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Rest-of-Season Third Base Rankings (Midseason Update)


The All-Star break has come and gone, as we now find ourselves on the downward portion of this roller-coaster ride. As we race towards the finish line, we here at RotoBaller felt it best to equip you for the journey ahead with a second-half, Rest-of-Season update of our mixed rankings analysis. RotoBaller writers Nick Mariano, Pierre Camus, Bill Dubiel and Scott Engel want you to crush the competition and know that rankings can't end on draft day. Check out our fantasy baseball rankings dashboard for the latest and greatest ranks at any time.

There is plenty of pop at third base, as the position seems deeper than ever. With young bucks like Michael Chavis, Austin Riley, and Nick Senzel barely scratching the top-20, it's hard to want more at the hot corner. 

Now, it's time to break down the 2019 third base rest-of-season rankings for July.

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Third Base Tiered Ranks - 5x5 Mixed Leagues (July)

In case you missed it, our very own "Big Pick Nick" Mariano was recently named the #1 overall most accurate industry expert ranker for the 2018 season. You can see his secret sauce below! Additionally, industry legend Scott Engel recently joined the RotoBaller team and provides his insights as well. Scott is an FSWA Hall Of Famer and award winner.

Ranking Tier Player Position Nick Pierre Bill Composite
1 1 Nolan Arenado 3B 4 5 3 4.000
2 1 Alex Bregman 3B/SS 11 9 9 9.667
3 1 Javier Baez 2B/SS/3B 21 8 24 17.667
4 1 Anthony Rendon 3B 16 26 18 20.000
5 2 Kris Bryant 3B/OF 19 23 20 20.667
6 2 Manny Machado 3B/SS 40 16 33 29.667
7 2 Jose Ramirez 2B/3B 51 18 60 43.000
8 2 Matt Chapman 3B 61 38 65 54.667
9 2 Joey Gallo 3B/1B/OF 25 130 28 61.000
10 3 Mike Moustakas 3B 46 88 53 62.333
11 3 Eugenio Suarez 3B 103 64 61 76.000
12 3 Josh Donaldson 3B 73 105 76 84.667
13 3 Eduardo Escobar SS/3B 76 102 78 85.333
14 3 Max Muncy 1B/2B/3B 74 108 77 86.333
15 4 Rafael Devers 3B 88 80 93 87.000
16 4 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B 134 85 113 110.667
17 4 Carlos Santana 1B/3B 114 107 111 110.667
18 4 Justin Turner 3B 124 100 128 117.333
19 5 Austin Riley 3B 127 122 137 128.667
20 5 Michael Chavis 3B 140 166 129 145.000
21 5 Matt Carpenter 1B/2B/3B 157 159 162 159.333
22 5 Nick Senzel 2B/3B/OF 126 247 131 168.000
23 6 Yandy Diaz 3B 153 213 155 173.667
24 6 Yuli Gurriel 1B/2B/3B 175 175 175 175.000
25 6 Renato Nunez 3B 190 178 191 186.333
26 6 Wil Myers 3B/OF 128 316 127 190.333
27 6 Scott Kingery SS/3B/OF 158 251 163 190.667
28 6 Miguel Sano 1B/3B 205 205 205 205.000
29 6 Asdrubal Cabrera SS/2B/3B 205 283 202 230.000
30 6 Evan Longoria 3B 302 191 306 266.333
31 6 Niko Goodrum 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF 193 384 236 271.000
32 7 Ryan McMahon 1B/3B/2B 236 362 242 280.000
33 7 Brian Anderson 3B/OF 244 359 255 286.000
34 7 Maikel Franco 3B 297 250 316 287.667
35 7 Jurickson Profar SS/3B/1B/2B 286 355 246 295.667
36 7 Joey Wendle 2B/3B/SS/OF 305 305 305 305.000
37 7 David Fletcher 3B 332 346 332 336.667
38 8 Kyle Seager 3B 465 249 352 355.333
39 8 Todd Frazier 3B 434 281 448 387.667
40 8 Colin Moran 3B/1B 432 299 445 392.000
41 8 Tommy La Stella 2B/3B 201 466 205 400.000
42 8 Jung Ho Kang 3B 473 277 483 411.000
43 8 J.D. Davis 3B 358 536 360 418.000
44 8 Tim Beckham SS/3B 447 361 462 423.333
45 8 Travis Shaw 1B/2B/3B 442 376 456 424.667
46 8 Jake Lamb 3B #N/A 430 #N/A 430.000
47 8 David Bote 2B/3B 443 437 458 446.000
48 8 Johan Camargo 2B/3B/SS 450 #N/A 466 458.000
49 8 Gio Urshela 3B/SS 452 #N/A 468 460.000
50 8 Logan Forsythe 2B/3B #N/A 470 #N/A 470.000
51 8 Pablo Sandoval 3B 464 #N/A 479 471.500
52 8 Rio Ruiz 3B 466 #N/A 485 475.500
53 8 JaCoby Jones 3B 477 471 488 478.667
54 8 Jeimer Candelario 3B 491 488 497 492.000
55 8 Yolmer Sanchez 2B/3B 494 #N/A 498 496.000
56 8 Wilmer Flores 1B/3B/2B 483 532 491 502.000
57 8 Brock Holt 2B/3B/OF 505 #N/A 507 506.000
58 8 Miguel Rojas 1B/2B/3B/SS 506 #N/A 508 507.000
59 9 Ronny Rodriguez 1B/2B/3B/SS 499 #N/A 519 509.000
60 9 Eduardo Nunez 2B/3B 527 #N/A #N/A 527.000
61 9 Brandon Drury 3B/OF #N/A #N/A 530 530.000
62 9 Jedd Gyorko 1B/3B #N/A #N/A 534 534.000
63 9 Martin Prado 3B #N/A #N/A 539 539.000
64 9 Matt Duffy SS/3B #N/A #N/A 542 542.000
65 9 Chris Owings 2B/3B/OF #N/A 524 578 551.000
66 9 Matt Davidson 3B #N/A #N/A 561 561.000
67 9 Yairo Munoz 2B/3B/SS/OF #N/A #N/A 573 573.000

 

Rankings Analysis - Top Tiers

Tier One

Pierre is the most aggressive on Javier Baez, and while Baez is a bona fide fantasy stud, I can't bring myself to put him above guys at other positions like Freddie Freeman, Gerrit Cole or Charlie Blackmon. It's that simple--Baez is one of the top stars in the game, but if we're talking pure counting stats he's simply not up there with the guys in the top 10-15. Hitting .285 with 22 homers and 60+ RBI is terrific, but with guys going off like the aforementioned Freeman and Blackmon, Baez simply doesn't rank above them for me. They're just as likely to keep it going as he is.

Tier Two

Pierre is also much higher on Manny Machado and Jose Ramirez, and while I recognize that Machado has had an above-average season and Ramirez is starting to turn it around, a lot of the damage is already done for me. I don't see either doing a hard 180 in the second half and putting up MVP-type numbers, so it's truly difficult for me to rank them any higher than I have them. To be fair, it's not like I think they're going to be bums--Machado's at 33 and JoRam is at 60, so they're still up among the best fantasy players even despite their lackluster first halves.

Tier Three

Far be it from me to question last year's number one overall ranker, but I think Nick is sleeping on Eugenio Suarez here. The Reds third baseman was having a fine season before the All-Star Break, and with three homers in the five games since he's trending in the right direction. The big knock there is his contact--his batting average is unimpressive (currently below .250) and his strikeout percentage is a career-worst 27.5%. I'll take that trade-off for power--he's on pace to shatter his career-high homer total (34 in 2018).

Max Muncy's breakout 2018 appears to have been the real deal, as he's improved upon his stellar numbers from last season. Muncy is on-pace for 44 homers and over 100 RBI AND runs scored, and he's shaved four points of his strikeout percentage while also seeing a decrease in his walk percentage. With more contact and an OBP climbing towards .400 (.367 currently), I think Muncy is one of baseball's more legitimate power threats and should be moving forward.

 

Rankings Analysis - Middle Tiers

Tier Four

We may all be a little low on Devers given his incredible first half, but I am typically overly cautious with a player whose track record is as dodgy as Devers'. He's certainly making much better contact in 2019 (15.5 K% vs. 24.7%) and the power increase has been a by-product of that. I'm simply skeptical of how significant the jumps have been. I fully recognize that Devers has the pedigree for this to be 100% legitimate, and I'll happily eat crow if he maintains this pace in the second half.

At what point do people recognize that baseball is really hard and it isn't a disappointment that Vladito isn't the next Mike Trout at age 20? Drafted in the third (and some places second, if you can believe it) round this year, the expectations were far too high for a 20-year-old kid to live up to, and that's played out somewhat predictably. Guerrero's hype is mostly predicated on his prodigious power, and with just eight homers in 2019 that certainly LOOKS like he's underperforming. Nick and I agree that he likely isn't a top-100 hitter at this point in his career, but that does NOT mean he won't be in the very near future.

Tier Five

Austin Riley is a somewhat similar case. He lit up the first half with an incredible 16 homers in just 54 games, and was on plenty of Rookie of the Year midseason lists. But along with that power has come a 33.3% strikeout rate--Riley is literally striking out every third at-bat. If and when the power well runs dry, Riley all of a sudden has very little value when you factor in the strikeouts that could nuke your ratios and point totals.

Nick Senzel hasn't disappointed since his call-up, so not sure where Pierre's lower ranking comes from. With eight homers, nine steals and a serviceable .269 average, Senzel has an outside chance at a 20/20 season. Good enough to make him a top-150 hitter for me.

Tier Six

It's tough to get a read on Scott Kingery right now. He started off the season red-hot, and his overall numbers are great--he's hitting .288 with 13 homers and six steals, which is really useful for a guy who's primarily a middle infielder. However, he fell off a cliff in July, and while it's still early in the month I don't love that he's been striking out in more than a third of his at-bats. The sustained production in the first half has me cautiously optimistic though, hence my ranking.

 

Rankings Analysis - Lower Tiers

Tier Seven

Speaking of splits, how about that Maikel Franco? March/April--.271 with a respectable seven homers and 22 RBI. May--.170 with one homer and eight RBI. June--.267 with four homers and 10 RBI. He's hitting even better in July, so hopefully we're seeing a continuing upward trend here and not an on-going Jekyll and Hyde scenario. Franco has always been streaky, so it's hard to really rank him any higher than this. As good as his hot streaks are, the cold streaks are Arctic in nature.

Tier Eight

I so badly want to see David Bote get regular playing time somewhere. He's the Cubs' super-utility man at the moment, and he's performed admirably in that role with a .775 OPS, nine homers and four steals to go along with 36 RBI and 33 runs scored. It is certainly difficult to get into a rhythm when you aren't sure if you're playing or not every day, but Bote has legitimate 20/15 potential if he gets the opportunity. It looks like that will only come with an injury in 2019.

 

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