Preliminary 2020 Rankings: Top 10 Third Baseman (Where To Rank The 2019 Breakouts, Any Surprises? & More)


As you view these rankings keep in mind that they are extremely preliminary and will change as we continue our evaluations and projections for 2020. They will also be expanded here on the site, with even deeper rankings and more in-depth analysis available via our draft guide (click here for information on pre-ordering the guide for just $8.25).

With that said, let’s 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 and will continue to benefit from it. He's one of the elite, and that's not about to change.
2) Anthony RendonFree AgentWe'll have to wait and see where he lands via free agency, but Rendon has generally been underrated throughout his career. He fully emerged last year (.319, 34 HR, 126 RBI, 117 R) and depending on where he lands could easily replicate 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/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), and while 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)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 only adds to the appeal.
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)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).
10)Manny MachadoSan Diego PadresTalking about disappointments, Machado's first season 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.

Sources – Fangraphs, Brooks Baseball

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