Hot Corner Positional Rankings: Third Base

by Thom Cunningham | Posted on Saturday, January 11th, 2014
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Miguel Cabrera

These are the 2013 Baseball Hot Corner positional rankings for qualified third basemen. All end of season positional rankings are for qualified players only. Rankings are determined based off of a player’s end of season statistics including overall team success throughout the 2012-13 MLB season.

Baseball Hot Corner 2012-13 MLB Qualified Third Basemen Rankings:

1) Miguel Cabrera  Detroit Tigers

Season Stats: .348 batting average, 44 HR, 137 RBI

Season Highlights: Highest batting average in all of MLB; AL MVP; AL All-Star; Voted Player of the Year by MLB players; AL Hank Aaron Award; AL Silver Slugger Award; ALCS runner-up; AL Central Winner

2) Chris JohnsonAtlanta Braves

Season Stats: .321 batting average; 12 HR; 68 RBI

Season Highlights: Highest batting average for NL third basemen; NLDS runner-up; NL East Winner

3) Adrian BeltreTexas Rangers

Season Stats: .315 batting average; 30 HR; 92 RBI

Season Highlights: Highest total hits for MLB third basemen; AL Wildcard play-in-game runner-up

4) Evan LongoriaTampa Bay Rays

Season Stats: .269 batting average; 32 HR; 88 RBI

Season Highlights: AL Wildcard Winner; ALDS runner-up

5) Josh DonaldsonOakland Athletics

Season Stats: .301 batting average; 24 HR; 93 RBI

Season Highlights: Second highest RBI total for all MLB third basemen; ALDS runner-up; AL West Winner

6) Manny MachadoBaltimore Orioles

Season Stats: .283 batting average; 14 HR; 71 RBI

Season Highlights: Highest total 2Bs for all MLB third basemen; Highest total ABs for all MLB third basemen; AL All-Star Reserve; AL Gold Glove Award

7) Pedro Alvarez – Pittsburgh Pirates

Season Stats: .233 batting average; 36 HR; 100 RBI

Season Highlights: Highest total HR for NL third basemen; Highest total RBI for NL third basemen; NL All-Star Reserve; NL Silver Slugger Award; NL Wildcard Winner; NLDS runner-up

8) Martin PradoArizona Diamondbacks

Season Stats: .282 batting average; 14 HR; 82 RBI

Season Highlights: Second highest total RBI for NL third basemen; Lowest total SO for NL third basemen

9) Ryan ZimmermanWashington Nationals

Season Stats: .275 batting average; 26 HR; 79 RBI

Season Highlights: 100% stolen base percentage; Second highest total HR for NL third basemen

10) Kyle Seager Seattle Mariners

Season Stats: .260 batting average; 22 HR; 69 RBI

Season Highlights: Highest total SB of all qualified MLB third basemen

11) Todd FrazierCincinnati Reds

Season Stats: .234 batting average; 19 HR; 73 RBI

Season Highlights: NL Wildcard runner-up

12) Pablo SandovalSan Francisco Giants

Season Stats: .278 batting average; 14 HR; 79 RBI

Season Highlights: 5th highest total of games played for NL third basemen

13) David FreeseSt. Louis Cardinals

Season Stats: .262 batting average; 9 HR; 60 RBI

Season Highlights: NL Central Winner; NLCS Winner; World Series runner-up

14) Chase HeadleySan Diego Padres

Season Stats: .250 batting average; 13 HR; 50 RBI

Season Highlights: Highest total SB for NL qualified third basemen

15)  Matt DominguezHouston Astros

Season Stats: .241 batting average; 21 HR; 77 RBI

Season Highlights: Second highest total assists for AL third basemen; Second highest total range factor for AL third basemen; Third highest total double plays for AL third basemen

16) Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies

Season Stats: .267 batting average; 10 HR; 52 RBI

Season Highlights: NL Gold Glove Winner

17) Michael YoungPhiladelphia Phillies/Los Angeles Dodgers

Season Stats: .279 batting average; 8 HR; 46 RBI

Season Highlights: NL West Winner; NLCS runner-up

18) Trevor PlouffeMinnesota Twins

Season Stats: .254 batting average; 14 HR; 52 RBI

Season Highlights: Fifth highest total double plays for AL third basemen

19) Mike MoustakasKansas City Royals

Season Stats: .233 batting average; 12 HR; 42 RBI

Season Highlights: Third highest total PO for AL third basemen

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Thom Cunningham
About the Author

Thom Cunningham has been writing about sports for close to eight years and is also a reporting statistician for Stats, LLC. He was a former Sports editor and radio broadcaster for Georgia Southern University football and baseball games; including work published on sites such as Bleacher Report, Football Nation and CBS Sports. Follow Thom on Twitter @HelloIAMThom

  • Great insight. Good article

  • Jesse

    Chris Johnson as the number 2 third baseman is absolutely ridiculous. Are you basing this entirely on his batting average and his completely unsustainable .394 BABIP?







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