**Posts:**4**Joined:**Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:50 am

Third Base X will come up about every other game on average. Compared to a 2 at third base, your iron gloveman will give up an extra hit 30 percent of the time.

81 X chances * 30% = 24.3

So, you will give up an extra 24 hits in the course of the season. So, if everything else is equal (power, speed, walks), he would need to hit over 40 points higher (basing this on 600 AB) than his 2-rated counterpart to make them equal. Also, this isn't even considering several double plays that would be lost by playing a 5.

When comparing two players, "everything else" is never equal; so, the answer is not easy. However, a 5 at third is a serious red flag that must be considered.