Third base isn’t so bad, at least not as bad as some other sites have made it out to be. There are several 3Bs who could really surprise. Some might call them third base sleepers.
Busts are on the other end of the spectrum and they get their name because they can “bust up your team real good like” … or something like that. Probably should have paraphrased, but the quote marks are already there. No looking back, that’s what I say.
So, who at third base is likely to bust up some teams? Let’s take a look.
He’s one of my fave picks this season, but Ryan Zimmerman and 11 other players have a good amount of downside risk in 2010.
Even though he’s still developing at age 24, Pablo Sandoval‘s 25-homer power from 2009 just doesn’t seem legit. And if Pablo doesn’t hit .330 again — his batting average on balls in play seems a little lucky, which can be an indicator that the AVG will drop — he won’t be worth a pick as the sixth best third baseman in 2010.
Aramis Ramirez — Hey, aren’t we just following the ADP ranking? Yes, yes we are. Good observation, astute Ninjas. Ramirez always has health issues and he’s being picked around the rounds 6-7 turn. His Chinstrap Ninjas projections as they are now put him below Beckham, Michael Young and Chipper Jones. If Ramirez misses significant time, that could drop his value even lower.
After rostering Gordon Beckham in several leagues last year, I was excited about his potential for 2010. Then I saw that drafters were going with Beckham in the ninth round and leaving Michael Young, Ian Stewart and Chipper Jones for everyone else. Everybody must be reading the Bill James Handbook and it’s consistently bloated projections — 93/21/96/10/.288 for Becks in 2010. CHONE, one of the more consistently accurate sets of projections out there, has Beckham producing 79/18/80/8/.275, which is a little more reasonable. This explanation is so long because I’m really trying to convince myself that he needs to be on here. Again, we’re talking about “potential” busts, so Beckham fits. I just don’t like it.
Check out all of our busts posts, along with sleepers and other rankings, on our 2010 fantasy baseball page.
Who do you think will bust at third base in 2010? Let us know in the comments.