Top 10 Third Basemen

K Zone Master Ranking Mike’s Ranking Ian’s Ranking Mojo’s Ranking
 1) Kris Bryant (CHC)  Nolan Arenado (COL) Kris Bryant (CHC)  Kris Bryant (CHC)
 2) Nolan Arenado (COL)  Kris Bryant (CHC) Josh Donaldson (TOR)  Nolan Arenado (COL)
 3) Josh Donaldson (TOR)  Manny Machado (BAL) Nolan Arenado (COL)  Josh Donaldson (TOR)
 4) Manny Machado (BAL)  Kyle Seager (SEA) Manny Machado (BAL)  Manny Machado (BAL)
 5) Adrian Beltre (TEX)  Evan Longoria (TB) Adrian Beltre (TEX)  Adrian Beltre (TEX)
 6) Kyle Seager (SEA)  Josh Donaldson (TOR) Kyle Seager (SEA)  Justin Turner (LAD)
 7) Evan Longoria (TB)  Adrian Beltre (TEX) Evan Longoria (TB)  Evan Longoria (TB)
 8) Justin Turner (LAD)  Todd Frazier (CWS) Justin Turner (LAD)  Kyle Seager (SEA)
 9) Todd Frazier (CWS)  Justin Turner (LAD) Todd Frazier (CWS)  Jose Ramirez (CLE)
 10) Jose Ramirez (CLE) Jake Lamb (ARI) Jose Ramirez (CLE)  Anthony Rendon (WSH)


Some Brief Words of Explaination: Third Base is an interestingly top-heavy position. As serial mock-drafters like myself know, there’s a relatively large top tier, Adrian Beltre, a Middle tier, and a Bottom tier. This list goes through the top tier and gets into the middle tier. Last year’s MVP Kris Bryant top the list by nearing 40 home runs. Nolan Arenado, who had a strikingly similar season and put on an absolute show defensively, is ranked second. Josh Donaldon’s power and OBP north of .400 made him a close third. Manny Machado, like his predecessors, displayed 40-home run power, but did not show the same on-base skills. He may challenge for the top spot once again if his base-stealing returns. Adrian Beltre’s built on his Hall of Fame case, hitting .300 with 30 home runs, and earning himself the 5th spot. The extension Kyle Seager signed a year ago seems to be going well, as he continues to display excellent power and is ranked. Many thought Evan Longoria’s career was in decline, but he proved them wrong in 2016, hitting 36 homers and coming in at a solid seventh in the Majors. Justin Turner broke out a couple years ago with Dodgers, and shows no sign of slowing down, having increased his power and stayed steady in the on-base department, and ranking eight. #9 on the list is White Sox commodity Todd Frazier, who belted a miraculous 40 bombs last season and stealing 15 bases, despite only hitting .225. Breakout third baseman Jose Ramirez just barely sneaks on to the top 10 after he hit .312 in over 150 games. He beat out power-hitting Phillie Maikel Franco and Anthony Rendon, who is a five tool player on the rare occasion he is healthy, for the 10th spot. It is also worthy of note that Alex Bregman, the newest crop of the Astros’ farm, who looks to have very strong potential, barely missed each list.

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