And we’ve reached our final top 20 recap for the infield, and, if you exclude the top 20 catchers, 3rd base is by far the shallowest position. 3rd base ain’t great, y’all! This is the first position where there’s guys at the tail end that I actively wouldn’t have wanted on my fantasy teams, and guys like Yoan Moncada, Bobby Dalbec, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Adalberto Mondesi and Anthony Rendon all stunk, and didn’t even come within a sniff of the top 20 3rd basemen. Also, even the top 20 2nd basemen, which wasn’t great saw Wilmer Flores at 20, he’s 19th overall here, so this was a tad shallower. To recap my recap before the recap, this final ranking is from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments. This is not for next year. Anyway, here’s the top 20 3rd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:

1. Jose Ramirez – Prolly the most locked up position player you’re gonna find. Call him Mr. Locked Up from Lockerbie, shopping at Foot Locker with a grant from Lockheed Martin to make specialized drones to take out other 3rd basemen challenging for the top spot. As much as I want to fete Jo-Jo-Ram, and, boy, do I love to fete, even if it sounds like the gayest word ever, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but Jo-Jo’s 2nd half wasn’t great and he’s getting up there in age, and, yeah, will save that for next year when I get out on one of the most consistent guys in the sport way too early. Preseason Rank #1, 2022 Projections: 106/34/108/.273/25 in 567 ABs, Final Numbers: 91/29/126/.280/20 in 601 ABs

2. Manny Machado – I’m sorry, but who’s more reliable than Machado? 30 homers — check! 100 RBIs — check! — 10 steals — check! 100 runs — check! Solid average — check! Even his sprint speed has normalized around the 400th slowest in the league, which is so freakin’ funny to me still. He has to have the most steals in the league with the most obscenely terrible home to first times. If you’re not picking up what I’m putting down, then you’re like Machado’s feet to first, i.e., Machado doesn’t run very hard to first but he has speed. Preseason Rank #4, 2022 Projections: 94/32/109/.283/10 in 559 ABs, Final Numbers: 100/32/102/.298/9 in 578 ABs

3. Austin Riley – Struggled in the preseason with how much to trust Riley’s previous season, and for four (stutterer!) months he made me seem silly for ever doubting him, then he trailed off in August and September just to give me some more pause next year. Thank you, Riley, for giving me just a little agita! Also, I mentioned this a bunch in the shortstops recap, but it truly is crazy to me how many at-bats some of these guys had, and how few runs they scored. Not talking about bad teams or guys low in the order, either. Preseason Rank #5, 2022 Projections: 87/33/98/.262 in 588 ABs, Final Numbers: 90/38/93/.273/2 in 615 ABs

4. Nolan Arenado – Kinda weird one, because I was totally out in the preseason, and he did better than I expected but my preseason projections vs. his end-of-the-year numbers are that different? Rhetorical! Though, absolutely screwed up by calling him a preseason schmohawk, and that’s kinda where it stops for me, because my dog ate the rest of my notes on him, and I put my dog by an open window, and, do you need to know more? No! I still have the dog! He pooped out the notes, and I was drying the turd-notes by the open window–NOOOO!!! Torenado! Preseason Rank #8, 2022 Projections: 76/32/89/.252/1 in 580 ABs, Final Numbers: 73/30/103/.293/5 in 557 ABs

5. Bobby Witt Jr. – Already went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

6. Rafael Devers – Do the Red Sox have a San Fran Giants thing going? Are they on an “every other year” thing? Devers seems like he is, though 2020 kinda messes up everything when it comes to multi-year narratives. Saberhagenmetricians are going to studying this all offseason, or at least every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Jokes aside (were they jokes?), Devers’s season looks like a clearcut case of a guy who was nursing an injury in the 2nd half. His numbers look solid, but the ball just wasn’t being driven. Preseason Rank #2, 2022 Projections: 104/36/115/.284/4 in 597 ABs, Final Numbers: 84/27/88/.295/3 in 555 ABs

7. Brandon Drury – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

8. Alex Bregman – Welp, here’s the guy I absolutely nailed in the preseason projections and end-of-the-year stats and the ranking. Might be the most right-on guy across all the rankings. What do I win? Imaginary applause. Thank you, thank you, no, no, that’s enough, you embarrass me! Preseason Rank #9, 2022 Projections: 92/23/102/.267/1 in 561 ABs, Final Numbers: 93/23/93/.259/1 in 548 ABs

9. Eugenio Suarez – Already went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

10. Matt Chapman – Yo, my preseason projections were really good this year, methinks, while metalks like a leprechaun. If being honest (for once!), I’d prolly say I had visions of Chapman hitting more homers than I even projected him for: Delusions of Grandstands Souvenirs is the medical term. It’s promising that he cut his strikeout rate, and, from his O-Swing%, it looks sustainable. Preseason Rank #11, 2022 Projections: 72/31/86/.214/2 in 523 ABs, Final Numbers: 83/27/76/.229/2 in 538 ABs

11. Alec Bohm – Not going to take dubyas that mean nothing: Bohm did pretty close to what I expected, but that is not a hitting line I respect much. It’s so yawnstipating. 12/2 is useless. It doesn’t even make a safe steering wheel grip. This also goes to how sad the 3rd basemen became almost instantly after Eugenio at nine. Preseason Rank #30, 2022 Projections: 62/10/56/.258/5 in 512 ABs, Final Numbers: 79/12/72/.280/2 in 586 ABs

12. Luis Arraez – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

13. Josh Rojas – Already went over him at the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

14. Justin Turner – I legit called my nearest AM/PM to speak to Toomgis to see if he tampered with the Player Rater to get Turner ranked this high. They said Toomgis doesn’t work in stores, but is a total diva, and “Could I please help them get rid of him?” Whatever that means, and whatever this statline Turner finished with, like, what even? That’s awful! How did he finish 14th here? His average and RBIs are doing a lot of lifting. Preseason Rank #17, 2022 Projections: 73/24/75/.257/2 in 481 ABs, Final Numbers: 61/13/81/.278/3 in 468 ABs

15. Ryan McMahon – Already went over him at the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

16. Patrick Wisdom – As someone who rostered Wisdom — the player, clearly not the brain stuff — in a very deep league, and I tried everyone I could to replace him and not play him, so, yeah, these 3rd basemen are super sad. Though, for what it’s Cronenworth, I’d take Wisdom over Turner, and figure out average elsewhere. Preseason Rank #23, 2022 Projections: 58/28/72/.212/3 in 561 ABs, Final Numbers: 67/25/66/.207/8 in 469 ABs

17. Yandy Diaz – Ya know what my Bohm and Yandy Diaz preseason rankings tell me? I do well projecting guys, but I clearly have blindspots when it comes to ranking. I know what Yandy and Bohm are going to do, but I rank them much lower, because I don’t want those stats. I’d prefer to take a flyer off waivers on a breakout or hot schmotato than have Yandy (or Bohm) all year. You could Frankenstein a 3rd baseman together off waivers and beat Yandy or Bohm. Or at least have fun trying. Preseason Rank #42, 2022 Projections: 51/10/56/.267/1 in 445 ABs, Final Numbers: 71/9/57/.296/3 in 473 ABs

18. Kyle Farmer – Continuing thought from Yandy blurb, these guys aren’t exactly producing great stats, they are staying healthy and accumulating runs, RBIs and not totally killing you in average. On a side note, that Farmer saw 145 games the past two years for the Reds should trigger a clause where the Reds’ owner has to sell the team. Preseason Rank #45, 2022 Projections: 41/9/43/.251/3 in 312 ABs, Final Numbers: 58/14/78/.255/4 in 526 ABs

19. Wilmer Flores – Already went over him at the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

20. Gio Urshela – Ya know what the 3rd basemen are missing? The guys who had less than 400 ABs but were fun and sexy and anything but more accumulators! Like the Jon Bertis and Jose Mirandas of the world, they’d be fun to see here. Wait a second, I just saw them! Because I wrote their names. Wowie wee wow!  Preseason Rank #25, 2022 Projections: 71/19/78/.277/1 in 547 ABs, Final Numbers: 61/13/64/.285/1 in 501 ABs

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frankgrimes
frankgrimes
3 months ago

You got a shout out post game FS1 for your schwarber tweet haha

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
Reply to  frankgrimes
3 months ago

LOL i caught that too……they really need to lose A-Rod from that broadcast crew though he is terrible.

Smitty
3 months ago

Watchin Nestor do his thing vs Cle today. My best pick at #328 still looks great. At 3B took Arenado at #63 and he panned, but price is goin up.
Like Miranda if I get sniped on the upper echelon 3B this season, or Berti if I need the bags.
Looks like HOU-NYY for AL pennant, Stros should advance I think, but you gotta perform. Just ask the Dodgers, ugh…love ya brother

VASH
VASH
3 months ago

Keeper league with obp. I have Tyler Stephenson as a keeper.

If you can keep 2
Christian Walker
Brandon nimmo
Jake Cronenwoeth
Cal Releigh

Kyle Eberth
Kyle Eberth
3 months ago

Our LM switched the league this year so that keepers are associated with the rounds they were drafted in previously. Can keep 2:

Pts league that slightly favors pitchers (can start 7 per week) and obp.

Trout in the 1st.
Bichette in the 2nd
Cease in the 5th
McLanahan in the 10th
Rutschman in the 14th

Who you got?

Coolwhip
3 months ago

grey,

where is kris bryant.jpg
Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

I saw it reported, though i can’t say i ever saw him in uniform

Coolwhip
3 months ago

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Coolwhip
3 months ago

Yandy, Farmer, Urshela making the top 20 bahahHAHAhahahaHAHAhaha

Surface level takeaway is 1 of Machado/Riley/Witt is going to be my 3B on every team next year. Not going to mess with it. Kinda like i did this year but now I’m more of a believer

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Oh man, woof, i had him a couple places too as a CI. Candelario was little more than a wax statue 90% of the season

P K
P K
3 months ago

Manny Machado: has speed when he wants to, but usually he doesn’t want to.

Coolwhip
Reply to  P K
3 months ago

what my dad always called playoff speed

papasmurf
papasmurf
3 months ago

3b really is a blackhole outside of catcher… if you don’t have the top ones just gotta stream I guess.

This year I started with Mondesi and Torkelson (yikes), then it was Urias (zoinks), then traded for Bryant (and he got hurt within 2 weeks, same for B Lowe in May, luck of the smurf and made my skin turn from blue to purple from smurf rage), then it was Bohm and there were many hamandeggers streamed…

Bohm’s final numbers very meh, but he did have a good stretch where he had a buncha multihit gms in a row.

Stream baby stream.

Pine Tar Incident
Pine Tar Incident
3 months ago

This post should include a NSFW tag. BLECH.

thehombre
thehombre
3 months ago

Bohm really did that little with that many at bats? I swear he didn’t play that much.

This list has me going all in on Mondesi once again.

Fool me once. Fool me 47 more times.

galica1234
galica1234
3 months ago

Grey!!!

Awesome!!!!

a. Wow, so underwhelming. Anyone who didn’t have the top 4 were looking elsewhere. No one expected such goodness from Eugenio especially with him going to a pitcher’s park and with Winker’s swoon. Done in this year by Ke’Bryan, Mondesi and his positional eligibility.

b. George Carlin quote of the day for October 18, 2022

‘Government want to tell you things you can’t say because they’re against the law, or you can’t say this because it’s against a regulation, or here’s something you can’t say because its a…secret; “You can’t tell him that because he’s not cleared to know that.” Government wants to control information and control language because that’s the way you control thought, and basically that’s the game they’re in.’

From, Doin’ It Again / Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics (1990)
Cheers,
Ante

VinWins
VinWins
3 months ago

POS (Rank) 3RD BASE ADP (LEAGUES)
1 ( 6 ) Jose Ramirez…. 5 ( 16 )
2 ( 7 ) Manny Machado 22 ( 16 )
3 ( 19 ) Austin Riley 42 ( 16 )
4 ( 24 ) Nolan Arenado 67 ( 16 )
5 ( 26 ) Bobby Witt Jr. 62 ( 16 )
6 ( 34 ) Rafael Devers 12 ( 16 )
7 ( 50 ) Brandon Drury ND ( 0 )
8 ( 59 ) Alex Bregman 75 ( 16 )
9 ( 89 ) Eugenio Suarez 215 ( 16 )
10 ( 100 ) Matt Chapman 125 ( 16 )
11 ( 108 ) Alec Bohm 267 ( 2 )
12 ( 113 ) Luis Arraez 247 ( 4 )
13 ( 129 ) Josh Rojas 246 ( 12 )
14 ( 132 ) Justin Turner 164 ( 16 )
15 ( 139 ) Ryan McMahon 165 ( 16 )
16 ( 152 ) Patrick Wisdom 259 ( 2 )
17 ( 156 ) Yandy Diaz ND ( 0 )
18 ( 169 ) Kyle Farmer ND ( 0 )
19 ( 175 ) Wilmer Flores 269 ( 1 )
20 ( 188 ) Gio Urshela 280 ( 7 )
21 ( 193 ) Eduardo Escobar 212 ( 16 )
22 ( 204 ) Jon Berti ND ( 0 )
23 ( 208 ) Ha-Seong Kim 252 ( 1 )
24 ( 209 ) DJ LeMahieu 127 ( 16 )
25 ( 210 ) Max Muncy 97 ( 16 )
26 ( 213 ) Luis Rengifo ND ( 0 )
27 ( 218 ) Jose Miranda 218 ( 1 )
28 ( 221 ) Christopher Morel ND ( 0 )
29 ( 240 ) Ke’Bryan Hayes 169 ( 16 )
30 ( 249 ) Josh Donaldson 183 ( 16 )
34 ( 325 ) Luis Urias 208 ( 16 )
37 ( 352 ) Hunter Dozier 285 ( 1 )
42 ( 494 ) Jeimer Candelario 233 ( 15 )
43 ( 496 ) Yoan Moncada 146 ( 16 )
46 ( 551 ) Bobby Dalbec 238 ( 16 )
47 ( 553 ) Joey Wendle 293 ( 2 )
49 ( 572 ) Josh Harrison 246 ( 1 )
51 ( 658 ) Nicky Lopez 278 ( 9 )
55 ( 831 ) Cavan Biggio 272 ( 9 )
59 ( 878 ) Kris Bryant 54 ( 16 )
61 ( 905 ) Mike Moustakas 288 ( 1 )
62 ( 939 ) Abraham Toro 264 ( 4 )
69 ( 1044 ) Jonathan Villar 268 ( 8 )
71 ( 1098 ) Anthony Rendon 110 ( 16 )
92 ( 1247 ) Kevin Smith 258 ( 7 )
101 ( 1324 ) Adalberto Mondesi 60 ( 16 )

Curt C
Curt C
Reply to  VinWins
3 months ago

Shouldnt Gunnar Henderson be on this list?….I know short sample size, but better then some of these guys on the bottom stats wise.

Curt C
Curt C
Reply to  VinWins
3 months ago

Gunnar Henderson?

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Curt C
3 months ago

Well, at the lower end I just included players that were drafted in the final week of RCL drafts. On the Player Rater he is only shown to have SS eligibility anyway, where he ranked 1167.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Yeah, I was going to say Bryant was just as bad from the same round, but I guess he did give 160 good ABs to Mondesi’s 50 bad ABs.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Well, not quite in RCLs. The latest Judge went was 36, with an ADP of 26 including all drafts. The earliest Mondesi went was 40, with an ADP of 62. Could have had Arenado though.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

*turns oven on only to have the breaker go out*