The Top 5 Keeper Third Baseman isn’t the easiest thing to figure out, as there are quite a few decent third basemen out there, but only a few elite ones. When it comes to drafting the keepers, you want to keep in mind whether or not you think they will be good in 3 to 5 years. If it’s someone like Chipper Jones, who is extremely good at the moment, you need to rule him out as being good in 3 years. For all we know he could be retired at that point. Keeping that in mind, it’s also interesting to look at the younger crop of players, just to see if someone might break into the list as a keeper next year. If so, snatch him up this season.
#1 Keeper Third Baseman — Fantasy Baseball 2009 – David Wright, New York Mets
He just keeps getting better, and at only 26 years old, he still has a lot of pop left in his bat to display. He gets the #1 slot because of his youth, as well as the wonderful stats he can put up. In 2008 Wright his .302 with 33 home runs and 124 RBI, as well as stealing 15 bases. If he can steal a few bases along the way he will be even more valuable, but expect his power numbers to increase again in the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
#2 Keeper Third Baseman — Fantasy Baseball 2009 – Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Adding Teixeira to the Yankees line-up will only help A-Rod put up even more gaudy statistics, and he is a sure bet to still get around 40 home runs 120 RBI and a .300 average. He is 33 years old now though, so there is no telling how long he can keep it up, but right now Alex Rodriguez is still one of the best fantasy baseball players on the market. For keeper drafts approach with caution, but for now at least, he is still one of the best.
#3 Keeper Third Baseman — Fantasy Baseball 2009 – Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
In his first real season, Longoria put up 27 home runs, 85 RBI and a .272 batting average in only 122 games. With the full time job going forward, Longoria is going to be one of the best third baseman in the league. Expect him to just keep getting better, and to surpass the 35 home run and 115 RBI mark very soon. His average should also go up with more at-bats at the Major League level, and keep in mind that the kid is only 23 years old.
#4 Keeper Third Baseman — Fantasy Baseball 2009 – Aramis Ramirez, Chicago Cubs
Though he was down a tad, Ramirez still put up great stats in 2008 as he hit 27 home runs, knocked in 111, and scored 97 runs. He has more power than that though, and should be able to surpass 30 home runs again in 2009 as well as 2010, and may see the RBI totals climb even more as well.
#5 Keeper Third Baseman — Fantasy Baseball 2009 – Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox
Now that he has the third base job all to himself with the Red Sox, Youkilis can be more comfortable at the plate an continue to put up great offensive numbers. He hits for average, for power, and should rack up a number of runs in the Red Sox line-up again, so he is a very safe choice when it comes to grabbing a third baseman early on.
Source of Statistics: www.mlb.com