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2023 Third Baseman Rankings

Justin Turner

Justin Turner

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Up this week are my mostly-for-fun 2023 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be 20-game eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

Click to see other other preliminary 2023 rankings:

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

Third Baseman rankings

2023 Third basemen Team 2022 July
1 Jose Ramirez Guardians 1 1
2 Rafael Devers Red Sox 3 3
3 Manny Machado Padres 2 2
4 Austin Riley Braves 5 4
5 Bobby Witt Jr. Royals n/a 6
6 Nolan Arenado Cardinals 8 5
7 Ke’Bryan Hayes Pirates 6 7
8 Alex Bregman Astros 7 8
9 Alec Bohm Phillies 21 12
10 DJ LeMahieu Yankees 13 9
11 Ryan McMahon Rockies 11 13
12 Yoan Moncada White Sox 10 16
13 Anthony Rendon Angels 12 NR
14 Max Muncy Dodgers* n/a 18
15 Matt Chapman Blue Jays 15 14
16 Miguel Vargas Dodgers NR 42
17 Josh Donaldson Yankees 16 15
18 Justin Turner Dodgers* 14 17
19 Josh Rojas Diamondbacks n/a 24
20 Curtis Mead Rays NR NR
21 Luis Urías Brewers 19 21
22 Bobby Dalbec Red Sox n/a 23
23 Eugenio Suárez Mariners 31 25
24 Elehuris Montero Rockies 47 44
25 Brian Anderson Marlins 17 29
26 Jeimer Candelario Tigers 22 28
27 Jose Miranda Twins 35 48
28 Isaac Paredes Rays n/a 20
29 Wilmer Flores 32 31
30 Josh Jung Rangers NR NR
31 Brandon Drury n/a 22
32 Patrick Wisdom Cubs 34 26
33 Yandy Díaz Rays 27 39
34 Gio Urshela Twins 29 30
35 Evan Longoria Giants* 28 27
36 J.D. Davis Mets 39 33
37 Jon Berti Marlins 48 19
38 Josh H. Smith Rangers NR 50 SS
39 Joey Wendle Marlins 25 35
40 Brendan Donovan Cardinals 59 36
41 Spencer Steer Twins NR 86 2B
42 Brad Miller Rangers n/a 49
43 Jonathan Villar 18 40
44 Mark Vientos Mets NR NR
45 Mike Moustakas Reds 24 43
46 Josh Harrison 26 47
47 Eduardo Escobar Mets 38 34
48 Ezequiel Duran Rangers NR NR
49 Ramón Urías Orioles n/a 50
50 Jordan Walker Cardinals NR NR
51 Kevin Smith Athletics 30 66
52 Jake Burger White Sox 49 58
53 Harold Castro Tigers NR NR
54 Abraham Toro Mariners 36 57
55 Luis Guillorme Mets NR 56
56 Donovan Solano n/a 62 2B
57 Emmanuel Rivera Royals 55 54
58 Ha-Seong Kim Padres 43 52
59 Nicky Lopez Royals n/a 53
60 Jace Peterson n/a 65
61 Brett Baty Mets NR NR
62 Maikel Franco 46 46
63 Mike Brosseau Brewers 44 60
64 David Villar Giants NR NR
65 Brice Turang Brewers NR NR

  • Declining Justin Turner’s $16 million option for 2023 seemed like it would be an easy call for the Dodgers, but he’s trying to make things interesting by hitting .368/.448/.563 over his last 25 games. That’s raised his overall OPS from .611 to .728. Still, with Miguel Vargas seemingly ready, it will probably make sense for the team to move on. The 22-year-old Vargas is hitting .295/.385/.496 with 13 homers and a nice 57/48 K/BB ratio in 395 plate appearances in Triple-A.

  • I’m quite fond of both Curtis Mead and Jonathan Aranda (and still holding out hope for Vidal Bruján), but I’m not sure what will open up in the Rays infield next year. Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Díaz all figure to earn about $5 million, which would be fine for most teams but perhaps not the thrifty Rays. And there are ready replacements. Aranda, 24, has hit .328/.401/.541 in Triple-A. He can play second and third, but he fits best at first. Mead, 21, is at .305/.394/.548 between Double- and Triple-A. He’s not exactly a natural at third base, but the Rays have been content to keep him there and he’s one of the most interesting bats in the minors.

  • Elehuris Montero is out of options (unless he gets saddled with an extra one) and has Coors Field working for him, so he could be pretty interesting next year. He’s struck out 15 times in 35 plate appearances in the majors this year, but he’s at .324/.399/.562 in Triple-A. Ryan McMahon should be locked in at third base for the Rockies, but Montero could step in at DH.