Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Hottest of the Hot Corner: Ranking MLB's Top 16 Third Basemen—No. 2

MLB: Oakland A's vs. Tampa Bay Rays May 8
Part 15 of 16

No. 2 Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria burst onto the scene in 2008 and helped lead the team to a last place to World Series run. His remarkable talents allowed him to quickly overcome the relentless "Desperate Housewives" jokes and become known as one of baseball's top young stars.

After starting the year in the minors, Longoria clubbed 27 homers and drove in 85 runs in just 122 games. The effort earned him AL Rookie of the Year honors.

In 2009, he added to his hardware collection with Gold Glove and Silver Slugger trophies. In his first full season, Longoria hit .281 with 33 HR's and 113 RBI's.

The Rays and their slick fielding third baseman are off to a blistering start. Longoria has led them to an 18-7 record by hitting .347 with 6 HR's and 19 RBI's.

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