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2015 Third Baseman Rankings

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


As has become an All-Star break tradition, here’s a peek ahead at some very, very preliminary 2015 player rankings. I’m only concerned with next year here, so these aren’t true keeper rankings; if I were factoring in 2016 and beyond, some younger players would be listed quite a bit higher. As always, I’m going position by position (trying to account for next year’s position eligibility) and including a top 300 overall.

 

This winter’s free agents are listed without teams. Players facing option years are listed as “opt” in the team column.

 

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Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | C | DH

 

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2015 Third Baseman Rankings

 

2015Third BaseTeam2014
1 Adrian Beltre Rangers 2
2 Manny Machado Orioles 6
3 David Wright Mets 3
4 Carlos Santana Indians 2
5 Josh Donaldson Athletics 9
6 Evan Longoria Rays 4
7 Kyle Seager Mariners 8
8 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 5
9 Pablo Sandoval   7
10 Todd Frazier Reds 17
11 Nolan Arenado Rockies 12
12 Matt Carpenter Cardinals 5 2B
13 Kris Bryant Cubs 48
14 Aramis Ramirez opt 10
15 Lonnie Chisenhall Indians 21
16 Chase Headley   11
17 Martin Prado Diamondbacks 6 2B
18 Pedro Alvarez Pirates 16
19 Nick Castellanos Tigers 61 OF
20 Alex Rodriguez Yankees NR
21 Maikel Franco Phillies 29
22 Juan Francisco Blue Jays 34
23 Joey Gallo Rangers NR
24 Mike Moustakas Royals 19
25 Chris Johnson Braves 18
26 Casey McGehee Marlins 25
27 Juan Uribe Dodgers 24
28 Miguel Sano Twins NR
29 Brock Holt Red Sox 52
30 Trevor Plouffe Twins 30
31 Conor Gillaspie White Sox 33
32 Will Middlebrooks Red Sox 13
33 David Freese Angels 23
34 Cody Asche Phillies 31
35 Matt Dominguez Astros 22
36 Mark Reynolds Brewers 20
37 Adam Duvall Giants 72
38 Mike Olt Cubs 27
39 Kelly Johnson   21 2B
40 Matt Davidson White Sox 28
41 Justin Turner Dodgers 38
42 Kevin Youkilis   NR
43 D.J. Peterson Mariners 71
44 Eric Chavez   35
45 Garin Cecchini Red Sox 43

 

Third Basemen

 

  • In his 18th year in the big leagues, Beltre might enter a season as the consensus top third baseman available for the first time. I had him second behind Alex Rodriguez in 2005 and second behind Miguel Cabrera this year, but never first.

 

  • There rarely seems to be much help available at third base in free agency, but this year is an exception, with Sandoval and Headley both possibilities for long-term deals. Aramis Ramirez could also opt out from his $14 million option with the Brewers (the option contains a $4 million buyout for the Brewers, so they’ll almost surely exercise their half of it). There’s also the Hanley Ramirez factor here: he’ll likely be marketed as a shortstop, but he’d almost certainly be more valuable as a third baseman going forward.

 

  • This might also be the best crop of third base prospects since 1998, when Beltre and Ramirez were third and fifth, respectively, in Baseball America’s Top 100, with Chavez, Troy Glaus, Russell Branyan and Mike Lowell further down.


I have Kris Bryant ranked highest of the group, and I’d probably slide him right into the top 10 here if I were more confident about him opening the season in the majors. Gallo, who has 40-homer power, could make a run at the Rangers’ first base job next spring, though I expect that he’ll spend more time in the minors. Sano likely is looking at a few months in the minors after missing all of 2014 following Tommy John surgery.



Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter at matthewpouliot.
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