Top 10 Third Basemen

 The K Zone Overall RankingMike’s RankingIan’s RankingMojo’s RankingMaddie’s RankingJack’s RankingAaron’s Ranking
1Jose Ramirez (CLE) Jose Ramirez (CLE)Jose Ramirez (CLE)Jose Ramirez (CLE)Jose Ramirez (CLE)Alex Bregman (HOU)Jose Ramirez (CLE)
2Alex Bregman (HOU)Manny Machado (SD) Manny Machado (SD)Kris Bryant (CHC)Alex Bregman(HOU)Jose Ramirez (CLE)Alex Bregman (HOU)
3Manny Machado (SD) Alex Bregman (HOU)Alex Bregman (HOU)Matt Chapman (OAK)Manny Machado (SD)Manny Machado (SD)Manny Machado (SD)
4Anthony Rendon (WSH)  Anthony Rendon (WSH) Anthony Rendon (WSH)Nolan Arenado (COL)Anthony Rendon (WSH)Kris Bryant (CHC)Nolan Arenado (COL)
5Nolan Arenado (COL) Matt Chapman (OAK) Matt Chapman (OAK)Anthony Rendon (WSH)Kris Bryant (CHC)Nolan Arenado (COL)Matt Carpenter (STL)
6Matt Chapman (OAK)Justin Turner (LAD)Justin Turner (LAD)Justin Turner (LAD)Nolan Arenado (COL)Justin Turner (LAD)Justin Turner(LAD)
7Kris Bryant (CHC) Nolan Arenado (COL)Matt Carpenter (STL)Manny Machado (SD)Matt Chapman (OAK)Anthony Rendon (WSH)Matt Chapman(OAK)
8Justin Turner (LAD)Kris Bryant (CHC)  Nolan Arenado (COL)Alex Bregman (HOU)Justin Turner (LAD)Eugenio Suarez (CIN)Anthony Rendon (WSH)
9Matt Carpenter (STL) Matt Carpenter (STL)Kris Bryant (CHC)Josh Donaldson (ATL)Josh Donaldson (ATL)Matt Chapman (OAK)Eugenio Suarez (CIN)
10Eugenio Suarez (CIN)Miguel Andujar (NYY) Josh Donaldson (ATL)Eugenio Suarez (CIN)Matt Carpenter (STL)Matt Carpenter (STL)Kris Bryant (CHC)


Third base has become by far the deepest position in baseball, with player not even making the overall list that who could place near the top at other positions. Almost all ranked players are good enough to make an argument for number overall, but the blog ended up voting for Cleveland corner Jose Ramirez. Ramirez remains underrated after amazing in 2018 with a Trout-like 39 bombs, 34 steals, 146 wRC+, and 8.0 fWAR. #2 third baseman Alex Bregman, who we even outhit Ramirez with 157 wRC+, comes in second with a .394 OBP and 7.6 fWAR. Manny Machado, who played shortstop in 2018 but is moving back to third after signing for 300 million dollars with San Diego, now ranks third. Machado hit 37 home runs and stole 14 bases in 2019 with 141 wRC+, totaling up to 6.2 fWAR. He is followed by Nationals star (at least until the end of the season) Anthony Rendon, who topped 6 WAR and 140 wRC+ for the second year in a row in 2018. An outstanding 38 home runs, the least in four years, bring recent extendee Nolan Arenado to the fifth overall spot. While his defense dropped off a little last year, it remains good enough to bring him his third year in a row of 5 fWAR or above, 5.7 in 2018. The star glove of Oakland’s Matt Chapman carries him to the sixth spot after his 6.5 WAR sophomore year. 29 DRS wasn’t his whole game though, and he also had and extremely strong 137 wRC+. Former MVP Kris Bryant is #7, as despite experiencing a power outage, he gave the Cubs a .374 OBP, and hopes to rebound to his old form, when he put of three consecutive seasons of 6 wins above replacement. Dodgers’ hot corner hitter Justin Turner has had injury issues, but is a superstar when healthy, as shown by his .312/.406/.518 line and 154 wRC+. He places eighth. Veteran utilityman Matt Carpenter earned ninth overall slashing .257/.374/.523 last year. His OBP has not dipped below .365 for eight years and he just set a career high with 36 home runs as a 33-year-old. Eugenio Suarez hopes to improved even further off his 2017 breakout last year, when he hit 34 homers with a .366 on base percentage and 135 wRC+, just a tad below Carpenters’ numbers. He hopes help lead a new era of Reds offense in the coming year. Of course, no third base roundup would be complete without mention of superprospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. While he didn’t make any list today, he could become a mainstay as soon as the coming season.



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