Final 2011 Third Base Rankings

Third base has some depth at first glance, but that depth does not come without some big-time question marks.
1 Longoria Evan $35
2 Wright David $32
3 Zimmerman Ryan $27
4 Rodriguez Alex $23
5 Youkilis Kevin $22
6 Beltre Adrian $17
7 Bautista Jose $17
8 Reynolds Mark $16
9 Young  Michael $15
10 Prado Martin $15
11 Alvarez Pedro $14
12 McGehee Casey $14
13 Ramirez Aramis $13
14 Cuddyer Michael $12
15 Sandoval Pablo $9
16 Gordon Alex $7
17 Encarnacion Edwin $6
18 Headley Chase $6
19 Rolen Scott $6
20 Peralta Jhonny $4
21 Infante Omar $4
22 Tejada Miguel $4
23 Uribe Juan $3
24 Stewart Ian $3
25 Betemit Wilson $2
26 Jones Chipper $1
27 Johnson Chris $1
28 Valencia Danny $1
29 Polanco Placido $1
30 Kouzmanoff Kevin $1
31 Moustakas Mike $1
32 Lopez Jose $1
33 Inge Brandon $1
34 Nix Jayson $1
35 Blake Casey $1
36 Wigginton Ty $1
37 Viciedo Dayan $1
38 Teahen Mark $1
39 Cantu Jorge $1
40 Freese David $1
41 Izturis Maicer $1
42 Callaspo Alberto $1

I am wiling to bet that by the end of 2011, the difference between Jose Bautista and Mark Reynolds (AVG, HR, RBI wise) will be closer than most think.

Pedro Alvarez has big-time power potential, but it may come at the expense of some AVG, at least for the 2011 season.

I like bounce-back seasons from Aramis Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, but the risk is enough to keep their rankings down.

Edwin Encarnacion has a chance to thrive in the power department now that he won’t be manning the hot corner anymore. If healthy, look for 25-plus bombs with a legit chance at 35.

I still like Ian Stewart’s power potential, but that Colorado is too crowded for him to get sufficient at-bats, especially since he continues to struggle a bit against lefties.