The ranks of third baseman are getting a little thin in fantasy baseball leagues. David Wright and Chase Headley will start the season on the DL. It is not clear when Alex Rodriquez will be able to play. Now Pablo Sandoval has an elbow injury that requires further examination. So where can you find help at third base if you need it?
Let’s look at some players that might not have been taken in your draft. We’ll start with Lonnie Chisenhall of the Cleveland Indians. He broke a bone in his arm last June and had his season derailed. This season he seems to have a lock on 3B for the Indians, but Mark Reynolds is available if Chisenhall struggles. While there does not seem to be any minor league data to support this, Baseball America thinks he has 20-25 HR potential.
Jedd Gyorko is thought to be the San Diego Padres 3B of the future if the team could not resign Headley when his contract expires. This year he was slated to play 2B. With the injury to Headley, he might play at 3B as well, where he will start the season with eligibility already in place. Last year in AAA, Gyorko batted .328 and had 24 HR and 83 RBI, so there is quite a bit of potential here.
Jordan Pacheco of the Colorado Rockies is one of those three-position-eligible players you love to have on your team. You can slot him in at 1B, 3B or C. Last year he batted .309, so he wouldn’t kill your lineup if you have to use him until your regular 3B returns to action. You won’t get a lot of power, but he can be a good lineup filler.
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