Top 10 Third Basemen

Official K-Zone Ranking Mike’s Ranking Ian’s Ranking Mojo’s Ranking Guti’s Ranking
1. Nolan Arenado (COL) Nolan Arenado (COL) Josh Donaldson (TOR) Josh Donaldson (TOR) Kris Bryant (CHC)
2. Kris Bryant (CHC) Justin Turner (LAD) Nolan Arenado (COL) Nolan Arenado (COL) Nolan Arenado (COL)
3. Josh Donaldson (TOR) Kris Bryant (CHC) Kris Bryant (CHC)  Kris Bryant (CHC) Josh Donaldson (TOR)
4. Anthony Rendon (WSH) Anthony Rendon (WSH) Anthony Rendon (WSH)  Anthony Rendon (WSH) Anthony Rendon (WSH)
5. Justin Turner (LAD) Jose Ramirez (CLE) Jose Ramirez (CLE) Justin Turner (LAD) Justin Turner (LAD)
6. Jose Ramirez (CLE) Jake Lamb (ARI) Justin Turner (LAD) Jose Ramirez (CLE) Jose Ramirez (CLE)
7. Alex Bregman (HOU) Alex Bregman (HOU) Alex Bregman (HOU) Adrian Beltre (TEX) Alex Bregman (HOU)
8. Adrian Beltre (TEX) Josh Donaldson (TOR) Adrian Beltre (TEX) Kyle Seager (SEA) Adrian Beltre (TEX)
9. Jake Lamb (ARI) Kyle Seager (SEA) Kyle Seager (SEA) Eugenio Suarez (CIN) Jake Lamb (ARI)
10. Kyle Seager (SEA) Adrian Beltre (TEX) Jake Lamb (ARI) Alex Bregman (HOU) Kyle Seager (SEA)
Sleeper Maikel Franco (PHI) Nick Castellanos (DET) Jake Lamb (ARI) Matt Chapman (OAK)


Third base has become the most top-heavy position in baseball, surpassing even first. There are six players that had a legitimate argument to be #1 at the position, and probably would be first or close to it at any other. So, our apologies to Justin Turner and Jose Ramirez, go play something else if you want to get higher on the list. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado actually took the first spot. Arenado set a career high hitting .309 while swatting 37 home runs. Not only can Nolan hit, but he has put up stellar defensive metrics every year, saving 20 runs at the hot corner in 2017. 2016 MVP Kris Bryant regressed a little in 2017, but still ranks as our second best third baseman. Bryant’s OBP soared above .400, and he ended up posting a very strong 6.7 WAR. Josh Donaldson missed time last year with a lingering injury, but still managed to hit 33 home runs in 113 games, with a .385 OBP and 149 wRC+. And, he did all that with a .289 BABIP. Donaldson is a free agent following the 2017 season, so he may have a chip on his shoulder to outplay competitors like Manny Machado. #4 is Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, who slashed .301/.403/.533 on his way to 6.9 WAR. Thanks in part to a few super-games, he was able to set career highs in most statistical categories last year. Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner ranks fifth on the list, after leading third basemen with 151 wRC+. A recent broken wrist will get in the way of him filling out just his second full season, but Turner will still look to put up strong rate stats, including a potential .400 on-base clip. Jose Ramirez, who shifts back to third to make room for a healthy Jason Kipnis, rounds out the top tier of 2018 third basemen. The 25-year-old put up 148 wRC+, .957 OPS, and 6.6 WAR last year. He also contributed on the basepaths in the form of 17 stolen bases. Alex Bregman, the newest Astros rising star, could very well join the upper third base tier next season. He put up a respectable .248/.352/.475 slash line last year while nearly joining the 20/20 club. 141 wRC+ in the second half brought him to an all-star level 3.8 WAR to end the season. 20-year vet (20 years!Adrian Beltre, who reached the 3000 hit plateau in 2017 and is on his way to 500 home runs, hopes to return to his past state of durability in the coming season after posting 3.1 WAR and 138 wRC+ in only 94 games. Despite his age, Beltre continues to add defensive value along with strong offense, saving 6 runs last season, and 15 and 18 the years before that. Jake Lamb was able to put together his on-base and power skills last year, finishing with an .844 OPS, but hitting 20 of his 30 home runs in the first half last season. The hyper-consistent Kyle Seager rounds on the list by hitting 27 home runs, making 2017 the 6th year in a row that he hit at least 20 longballs in at least 154 games. Seager finished 2017 with 3.5 WAR, and has totaled at least that much for the six-year period.

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  1. Mike Duffy says:

    Hey Evan! I appreciate you commenting on this post. The key to a blogs community is feedback. I would love to know why you think I am an idiot, based on my rankings which are my opinion. I always am interested in learning more about baseball so please share any information you have that could make me less of an idiot in your eyes. Thanks!


  2. Evan says:

    Mike is an idiot


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