Catchers, 1st basemen, 2nd basemen and shortstops for 2009 have been accounted for.  Up now, the top 20 3rd basemen for 2009 fantasy baseball.   Lots of surprises in the top 20 for 3rd basemen.  On top, Mini-Donkey, Figgy, Longoria and Kung Fu Panda, which sounds like an anime cartoon that has a 75% chance of giving you a seizure.  (BTW, anyone ever watch anime?  It’s about giant robots that want to be loved.  That shizz is depressing.)  Then when you get to around the halfway mark-o, the drop off is precipitous. Anyway, here’s the top 20 3rd basemen for 2009 fantasy baseball and how they compared to where I originally ranked them:

1. Mark Reynolds – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen post.  Preseason Rank #14, 2009 Projections:  75/31/100/.255/7, Final Numbers:  98/44/102/.260/24

2. Chone Figgins – He’s actually right in line with the stats I predicted for him in the preseason.  So I knew exactly what he’d give you/me and I ranked him 15th.  This seems like crazy talk from a mental patient.  I’ve said it before, I’m obviously about to say it again.  I don’t like owning steals at 3rd base.  It puts you at a major disadvantage in the power department.  If you get 5 homers from your 3rd baseman, you better have Utley, Hill or Tulo giving you major power from your middle infield spots.  And, even then, I’d prefer to get 40 steals from a waiver wire pickup like Rajai Davis.  Preseason Rank #15, 2009 Projections:  95/5/55/.295/35, Final Numbers:  114/5/54/.298/42

3. Evan Longoria – He was right in line with my preseason predictions, but for some reason his season felt disappointing.  Not disappointing where he would be dropped in rankings for next season.  Not disappointing where he actually performed below expectations.  Disappointing in that he didn’t completely blow away expectations.  Kinda like how I felt after watching the first two seasons of Mad Men on DVD.  Solid, but wasn’t it supposed to be even better than that?  Preseason Rank #2, 2009 Projections:  85/30/110/.275/7, Final Numbers:  100/33/113/.281/9

4. Pablo Sandoval – Went over him in the top 20 Catchers post. Preseason Rank #13, 2009 Projections:  60/14/65/.300, Final Numbers:  79/25/90/.330/5

5. Ryan Zimmerman – Zimmerman could’ve easily fell into the Alex Gordon, Delmon Young class with a poor season in 2009.  Luckily for him and his owners, he finally took the next step with his power.  Unfortunately, somewhere between Jim Bowden riding his Segway out of town and the Nats having another terrible season, Zimmerman stopped running.  Preseason Rank #10, 2009 Projections:  80/20/90/.285/7, Final Numbers:  110/33/106/.292/2

6. Kevin Youkilis – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen post.  Preseason Rank #4, 2009 Projections:  95/27/110/.290/5, Final Numbers:  99/27/94/.305/7

7. David Wright – If I would’ve told you in March that you’d get 27 steals from Wright, I imagine you would’ve been over the moon, or whatever that old-timey expression is.  In 2009, Wright pulled his best impersonation of Alex Rios circa 2008.  Numbers aren’t necessarily terrible.  They’re just not at all what you expected.  If you wanted 10 homers and 25+ steals in the first round, you would’ve taken Victorino with the third pick of the draft.  Preseason Rank #1, 2009 Projections:  110/33/120/.310/14, Final Numbers: 88/10/72/.307/27

8. Alex Rodriguez – A-Rod ended giving a lot more steals than I thought he would.  Now, for the first time in a long time, he might actually be underrated going into next season.  Preseason Rank #5, 2009 Projections:  70/24/75/.295/4, Final Numbers:  78/30/100/.286/14

9. Michael Young – Went over him in the top 20 shortstops post.  Didn’t have 3rd base eligibility in the preseason so was unranked.  2009 Projections:  100/10/85/.310/10, Final Numbers:  76/22/68/.322/8

10. Marco Scutaro – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen post. Final Numbers:  100/12/60/.282/14

11. Adam Kennedy – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen post.  Final Numbers:  65/11/63/.289/20

12. Chris Coghlan – Knowing I’m against Figgins as your third baseman, you can imagine how I feel about Coghlan.  The fact he ranked so high on this list really tells you all you need to know about the state of the hot corner.  If you take nothing away from this, know you want a 1st baseman in your corner infidel spot, not a 3rd baseman.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  84/9/47/.321/8

13. Jorge Cantu – This was a classic terrible season that can absolutely kill your team.  I’ll explain.  You watch him come out of the gates in April on fire (7/22/.365).  You’re aware that he hit 29 homers the year before.  You’re psyched.  You just drafted Cantu later than most and now he’s going to have a career year.  May comes, he’s bad.  You know he’ll get better because April was so good.  June comes and he’s hitting for average again, but no pop.  You’re starting to get worried.  Was April a fluke?  July comes and he hits for average and still no power.  You’re officially sick of him.  August comes and the bottom falls out.  Finally, you’ve had enough.  You drop him.  Then, in September, he hits again on someone else’s team.  Finally, you find out Cantu impregnated your sister.  Preseason Rank #9, 2009 Projections:  80/25/90/.270/5, Final Numbers:  67/16/100/.289/3

14. Scott Rolen – Member back in the day when 85/20/95/.285 were “Injured Scott Rolen” numbers.  Well, get a load of what “Healthy Scott Rolen” numbers look like now…  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  76/11/67/.305/5

15. Casey Blake – When I went back to see where I ranked Blake in the preseason, I was actually kinda surprised I didn’t.  I think what happened was I started figuring out his predictions then I fell asleep.  Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers:  84/18/79/.280/3

16. Alberto Callaspo – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen post. Final Numbers:  79/11/73/.300/2

17. Russell Branyan – Here’s a guy that is the exact opposite of Jorge Cantu.  He gave you all the stats you needed from him then went to the DL.  Preseason Unranked, though he did appear in the first Buy/Sell of the season listed as a Buy.  Then he appeared in a late summer Sell column right before he disappeared into the abyss.  Net-net, natch.  Final Numbers:  64/31/76/.251/2

18. Mike Lowell – In January, I said, “‘Hip surgery on an old doode,” my trepidation says.”  And that’s me quoting my trepidation!  Preseason Rank #19, 2009 Projections:  75/20/85/.275, Final Numbers:  54/17/75/.290/2

19. Chipper Jones – This was the year the Glass Chipper shattered.  Preseason Rank #6, 2009 Projections:  80/20/85/.320/5, Final Numbers:  80/18/71/.264/4

20. Aramis Ramirez – Not only did the two month DL stint murder his numbers, but even when he returned he didn’t always look like himself.  I blame Milton Bradley.  Preseason Rank #3, 2009 Projections:  105/30/115/.295, Final Numbers:  46/15/65/.317/2

  1. big o says:

    what happened to predictable being good ? …. nice job on the figgins numbers …. and longoria , too .

    funny line ===> victorino …. hehe

    so , considering loria’s history , IF uggla gets dealt ….. talk to me .
    this kid coghlan hit like cobb in september , and helped me win my h2h league .
    so , considering , does he actually jump into the top 5 or 6 for 2nd basemen ??

    casey blake is still sleeping …. right through the play-offs .
    surprises me .
    usually it’s some bum like blake that walks away with world series mvp award .

    i’m cutting aramis some slack .
    shoulders take longer to heal …. for old guys .

  2. big o says:

    crazy mitch … on mlb tv
    is betting his bottom dollar that utley has re-injured his hip ,
    and just ain’t saying anything about it .

  3. DrEasy says:

    It is now clear that carrying Chipper Jones on both my leagues all season long was what led to my demise. He teased me all year into keeping him, kind of like your Cantu example.

  4. Tony says:

    i’m thinking sandoval or zimmerman might be the best values at 3b if you can get them in the 4th (zimmerman) or the 5th/6th rounds (sandoval), based on that i’d take the kung fu panda in the 5th or 6th…. neither are my favs, but wow, i’ll say it again, 3B sucks….

    between 3B and SS i dont know which is worse….

  5. Jimmy Ray says:

    Looks like you pulled names out of a hat.

  6. papasmurf says:

    That Coghlan dude killed me. 2 for 25 in my lineup when I started him. Then hit like .400 after I dropped him. WTF. My team ended up hitting .272. I ain’t drafting him ever again, just out of spite.

  7. RGP says:

    Ok, i know taht Inge’s .230 average keeps him off of this list. But 27 HR and 80+ RBI is not to shabby.

    It raises this questions about .230 hitters…

    how many HR/RBI do you need to justify carrying an average killer like Inge?

  8. JaHerer says:

    Would you keep A-Ram for next year? Seems kinda risky at his age and with his shoulder but with the lack of depth seems like it might be worth the risk.

  9. Tony says:

    @JaHerer: if you’ve got younger talent with more upside keep them…. depends on that and your league rules, how many keepers….

  10. Tony says:

    man teams need to convert some of these awesome OF’ers back into infielders where they played back in the day…. the infield pool besides 1B is craptastic….

  11. royce! says:

    Couldn’t agree more regarding Mad Men. It’s also a very bad series to watch if you are trying to quit smoking.

    Regarding A-Rod, I think that he is eliminating any possibility of being underrated coming in to 2010 by performing so well in the postseason. So far he’s got an OPS of 1.251. So I’m rooting for those numbers to drop considerably in the remainder of the postseason, for many reasons.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Hope not on Utley. Coghlan will be a top ten 2nd baseman with the eligibility.

    @DrEasy: Ah… Yeah, Chipper’s previous years teased you because he never even really had a good month in 2009.

    @Tony: Yeah, both positions are terrible. Not sure yet if I’d reach for those guys.

    @papasmurf: Ha!

    @RGP: “How many HR/RBI do you need to justify carrying an average killer like Inge?” Sorry, not following. Please rephrase.

    @JaHerer: Depends who your other choices are.

    @royce!: Yeah, you’re probably right about the postseason and A-Rod.

  13. Josh says:

    How are you feeling about Aramis next year? Think people will still reach too much for him hoping for a bounce back at a crappy position, or that maybe he comes at a good discount?

  14. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Josh: Think some people will still reach for him. He’ll be a high risk/moderate reward guy. I think he can still hit 25-30 homers but he needs to stay healthy, which is a crapshoot.

  15. JaHerer says:

    It’s a deep 12 team league with 8 keepers.

    Right now it’s looking my keepers are looking like:

    J. Upton
    C. Granderson
    J. Votto
    J. Vazquez
    J. Beckett
    Y. Gallardo

    So that leaves 2 spots which could be filled by:

    I. Stewart
    B.J. Upton
    Jered Weaver

    probably leaning towards A-Ram and Stewart right now. Also looking at a trade to send J. Upton for B. McCann, A. Lind, and C. Kershaw. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  16. Grey

    Grey says:

    @JaHerer: Upton and Aram would be my keepers. That trade’s fair, though not sure I understand it for you.

  17. Mr Baseball says:

    Buck Sour Grapes Showalter – he pretty much said they he stills favorite the Angles – Just look at their next three starters (don’t look at the yankees next three starters) –

    I am sure if the yankees go up 3 games to none and are leading 6 – 0 going in the ninth inning with Mario on the mound he still will be on the Angles Bandwagen – I still favor the Angles they are only down 6 – 0

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr Baseball: Let’s just be glad Buck didn’t injure anyone too seriously watching the 2001 World Series.

  19. Mr Baseball says:

    newsflash – Who put AROD 8th ? Buck Showalter? – there is no way he is going to be taken 8th amoung 3rd basemen – hey grey if Arod did go 8th amoung 3rd basemen which round would he go? at least he got rated higher then Adam Kennedy

  20. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr Baseball: The above post is end of the season rankings. He’s not going to go 8th in 2010.

  21. Mr Baseball says:

    Mark Reynolds numbers



    AROD numbers missing the first month of the season

  22. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr Baseball: The above post is for recapping 2009, not for looking ahead.

  23. Mr Baseball says:

    The Youk



    AROD numbers missing the first month of the season

  24. Mr Baseball says:


  25. Steve says:

    A-Rod, eh (rhymes with hay)?

    He’s always been good enough – has he maybe decided to stop being a dick and just play?

  26. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: You got some rhyming skills there, Steve. Hey, whatever happened to Ben Grieve?

  27. Steve says:

    @Grey: I’m a poet and I didn’t know it.

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Wait a second, that rhymes!

  29. Steve says:

    @Grey: Gotta go your own way, Grey.

  30. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Were you drinking again at lunch?

  31. Steve says:

    @Grey: Steady on – not even lunchtime here yet.

  32. Steve says:

    @Grey: And that’s not to say that I will be drinking at lunchtime.

    Or indeed have been up until this time.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: So you’re drinking at breakfast now? Nice! You wouldn’t happen to have the new Kings of Leon CD?

  34. Steve says:

    @Grey: Only By The Night?

  35. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Yeah, that’s the ticket.

  36. Steve says:

    @Grey: Stand by.

  37. Greg says:

    Speaking of Wright: “If you wanted 10 homers and 25+ steals in the first round, you would’ve taken Victorino with the third pick of the draft. ”
    Heheh. So true.

  38. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Greg: Thanks! BTW, I love that Mauer video you have. That’s kinda awesome.

  39. big o says:

    teixeira flashing the glove .
    one would think that he might want to play well
    in front of this crowd

  40. Mr Baseball says:

    M. Teixeira value is going down

  41. big o says:

    send a-rod

  42. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Kings of Leon, eh? Met those kids in Nashville before I knew who they were, told em they had a unique sound and were gonna go places. Guess they listened.

  43. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Look at you, Lester Bangs! Nelly’s from St. Louis. Are you in his linear notes?

  44. Steve says:

    @Grey: Don’t forget Chingy.

  45. Mr Baseball says:

    Brian Fuentes is a chicken closer – walking Arod with the bases emtpy

  46. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mr Baseball: Fuentes would draft A-Rod first in 2010.

    @Steve: Chingy and I are in a feud.

  47. Steve says:

    @Grey: You and evreyone else it seems.

    I’ve seen him live, as it happens. He came down here to play a gig as part of the launch for our online music service.

  48. big o says:

    definite error
    by mariano

  49. Grey

    Grey says:

    @BigFatHippo: Nice babysitter choice.

    @Steve: How was the show?

    @big o: Error of judgment, should’ve just went to first.

  50. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: Ha!

  51. Steve says:

    @Grey: Eh.

    Not really my thing to be fair, I was really only there for the open bar.

    That was pretty limp from the Angels just now. I mean Mariano’s great and all, but you won’t get many better opportunities than that.

  52. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: You’re the Ari Gold of the Mid-West.

  53. big o says:

    i think mariano would have hit one out

  54. Steve says:

    Wolfman jacked.

  55. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Look at you with the American references. Didn’t seem to matter for the Angels.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Must be tough to file your taxes.

  57. BigFatHippo says:

    @Grey: @Steve: He knows more American pop culture than me, course I’m just from the Midwest so I don’t count.

  58. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: You’re kind of a Broncos guy, aren’t you?

    I need Orton and Royal to show up tonight to win my matchup. I’ll blame you if they don’t.

  59. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: Ouch, you’re relying on Orton as a starting qb? Good luck with that, he’s not a stats guy despite what he did last week, just seems to find a way to win.

    Royal has been a royal disappointment, have him in every league but I’m not giving up on him.

  60. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: I autodrafted and only ranked 100 or so players. I have AP and Ronnie Brown but nada in the QB department.

    I have Gates too, so hopefully I have enough to get through. My opponent has the Chargers D so I do need some point-scoring goodness from the Broncs.

  61. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: 93-yard TD return? I’ll take that!

  62. BigFatHippo says:

    Royal Flush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. BigFatHippo says:

    Just some things on my mind during commercial breaks………………

    If you shoot a mime, do ya have to use a silencer?

    Baning your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour. (don’t try this at home, maybe at work)

  64. BigFatHippo says:

    the male praying mantis can’t copulate with it’s head attached, the female bites it off before they consumate

    “Honey, I’m home. What the?????……….”

  65. BigFatHippo says:

    Eddie is Royal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: Mike mine a double!

  67. Steve says:

    Two TDs, 164 yards gained but not a single carry or reception.


  68. BigFatHippo says:

    @Steve: Just think if Orton would throw him the damm ball.

    @Grey: Sorry to turn you into a football board but nobody else seems to be here………

  69. Steve says:

    @Grey: @BigFatHippo: Recent history won’t allow me to believe that the Wolfman will come away with the win.

  70. BigFatHippo says:


    Sproles did a one up

  71. Baseball, guys! Its the NLCS.

  72. Steve says:

    @BigFatHippo: That Chargers D/ST needs to calm down.

    Is anyone actually defending kicks and punts tonight?

  73. BigFatHippo says:

    @Elijah: Ryan Howard’s stats don’t count anymore dude, sorry.

    But yes, it is the NLCS and I’m switching back and forth.

  74. big o says:

    it’s too bad , you don’t get the dodgers game .
    your boy , randy wolf pitched a fine game ,
    if you can overlook that 1st inning homer .
    at one point he retire 12 (or more) in a row .

    sandy koufax stood up and clapped for him ,
    (when told by his wife that they were on tv) ,
    when wolf exited the game .

  75. Steve says:

    @big o: Watching it as we speak! Funny thing, once the fantasy season ends I really don’t care too much about what happens to guys who have been on my team, but I find myself making an exception in the case of the Wolfman.

    Imagine Koufax’s fantasy value…

  76. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: I feel the same way. I have no allegiance whatsoever. Are we an apathetic world?

  77. Steve says:

    @Grey: Possibly, but I wonder if it’s more a case of familiarity breeding a bit of contempt.

    Back in the day, you got to see your favourite team or player much less frequently (especially paying in really big games) so it meant more when you did. But now with the interwebnet and ESPN etc, you’re bombarded with with sport 24-7. It’s just not as special anymore.

    That’s my experience with rugby, anyway, and I think it probably applies to pro sport where you are too.

  78. big o says:

    howard 0-10 vs broxton
    and torre leaves sherrill in ??

  79. big o says:

    pretty smart …
    as it played out

  80. big o says:


    i don’t know about you guys ,
    but when i trade a player ,
    i continue to check on his performance …. daily .
    it’s almost like he never left my team ….
    call it morbid curiosity .

  81. Greg says:

    @Grey: Thanks for checkin’ out the site. Glad you liked the video.

  82. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Either that or we’re jaded because we’re no longer kids.

    @big o: Nah, outta sight, outta mind.

    @Greg: No problem.

  83. Steve says:

    Throw a strike, big boy.

  84. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Just toying with them.

  85. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Hey, a no decision for Wolf. Imagine that.

  86. Steve says:

    I can’t believe that.

  87. Steve says:

    @Grey: That anguish I formally reserved for myself, I now dedicate solely to the Wolfman.

    There’s goota be tension between him and Broxton now, right? Or do they really not let that sort of thing affect them?

  88. Dodgers R.I.P.

  89. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Can’t picture them blaming him. Just one of those things.

    @Elijah: Sure don’t look good.

  90. Steve says:

    @Grey: You’re right of course. They’re pros, but of all people the Wolfman must surely feel like blowing off some steam tonight.

    I mean, it’s not like he can look at it like the pen have protected a bunch of wins for him this year already ;-)

  91. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: We know the depth of your love and respect for Coghlan, and deservedly so. From July 26 he ranked EIGHTH of ALL MLB players in doubles with 21.

  92. NF says:

    Wright (and Beltran) almost sank me this year, though I still feel compelled to bargain hunt on him for next season…

    I know you mocked his Victorino-like production, but would you still take him in the mid-late 2nd rd? At what point does drafting him become an automatic must?

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