Intro: Recently I was looking at a Dave Cameron post over on fangraphs where he put Ryan Zimmerman as the play he would build a franchise around, because he’s young, a great fielder, and is a great hitter. This got me thinking, what would a DREAM TEAM for the next 10 (or longer) years look like? So here we go.
Here is the third part, with the third basemen and left fielders.
Starting 3B- Evan Longoria- The Rob Neyer pick for the franchise player, Longoria is a former number one prospect (according to Keith Law of ESPN), and owns a career line of .283/.360/.552 with 79 home runs, he’s a fantastic fielder (him and Ryan Zimmerman are the two best fielding third basemen), oh, and he’s only 24, not even in his prime yet. Also, he’s playing in the tougher league, and in the toughest division meaning in nine games he could face Ricky Romero, Brandon Marrow, Shawn Marcum, Josh Beckett, Clay Bucholz, John Lackey, CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, and Andy Pettitte. Those are some of the best pitchers in the majors, not just the AL East.
Backup 3B-Ryan Zimmerman- The Dave Cameron pick for the franchise player, Zimmerman owns a career .287/.353/.485 with 116 career home runs, he is the best or second best fielding third basemen, and he’s also only 25 years old, not even at his prime. He’s basically the Evan Longoria of the NL. Had he played any other position he would probably be the starter, as he is an absolute stud.
Apologies to: David Wright, Pablo Sandoval, Mark Reynolds, Adrian Beltre.
Starting LF-Ryan Braun- This might have been the toughest position, as I’ve got a stud speedster with power (Crawford), arguably the best player in baseball right whose only question is the state of his body after all the torture it’s been through (Hamilton), a big money Cardinal (Holliday), a breakout former top prospect (Young), a former ROY who has taken the league by storm (Braun), a beastly Nationals star (Willingham), and another stud speedster who no one believed in (Gardner). That’s not even mentioning a Carl Crawford 2.0 (Desmond Jennings) waiting in the minors. However, Braun is only 26, and arguably the best in the group already. A career .306/.362/.552 hitter with 122 home runs.
Backup LF-Josh Hamilton- I might be completely wrong, and Hamilton could fall off the face of baseball within the next two years, but I’ll take the risk. His personal demons are another story, but Hamilton is a career .311/.372/.545 hitter, and his numbers this year are absolutely absurd, .361/.413/.637.
MAJOR apologies to: Brett Gardner, Carl Crawford, Matt Holliday, Delmon Young, Josh Willingham, Desmond Jennings.