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Third Base

3B rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of third base for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on February 9, 2020.

1. Alex Bregman (HOU) He’s coming off a stellar 2019 that saw him elevate his game into the superstar category. He’s also coming off one of the most controversial off-seasons in recent memory. Will that tumultuous off-season affect his 2020 performance? Not one bit. SS-65

2. Nolan Arenado (COL) The trade rumors have swirled this off-season and as of today, he’s still a Rockie. Let’s hope that remains the case.

3. Anthony Rendon (LAA) He’s such a consistent day-in, day-out performer. The Angels made a great signing when they inked Rendon to pair up with Mike Trout as their anchors on offense for the next seven years.

4. Rafael Devers (BOS) He broke out and in a huge way last year. Expect more of the same moving forward as he establishes himself as one of the best players in the game.

5. Jose Ramirez (CLE) As inconsistent as they come, but at the end of the year the odds are exceptionally good that he’ll have contributed at least a 20-20 type campaign to your Fantasy squad.

6. Max Muncy (LAD) Back-to-back 35 home run seasons combined with eligibility all over the infield is so enticing. 1B-65, 2B-70

7. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR) Last year fell short of expectations, as he struggled to a 15-69 .272 rookie campaign. He looked sluggish in the second half and has responded with a rigorous off-season conditioning program. The future is still incredibly bright and hopefully, we see him demonstrating that BSOHL-form this Spring.

8. Eugenio Suarez (CIN) Dear Eugenio Suarez. When using the swimming pool, fill it with water first. Let’s hope the shoulder injury doesn’t delay the start of his 2020 season.

9. Kris Bryant (CHC) Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo batting at the top-of-the-order for the Cubs is flat out wrong. If the Cubs ever figure out how to get these guys hitting where they belong, which would be 3/4 in the order, we might
see a return to the 100 RBI seasons. OF-44

10. Matt Chapman (OAK) One of the best defenders in the game, Chapman also is pretty good with the lumber as his 36-91 2019 campaign will attest.

11. Josh Donaldson (MIN) Donaldson bounced back in 2019, providing us the opportunity to remember how good he was from 2015-thru-2017 as a Jay. He’ll continue raining down bombs in the Twin Cities for the next four seasons.

12. DJ LeMahieu (NYY) When an eight-year veteran hits a third of his career home runs in the 2019 season it has to be somewhat concerning. When that player also has a proven solid hit tool like DJ LeMahieu and is eligible to play all over the infield….it helps in alleviating those concerns. 1B-40, 2B-75

13. Manny Machado (SD) He had an okay first season with the Padres, but the Padres and his owners need more than just okay. The .256 BA/.334 OBP coming from a player that is more than likely going to be only 3B eligible moving forward has to be a concern. SS-37

14. Mike Moustakas (CIN) After producing 38, 28, and 35 homers over the past three seasons, he finally gets to call one team home for the next four years. The Reds will be the beneficiary and expect more solid power production in 2020. 2B-47

15. Jeff McNeil (NYM) With a pinch more power or speed, McNeil could potentially move higher among his peers. There are no questions about his ability to control the strike zone. 2B-37, OF-93

16. Eduardo Escobar (ARZ) When I see this type of increase from a player in his age-30 season (12 HR/34 RBI) it begs me to wonder if it’s a repeatable occurrence. I’ll take the cautious approach heading into 2020 and say no. 2B-33

17. Yoan Moncada (CWS) We witnessed Moncada show a much-improved hit tool in 2019, lowering the strikeouts from an unbelievable 217 in 2018 to 154 last season. The speed appears as if it will never be what was originally anticipated, but the power is a definite asset.

18. Scott Kingery (PHI) His first full season with the Phillies was all over the map. He had more ups and downs than a game of musical chairs, yet come year-end he was only one homer and five stolen bases shy of a 20-20 campaign. He might very well get there in 2020. OF-69

19. Miguel Sano (MIN) What you see is what you get. 35-to-40 homers with a .240 BA…..maybe? The move to first should help in keeping him on the field, something he hasn’t done well at achieving over the past four years.

20. Tommy Edman (STL) The low walk rates have to be somewhat concerning, but when you successfully swipe 15-of-16 bases in your first half-season, it guarantees that you’ll no longer be “flying under the radar.” 2B-29

21. J.D. Davis (NYM) Finally, Davis got the opportunity and delivered the goods for the Mets mashing 22 homers in 410 at-bats. A 30 homer season could be right around the corner! OF-79

22. Ryan McMahon (COL) The revolving door at second in Colorado appears to have been resolved. The strikeout rates are still alarmingly high, but there is no doubting the 25-90 potential. 2B-113

23. Hunter Dozier (KC) Dozier broke out in 2019, posting a very solid 26-84 season. He’ll also likely add 1B to his current 3B/OF eligibility. With 1B being a bit on the lean side, that counts. OF-20

24. Kyle Seager (SEA) Since becoming a full-time player in 2012, Seager has been a model of consistency, hitting 20, 22, 25, 26, 30, 27, 22, and finally 23 homers last year. That great 2019 second half, in which he hit 17 homers and drove in 45 runs in 250 at-bats suggests that the long run of solid numbers will continue into 2020.

25. Justin Turner (LAD) Heading into his age-36 season, the decline has commenced. The stellar BA/OBP has now slipped into the solid range and will likely continue regressing moving forward.

26. Yuli Gurriel (HOU) 18-13-31. One of these numbers is not like the others. I’m setting the over/under in 2020 at 20 homers for the 36-year-old and taking the under. 1B-110

27. Yandy Diaz (TB) So much potential. So little health. 1B-22

28. Brian Anderson (MIA) Anderson upped his home run totals from 11-to-20 in 131 fewer at-bats in 2019, and with the fences coming in at Marlins Park could be looking at another small uptick in the power numbers in 2020. OF-55

29. Maikel Franco (KC) Franco is hoping that a change of scenery will be cause for a return to form. The career.302 OBP in 2338 at-bats suggests otherwise.

30. Matt Carpenter (STL) Carpenter saw his 2018 .374 OBP drop to .334 in 2019. The home runs fell from 36 to 15. Could a bounce-back campaign be in order? Yes, it could, but we’re not betting on it.

31. Starlin Castro (WAS) 2B-117
32. Gio Urshela (NYY)
33. David Fletcher (LAA) 2B-42, SS-39, OF-23
34. Todd Frazier (TEX)
35. Evan Longoria (SF)
36. Colin Moran (PIT)
37. Jon Berti (MIA) SS-32, OF-28
38. Jeimer Candelario (DET) 1B-20
39. Tommy La Stella (LAA) 2B-46
40. David Bote (CHC) 2B-50
41. Rio Ruiz (BAL)
42. Jake Lamb (ARZ) 1B-24
43. Brandon Drury (TOR) OF-25
44. Marwin Gonzalez (MIN) 1B-21, OF-59
45. Hanser Alberto (BAL) 2B-90
46. Asdrubal Cabrera (WAS) 2B-31
47. Travis Shaw (TOR)
48. Alec Bohm (PHI)
49. Ehire Adrianza (MIN) 1B-20, SS-24
50. Ty France (SDP) 2B-21
51. Ke’Bryan Hayes (PIT)
52. Matt Duffy (TEX)
53. Bobby Dalbec (BOS)
54. Dawel Lugo (DET)
55. Cheslor Cuthbert (CWS) 1B-46
56. Isaac Paredes (DET)
57. Nolan Jones (CLE)
58. Colton Welker (COL)
59. Abraham Toro (HOU)
60. Rylan Bannon (BAL)
61. Ryon Healy (MIL)
62. Pablo Sandoval (SF) 1B-23
63. Kevin Padlo (TB)
64. Daniel Robertson (TB) 2B-26
65. Yairo Munoz (STL) OF-28
66. Jedd Gyorko (MIL)
67. Joey Wendle (TB) 2B-48
68. Isiah Kiner Falefa (TEX) C-38
69. Logan Forsythe (PHI) 1B-46
70. Jung Ho Kang (FA)
71. Neil Walker (FA) 1B-69
72. Zack Cozart (FA)

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