There’s finally only 5 days left until opening day so today we will mark the best at position number “5”, the Third Baseman.
- Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
The clear best 3rd Baseman in the league has been the NL Gold Glove winner for each of the last 6 years and has been an All Star and has won a Silver Slugger award for each of the past 4 years. Yes Arenado does have an advantage playing in Colorado, but he still is by far the best defensive 3rd Baseman and is an amazing hitter hitting .297, having 38 Home Runs and 110 RBIs last year.
2. Manny Machado – San Diego Padres
After agreeing to move back to 3rd Base after a year at Shortstop, Machado moves back up and is near to the top spot on this list. Last season, Machado scuffed out 37 Home Runs, 107 RBIs, all while hitting .297 between Baltimore and Los Angeles. After signing his long term deal in San Diego, Machado will be expected to prove (which he should) that he is worth all the money the Padres gave him.
3. Matt Chapman – Oakland Athletics
Making his way into the spotlight in 2018, Chapman proved he’s nearly as good defensively as his former High School teammate Nolan Arenado. The 24 homers and 68 RBI that Chapman hit last season is his baseline heading into 2019. With a couple of pieces heading out of Oakland, look for Chapman to move up in the A’s order and get more at-bats and RBI opportunities because of that.
4. Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians
Jose Ramirez set career highs in nearly every offensive category in 2018 with 39 HR, 105 RBI, 106 walks, 110 runs and 34 stolen bases. His prowess as a switch-hitter makes him even more appealing, but this guy is just able to get it done.
5. Alex Bregman – Houston Astros
After getting off to a slow start in 2018, he basically carried this Astros on his back with 31 Home Runs, 103 RBIs, 170 hits, 51 doubles, 96 walks and .286/.532/.926 slash numbers – all career-highs. Keep in mind that this was only his second full season in the Majors and the sky’s the limit for Bregman
6. Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
Kris Bryant did have a down year in 2018, but he’s still only two years removed from winning the National League MVP. He missed 60 games last season, almost half the amount he has missed in the previous three seasons combined. Bryant is only 27, and should be good for a bounce-back year. Look for an easy 30 Home Runs and 100 RBIs out of the former MVP.
7. Josh Donaldson – Atlanta Braves
Josh Donaldson is on the move yet again, and this time it’ll be to the National League for the first time in his MLB career. Last season was one filled with injuries, as he missed 110 games, the most of his career. Donaldson still has one of the sweetest swings in all of baseball, and it’ll be great to watch him in such a great hitter’s park like SunTrust Park. It wasn’t so long ago that Donaldson was a first- or second-round fantasy option. He ranks as a sleeper heading into 2019.
8. Justin Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers
Last season, the beginning of Turner’s season was delayed by 40 games due to a broken left wrist as a result of his being hit by a pitch during a spring training game, and a groin issue meant a late-July disabled list stint and perhaps influenced his performance around the All-Star break. After his return in August, he looked like the budding superstar he was entering the year, batting .357/.449/.618 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs in his final 53 regular-season games.
9. Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder issues cast a shadow over the first two months of Carpenter’s 2018, and he batted just .200/.318/.367 through the St. Louis Cardinals’ first 48 games of the season. Those concerns were quickly allayed, though, as he slashed .278/.394/.580 and hit 32 home runs in his next 112 games played.
10. Eugenio Suárez – Cincinnati Reds
Flying under a lot of people’s radar, Suárez posted 34 Home Runs while hitting .283 with 104 RBIs, making it hard for him to go as unnoticed this year.
Just Missed: Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals, Travis Shaw – Milwaukee Brewers