2020 Rankings: Top 15 Third Basemen (Where To Rank The 2019 Breakouts, Any Surprises? & More)

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Spring Training is upon us, and that means it’s time to ramp up our preparation for our 2020 Fantasy Baseball Drafts. Let’s keep our “official” rankings on the site rolling, with even deeper rankings and more in-depth analysis available via our draft guide (click here for information on ordering the guide for just $8.25), with the Top 15 First Basemen. Who are the players worth targeting? Who could surprise? Who is destined to disappoint?

Let’s answer all of these questions and more as we get to the rankings:

RankPlayerTeamQuick Thoughts
1)Nolan ArenadoColorado RockiesSure he produces significantly better at Coors Field (.351 with 21 HR), but he's not leaving Colorado (at least it doesn't look like it at this point) and will continue to benefit from it. He's one of the elite, and that's not about to change.
2) Anthony RendonLos Angeles AngelsRendon has generally been underrated throughout his career and now forms a formidable 1-2 punch with Mike Trout in Los Angeles. He fully emerged last year (.319, 34 HR, 126 RBI, 117 R) and could come close to replicating those numbers.
3) Alex BregmanHouston AstrosHe's been an extra base machine over the past few years, and the doubles turned into home runs in '19 (41 HR). We do need to monitor his average, even with an elite approach, as he appears to be swinging for the fences (and that risk/limitation is the only thing holding him back).
4) Jose RamirezCleveland IndiansAfter a disappointing start Ramirez performed better in the second half (though there is risk/limitations given his approach at the plate). That said he brings power and speed and a simple improvement against fourseam fastballs (.225 AVG) would go a long way.
5) Rafael DeversBoston Red SoxDevers hit .302 with 32 HR, 115 RBI and 129 R in '19, showing the breakout that fantasy owners had been waiting for. There's no question about his power (54 doubles), though there are questions about his approach (40.6% O-Swing%) and his AVG faded late (.278 & .262 over the final two months).
6) Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Toronto Blue JaysGuerrero fell short of the unbelievable hype entering the season, but he flashed it (.341 with 4 HR in August). As he continues to adjust and gain experience, the 21-year old could easily emerge as a Top 10 talent before long.
7) Josh DonaldsonMinnesota TwinsAfter an injury plagued 2018 Donaldson returned to being one of the elite in 2019, hitting .259 with 37 HR, 94 RBI and 96 R. It's fair to point towards his home/road split in '19 as cause for concern (38.6% HR/FB at home), but even the road numbers put him on pace for a 30+ HR campaign.
8)Eugenio SuarezCincinnati RedsHis power has grown each year, and while he may not be able to replicate his 49 HR and 29.5% HR/FB in '19 Suarez has proven that he's one of the better power hitters in the game. Couple that with a strong average and he can't be ignored.
9)Max MuncyLos Angeles DodgersThose who believed that 2018 was an aberration were quickly proven wrong and the positional flexibility along with his ability to produce against both RHP and LHP adds to the appeal.
10)Matt ChapmanOakland A'sAfter thriving in the first half (.268 with 21 HR), Chapman faded in the second (.222 with 15 HR). It's possible that he became too focused on his power stroke, but even during his struggles he showed a solid approach and should carry a better BABIP (.250 in the second half).
11)Manny MachadoSan Diego PadresTalking about disappointments, Machado's first season in San Diego hardly went as planned. The problem stemmed mostly from playing in Petco Park (.219), but he proved he could hit the ball out of the ballpark and should be able to make the necessary adjustments. Maybe he doesn't play up to his contract, but that doesn't mean he should be ignored.
12) Eduardo EscobarArizona DiamondbacksHe built on his 2018 breakout, hitting .272 with 35 HR and 118 RBI in '19. He also has some red flags, which helped lead to a .236 AVG in the second half. Even if he hit "just" .260ish with 30 HR, would anyone complain?
13)Mike MoustakasCincinnati RedsThe landing spot may have been surprising, but having proven he can handle second base it's actually a good fit on paper. The power is obvious and playing half his games in Cincinnati should nearly ensure of 30/90 season, even it if comes with a poor average.
14)Brian AndersonMiami MarlinsAnderson has the potential to truly emerge in 2020, despite an underwhelming line in 2019 (.261 with 20 HR). He was one of just four qualified hitters with a Hard% of at least 44% and Oppo% of 28% (44.3% and 29.0%, respectively) and at 27-years old would it be surprising to see some of his doubles start to clear the fences?
15)Yulieski GurrielHouston AstrosNo one has questioned his ability to hit, but the emergence of his power (31 HR) was surprising. There was a split in his production, with his 11.7% HR/FB, which produced 14 HR, could be closer to reality.

Sources – Fangraphs, Brooks Baseball

Make sure to check out all of our 2020 preseason rankings:

PositionLast Updated
Catchers02/10/20
First Basemen02/13/20
Second Basemen02/18/20
Third Basemen02/21/20
Shortstops02/24/20
Outfielders03/06/20
Starting Pitchers03/09/20
Relief Pitchers03/03/20

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    • I’ll do an in-depth look at Moncada next week, but there’s obvious concerns about his AVG and 3B is an extremely deep position.

  1. Kind of surprised not to see Justin Turner on this list. He has great metrics, hits the ball hard, hits for a high average, and will help your fantasy team in so many ways. I get that he’s old, but still.

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