Monday, February 27, 2012

Checking out the Competition: NL West Third Baseman

Now that the start of the season is within view I thought it would be nice to take a little bit of time and take a look at how the teams in the NL West compare to each other.

Last week I took a look at the second basemen and today it is time to move on to the third basemen the projections for each using the ZIPS projections from Baseball Think Factory and projected starters from MLB Depth Charts.

It's no surprise that Pablo Sandoval is the best third baseman in the NL West and I think that you could probably make an argument that he is the best in the National League (although ZIPS projects Ryan Zimmerman to be slightly better).

What is somewhat surprising is that only Chase Headly of the Padres breaks the 100 barrier in OPS+ at 108, I guess the park effects between Petco and Chase Field amount to about 10 points seeing as both have about equal projected stats.

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