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Fantasy baseball player profiles: AL - Third basemen

Fantasy baseball player profiles: AL - Third basemen

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1 Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees
2 Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
3 Michael Young, 3B, Texas Rangers
4 Miguel Tejada, 3B/SS, Baltimore Orioles
5 Jose Lopez, 2B, Seattle Mariners
6 Adrian Beltre, 3B, Boston Red Sox
7 Brandon Wood, 3B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
8 Mark Teahen, 3B/OF, Chicago White Sox
9 Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
10 Alex Gordon, 3B, Kansas City Royals
11 Brandon Inge, 3B, Detroit Tigers
12 Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, Oakland Athletics

Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Tough to argue with .286-30-100 in 444 at-bats. Much respek: Alex Rodriguez tied his career-best walk rate; this should continue. His liner rate increased for the second straight year. He was more patient, too, as if this top-three roto player couldn't be any scarier.


Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5778516030842.277.356.508.864

Evan Longoria expanded on rookie year in first full MLB campaign while sustaining positive indicators; he finished strong. A slight drop in contact isn't worrisome because he's taking walks. Longoria's offseason conditioning program may lead to more swipes. He's arriving. 


Michael Young, 3B, Texas Rangers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Kiss Michael Young's shorty eligibility goodbye. Welcome ... more dingers? His lob rate has climbed in the last two years. Young's HR/FB was too good to be true, though. Batting average, as always, remains Young's selling point.


Miguel Tejada, 3B/SS, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Return to Camden Yards jacks up homer potential for this right-handed stick. However, Miguel Tejada seemingly changed his game last year - contact grew for fourth straight year, and he sustained his line-drive growth even with a drop-off. His batting eye is worrisome, though, especially if he's relying more on contact. The large drop-off at the tail end of the draftable shortstop class ups Tejada's value, which should account for no upside but somewhat stable skills. He's a last resort in mixed leagues, though; not much to gain here.


Jose Lopez, 2B, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Flyballs trending in the right direction entering peak power years; homers look like Jose Lopez's safest offering. Poor batting eye puts average growth at risk - BABIP seems to fluctuate with line drive rate. His potentially permanent move to third base would add more roster flexibility. If you don't plan to spend on an elite second baseman, Lopez is a suitable choice that can support your power base.


Adrian Beltre, 3B, Boston Red Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5838518230971.312.357.521.878

Adrian Beltre's steady flyball drop continued thanks in part to shoulder surgery and a testicle injury. Injuries are starting to pile up, but not to the extent that you should forget completely about his 25-homer potential. That big wall in left field should make some more flyballs productive. He pulls a lot.


Brandon Wood, 3B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Finally Brandon Wood will get a clear shot at regular playing time. Hasn't translated flyball frequency to bigs yet. Small batting eye improvement in third Triple-A stint points to some batting average improvement, but you can't bank on anything significant. Power is his best contribution. It doesn't hurt to test in the late rounds whether the post-hype prospect has benefited from extra seasoning.


Mark Teahen, 3B/OF, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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At least Mark Teahen won't have to count on numerous injuries for at-bats, but can he cut it at the hot corner full-time? His new ambience raises the intrigue, but Teahen's peripherals don't support power growth despite his age (28); he dents worms too much. Yawn.


Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
52487142341007.271.370.523.893

A broken wrist hurt Edwin Encarnacion's chance to build on '08. Slump can be attributed partially to injury. Flyball explosion in previous season can't be ignored. Worse park for power, but he's entering peak power years. Dirt-cheap listing should prompt you to try him out on your deep bench. 


Alex Gordon, 3B, Kansas City Royals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
56871159198810.280.349.460.809

Alex Gordon had hip surgery (similar to Alex Rodriguez), so may still be trying to work his way back. Injury probable contributor to low BABIP. Still registered high flyball, HR/FB and contact numbers. Discount alert (with small risk); profit gains alluring as mixed corner infielder, especially if post-hype prospect's running comfort returns. 


Brandon Inge, 3B, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

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Those who didn't sell high paid the price. Brandon Inge played on a torn knee ligament last year, which helped his regression toward the mean. Positive: Inge altered how he held the bat while waiting for pitches, which keeps his swing level. Some power, small batting average - there's no mystery here.


Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
59514280.237.281.390.671

Might not remain an Athletic long, but Kevin Kouzmanoff moves to another unfriendly ambience. Batting eye growth was insignificant. Declining flyball rate doesn't spell increased homers. Playing time is his best asset, but Oakland has ample options. AL owners should pay low-level starter prices, and mixed drafters shouldn't pay much to use him as a corner.