2021 MLB Rankings: Third Base 20-11

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2021 MLB Rankings: 30 days of MLB rankings! In this series, we will be ranking every projected starting player for the 2021 season at each in position, each in three parts. On day nine of this series, we’ll look at the middle ten third basemen in MLB. 

Check out the previous rankings from this 2021 MLB Rankings series: 

Catchers 30-21 | Catchers 20-11 | Catchers 10-1First Base 30-21First Base 20-11 | First Base 10-1Second Base 30-21Second Base 20-11Second Base 10-1Shortstop 30-21Shortsop 20-11Shortstop 10-1| Third Base 30-21

2021 MLB Rankings: 20-16

20. Hunter Dozier, Kansas City Royals 2020: (11- RF)

2020: 44 games, .228/.344/.392 splits, .736 OPS, 6 Home Runs, 12 RBIs

After a breakout season in 2019, Hunter Dozier followed that up with an underwhelming campaign in 2020. With Maikel Franco gone, Dozier is projected to be the Royals’ everyday third base for this upcoming season. He has the potential to hit 30+ home runs at the plate, but he needs to improve defensively as he enters his age 29 season.  

19. Eduardo Escobar, Arizona Diamondbacks 2020: 12

2020: 54 games, .212/.270/.335 splits, .605 OPS, 4 Home Runs, 20 RBIs

After a breakout season in 2019, Eduardo Escobar was horrendous in 2020, recording a WAR of -0.5 in 54 games. In reality, Escobar is not as good as he was in 2019, but better than what we saw from him in 2020. Defensively, he’s improved in past years at third base after primarily playing shortstop and second base when he first got to the majors. 

18. Cavan Biggio, Toronto Blue Jays 2020: (10- 2B)

2020: 59 games, .250/.375/.432 splits, .807 OPS, 8 Home Runs, 26 RBIs

Cavan Biggio has the potential to become a top ten third baseman, but he needs to become more consistent at the plate. Heading into his age 26 season, Biggio has decent power but struggles with strikeouts. Second base is his more natural position, but Biggio will move over to third for 2021 after the Blue Jays signed Marcus Semien.  

17. JD Davis, New York Mets 2020: (11- LF)

2020: 56 games, .247/.371/.389 splits, .761 OPS, 6 Home Runs, 19 RBIs

Another player who struggled to follow up on a breakout 2019, JD Davis was inconsistent in 2020. With Jeff McNeil moving to second base, Davis will in 2021 be the Mets’ everyday third baseman, his natural position. Davis has an elite eye, drawing tons of walks, but isn’t consistent enough as a hitter to be ranked much higher than 17.  

16. Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates 2020: NR

2020: 24 games, .376/.442/.682 splits, 1.124 OPS, 5 Home Runs, 11 RBIs

With only 24 career games under his belt, it’s already clear that Ke’Bryan Hayes is the real deal. Breaking onto the scene, Hayes posted an OPS over 1.000 while hitting nearly .400, with five home runs in 24 games. Not to mention, he’s only 24 years old. If you hadn’t heard of Hayes, now you do, and he has the potential to be an all-star in the near future.

2021 MLB Rankings: 15-11

15. Alec Bohm, Philadelphia Phillies 2020: NR

2020: 44 games, .338/.400/.481 splits, .881 OPS, 4 Home Runs, 23 RBIs

Speaking of players with great rookie seasons in 2020, look no further than Alec Bohm. A former top prospect with the Phillies, Bohm showed why he received so much hype as he finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. Defensively, Bohm needs some work, but at age 24, he has a ton of potential and should be the Phillies’ third baseman for years to come.  

14. Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox 2020: 14

2020: 52 games, .225/.320/.385 splits, .705 OPS, 6 Home Runs, 24 RBIs

After an elite hitting season in 2019, Yoan Moncada struggled to replicate that success in 2020. Moncada still has his clear kryptonite: strikeouts; he struck out a whopping 72 times in 200 at-bats last season. If he reaches his full potential, Moncada can be an all-star and hit 30+ home runs. However, he needs to work on his discipline going forward. 

13. Brian Anderson, Miami Marlins 2020: 17

2020: 59 games, .255/.345/.465 splits, .810 OPS, 11 Home Runs, 38 RBIs

One of the most underrated third basemen, Brian Anderson quietly had another great season in 2020. At the plate, he has great power, as shown by his 19 extra-base hits last season. Defensively, Anderson had a great year in 2020 as well, recording an Rdrs of 4. While he doesn’t have as much potential as some of the other guys on this ranking, Anderson is a great third baseman.  

12. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs 2020: 8

2020: 34 games, .206/.293/.351 splits, .644 OPS, 4 Home Runs, 11 RBIs

2020 saw Kris Bryant have far and away the worst year of his career as he battled a series of injuries. A free agent at the end of 2021, Bryant is hoping to turn it around and re-route his career at age 29. Bryant is certainly better than he was in 2020, but the question is whether or not he can regain the 2016 form that saw him win an MVP.  

11. Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers 2020: 13

2020: 42 games, .307/.400/.460 splits, .860 OPS, 4 Home Runs, 23 RBIs

Justin Turner continued to do what he does best in 2020 as he hit for a high average and flashed a great glove at third. Now heading into his age 36 season, Turner is back with the Dodgers on a two-year deal worth $34 million. While Turner likely won’t return to the form that saw him in the MVP conversation in 2017, he is still an elite third baseman for Los Angeles.

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