Updated Top 15 Third Baseman (2019): Where Does Mike Moustakas Land?

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We finally started to get a little bit of movement in the free agent market, with Mike Moustakas among those finding a new home.  While we still wait for a few more dominoes to fall, Moustakas’ return to Milwaukee does impact our third base rankings.  Let’s take a look at how things reshuffle based on the news:

  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. Wil Myers – San Diego Padres
  11. Travis Shaw – Milwaukee Brewers
  12. Miguel Andujar – New York Yankees
  13. Max Muncy – Los Angeles Dodgers
  14. Mike Moustakas – Milwaukee Brewers
  15. Jurickson Profar – Oakland A’s

Thoughts:

  • Moustakas’ return to Milwaukee leads to him jumping into the Top 15, knocking Eduardo Escobar just outside the list.  It’s an ideal landing spot for Moustakas, who figures to fill a spot in the middle of a potent lineup in a hitter friendly ballpark.  While the numbers weren’t overly impressive after last year’s deadline deal (.256 with 8 HR and 33 RBI over 218 PA), it’s possible that he simply needed to adjust to his new environment.  He should improve upon his 10.4% HR/FB (14.1% with the Royals, 17.8% in ’17) and should be able to post at least similar marks to Max Muncy (think .260/30).  Third base is deep, but Moustakas should be a solid option.
  • Speaking of Muncy, he seems like an often overlooked option.  Maybe it’s due to the depth the Dodgers have, but last year’s breakout appears to be for real.  There are risks, given the strikeout rate and a potential regression in his power, but another .260/30 HR type campaign is a very realistic expectation.
  • We recently took a look at Kris Bryant and if his 2018 struggles were due to his shoulder injury, the hitting coach or something more.  At the end of the day there’s a good chance he again disappoints, despite being a solid option.  You can take a look at our 2019 projection by clicking here.
  • Another third baseman who we’ve looked at our 2019 projection for is Miguel Andjuar.  Many likely would’ve expected him to be significantly higher on the rankings, but a sophomore swoon could be in the cards.  Take a look as to why by clicking here.

Sources – Fangraphs, NFBC

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