Below are our rankings of third base entering the 2019 season. The list was last updated on February 10, 2019.
1. Jose Ramirez (CLE) The power and speed are well documented, but the fact that he walked 26 times more than he struck out (to lead all hitters) might be the most amazing stat that he produced in 2018. Ramirez is a consensus Top-5 pick in 2019 and for good cause.
2. Nolan Arenado (COL) Last season, Arenado drove in 110 runs. It was his worst RBI season in the past four years. Need I say more?
3. Alex Bregman (HOU) The Astros and Bregman are proceeding cautiously with his rehab program following the early-January elbow surgery and he’s still scheduled to be ready for opening day. If 100%, he’s an elite talent and sure-fire First Round pick.
4. Javier Baez (CHC) The NL MVP runner-up is poised to show off that terrific bat speed and wheels once again.
5. Anthony Rendon (WAS) Consistent low-to-mid 20’s HR potential, 85-95 RBI’s and runs scored, and a stellar BA/OBP makes Rendon one of the safest picks on the board at any position.
6. Kris Bryant (CHC) It’s all about that troublesome shoulder. If healthy, he could prove to be a bargain at his current ADP.
7. Eugenio Suarez (CIN) How good is Eugenio Suarez? Good enough that he has forced top-prospect Nick Senzel into playing centerfield.
8. Matt Carpenter (STL) Can Carpenter handle the rigours of a move to the hot corner?
9. Travis Shaw (MIL) Thirty home run power potential in the middle-infield is a rare commodity.
10. Miguel Andujar (NYY) Andujar wasn’t guaranteed a job breaking camp but very quickly demonstrated he wasn’t playing second fiddle to anyone. He’s likely looking at a move to 1B, but whatever position he eventually settles in at, the kid can flat out rake.
11. Rafael Devers (BOS) We see multiple 30-100 seasons in this youngster’s future, and possibly as early as this season.
12. Jurickson Profar (TEX) We finally witnessed a healthy season from the former top prospect and the rewards made the wait worthwhile. Now an “A”, he’ll be adding 2B to that multi-position eligibility in 2019.
13. Matt Chapman (OAK) The 2018 Platinum Glove award winner can also swing a mighty bat. A 30 home run season will be in his future.
14. Max Muncy (LAD) The Dodgers will make room in their lineup for that monster power potential.
15. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR) Yes, these rankings are for a ReDraft League and one simply can’t pay the price currently being paid for a player that is going to be arriving no earlier than mid-April. Any growing pains will more than likely be with his defensive chops, not that amazing hit tool.
16. Justin Turner (LAD) Even with his struggles staying healthy, in three-of-his-past-five seasons he’s surpassed a .400 OBP.
17. Wil Myers (SD) In six seasons we’ve seen him break the 400 at-bat plateau only twice, but those two seasons were both monster campaigns. If
he can get in 500 plus at-bats, he’ll be a difference maker.
18. Mike Moustakas (FA) For a player that has hit 66 homers and driven in 180 runs over the past two seasons, he shouldn’t be once again searching for a place to call home.
19. Josh Donaldson (ATL) The Braves have given us $24 million reasons to believe that he will be healthy. The Braves will be very happy if he can produce at even 75% of the glory years in Toronto.
20. Maikel Franco (PHI) He has never delivered on the hype, but at the same time was the bar set to high in the first place? A 25-90 campaign could be right around the corner.
21. Kyle Seager (SEA) He was a model of consistency for six consecutive seasons, and then came 2018. The power dipped, the walks decreased, and the strikeouts jumped to a career high. Is 2018 the outlier, with a bounce-back campaign in the works, or is it the new norm? With three years and $56 million still on the books, the Mariners are hoping a bounce back campaign is in the works.
22. Eduardo Escobar (ARZ) A sneaky, but very solid option. Low 20’s power combined with hitting near the top of the DBacks batting order will help his cause.
23. Miguel Sano (MIN) We’re heading into the 2019 season and Sano is the same player that teased us with that massive home run potential back in 2015. Will his first 30 homer season be in MLB or NPB? 2019 will go a long way in making that determination.
24. Yuli Gurriel (HOU) The power won’t help you, but hitting in the powerful Astros lineup will provide him with plenty of RBI opportunities, and he took advantage of them in 2018 to the tune of 85 RBI’s.
25. Jeimer Candelario (DET) The strikeouts were high in his rookie campaign, very high, but at the same time his Minor League history suggests we could see improvement. A sneaky late pick with 25-80 potential.
26. Brian Anderson (MIA) The power is limited, but the solid on-base skills and a place near the top of the Marlins order will provide value.
27. Renato Nunez (BAL) The kid can hit for power, and in an O’s lineup where way too many can’t hit at all, he’s a glimmer of hope.
28. Joey Wendle (TAM) A strong rookie campaign for the late bloomer, but that .353 BABIP is a good indicator that there is a correction coming. Buyer beware!
29. Jake Lamb (ARZ) His BA against southpaws the past three years is .164, .144, and .170. The power is real. So are the odds that he’ll be in a platoon at his new position, 1B.
30. Evan Longoria (SF) A .281 OBP in 2018?? How the once mighty have fallen.
31. Asdrubal Cabrera (TEX)
32. Colin Moran (PIT)
33. Johan Camargo (ATL)
34. Nick Senzel (CIN)
35. Todd Frazier (NYM)
36. Hernan Perez (MIL)
37. Zack Cozart (LAA)
38. Eduardo Nunez (BOS)
39. Hunter Dozier (KC)
40. Ian Happ (CHC)
41. David Fletcher (LAA)
42. Yolmer Sanchez (CWS)
43. Matt Duffy (TB)
44. Yangervis Solarte (TOR)
45. Yandy Diaz (TB)
46. Wilmer Difo (WAS)
47. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX)
48. Neil Walker (MIA)
49. Erik Gonzalez (PIT)
50. Ty France (SD)
51. Almedys Diaz (HOU)
52. Patrick Wisdom (TEX)
53. Tim Beckham (SEA)
54. Daniel Descalso (CHC)
55. Yairo Munoz (STL)
56. David Bote (CHC)
57. Jedd Gyorko (STL)
58. Taylor Ward (LAA)
59. David Freese (LAD)
60. Miguel Rojas (MIA)
61. Cory Spangenberg (MIL)
62. Pablo Sandoval (SFG)
63. Ehire Adrianza (MIN)
64. Kevin Cron (ARZ)
65. Russell Martin (LAD)
66. Jung Ho Kang (PIT)
67. Michael Chavis (BOS)
68. Austin Riley (ATL)
69. Brandon Drury (TOR)
70. Martin Prado (MIA)
71. Ryder Jones (SFG)