Updated Third Base Rankings (2019): Re-Evaluating Vladimir Guerrero & More

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Given the outlook for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. we’ve refined our projection, which has led to a big leap in his projection.  While he’s not going to break camp with the team, it seems like a foregone conclusion that he’ll arrive before April is over.  Where does that land him on the rankings?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
  2. Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians
  3. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
  4. Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
  5. Alex Bregman – Houston Astros
  6. Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
  7. Eugenio Suarez – Cincinnati Reds
  8. Matt Chapman – Oakland A’s
  9. Josh Donaldson – Atlanta Braves
  10. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays
  11. Wil Myers – San Diego Padres
  12. Travis Shaw – Milwaukee Brewers
  13. Miguel Andujar – New York Yankees
  14. Max Muncy – Los Angeles Dodgers
  15. Mike Moustakas – Milwaukee Brewers

Thoughts:

  • This ranking is based on a projection of 475 AB for Guerrero.  If he were going to get 550 AB he would vault into the fourth spot, and there’s no questioning the potential impact he could make.  That said the missed time and his age have to be taken into account when valuing him solely for 2019.
  • We recently took an in-depth look at Bregman, explaining why he was ranked where he was and the risks involved in making the investment.  Check that out by clicking here.
  • It feels like Rendon generally is not given the respect that he deserves.  He’s coming off a year that he hit .308 with 24 HR, 92 RBI and 88 R, carries an elite approach and has the potential to take another step forward with his power.  Even if he doesn’t improve his HR total he’s one of the best, but if he does he will no longer go overlooked.
  • We’ve taken a look at our projection for Miguel Andujar, and the risk of a sophomore slump, which you can read by clicking here.

Sources – Fangraphs

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