Welcome to the May third baseman rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed wherever they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.
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Third Baseman Rankings
|2||Josh Donaldson||Blue Jays||2|
|14||Pablo Sandoval||Red Sox||14|
|25||Alex Guerrero||Dodgers||112 OF|
|32||Brock Holt||Red Sox||34|
|34||Yasmany Tomas||Diamondbacks||86 OF|
|36||Conor Gillaspie||White Sox||25|
|41||Danny Valencia||Blue Jays||39|
o It was true a month ago and it’s true now: there’s less separation in the top 10 of the third base rankings than there is anywhere else. I still like the top three. Beltre’s stock has slipped some because the Rangers as a whole are pretty bad, but I do think he’ll be there in the end. After that, though… well, I could see No. 12 Seager outproducing No. 4 Frazier over the rest of the season. There just isn’t much of a gap, there.
o Even with Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig out, Guerrero played just half of the time for the Dodgers last week. He’ll continue to see some time in left field after Puig returns, but the Dodgers just have too many shiny toys. Plus, I’m still not completely sold on Guerrero’s ridiculous start; I’d expect something along the lines of .260 with 20 homers if given 450-500 at-bats, so I’d place him 17th or 18th here if he were a regular. As is, he’s No. 25.
o The Phillies have started working Asche in the outfield, which was a necessary step before they could promote Franco. I still don’t think there should be any big rush to call up Franco; he’s hitting .323/.356/.479 in Triple-A, but that comes with a 23/5 K/BB ratio in 96 at-bats and mediocre defense at third base. However, there is a good chance that he’ll be up soon.