2012 National League Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Third Base
Nolan Arenado 3B COL - Impressive prospect hit .298-20-122 in 583 at bats last season. Albeit in high single A. However many are speculating that the trade of Ty Wigginton to Philadelphia was a sign that the Rockies are ready to give the 20 year old Arenado every chance to win the Rockies 3B job this spring. Just 2 weeks ago Arenado was named the Arizona Fall League MVP. The last National League player to win the award was Tommy Hanson of Atlanta. Other contenders for the Rockies’ starting third-base job in 2011 also include Ian Stewart and possibly Brandon Wood. But Stewart is rumored to be heading to the Chicago Cubs, and Wood only signed a minor league deal this off-season.
Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT - Alvarez basically decided to not show up for his 2nd season in the big leagues. He came into spring training out of shape and looked disinterested at times. Hopefully a .191 avg and 4 home runs will be the wake-up call Alvarez needs. He has the tools to hit for power with a decent batting average to go with it. Alvarez strikes out a ton, he always has even in the minors. In 2011 he had 80 K’s in only 235 at bats. I just feel like the NL third base pool is shallow going into 2012, so if your going to bet on a player to bounce back Alvarez isn’t a bad call. Think baby steps though…. .260 with 19 home runs would be acceptable.
David Freese 3B STL - Whhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!! Freese, you were going to be my mid draft third basemen!! You always got injured and people didn’t really pay any attention to how you always hit around .300 and have potential 20+ home run power!!!!!! 2012 was going to be the year you put it all together and I was going to steal you in the 14th round!!!!!!!!! Then you went out and won the World Series MVP award and now your a household name!!!!! Still I have Freese at # 6 in my 3rd base rankings and think managers might still undervalue his skills. So he made the list…. Even though he’s very well known.
Juan Francisco 3B CIN - .318 with 16 home runs at AAA last year. Only Scott Rolen standing in his way from a full time starting third base gig. Power is legit but batting average can kinda fluctuate. He’s out of options so the Reds will need to keep him on their roster. Great late in the draft speculative pick going into 2012.
Ian Stewart 3B CHC - The winner of the trade between the Cubs and Rockies that sent Tyler Colvin to Colorado and Ian Stewart to Chicago I think will be the Cubs and the fantasy owners who take Ian Stewart. Third base is super thin in the National League going into the 2012 season so I love Stewart as a bounce back candidate. in 2010 Stewart hit .256 with 18 home runs in only 441 at bats. Last year was horrible and the batting average will never be great, but .250 with 25 bombs is a lock if healthy.