Michael Simione’s Third Base Rankings by Michael Simione March 15, 2022 Michael Simione’s Third Base Rankings Rank Player Team Position(s) ADP Notes 1 Jose Ramirez CLE 3B 3.67 Ramirez is going top three in drafts and he certainly deserves it. He is a lock for 20/20 and has 30/30 upside. Can’t beat that at a shallow position. 2 Rafael Devers BOS 3B 14.6 Devers is a stud in every category possible except for steals but he does give you a handful. At just age 25, we haven’t even seen him at his best yet. 3 Manny Machado SD 3B 23.8 A power bat who puts up double-digit steals and a ton of plate appearances, yes please. 4 Austin Riley ATL 3B 55.07 The Riley breakout finally happened and I was lucky enough to have a few shares. The power and average should stick, he just won’t give you any speed. 5 Nolan Arenado STL 3B 73.87 Well, Arenado did what we all thought he would do outside of Coors. Still hit for power but his average took a hit. 6 Kris Bryant N/A 3B, OF 103.07 His 25 home runs and 10 steals last season made him valuable. We saw a nice step forward from 2020 and Bryant should perform just fine in 2022. 7 Alex Bregman HOU 3B 89.6 Bregman has fallen in drafts due to his injuries and poor performance in 2021. Let’s not forget though, between 2018 and 2019 he had 72 home runs with over 440 R+RBI while hitting for .291. 8 Anthony Rendon LAA 3B 112.8 A solid batting average floor with 20 home run potential but the injuries are worrisome. The latest was that he is hoping to be ready for the start of the season. 9 Adalberto Mondesi KC 3B 54.87 A high injury risk player with an insane amount of talent on the bases. If he somehow stays healthy he could be a league winner. That’s a huge if though. 10 DJ LeMahieu NYY 1B, 2B, 3B 118.27 After the season we found out that LeMahieu played the entire season injured. A bounceback is likely. 11 Justin Turner LAD 3B 160.33 When Turner is on the field the dude can hit. In his last five seasons, he is averaging a whopping 139 wRC+. 12 Ke’Bryan Hayes PIT 3B 139.67 Hayes has tantalizing speed and 15/15 potential. Let’s see what the young hitter can do if he can stay healthy. 13 Luis Urias MLW 2B, 3B, SS 173.4 I am a big Luis Urias fan and I think his breakout could continue. In the second half, he hit for a 123 wRC+, .850 OPS, and .217 ISO 14 Josh Donaldson NYY 3B 207.07 I have touted Josh Donaldson all off-season. As you CI or UT you can’t go wrong because Donaldson was top five in EV/FB and MaxEV amongst all third basemen last season. 15 Yoan Moncada CWS 3B 167.47 It’s now or never buddy. 16 Ryan McMahon COL 2B, 3B 172.33 McMahon should have 20 home run power once again and finds himself in the middle of that Rockies lineup. The problem is the Coors effect and he’s tough to start on the road. 17 Eugenio Suarez CIN 3B, SS 202.93 I’m hoping the addition of the DH means Suarez won’t be on the field anymore. It would only benefit him and every single Reds pitcher. 18 Eduardo Escobar NYM 2B, 3B 209.2 The Mets are a bit crowded but I think he will find plenty of playing time. I don’t think we see 28 home runs again but 25 is certainly possible. 19 Jeimer Candelario DET 3B 265.93 The candyman should see over 600 PAs again. There seems to be more power potential there, in the second half he hit 11 home runs with a 139 wRC+ and .242 ISO. 20 Matt Chapman OAK 3B 204.2 Chapman has officially become an empty power source. He no longer hits for average and is essentially Joey Gallo. Trying to make up for his poor batting average will only hurt you. 21 Gio Urshela MIN 3B, SS 320 He took a major step back in terms of offensive production with his wRC+ dipping below 100. Maybe the new scenery can help him out but for now, he is nothing more than a solid backup in deeper leagues. 22 Jonathan Villar N/A 3B, SS 265.67 Villar is an accumulator who can get you stolen bases, we have to see where he signs though. 23 Abraham Toro SEA 2B, 3B 278.47 15 home runs and five stolen bases seem plausible here. 24 Alec Bohm PHI 3B 298.4 Alec Bohm was hit with a sophomore slump and he should be able to bounce back. He has the prospect pedigree and is worth taking a shot on this late in drafts. 25 Cavan Biggio TOR 3B 307.73 No power potential here at all, there never was, but hitting for 15 home runs and 15 steals is always possible. 26 Luis Arraez MIN 2B, 3B, OF 335.67 Think Madrigal but without the speed. 27 Patrick Wisdom CHC 3B 338.6 Hard to invest in someone who lead the league in K%. 28 Joey Wendle MIA 3B, SS 352.4 Joey Wendle should see consistent playing time and in my opinion, he is basically a twin of Rojas. 29 Mike Moustakas CIN 3B 348.27 Whether or not his injury has changed his power output for the rest of his career, we don’t know. But we will find out soon. 30 Hunter Dozier KC 3B, OF 356.67 Dozier had a nice second-half turnaround by improving his plate discipline and if it sticks he could be a solid late-round flier. 31 Yandy Diaz TB 1B, 3B 355.6 Diaz will continue to do what he does, hit the ball hard without giving you home runs. 32 Jose Miranda MIN 3B 356.73 Miranda mashed in AA and AAA last season putting up a wRC+ over 155 in both. We could see a call-up. 33 Evan Longoria SF 3B 357.13 Can the old man stay healthy? 34 Santiago Espinal TOR 3B 358.6 It’s hard to say how much time Espinal could see on the field and that limits his upside. 35 Wilmer Flores SF 1B, 2B, 3B 359.07 The Giants like to platoon him but he should still see a bunch of plate appearances. 36 Ha-Seong Kim 김하성 SD 2B, 3B, SS 342.8 Kim will once again battle to see PAs but the 10/10 potential makes him a decent bench bat. 37 Tyler Wade LAA 3B, SS, OF 359.6 As of right now, the speedster should be starting for the Angels and while it is empty speed you could be getting 20 steals from him. 38 J.D. Davis NYM 3B 360 Davis was a mess last year with injuries and the Mets not wanting to play him with his poor defense. Hopefully, he gets traded. 39 Rougned Odor BAL 2B, 3B 424.24 Odor will likely play every day if he performs. And if he does you could potentially get 15/10 out of him. 40 Carter Kieboom WSH 3B 451.0 It’s either Kieboom finally wakes up or it’s Maikel Franco time.