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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

 

2020Third BaseTeam2019July
1Nolan ArenadoRockies11
2Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Blue Jays85
3Rafael DeversRed Sox63
4Anthony Rendon 52
5Kris BryantCubs34
6Yoan MoncadaWhite Sox8 2B5 2B
7Jose RamirezIndians28
8Matt ChapmanAthletics96
9Eugenio SuarezReds47
10Scott KingeryPhillies32 SS17 SS
11Josh Donaldson 119
12Justin TurnerDodgers1010
13Miguel SanoTwins1613
14Eduardo EscobarDiamondbacks29 SS25 SS
15Travis ShawBrewers9 2B37 2B
16Brian AndersonMarlins1716
17Yandy DiazRays4 DH15
18Miguel AndujarYankees7 
19Matt CarpenterCardinals1517
20Jeimer CandelarioTigers2024
21Hunter DozierRoyals3814
22Jake LambDiamondbacks1818
23Kyle SeagerMariners2619
24Marwin GonzalezTwins25 SS30 SS
25Michael BrosseauRaysNR40
26Colin MoranPirates2825
27Maikel FrancoPhillies1920
28Evan LongoriaGiants2426
29Yuli GurrielAstros2221
30Asdrubal Cabrera 22 SS29 SS
31Todd Frazier 3022
32J.D. DavisMets3728
33Jed LowrieMets28 2B44 2B
34Jedd GyorkoCardinals*3546
35Ryon HealyMariners31 1B36
36Brandon DruryBlue Jays2739
37Johan CamargoBraves2937
38Taylor WardAngels3338
39Matt ThaissAngels53 1BNR
40Yairo MunozCardinals55 SSNR
41Alec BohmPhilliesNRNR
42Ke'Bryan HayesPirates5145
43Giovanny UrshelaYankees7829
44Matt DuffyRays3132
45Josh FuentesRockies4544
46Jung Ho Kang 2530
47Cheslor CuthbertRoyals4727
48Ty FrancePadres58NR
49Christian ArroyoRays53 2BNR
50Pablo Sandoval 4331

 

  • 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.