About a month ago, I put out my initial list for the top third basemen for my rest of season rankings. It turns out, my work was not quite complete as things have certainly changed. We’ve had injuries (ugh) and positional battles during spring training that have certainly moved the needle. However, another factor for me adjusting my rankings was actually getting into drafts and seeing what my decisions were in the moment when the pressure was actually on. Let’s get to the list and then we’ll go through some of the movers.

 

Rank Player Position Team  + / –
1 Jose Ramirez 3B Indians    –
2 Manny Machado 3B Padres    –
3 Anthony Rendon 3B Angels    –
4 DJ LeMahieu 1B/2B/3B Yankees    –
5 Nolan Arenado 3B Cardinals    –
6 Alex Bregman 3B Astros    –
7 Rafael Devers 3B Red Sox    –
8 Eugenio Suarez 3B Reds    –
9 Yoan Moncada 3B White Sox   +2
10 Max Muncy 1B/2B/3B Dodgers    –
11 Cavan Biggio 2B/3B/OF Blue Jays    -2
12 Alec Bohm 3B Phillies    –
13 Matt Chapman 3B Athletics    –
14 Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B Pirates   +2
15 Gio Urshela 3B Yankees    –
16 Kris Bryant 3B/OF Cubs   -2
17 Josh Donaldson 3B Twins    –
18 Tommy Edman 3B/SS/OF Cardinals    –
19 Jean Segura 3B/2B Phillies   +3
20 Austin Riley 3B Braves    –
21 Justin Turner 3B Dodgers   -2
22 Andres Gimenez 3B/2B/SS Indians    –
23 Ryan McMahon 3B/1B/2B Rockies   NR
24 Eduardo Escobar 3B Diamondbacks    –
25 Kyle Seager 3B Mariners   NR

 

Not much changed at the top. If you said to me that you like Alex Bregman over Nolan Arenado or Rafael Devers over DJ LeMahieu, that’s fine by me. The glob from Rendon down to Devers is bunched up so tight.

The first move I made was swapping Yoan Moncada and Cavan Biggio. With the news that he could be hitting seventh in the Blue Jays’ lineup, I had to bump Biggio down. In fact, I had moved him past Bohm, but then Springer got hurt, so I bumped him back up a little….for now. I still love the plate discipline and stolen bases that Biggio provides. However, if his bat doesn’t progress the way that I think it will, he’ll be sliding further down the ranks.

When it comes to Moncada, moving him up has everything to do with his health. He was hit hard by COVID-19 last year and never fully recovered during the shortened season. I’m expecting a bounce back to his usual self and should greatly benefit from an improved White Sox lineup.

Here’s the disclaimer – I’ve fallen in love with Ke’Bryan Hayes. I’ve had two live drafts in the last two days and took Hayes in both. Both times I took him, Kris Bryant was still on the board, so I felt I should adjust my rankings accordingly. I know the lineup is gonna be bad, but the hit tool has finally caught up with his defense and he’s chipped in stolen bases at every level he’s played. As for the aforementioned Bryant, he was constantly nicked up last year and just doesn’t look great in spring training. Not to say he can’t turn it around, but I just find myself avoiding him in drafts.

Jean Segura is another player that I’ve found ending up on my rosters later in drafts. A little bit of speed to go with batting average upside and positional flexibility – me likey. I’ve been drafting him to fill my MI slot, so it’s not exactly 3B related, but he’s still very valuable. My only concern is that Roster Resource currently projects Segura to hit 7th, but I could see him leading off or hitting 2nd occasionally this year.

I bumped Justin Turner down slightly. It’s mostly speculative, but the Dodgers want the 36-year old healthy in September and beyond so I don’t expect Turner to play 6 days a week. Edwin Rios is a fine bat that should see the field at least twice a week, which limits Turner’s fantasy upside some. However, if you’re in a daily league and are a fan of streaming hitters, Turner’s a really solid option relatively late in drafts.

Finally, we have two newcomers (Ryan McMahon and Kyle Seager) and two outgoers (J.D. Davis and Brian Anderson). Roster Resource projects McMahon to hit 2nd in Coors and who am I to say no to that? What Seager did last year was pretty incredible. He managed to lower his strikeout rate to a career-best 13.3% and increase his walk rate to 12.9%, also a career-best. Seager also stole 5 bases in the shortened season, which was a 5 year high. He’s had a hot spring, so welcome to the list!

I don’t have much to say about Brian Anderson, but J.D. Davis dropping off this list has to do with the crowded Mets’ lineup. Most of the projection seasons have him for approximately 450 plate appearances, which does not make me happy.

 

 
  1. Jolt In Flow says:
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    Hey Rich, much appreciated for this list. I hope you can help with the following question(s) which are indirectly related to your article, it would be very helpful.

    Topic 1; do you feel Brosseau could be the TBay 3b this year? Do you feel one of the Rays players has an inside edge?

    Topic 2: if you had to guess, can you provide 1 to 3 players who you feel could break into your top 20 3b list during the regular season?

    Thanks so much Richardo. Looking firward to your next update.

    Jolt

    • Cram It says:
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      Love me some Gimenez. Also, Willi Castro.

      • Yes!!

      • Jolt In Flow says:
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        Much appreciated, Cram.

        The only problem with this; they’re both gone.

        Bah! Will have to hope brosseau’s a good enough backup.

        Jolt

    • Richardo

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      Hey Jolt!

      I like Brosseau in deep daily leagues and will be looking to start him against lefties. We’ll have to see how TB deploys him as we know they’re a platoon heavy team. But if he takes a step forward against righties, maybe we see him get increased PAs.

      I’m gonna dive deep for some guys who I could see creeping up into the top 20: So I’m using ESPN’s positional eligibility – Jonathan India winning the 2B job is interesting. Love the Reds lineup and India has shown nice plate skills. Carter Kieboom got sent down, but has just Starlin Castro and Josh Harrison in his way in Washington. If it’s not Brosseau in TB, it might be because Yandy Diaz raised his launch angle. He’s always hit the ball hard, just has struggled with hitting worm-burners all his career. I don’t like to count on injuries to potentially move players up, but if something happened to Justin Turner, Edwin Rios would shoot up the rankings.

      Hopefully those are some deeper names that help you out!

  2. Devers #7?

    • Richardo

      Richardo says:
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      Like I said in the write up, “If you said to me that you like Alex Bregman over Nolan Arenado or Rafael Devers over DJ LeMahieu, that’s fine by me. The glob from Rendon down to Devers is bunched up so tight.”

      If he plays like 2019, he’ll move up some. If he plays like 2020, he’ll move down.

  3. Diego Garcia says:
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    Devers at #7 is ridiculously low.

    I’d definitely take Devers ahead of Sloppy Joe Ramirez.

    • Richardo

      Richardo says:
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      Like I said in the write up, “If you said to me that you like Alex Bregman over Nolan Arenado or Rafael Devers over DJ LeMahieu, that’s fine by me. The glob from Rendon down to Devers is bunched up so tight.”

      If he plays like 2019, he’ll move up some. If he plays like 2020, he’ll move down.

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