Farm Futures: Third Base Tiers
Farm Futures: Third Base Tiers

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

Third base has become something of a glamour position in fantasy baseball. There are currently 10 third basemen going inside the top 80 in NFBC drafts and 15 going inside the top 120. It is deeper than first base by quite a bit. This makes sense when you think about it. You have to be somewhat athletic to handle the hot corner, and the offensive bar to clear is high – so we're typically looking at big, athletic mashers at third base. It is where many players who sign as shortstops end up when they outgrow the six. As such, there is some guesswork with where these players will end up once they reach the majors. Some may end up elsewhere in the infield, but this is my best guess.

Here are the 2019 third base prospect tiers:

TIER ONE

1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays

I'm really tired of talking about Vlad, the player, so here is some draft prep intel: in a standard 5x5 roto with a 68/32 hitter/pitcher split, I have him valued as a $24 player, and that's without factoring in the stats I'd be getting from someone like Todd Frazier over the first couple weeks. The other hitters I have at $24: Bryce Harper, Alex Bregman, Andrew Benintendi, Whit Merrifield, and Juan Soto.

TIER TWO

2. Austin Riley, Braves
3. Ke'Bryan Hayes, Pirates
4. Nolan Jones, Indians
5. Jonathan India, Reds
6. Carter Kieboom,

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast. FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year finalist in 2012.
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