Early 2015 Rankings: Top 15 Third Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Third base has always been a shallow position and the loss of eligibility for Miguel Cabrera certainly doesn’t help things.  While there were a few players who emerged (i.e. Anthony Rendon and Todd Frazier) and others who gained eligibility (i.e. Carlos Santana and Chris Davis), there are still a ton of questions surrounding the position.  How do things shake out as of today?  Let’s take a look:

1) Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers
2) Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
3) Josh Donaldson – Oakland A’s
4) Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays
5) Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles
6) Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
7) Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians
8) Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners
9) Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
10) Pablo Sandoval – Free Agent
11) Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
12) David Wright – New York Mets
13) Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
14) Josh Harrison – Pittsburgh Pirates
15) Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox



  • We all know that Chris Davis’ 2014 campaign was a disaster, including having his season cut short due to a suspension for amphetamines.  That was just icing on the cake, as he regressed more than anyone could’ve imagined (.196, 26 HR, 72 RBI).  Of course, his numbers were marred by poor luck (.242 BABIP) and he’s one of the few players in the league with the potential to reach 40 HR.  There’s a good chance of a rebound, making him an intriguing option (though his spot on the rankings will continue to be evaluated).
  • As we have come to expect with most Rockies hitters, there’s a clear split in Nolan Arenado’s home (.303 with 16 HR) and road (.269 with 2 HR) numbers.  The question is going to be if he can produce power away from Coors Field, something we will explore as the offseason progresses.
  • Can Manny Machado stay healthy?  It’s obviously a concern, as he has seen each of his past two seasons end prematurely due to knee injuries.  There is clearly no concern about his upside, but he needs to be on the field to show it.
  • David Wright simply isn’t the same player that he once was.  While he’s not a “terrible” option, we all know he’s on the downside of his career and the days of him being a .300 hitter with 25 HR and 20 SB are behind him.
  • When will Kris Bryant get recalled to man 3B for the Cubs?  The answer to that question will determine if he belongs in our Top 15 or not.

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  1. Bbboston says:

    Roto professor,

    you know I love your stuff but honestly this is the first time I disagree with you. Carlos Santana yes he has a great eye etc. but the guy has yet to actually put it together. Kyle Seger year in year out continues to improve and has superior statistics…, it’s hard understand how he’s right behind Carlos Santana

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      I can’t speak exactly for the Professor, but personally I would put Seager ahead of Santana. The power numbers were about the same last season, but Seager hit for a better average. Now I do think Santana’s average will improve from last season, so that is likely why he is slotted ahead of Seager.


      • Bbboston says:

        Absolutely understand the rationale: same one each year that Santana was generiusly rated in preseason. I get that the assessment is a reasonable projection…. But at this point I’ll take seagers performance over Santana’s potential

  2. Bbboston says:

    Kyle Seger is the redheaded stepchild of fantasy baseball

  3. GC says:

    I play in a league where Miggy still qualifies at third. It’s probably a silly question but does he take top honors in your 3B rankings?

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