Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ranking NL East Third Basemen

It's time to preview my personal favorite position on the field, the hot corner, 3rd base.

1. Washington Nationals
Ryan Zimmerman
.307/.899, 85 R, 32 2B, 25 HR, 85 RBI, 5.3 WAR. Solid defensively and great with the wooden wand (2 consecutive Silver Sluggers). His prime years are likely still ahead of him. Pay attention America, you're witnessing an upper-echelon 3rd baseman.

2. New York Mets
David Wright
.283/.856, 87 R, 36 2B, 29 HR, 103 RBI, 19 SB, 3.9 WAR. The NL East is home to 2 of the best players at the hot corner in all of baseball. Wright is a perennial All-Star (5 straight years) and is an excellent batter. His defense is overrated, but his skill set is not.

3. Atlanta Braves/Chipper Jones (38)
.265/.806, 47 R, 21 2B, 10 HR, 46 RBI, 3.2 WAR. As much as it pains me to admit this, he is one of the greatest switch hitters of all-time, and should be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer. The older he gets, the more brittle he becomes, but fact remains that Larry is an on base machine even at his elderly age.

4. Philadelphia Phillies/Placido Polanco (35)
.298/.726, 76 R, 27 2B, 52 RBI, 1.8 WAR. Hampered by a busted elbow (thanks a lot Tim Hudson) for most of the season, but still managed to bat nearly .300. Very steady with the glove and is the prototypical 2-hole hitter.

5. Florida Marlins/Wes Helms (34)
.220/.646, 25 R, 12 2B, 39 RBI, -1 WAR. Really? Get the hell outta here!


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Chipper and Polly should be switched

GM-Carson said...

Chipper is the better batter and will be unless Polly goes off for a .320 average or something crazy.

ripjgarcia said...

I'm bound to agree with the Anonymous Commenter. Larry's best years are behind him, and if you are looking at current ranking it shouldn't reflect what he's done but what he is doing.

GM-Carson said...

Chipper OPS is still far superior to Polly's. That's plenty enough for me. Polly is all batting average. No walks and minimal "power".

Andrew said...

isn't chipper retiring?

Bob D said...

Wes Helms? Helms? Really?!?!? the top 4 are all good/great

GM-Carson said...

Chipper might retire after this seasson.

Phlavio said...

Order is very wrong.

David Wright still edges out Zim

and Polanco is worse than Chris Coghlan if Coghlan moves into that role.

GM-Carson said...

Coghlan at 3rd, since when?

Zimmerman's defense is superior to Wright's and they're nearly equal offensively (save Wright's superior speed).