Mid-Season Fantasy Baseball Prospect Rankings – 3rd Base

Adam Garland's mid-season top 30 3rd Base prospects to own in Dynasty Leagues.

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Today marks the fifth day of an 11 article special that is designed to help get you all caught up and informed on MLB prospects for your fantasy baseball leagues. My colleague Brennen Gorman and I are going to be releasing mid-season top prospect lists for every position and we will release our lists on the following schedule:

Top 30 Catchers
Top 30 1st Baseman
Top 30 2nd Baseman
Top 30 Shortstops
Top 30 3rd Baseman
Top 25 Outfielders
Top 50 Outfielders
Top 150 Overall Hitters
Top 150 Overall Pitchers
Adam’s Disagreements – July 23th
Brennen’s Disagreements – July 24th

We have included a rough prime projection for each player as well as an estimated ETA. We tried not to include players that have cemented roles in the majors at the time of this writing, so guys like Juan Soto and Mike Soroka will not be included. Note that we place an emphasis on upside, namely power and speed guys, while also prioritizing closeness to the majors when the value is close. Feel free to ask questions or drop a comment, we are always happy to discuss! Without further ado, onto the list!

RankPlayerOrganizationLevelAgeProjectionETA
1.Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Toronto Blue JaysAA19.313/.402, 30 HRs, 3 SBsEarly 2019
2.Nick SenzelCincinnati RedsAAA23.291/.361, 23 HRs, 14 SBsMid 2019
3.Austin RileyAtlanta BravesAAA21.262/.323, 26 HRs, 2 SBsMid 2019
4.Alec BohmPhiladelphia PhilliesA-21.270/.342, 25 HRs, 5 SBs2020
5.Colton WelkerColorado RockiesA+20.286/.335, 21 HRs, 3 SBs2020
6.Nolan GormanSt. Louis CardinalsROK18.258/.337, 27 HRs, 1 SB2021
7.Ryan MountcastleBaltimore OriolesAA21.274/.308, 18 HRs, 2 SBsLate 2019
8.Michael ChavisBoston Red SoxAA22.258/.318, 28 HRs, 3 SBsLate 2019
9.Nolan JonesCleveland IndiansA20.273/.364, 22 HRs, 4 SBs2020
10.Jonathan IndiaCincinnati Reds21.266/.340, 20 HRs, 7 SBs2020
11.Ke’Bryan HayesPittsburgh PiratesAA21.279/.340, 12 HRs, 7 SBsLate 2019
12.Jake BurgerChicago White SoxA22.263/.311, 22 HRs, 1 SB2020
13.Lucas ErcegMilwaukee BrewersAA23.254/.304, 21 HRs, 1 SBLate 2019
14.Taylor WardLos Angeles AngelsAAA24.272/.336, 16 HRs, 4 SBsLate 2018
15.Matt BeatyLos Angeles DodgersAAA25.271/.338, 17 HRs, 2 SBsMid 2019
16.Elehuris MonteroSt. Louis CardinalsA19.269/.333, 20 HRs, 1 SB2021
17.Drew EllisArizona DiamondbacksA+22.261/.322, 21 HRs, 1 SB2021
18.Hudson PottsSan Diego PadresA+19.248/.301, 22 HRs, 2 SBs2020
19.Miguel HiraldoToronto Blue JaysROK17.283/.341, 18 HRs, 4 SBs2023
20.Danny DiazBoston Red SoxROK17.267/.308, 23 HRs, 1 SB2023
21.Sheldon NeuseOakland AthleticsAAA23.238/.297, 21 HRs, 4 SBsMid 2019
22.Triston CasasBoston Red SoxROK18.245/.335, 25 HRs, 1 SB2023
23.James NelsonMiami MarlinsA+20.264/.326, 15 HRs, 3 SBs2021
24.Jordan GroshansToronto Blue JaysROK18.263/.336, 18 HRs, 3 SBs2023
25.Bobby DalbecBoston Red SoxA+23.234/.316, 26 HRs, 2 SBs2021
26.Jacob GonzalezSan Francisco GiantsA20.254/.311, 21 HRs, 3 SBs2023
27.Travis BlankenhornMinnesota TwinsA+21.262/.308, 16 HRs, 3 SBs2021
28.Mark VientosNew York MetsROK18.249/.304, 19 HRs, 0 SBs2022
29.Joe PerezHouston AstrosROK18.265/.340, 16 HRs, 4 SB2022
20.Dermis GarciaNew York YankeesA20.216/.284, 23 HRs, 1 SB2021

Adam’s thoughts:

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is in a class of his own atop the 3B rankings. His dominance at AA that includes a .407/.457/.667 line in 235 PAs as a teenager is unprecedented and I go into detail about it here
  • Nick Senzel who is pictured above is the most well-rounded fantasy prospect on this list, and it looks like he will be able to contribute in every fantasy category once he reaches the majors. Unfortunately, he recently suffered a torn tendon in his right index finger and is expected to miss the rest of the 2018 season.
  • There are 5 recent 2018 MLB draftees on this list including Alec Bohm who went 3rd overall and offers 70-grade raw power and impressive bat control as posted just a 10.53% K rate in the NCAA. Nolan Gorman (19th overall) of the Cardinals also offers 70-grade raw power, and Triston Casas of the Red Sox (26th overall) might even have more raw power with some scouts giving him top of the scale 80-grades. Jordan Groshans of the Blue Jays (12th overall) can’t match the raw power of the other recently drafted 3rd base prospects on this list, but Groshans offers a quality hit tool and above-average raw power and both have been on display with a .395/.481/.628 start to his professional career with as many walks as strikeouts in 48 PAs.
  • Taylor Ward and Matt Beaty are older guys on this list, but both are performing well at AAA and have safer floors due to their strong performances at the upper levels of the minors. Ward may be called upon this year to help the Angels playoff push, and Beaty would be on a similar timeline if not for a delayed start to his season due to an injury. Both could be underrated sleepers!
  • Elehuris Montero, Miguel Hiraldo, and Danny Diaz are very intriguing teenage hitters with high upsides due to plus raw power and all are showing enough contact skills to get their power. They should all be on radars in deeper dynasty leagues.
  • Bobby Dalbec and Dermis Garcia are huge raw power lottery ticket guys with major contact concerns. Both have high ceilings but also low floors.

Adam Garland

Adam is a marketing professional 9-5, but a fan and nerd of the beautiful game of baseball 24/7. He's known for his "Going Deep" articles on both MLB and MiLB players and has a strong reputation of identifying valuable players before the consensus. His passion though is MLB prospects, and he loves digging into scouting reports and dissecting the stats of prospects trying to understand what they mean. He plays in multiple dynasty leagues of varying sizes, and he hopes he can help with yours! He's also always up to talk baseball/prospects with anyone, so please don't hesitate to strike up a conversation here or @AdamGarlando on Twitter!

  • Avatar J.C. Mosier says:

    These are very well done. Thank you!

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