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2020 Third Baseman Rankings

by Aaron Solomon
Updated On: July 17, 2019, 5:10 am ET

I usually do this over the All-Star break, but time didn’t allow for it last week. So here now are my very, very preliminary 2020 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 have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2020. Click to see other preliminary 2020 rankings:

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

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2020 Third Baseman Rankings

 

2020 Third Base Team 2019 July
1 Nolan Arenado Rockies 1 1
2 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Blue Jays 8 5
3 Rafael Devers Red Sox 6 3
4 Anthony Rendon   5 2
5 Kris Bryant Cubs 3 4
6 Yoan Moncada White Sox 8 2B 5 2B
7 Jose Ramirez Indians 2 8
8 Matt Chapman Athletics 9 6
9 Eugenio Suarez Reds 4 7
10 Scott Kingery Phillies 32 SS 17 SS
11 Josh Donaldson   11 9
12 Justin Turner Dodgers 10 10
13 Miguel Sano Twins 16 13
14 Eduardo Escobar Diamondbacks 29 SS 25 SS
15 Travis Shaw Brewers 9 2B 37 2B
16 Brian Anderson Marlins 17 16
17 Yandy Diaz Rays 4 DH 15
18 Miguel Andujar Yankees 7  
19 Matt Carpenter Cardinals 15 17
20 Jeimer Candelario Tigers 20 24
21 Hunter Dozier Royals 38 14
22 Jake Lamb Diamondbacks 18 18
23 Kyle Seager Mariners 26 19
24 Marwin Gonzalez Twins 25 SS 30 SS
25 Michael Brosseau Rays NR 40
26 Colin Moran Pirates 28 25
27 Maikel Franco Phillies 19 20
28 Evan Longoria Giants 24 26
29 Yuli Gurriel Astros 22 21
30 Asdrubal Cabrera   22 SS 29 SS
31 Todd Frazier   30 22
32 J.D. Davis Mets 37 28
33 Jed Lowrie Mets 28 2B 44 2B
34 Jedd Gyorko Cardinals* 35 46
35 Ryon Healy Mariners 31 1B 36
36 Brandon Drury Blue Jays 27 39
37 Johan Camargo Braves 29 37
38 Taylor Ward Angels 33 38
39 Matt Thaiss Angels 53 1B NR
40 Yairo Munoz Cardinals 55 SS NR
41 Alec Bohm Phillies NR NR
42 Ke'Bryan Hayes Pirates 51 45
43 Giovanny Urshela Yankees 78 29
44 Matt Duffy Rays 31 32
45 Josh Fuentes Rockies 45 44
46 Jung Ho Kang   25 30
47 Cheslor Cuthbert Royals 47 27
48 Ty France Padres 58 NR
49 Christian Arroyo Rays 53 2B NR
50 Pablo Sandoval   43 31

 

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hasn’t been the immediate smashing success most assumed he would be, but I’m pretty sure I’ll have him second on this list this spring (or third behind Alex Bregman, who is listed with the shortstops). About the only things that could change my mind would be a run of injuries or Rafael Devers hitting another 15-20 homers in the second half.
  • Having taken up his game another notch, Anthony Rendon should draw the biggest contract among position player free agents this winter, and the Nats figure to have a hard time contending next year unless they meet his asking price. He’s No. 4 here for now, though he could slip back behind Kris Bryant if he lands in a worse situation for hitters.
  • There isn’t much in the way of newcomers in the top 30. Late-blooming Michael Brosseau checks in at No. 25, and I’d go higher if the Rays didn’t have so many infield alternatives. I have the Angels’ duo of Taylor Ward and Matt Thaiss back-to-back at Nos. 38 and 39. I liked Ward as a deep sleeper this year, and he’s been plenty good in the minors. However, the Angels have mostly taken him off third base in order to play Thaiss, formerly a full-time first baseman, at the hot corner. I’m not sure how that all works out in the end; both offer decent offensive potential, but neither is any sort of lock to become a long-term regular. Alec Bohm and Ke'Bryan Hayes are plenty interesting, but both figure to open 2020 in the minors.