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2016 Third Baseman Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Time for some All-Star break fun: here are my very, very preliminary 2016 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options are likely to be exercised.

 

Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2016. Click to see other preliminary 2016 rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

 

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2016 Third Baseman Rankings

 

 

2016 Third Base Team 2015 July
1 Nolan Arenado Rockies 1 1
2 Josh Donaldson Blue Jays 2 2
3 Kris Bryant Cubs 12 5
4 Manny Machado Orioles 9 4
5 Todd Frazier Reds 8 3
6 Joey Gallo Rangers 33 21
7 Adrian Beltre Rangers 3 6
8 Kyle Seager Mariners 10 10
9 Matt Carpenter Cardinals 13 7
10 Evan Longoria Rays 6 12
11 David Wright Mets 7 20
12 Hector Olivera Dodgers 33 2B 33 2B
13 Maikel Franco Phillies 31 14
14 Pablo Sandoval Red Sox 14 13
15 Brett Lawrie Athletics 18 2B 14 2B
16 Mike Moustakas Royals 20 16
17 Miguel Sano Twins 53 39
18 Chase Headley Yankees 18 19
19 Trevor Plouffe Twins 24 18
20 Yasmany Tomas Diamondbacks 86 OF 22
21 Justin Turner Dodgers 35 15
22 Nick Castellanos Tigers 19 29
23 Matt Duffy Giants 47 2B 20 2B
24 Martin Prado Marlins 17 2B 25 2B
25 Jake Lamb Diamondbacks 30 31
26 Lonnie Chisenhall Indians 17 28
27 Yunel Escobar Nationals 32 SS 26 SS
28 Derek Dietrich Marlins 49 2B 31 2B
29 Juan Uribe   28 26
30 David Freese   29 25
31 Luis Valbuena Astros 24 2B 23 2B
32 Will Middlebrooks Padres 27 32
33 Kelly Johnson Braves 36 30
34 Cody Asche Phillies 26 34
35 Giovanny Urshela Indians 78 35
36 Matt Dominguez Brewers 40 40
37 Kyle Kubitza Angels 56 NR
38 Chris Johnson Braves 23 38
39 Conor Gillaspie White Sox 25 36
40 Aramis Ramirez   21 23
41 Mike Olt Cubs 42 NR
42 Patrick Kivlehan Mariners 50 NR
43 Alberto Callaspo   45 2B 50 2B
44 Garin Cecchini Red Sox 49 NR
45 Richie Shaffer Rays 74 NR

 

Third Basemen

 

o I’m not feeling so confident about this list, at least not beyond the strong top five. With Alex Rodriguez, Chris Davis, Carlos Santana, Ryan Zimmerman and Pedro Alvarez all no longer eligible at third, the depth has taken a major hit. Wright’s back makes him a question mark, Beltre and Longoria seem unlikely to reemerge as elite options and Gallo and Sano are both big swing-and-miss guys who could be slow to reach their full potential.

 

o Olivera has played mostly third in the minors so far and there should be more time for him at the hot corner than at second once he’s called up by the Dodgers, so I have him listed here for now. It’ll be fascinating to see how the Dodgers handle their infield situation this winter. Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins are free agents. They have the ability to go with Turner and Olivera at second and third, in either alignment, and top prospect Corey Seager at shortstop, but given their nearly unlimited budget, it’s hard to see them being content to go that route. If they re-sign Kendrick, Olivera will be a risky pick while having to compete with Turner for playing time.

 

o Ramirez is probably going to retire, which is why he’s listed way down at No. 40. If he changes his mind and decides to play another season, he’ll probably enter next season in the 22-28 range.

Matthew Pouliot
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 @matthewpouliot.