Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 10/15/14

SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 21: Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants waits in the filed against the Texas Rangers during a Major League Baseball game on June 21, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Everybody loves blind resumes. Fans love testing their baseball knowledge and we also love surprises. One of the biggest surprises about third base this year was the resurgence of power at the position. In 2011, there were only five third basemen that hit 20 or more home runs. In 2012, that number rose to 12, which is an increase of 140%. Both of the following players had good seasons despite only playing in a combined 236 games. (ADPs taken from MockDraftCentral.com) The stats are pretty close here. Player B has the slight edge in home runs and had five more RBI, while Player A has the slight edge in batting average and tallied five more runs. Neither player really contributed in terms of steals. Player A, Pablo Sandoval, was a top third baseman coming into most drafts, and was thought to be a great bargain in the fifth round. Player B, Todd Frazier, wasn’t on any owner’s draft board, but impressed with a great rookie season off the waiver wire. Looking ahead to 2013, owners are n...
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