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2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings – Third Basemen

A list of the top third basemen to draft for 2014 fantasy baseball.

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1. Miguel Cabrera  Detroit Tigers

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2014 Projections 155 580 106 198 34 0 42 132 2 1 85 95 .341 .426 .617 1.043

In what has become the norm, Cabrera put together another season for the ages in 2013, besting even his 2012 Triple Crown campaign. Cabrera finished last season hitting .348/.442/.636 with 44 homers, 137 RBI and 103 runs. His 1.078 OPS was easily a career best as he paced the rest of the majors by a wide margin in the category. His plate discipline improved dramatically, bouncing back from a dip in walk rate during the 2012 season (9.8 percent), to 13.8 percent last year. And the scary part is Miggy’s season could have been even better if not for a lingering groin injury, which sapped his production at the plate in September and during the postseason. After the Tigers were ousted from the playoffs, Cabrera was diagnosed with a groin tear. He underwent surgery in late October to repair the injury, but is fully expected to be ready for spring training. To help prevent future injury risk, the Tigers are expected to slide Cabrera back over to first base following the trade of Prince Fielder to Texas in November. At age 30, Cabrera is still in the prime of his career. Barring an unforeseen setback, fantasy owners will once again want to target Cabrera near the top of the draft.

2. Adrian Beltre  Texas Rangers

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2014 Projections 153 598 89 188 33 1 32 98 1 1 41 75 .314 .362 .533 .895

Beltre enjoyed another productive season, managing to play through a litany of injuries to supply 30-plus homers for the fourth straight campaign while maintaining the high average that has been a hallmark for him since he left Seattle. A poor September (.262/.322/.364) put a drag on his overall numbers, but there's no reason to think that he won't remain near the top of the third base rankings for the next year or two, as long as he can stay healthy.

3. Todd Frazier  Cincinnati Reds

Year G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
2014 Projections 152 521 66 133 31 4 21 76 7 4 53 129 .255 .334 .451 .785

Some regression was expected in Frazier's stat line in his second full season in the big leagues, but instead the pendulum fully swung from lucky to unlucky, as his BABIP dropped from .320 down to .271. But bad luck can't fully explain Frazier's drop-off, as he continued to have a poor contact rate (76%) and his ISO dropped from .225 down to .173. To contend in 2014, the Reds need more from their right-handed hitters, and Frazier in particular. He may never exceed his 2012 rate stats, but he needs to approach them to be viable beyond this season.

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