Top 35 Third Basemen for 2020

The hot corner definitely carries some depth with some major names checking in a lot lower than you might expect. There is a lot of multi-eligibility at the position, though, so you could feasibly roster several 3B and put them elsewhere on your roster.

Other 2020 Rankings:

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Top 35 3B for 2020
Rk Player Comment
1 Nolan Arenado I know he doesn’t run… who cares? He’s a 40 HR/120 RBI lock
2 Alex Bregman A brilliant Arenado-esque season could yield an MVP next month
3 Anthony Rendon One of the steadiest bats in the game could have a new home in ’20
4 Jose Ramirez Brutal start, elite 2H stunted by inj.; hard not to buyback at a discount
5 Rafael Devers Slimmed down, cut K%, & blossomed; solid investment regardless of ball
6 Max Muncy Backed breakout ’18 with another great season; bankable power stud
7 Eugenio Suárez 5th straight yr of adding HRs to 49; capable 30-100 bat w/neutral ball
8 DJ LeMahieu Even if the HR dip, he’s a strong AVG/R bet w/triple elig. (2B & 1B, too)
9 Jeff McNeil Essentially an NL-LeMahieu right down to the triple eligibility (OF & 2B, too)
10 Kris Bryant Remains a solid producer, but hasn’t reached even 80 RBI in last 3 yrs
11 Yoán Moncada Used a more aggressive approach to breakout, but .406 BABIP won’t last
12 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Fell short of massive expectations, but .902 Jul-Aug OPS gave us a taste
13 Matt Chapman Continues to cut a Donaldson profile meaning the MVP season is coming??
14 Josh Donaldson Health returned & so did .900 OPS; health will remain key driver to success
15 Manny Machado Camden: .296/.353/.537; everywhere else: .267/.323/.449
16 Justin Turner Another solid injury-shortened yr; projections should live in 500 PA range
17 Tommy Edman Elite speed drives this profile and AVG should remain strong, too
18 Eduardo Escobar Likely won’t hit 35 HR again, but an ’18 repeat would work: 23 HR, 84 RBI
19 Mike Moustakas A change in ball wouldn’t affect him much (32 HR per 600 PA in 2017-18)
20 Miguel Sanó Premium power, poor AVG, and injuries are profile staples
21 Yuli Gurriel No one will pay for huge ’19 primarily because of his age: 36 in 2020
22 Scott Kingery Useful pwr-spd bat avenged rookie flop w/19 HR & 15 SB in 500 PA
23 Ryan McMahon Posted .811 OPS, 18 HR, 60 RBI, & 44 R in final 90 gms
24 Jon Berti Top flight speed could make the 30 y/o utilityman a fantasy gem
25 Gio Urshela Breakout wasn’t just the ball w/opportunity & real skill improvements
26 Tommy La Stella Excellent plate skills make him a solid AVG bet even if pwr regresses
27 J.D. Davis Blood red StatCast profile makes him a strong pwr bet w/any ball
28 Hunter Dozier Profile improvements fueled breakout making him solid pwr bet for ’20
29 Yandy Díaz Hand, hamstring, and foot injuries curbed breakout; speculate in ’20
30 Miguel Andújar Torn labrum ate yr; should be 100% for ’20, but could have new position
31 Matt Carpenter Foot & back issues drove worst season yet; will be 34 y/o in ’20
32 Kyle Seager Some health brought his bat back, though a 9 HR Aug. did a lot of work
33 Brian Anderson Boring, solid production with added OF eligibility and gtd playing time
34 Starlin Castro Final 80 games: .313/.344/.565, 17 HR, 53 RBI, 46 R
35 Renato Núñez Continued to devastate lefties, but also had .202 ISO vR to aid breakout

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pvalent
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pvalent

Comically low on DJ

Beefcake
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Beefcake

The guy he has ranked #8 who never hit more than 15 HR before this year?

montreal
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montreal

You mean DJ Lemahieu ?? He almost won the batting title. Excellent hitter.