively). Please don’t take this as a capitulation to convention; I just want to talk about the vastly variable styles and body types and skill sets that can make up a big-league hot cornerman, without losing us all in 2,000 words of unworthy Angell mimicry. This is a fun, perhaps conversation-starting access point to a subject I think can be really complex and fascinating.

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Ranking every starting third baseman defensively, from worse to best.

I’ve spent most of this season watching third basemen. I’m not entirely sure why. I’ve just found my eye drawn to the position. When I’m at a game, I watch the way they set up, the way they move before and during their pitcher’s windup, the way they communicate with their fellow infielders, and the way they address batted balls of all kinds that come near them. It’s been an informative experience.

To share it in a way that’s not overwhelmingly wonky, I’m going to distill it into a subjective ranking of all 30 starting third basemen defensively (repeat: only defensively). Please don’t take this as a capitulation to convention; I just want to talk about the vastly variable styles and body types and skill sets that can make up a big-league hot cornerman, without losing us all in 2,000 words of unworthy Angell mimicry. This is a fun, perhaps conversation-starting access point to a subject I think can be really complex and fascinating.

Read the full article...

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June 1, 2017 7:13 am

Updating the Tiers: Third Base

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Wilson Karaman

Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado lead the way as expected, even if they haven't produced quite as much as hoped. Joey Gallo continues to crank home runs despite warning signs, and Nick Castellanos owners wait patiently by the box score for signs of a big rebound.

Welcome to the Baseball Prospectus in-season rankings update to our preseason positional tiers article. As we did before Opening Day, players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating. In addition, unlike with the preseason “star” ratings, these lists can also be viewed as a straight ranking. Here's how to define the stars:

Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players who will provide first or second round draft value and will be worth $30 or more in auction formats. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will earn more than $20 in auction formats. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are the types of players who provide back end roster value. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of what has happened year-to-date but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen the rest of 2017.

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February 3, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Third Base

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might be better off letting someone else buy or draft these players in your leagues this spring.

Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox
Moncada has monstrous raw talent and he’s obviously a premium asset in dynasty leagues, especially with his speed and power combination. Moncada might be a 30/30 player someday if everything goes right. He is probably the best fantasy prospect in baseball, and I absolutely love him long term.


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February 3, 2017 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Third Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Scanning the menu of hot-corner fantasy options in the junior circuit.

Entering 2017, the relative strength or weakness of third base in the AL depends on whether Manny Machado is used as a shortstop or as a third baseman. Including Machado, third base was the second-best position in the infield in 2016. If you exclude Machado, third base was the second worst position behind catcher. In 2016, Josh Donaldson and Jose Ramirez led third basemen in earnings at $29 apiece. Of the duo, Donaldson is more likely to maintain his value this year. Donaldson dropped from $37 in AL-only in 2015 but his real-life value is consistent. He is one of five players who has produced a TAv of .305 or higher every year since 2013; the other four are Mike Trout, Freddie Freeman, Paul Goldschmidt, and Miguel Cabrera. No matter what Donaldson’s fantasy stats look like, you’re locking yourself into a great player who will likely produce near $30 of stats at a minimum.

The battle for second best fantasy third baseman in the AL in 2017 is likely to be a three-way tussle among Evan Longoria, Kyle Seager, and Todd Frazier. After years of being overpriced, Longoria was finally a slight bargain, earning $22 to his average $18 salary in the expert mono leagues. Longoria’s ceiling is limited because of his lack of contributions in stolen bases and batting average. Despite offering vastly different earning profiles, Seager and Frazier are both likely to cost in the mid-$20s in AL-only. Frazier’s 40 home runs and 15 steals would have had his fantasy managers salivating if not for the terrible batting average. Seager is an amazing player in real life (his WARP was second best among AL hitters behind Mike Trout) but like Longoria is limited in fantasy because of the lack of steals and AVG.

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February 1, 2017 6:00 am

Get to Know: Third Base Prospects

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Ben Carsley

A peek into the fantasy future at the hot corner.

Previous entries in this series

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February 1, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Adrian Beltre vs. Kyle Seager

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Bryan Joiner

It's an AL West showdown at the hot corner.

Here’s a fun one. In one corner of this AL West hot corner showdown, we have Kyle Seager, Seattle’s wonderful 29-year old third baseman. In the other we have Adrián Beltré, himself once Seattle’s wonderful 29-year-old third baseman and now a living legend in the fields of comedy, fielding, and comedy in the field, to name a few. Will the Beltré prevail, or will the brash young upstart take his spot? Let’s find out!

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January 31, 2017 5:09 pm

Tale of the Tape: Nolan Arenado vs. Kris Bryant

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Alex Chamberlain

Which of these studs is likely to be the better fantasy bet in 2017?

I've been tasked with a doozy this week: choose between Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado. Both are sure-fire first-round picks, and for both you could make a valid argument to draft either one as high as no. 3 overall. Alas, it seems as if I may be splitting the finest of hairs by engaging in this exercise. Yet Bryant's and Arenado's similar profiles have produced markedly different results -- different enough that a deep dive might unearth a market inefficiency to which the fantasy community has turned a blind eye.

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January 31, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Third Base

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Mike Gianella

Breaking down the third-sackers into fantasy value-based bins.

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January 31, 2017 6:00 am

Welcome to Splitsville: Third Base

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Tim Finnegan

A look at the third-sackers who fare particularly well when the platoon advantage is in their favor.

This is the third-base edition of Welcome to Splitsville, where we discuss players at the position from both a daily and seasonal perspective. For an introduction and catcher week, click here. For first-base week, click here. For second-base week, click here.

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January 30, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Third Basemen

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BP Fantasy Staff

Our fantasy team identifies hot-corner players who could make for nice values in drafts and auctions this spring.

Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
It’s strange to me how quickly Anthony Rendon has gone from the hot, young player at this position to just being seen as an average player in the middle of the pack. As of this writing, the Nationals third baseman was being selected at the bottom of the top 10 at his position, jockeying for position with Alex Bregman. This appears to be great value, as Rendon can contribute to your lineup in every area. If you’re looking for one loud tool, you can look elsewhere, but you will find the all-around talent here.

Rendon has never had a BABIP below .300 nor has he had a strikeout rate above 20 percent. All of this leads to consistently strong batting averages. You can expect him to finish right around the .275 mark on a yearly basis. You can also get home runs, too. I’m generally being cautious with home run totals from 2016, but Rendon’s 20 homers was right on pace with his 2014 season, his only other full season. The 26-year-old also stole 12 bases, marking the second time he’s reached the double-digit mark in as many full seasons. After that, you get to the fact that he’ll be hitting in a lineup that features Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton, and Daniel Murphy. He’s among a foursome of himself, Adrian Beltre, Bregman, and José Ramirez all being taken within 15 picks, and he’s the easy choice to me. In fact, he’s easily preferable to Todd Frazier, who’s being taken 20 picks earlier. —Matt Collins


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January 30, 2017 6:00 am

State of the Position: Third Base

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George Bissell

Taking a 30,000-foot-high view of the fantasy landscape at the hot corner.

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