Top 15 Third Basemen in Baseball
Top 15 Third Basemen in Baseball
There is always a very good crop of third basemen in the big leagues, but the men who play third are particularly good right now.
A lot of third basemen are very good offensively, but I do put stock into defense at third base. A couple of seasons ago, I would have put a guy like Scott Rolen into my top three because he was good enough offensively, but his defense was outstanding.
There is a guy right now who might arguably be the best defensive third baseman ever in Adrian Beltre, but that is a whole different argument.
There is also a guy at the other end of the spectrum who is amazing offensively and questionable defensively. That man would be Miguel Cabrera.
Cabrera won the first triple crown in 35 years last season and is arguably the best at what he does too. This is a little more debatable than the Beltre argument, but many people say that Cabrera is one of the best right handed hitters of all time.
That argument is put up every time there is a one of a kind hitter, and just a couple of seasons ago that was being sad about Albert Pujols. While Pujols is a great hitter, the arguments stopped after a single down season. And last year wasn’t down by any standard other than Pujols'.
A little spoiler here; Cabrera and Beltre are my number one and two guys on this list, but there is a chance they aren’t in that order. You will just have to read and find out.
#15 Martin Prado
Martin Prado is moving into the National League West this year with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
We will see how he does this year moving from a pretty neutral park in Atlanta to a very hitter friendly park in Arizona.
#14 Will Middlebrooks
Will Middlebrooks was very good when healthy last season for the Boston Red Sox. His power is outstanding.
The only question for Middlebrooks is whether or not he can stay healthy.
#13 Mike Moustakas
The Moose is loose as Dan Plesac would say. Mike Moustakas showed a little of what he can do last year, and he is just now coming into his physical prime.
#12 Chase Headley
Chase Headley showed off last season in his breakout year with the San Diego Padres.
This year we just need to find out if he can repeat in the pitchers paradise that is San Diego.
#11 Hanley Ramirez
Can we just accept the fact the Hanley Ramirez is no longer a shortstop please.
We know how good Ramirez can be on offense but he no longer has the ability to play shortstop defensively. He has the ability to be a great third baseman though if he embraces the change.
#10 Kyle Seager
Kyle Seager was amazing last season, but not many people who don’t pay attention to the Seattle Mariners know that.
Seager ended last season third overall in two out RBI. He is good enough defensively and has a lot of offensive potential.
#9 Brett Lawrie
Brett Lawrie has a lot of potential offensively, and he is pretty quick on defense.
He will have a lot of protection this year in a fantastic Toronto Blue Jays' lineup.
#8 Aramis Ramirez
Aramis Ramirez went down with a leg injury just yesterday, but I believe once he comes back (barring another injury) his offensive numbers will be fantastic this season.
#7 Pablo Sandoval
Pablo Sandoval has some obvious weight issues, but he has some great ability with the bat. For a big man, Sandoval moves pretty quickly on defense.
If Sandoval hits the way many people know he can, nobody will be talking about his weight by the end of the year.
#6 David Freese
David Freese came onto the scene in a big way during the 2011 playoffs.
Freese knows what he is doing in the big leagues and has great offensive ability.
#5 Ryan Zimmerman
Ryan Zimmerman is very good offensively, and he is one of the best when it comes to throwing on the run. But his seeming inability to throw with his feet planted worries me.
Zimmerman’s throwing motion makes me feel like he is set up for arm injuries in the future.
#4 David Wright
David Wright, now commonly known as Captain America due to his performance in the World Baseball Classic, is very good both offensively and defensively.
Last year it seemed that the fences coming in at Citi field in New York helped Wright a lot on offense.
Wright will have another big year this season and will prove he is worth his new long term contract.
#3 Evan Longoria
Evan Longoria had a rough season last year due to injury, but he proved in his first couple of seasons in the majors just how good he can be.
Barring injury, Longoria will be amazing for the Tampa Bay Rays this year.
#2 Miguel Cabrera
What? Cabrera is second? I told you they might be in a different order than normally expected.
Obviously Cabrera is the best offensive third baseman in the league, but his defense is too shaky for my liking.
#1 Adrian Beltre
Adrian Beltre is number one to me.
His offense is worse than Cabrera, but it is good enough that Beltre’s far superior defense makes him number one in my book.