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May Third Baseman Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to the May third baseman rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed wherever they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.


Click to see other May rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH


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Third Baseman Rankings



May Third Base Team 2015
1 Nolan Arenado Rockies 1
2 Josh Donaldson Blue Jays 2
3 Adrian Beltre Rangers 3
4 Todd Frazier Reds 8
5 Chris Davis Orioles 4
6 Kris Bryant Cubs 12
7 Manny Machado Orioles 9
8 Carlos Santana Indians 5
9 David Wright Mets 7
10 Matt Carpenter Cardinals 13
11 Evan Longoria Rays 6
12 Kyle Seager Mariners 10
13 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals 11
14 Pablo Sandoval Red Sox 14
15 Mike Moustakas Royals 20
16 Alex Rodriguez Yankees 22
17 Pedro Alvarez Pirates 15
18 Chase Headley Yankees 18
19 Josh Harrison Pirates 16
20 Lonnie Chisenhall Indians 17
21 Nick Castellanos Tigers 19
22 Trevor Plouffe Twins 24
23 Aramis Ramirez Brewers 21
24 David Freese Angels 29
25 Alex Guerrero Dodgers 112 OF
26 Will Middlebrooks Padres 27
27 Maikel Franco Phillies 31
28 Jimmy Paredes Orioles 43
29 Jake Lamb Diamondbacks 30
30 Cody Asche Phillies 26
31 Kelly Johnson Braves 36
32 Brock Holt Red Sox 34
33 Juan Uribe Dodgers 28
34 Yasmany Tomas Diamondbacks 86 OF
35 Justin Turner Dodgers 35
36 Conor Gillaspie White Sox 25
37 Chris Johnson Braves 23
38 Joey Gallo Rangers 33
39 Casey McGehee Giants 32
40 Mark Reynolds Cardinals 38
41 Danny Valencia Blue Jays 39
42 Kristopher Negron Reds 45


Dropping off: Juan Francisco (37th), Matt Dominguez (40th)


o It was true a month ago and it’s true now: there’s less separation in the top 10 of the third base rankings than there is anywhere else. I still like the top three. Beltre’s stock has slipped some because the Rangers as a whole are pretty bad, but I do think he’ll be there in the end. After that, though… well, I could see No. 12 Seager outproducing No. 4 Frazier over the rest of the season. There just isn’t much of a gap, there.


o Even with Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig out, Guerrero played just half of the time for the Dodgers last week. He’ll continue to see some time in left field after Puig returns, but the Dodgers just have too many shiny toys. Plus, I’m still not completely sold on Guerrero’s ridiculous start; I’d expect something along the lines of .260 with 20 homers if given 450-500 at-bats, so I’d place him 17th or 18th here if he were a regular. As is, he’s No. 25.


o The Phillies have started working Asche in the outfield, which was a necessary step before they could promote Franco. I still don’t think there should be any big rush to call up Franco; he’s hitting .323/.356/.479 in Triple-A, but that comes with a 23/5 K/BB ratio in 96 at-bats and mediocre defense at third base. However, there is a good chance that he’ll be up soon.

Matthew Pouliot
Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.