MLB Network on it’s show Top 10 Right Now (Third Basemen) had Pablo Sandoval ranked #7 by the Shredder?!?! Only 7th! At least Joe Sheehan, contributor to SI.com and semi-regular on Clubhouse Confidential had the Panda ranked at #5 (Follow Joe Sheehan on Twitter or at his blog). Mike Lowell left Pablo out of his Top 10….really? How does does the Shredder rank Brett “Edward 40 Hands” Lawrie (see Brewers blog www.MillerParkDrunk.com for more pictures) and his 43 games of MLB experience ahead of the Panda at #6? I understand that many people have systems like the Shredder which can project minor league stats into MLB potential and Lawrie will have a great year by my estimation too but the show is called the Top 10 Right now. Is he really the 6th best third basemen in the majors right now? Is that why Brian Kenny was missing? Was he in back kicking the computer that pushed out that list?
Spots 1 and 2 were closely contested for me. Miguel was left out of the top 2 because of how awful I feel his defense will be this year and how much I think that will offset a good portion of whatever he does offensively this season (see what his dWAR did to his overall WAR in 2007). Spots 4-6 are close because of injury issues but because Zimmerman and Sandoval have youth on their side they stay ahead of the declining Wright and Youkilis. Hanley could be top 5 but last year was a very off year where he couldn’t work out of the funk he seemed to be in regardless of the corrections he made (maybe I am jaded because he was my 1st round pick last year). I am sorry but A-Rod stays ahead of Lawrie who barely edged out Aramis Ramirez in my book for the final spot.
So far the shredder has had quite a few surprises with some pleasant and some that made me hit the stats again to see what I might be missing but last night’s episode was hard for me to watch. The best list belonged to Sheehan by far. He at least saw how fielding will impact guys like Cabrera, the decline of oft-injured Youkilis and that no matter how good Lawrie might become, he is still unproven for a full season.
I need to stop writing, lay down and start breathing or my health may be in jeopardy.
Leave a comment and let me know who you would put in your Top 10 Third Basemen list right now.
by Raul Rekow Jr