The 2012 AL Central Position Analysis - Third Base

David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

A review of the position in 2012 down to the A ball level for all of the AL Central franchises.

And now we reach the final infield position, third base. Newsflash, Miguel Cabrera dominates this position. The Triple Crown winner more than made up for any defensive inefficiency he had last season. He was a full 200 OPS ahead of Youkilis, who has moved on to the Jackwagons. Looks like the option for the White Sox in 2013 will be Jeff Keppinger. He should hit better than Morel. The Tribe looks to be in decent shape as long as Chisenhall is who we think he is. I think Aviles or Phelps can be good backups if he falters. Moustakas probably is third best in this division, but needs to find some OBP help. His power is fine and he is still young enough. Plouffe had a breakout year last year, and is your number two guy in division heading into 2013.

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Jack Hannahan

MLB

CIN

32

318

4

29

312

341

654

Jose Lopez

MLB:AAA

FA

28

224

4

28

272

366

639

Lonnie Chisenhall

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-3

23

151

5

16

311

430

741

Jason Donald

MLB:AAA

CIN

27

296

6

31

365

441

807

Brent Lillibridge

MLB

FA/CHC

28

123

3

8

276

342

619

Chicago

Kevin Youkilis

MLB

FA/NY

33

292

15

46

346

425

771

Brent Morel

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb 2

25

156

1

12

250

274

524

Orlando Hudson

MLB

FA

34

152

2

17

262

307

568

Detroit

Miguel Cabrera

MLB

2015

29

697

44

139

393

606

999

Kansas City

Mike Moustakas

MLB

Pre-Arb-2

23

614

20

73

296

412

708

Irving Falu

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-1

29

406

7

50

375

463

838

Minnesota

Trevor Plouffe

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-2

26

465

24

55

301

455

756

Danny Valencia

MLB:AAA

BAL

27

284

7

37

289

399

688

Jamey Carroll

MLB

2013, 2014 team option

38

537

1

40

343

317

660

Onto the minor league assessments ...

Cleveland

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Jared Goedert

AAA:AA

PIT

27

504

19

77

373

502

875

Andy LaRoche

AAA

FA/BOS

28

166

5

16

331

372

704

Gregorio Petit

AAA

FA/SD

27

422

10

45

320

403

723

Ryan Rohlinger

AAA:AA

FA

28

439

8

52

336

342

678

Kyle Bellows

AA

2009-4

23

230

5

29

332

366

698

Adam Abraham

AA

2008-13

25

434

13

54

343

441

783

Davis Stoneburner

AA

2012 mFA

27

351

0

26

268

272

540

Carlos Rojas

AA

2012 mFA

28

38

0

2

222

67

289

Justin Toole

AAA:AA:A+

2009 aFA

25

339

1

21

272

284

556

Giovanny Urshela

A+

2009 aFA

20

475

14

59

309

446

755

Tyler Cannon

A+

2010-12

24

320

1

27

331

358

689

Todd Hankins

A+:A

2011-15

21

397

5

37

328

358

687

Leonardo Castillo

A

2010 aFA

18

457

4

48

254

318

572

Yhoxian Medina

A

2011-38

22

112

0

6

336

222

559

With Chisenhall around for the long haul hopefully, and all of the AAA free agents flying the coop, the Tribe signed Luis Hernandez for Columbus this year. Adam Abraham had a good year but is a bit aged in AA. Urshela also looks to be on the radar as a 20 year old in A+.

Chicago

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Eduardo Escobar

MLB

MIN

23

97

0

3

281

276

557

Ray Olmedo

MLB:AAA

MIN

31

310

0

19

340

355

674

Jose Lopez

MLB:AAA

FA

28

55

0

1

205

244

448

Dallas McPherson

AAA

FA/LAD

31

260

12

47

335

463

797

Tyler Kuhn

AAA

2008-15

25

449

4

36

309

384

692

Jeff Baisley

AAA

2012 mFA

29

64

1

5

328

357

685

Tommy Manzella

AAA

FA

29

45

0

6

205

244

448

Kyle Shelton

AAA:A+

2008 aFA

26

57

3

8

222

538

872

Corey Smith

AA

2012 mFA

30

289

8

39

356

459

816

Erik Morrison

AA

2012 mFA

26

322

6

42

324

373

697

Jake Oester

AA:A+

2010 aFA

25

266

1

36

330

308

638

Juan Silverio

A+

2008 aFA

21

286

8

51

285

433

719

David Herbek

A+:A

2011-15

23

347

5

32

358

394

752

Chris Curley

A+:A

2012 mFA

24

221

11

30

326

510

836

Kyle Eveland

A+:A

2011 mFA

25

19

0

1

211

118

328

Rangel Ravelo

A

2010-6

20

327

2

39

343

397

739

Grant Buckner

A

2011-26

24

474

6

59

330

348

678

Joe De Pinto

A:Rk

2011-21

23

317

0

27

318

313

631

This list is fraught with a lot of nothing. Like the Tribe, all of the AAA roster is gone. Escobar and Olmedo both landed with the Twins. LGFT Lopez is looking for a home and and AAAA McPherson had signed with the Dodgers for 2013. Another LGFT Corey Smith had a good 2012 but is older than dirt at 30 in AA. Silverio looks to be the best of the lot, with Curley an outside shot.

Detroit

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Danny Worth

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-2

26

255

5

24

364

421

785

Audy Ciriaco

AAA

2005 aFA

25

369

12

35

262

374

636

Justin Henry

AAA

BOS

27

543

1

38

372

357

729

Bryan Pounds

AAA:AA

2008-34

26

232

3

7

264

348

612

Jeff Baisley

AAA

2012 mFA

29

41

0

3

146

108

254

Edgar Corcino

AAA:A+:A

2009-26

20

252

4

19

271

329

600

Rawley Bishop

AAA:AA

2009-19

26

491

8

52

319

357

676

Corey Jones

AA:A+

2010-7

24

277

3

21

286

343

628

Nick Castellanos

AA:A+

2010-1

20

584

10

57

365

451

815

Wade Gaynor

AA:A+

2009-3

24

475

16

74

352

442

794

Matt Perry

A+:A

2010-41

24

53

0

0

254

114

378

Ryan Soares

A+

2010-36

24

11

0

0

182

100

282

Jason King

A

2011-4

23

378

7

37

307

400

707

Colin Kaline

A

2011-26

23

137

0

3

271

179

450

Worth is likely the utility guy in Detroit this year. Ciriaco looks Adam Dunn-esque without the proven track record. Castellanos is the top prospect but with Cabrera and Fielder fixtures, I bet he becomes trade bait at some point.

Kansas City

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Kevin Kouzmanoff

AAA:AA

FA/MIA

30

355

2

46

309

382

691

Anthony Seratelli

AAA

2007 mFA

29

439

17

66

374

492

866

Kurt Mertins

AAA:AA

2006-13

26

145

2

11

278

298

575

Mario Lisson

AA

2007 aFA

28

435

11

52

338

410

748

Eric Duncan

AA

2012 mFA

27

200

4

24

303

385

688

Michael Liberto

AA:A+

2010-21

24

131

1

2

326

261

586

Sharlon Schoop

AA

2012 mFA

25

186

7

19

341

436

777

Yowill Espinal

AA:A

2008 aFA

21

88

0

4

329

250

579

Cheslor Cuthbert

A+

2010 aFA

19

517

7

59

296

322

618

Adrian Morales

A+:Rk

2011-49

23

108

1

9

241

227

468

Michael Antonio

A

2010-3

20

511

5

64

265

304

569

Daniel Mateo

A

2009 aFA

20

568

8

61

325

386

711

Hey, another LGFT sighting. Kouzmanoff didn't do so hot but somehow finagled an invite from the Marlins. Seratelli had a great year as a utlity guy and could crack the 25 man roster. Former top prospect Brandon Wood was signed and will likely be the AAA guy. Lisson might get some play in AAA as well.

Minnesota

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Sean Burroughs

MLB:AAA

FA

31

240

1

18

326

348

675

Eduardo Escobar

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-2

23

151

1

9

259

304

563

Ray Chang

AAA

2011 mFA

28

297

0

17

304

271

574

Michael Hollimon

AAA

FA

30

191

5

14

305

380

685

Deibinson Romero

AA

2006 aFA

25

548

19

78

356

441

797

Nathan Hanson

AA

2008-28

25

382

7

50

311

387

698

Anderson Hidalgo

A+

2006 aFA

23

322

3

38

299

319

618

Jairo Perez

A+

2007 aFA

24

274

6

30

350

403

754

Andy Leer

A+

2010 aFA

24

322

3

27

297

253

549

Aderlin Mejia

A+:Rk

2010 aFA

20

203

1

20

365

402

767

Miguel Sano

A

2010 aFA

19

553

28

100

373

521

893

Adam Pettersen

A

2011-25

23

368

2

35

312

320

632

AAAA Burroughs had a bad year and is gone. Hollimon followed him out the door. Romero is a tad old, but had a good year last year. He also got a spring invite. Jason Christian was signed as a free agent. But the future star here is Miguel Sano. Those numbers are very impressive for a 19 year old in A ball. He should move quickly through the system.

The Tigers are well set for the foreseeable future. The Twins might be alright as Plouffe looks good and have the best prospect in the infield in Sano. Chisenhall and Moustakas should battle it out for third or try and catch Plouffe if he has a slump. The White Sox are really lacking at this position.

This series attempts to review how each position fared within the AL Central last year and what holds for the future. The first chart reviews how the position fared in the majors between the five teams. The subsequent charts track each position through each team's farm system. Status is not always correct as some of the info was culled a few weeks ago. For players not on the 40-man roster, I have taken my best guess as when/how they were acquired. Not every player who played the position in the minors has been identified as again, I have tried to identify core players at the position only. Some identified as minor league free agents, could have been trade acquisitions. I also only reviewed down to the A level as players at A- or in the rookie leagues are still quite volatile.

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