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Who are your top 5 3B for this upcoming year?

Postby Andy1234 » Sun Feb 01, 2004 5:50 am

Here is my ranking-Just want to see what everyone else thinks

1. Rolen
2. Chavez (Could easily make case that he is #1)
3. Lowell (my clear cut #3)
4. Blalock (here is where it got hard)
5. Ramirez

Boone would be in my top 5, but he is going to miss most, if not all of next year. I left Glaus off because of injury problems and a terrible average. Does anyone see Ensberg, Crede, Koskie, Hinske cracking the top 5, or Bill Mueller doing it again. Or Castilla's return to Col having a big impact. Burroughs and Hillenbrand are a few others I see that could be in the top 10 at season's end. Or any others that I have not mentioned?


Also, what kind of year do you see Miguel Cabrera (34 games at 3B last season when Lowell was hurt) having? And where do you see him going compared to other 3B (if he Qualifys at 3B)?
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Postby shortsavage » Sun Feb 01, 2004 5:55 am

There is no way that Lowell will be the #3 3b next season. He is a notorious 1st half player who is aging and had his career year last season.

Cabrera will be a top 10 3b.

Glaus will return healthy and claim a top 5 3b role.
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Postby Andy1234 » Sun Feb 01, 2004 6:20 am

If Lowell is not #3, who do you have there?

This is my reasoning for Lowell at #3

Lowell is 29 (will be 30 when season starts), so I don't think that is aging too much. The last 4 years he has averaged .276 97RBI, and 24 HR. Last year he finished at .276 105RBI and 32HR, which is not too far off his averages over the last 4 years. It was his best year, but I don't see it as a fluke.

And that was good enough to earn him #3. Others have the potential to outproduce that, but I guess its because I am a little conservative when ranking a top 3 player.
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Postby AtP » Sun Feb 01, 2004 7:30 am

Did you forget Glaus, or are you counting on him being out again.

I tend to agree with your top 5. I think Lowell will have another fine year. He has gotten better each year and would have had a 30 HR season had it not been for the injury that cost him a month. Sure he fades a bit but so do a lot of players.

In most leagues Cabrera will be qualified at 3B but I don't think he cracks the top 5 just yet..

3B seems to be a week position lately..Especially for the real power numbers you want.
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Postby GotowarMissAgnes » Sun Feb 01, 2004 7:40 am

I definitely can see Ensberg, Hinske, or Koskie challenging for those last two and would not expect Ramirez to be there. FWIW, here's how USAToday projects them in a standard 5x5:

Scott Rolen
Eric Chavez
Mike Lowell
Morgan Ensberg
Hank Blalock
Eric Hinske
Aramis Ramirez
Troy Glaus
Corey Koskie
Shea Hillenbrand
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Postby Big Blue » Sun Feb 01, 2004 8:07 am

top 5 I would go
Chavez
rolen
Glaus will bounce back big time in that lineup
Blalock
Lowell
I also really like Hinske hand injury last was fluke will bounce back big time in that lineup
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Postby Andy1234 » Sun Feb 01, 2004 8:13 am

Mark Teixeira had 15 games at 3B last year, another name to throw out if he quailfys.

Dmitri Young played 16 games at 3B as well
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Postby mikcou » Sun Feb 01, 2004 8:49 am

1. Rolen
2. Chavez
3. Blalock
4. Lowell
5. Ramirez
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Postby aardvarks » Sun Feb 01, 2004 9:41 am

to me third is a position you can forget about until late after Rolen and Chavez are off the board IMO you can throw 10 names in a hat and you'll get similar production assuming they all stay healthy: Lowell, Ramirez, Blalock, Ensberg, Glaus, Hnske and possibly Crede.
should all be in this range 23-28 HRs 85-90 rbi's 280sh BA
But you don't lose much more if you choose Koskie, Mueller, Batista, or Alfonso. Just my .02
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Postby kentx12 » Sun Feb 01, 2004 9:51 am

My top 5 would be

Rolen
Chavez
Lowell
Ramirez
Blalock

No way would I put Ensberg in the top 5.
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