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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. Up this week are all of May's rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Remember that players are listed where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see someone you’re looking for, check another position. Designated hitters are listed with the first basemen. 

 

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 2016
1 Josh Donaldson Blue Jays 1
2 Nolan Arenado Rockies 3
3 Kris Bryant Cubs 4
4 Todd Frazier White Sox 5
5 Maikel Franco Phillies 6
6 Kyle Seager Mariners 7
7 Adrian Beltre Rangers 8
8 Matt Carpenter Cardinals 9
9 Mike Moustakas Royals 11
10 Evan Longoria Rays 10
11 Yasmany Tomas Diamondbacks 20
12 Justin Turner Dodgers 12
13 David Wright Mets 14
14 Nick Castellanos Tigers 18
15 Jake Lamb Diamondbacks 21
16 Matt Duffy Giants 13
17 Travis Shaw Red Sox 34 1B
18 Danny Valencia Athletics 15
19 Derek Dietrich Marlins 27
20 Yulieski Gurriel   17
21 Chase Headley Yankees 16
22 Martin Prado Marlins 23
23 Trevor Plouffe Twins 24
24 Tyler White Astros 31
25 Yunel Escobar Angels 26
26 Lonnie Chisenhall Indians 25
27 Brandon Drury Diamondbacks 37
28 Mark Reynolds Rockies 36
29 Yangervis Solarte Padres 29
30 Luis Valbuena Astros 30
31 Adonis Garcia Braves 34
32 David Freese Pirates 33
33 Rio Ruiz Braves 60
34 Alex Guerrero Dodgers 35
35 Hector Olivera Braves 19
36 Juan Uribe Indians 32
37 Matt Chapman Athletics 53
38 Chris Johnson Marlins 41
39 Gordon Beckham Braves 42
40 Cody Asche Phillies 43

 

Dropping off: Pablo Sandoval (22nd), Will Middlebrooks (39th), Matt Duffy HOU (40th)

 

  • I was spared the tough decision on whether to go Donaldson or Manny Machado at the top by Machado gaining shortstop eligibility. I had them nearly even in the preseason, and little has changed since.

 

  • Ruiz, who turns 22 this month, is making a case to take over at third base for the Braves; he’s batting .323/.402/.475 with two homers in Triple-A. I doubt he’ll be of any use in mixed leagues this year, but he’s worth a stash in NL-only formats.

 

  • The other prospect to crack the top 40 here is Oakland’s Chapman. He’s followed up an excellent spring by hitting .247/.369/.581 with eight homers in 93 at-bats for Double-A Midland. He’s striking out too much to hit for average in the majors, but the power is awfully impressive.
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.