Catchers, 1st basemen, 2nd basemen and top 20 shortstops for 2010 have been accounted for. Up now, the top 20 3rd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball. Lots of surprises in the top 20 for 3rd basemen. In the top 3, two guys that weren’t drafted in the first 10 rounds with the 1st guy not being drafted in the first 20 rounds. Heroes of 2009, Mini-Donkey and Kung Fu Panda, which sounds like an anime cartoon that has a 75% chance of giving you a seizure, did give you the fits. Then when you get to around the halfway mark, the drop off is precipitous. Also, to recap, this final ranking is from ESPN Player Rater with my comments. The Player Rater allows me to be impartial while looking at how I ranked them in the preseason. Anyway, here’s the top 20 3rd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:
1. Jose Bautista – He had 59 homers in four previous seasons combined. That was in 570 extra games. No wonder some people were calling Jose Bah-test-him. (Never heard anyone actually call him this, but they should’ve been.) This is the most improbable 50 homer season since Brady Anderson, who was aided by Luke Perry’s sideburns. How awesome would it have been if McGwire was Bautista’s hitting coach this year? Would’ve been like when a face wrestler suddenly is recruited by a heel manager. Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 109/54/124/.260/9
2. David Wright – At this point, I think it’s fair to say you’re never getting 35 homers from Wright as long as he calls Metco home. At least you didn’t get another 10 homer season, or as Ralph Kiner calls it, ‘What my Mommy hits.’ Preseason Rank #3, 2010 Projections: 100/25/110/.300/17, Final Numbers: 87/29/103/.283/19
3. Adrian Beltre – I didn’t look this up because Google requires me to open a new tab, but Beltre has to have Boras as his agent, right? Speaking of heel managers, Boras is the ultimate heel agent. He would be Bob Sugar in Jerry Maguire. If you get the sense I’m annoyed by these top guys, I am. Bautista had no business having that season and Beltre is El Senator, as Rudy dubbed him. Because Beltre campaigns every 6 years, making promises he doesn’t live up to once under contract. Preseason Rank #14, 2010 Projections: 70/24/80/.275/10, Final Numbers: 84/28/102/.321/2
4. Evan Longoria – If you would’ve told me before the season started that Longoria would get 15 steals, I would’ve been over the moon, or whatever that old-timey expression is. Though I would’ve expected those steals to be paired with 35 homers. Someone not only stole his New Era cap but also his power. Preseason Rank #2, 2010 Projections: 100/36/115/.280/10, Final Numbers: 96/22/104/.294/15
5. Ryan Zimmerman – Seems like his career is following the two steps forward, one step back Electric Slide approach. In fairness, it was due to some thigh tightness in April and missing the last two weeks that caused Zimmerman to fall just short of projections. I have to say, for a top guy, he kinda bored me for stretches. Particularly, the 2 homer, .245 month of June and a zero homer month of September. Preseason Rank #4, 2010 Projections: 105/30/110/.295/5, Final Numbers: 85/25/85/.307/4
6. Alex Rodriguez – It’s going to be surprisingly difficult to rank A-Rod next year for the first time in 15 years. He seems to have settled into a solid, yet unspectacular option at 3rd base. His lineup doesn’t hurt his Runs and RBIs, but the huge homer totals and steals have vanished along with his cousin. Preseason Rank #1, 2010 Projections: 110/36/120/.310/15, Final Numbers: 74/30/125/.270/4
7. Michael Young – I feel like I’m in countdown waiting for this guy to get old, or, rather, show his age. I know that any season now he’s going to go from 20+ homers to 15 homers and become tough to own at a high production spot in fantasy lineups. In 2010, it was not yet that year. Check in again in 2011. Preseason Rank #10, 2010 Projections: 75/14/90/.315/10, Final Numbers: 99/21/91/.284/4
8. Martin Prado – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2010 post.
9. Casey McGehee – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 post.
10. Kevin Youkilis – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2010 post.
11. Michael Cuddyer – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2010 post.
12. Scott Rolen – In the first half of 2010, Rolen was a Rolex. In the 2nd half, he turned out to be a Rolecks. Preseason Unranked Final Numbers: 66/20/83/.285/1
13. Omar Infante – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 post.
14. Chone Figgins – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 post.
15. Chase Headley – I was admittedly too high on this guy in the preseason. He wasn’t a sleeper, he was a Valium. If you throw out his 7 steal month of April, he was middling at best, unownable at worse. Preseason Rank #21, 2010 Projections: 70/20/85/.290/10, Final Numbers: 77/11/58/.264/17
16. Placido Polanco – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 post.
17. Neil Walker – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 post.
18. Miguel Tejada – Went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2010 post.
19. Juan Uribe – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 post.
20. Mark Reynolds – This Reynolds year should be a warning for Bautista’s 2011. I’ll call him overrated and will still probably give him too much credit, as I did with Reynolds. In 2009, Mini Donkey received all the brays. In 2010, you pulled on Mini Donkey’s reins to try and get him to move. Finally, you tried to push on his ass and he kicked you in the teeth. Preseason Rank #6, 2010 Projections: 85/35/95/.250/12, Final Numbers: 79/32/85/.198/7