Mid-Season Fantasy Baseball Prospect Rankings – 3rd Base

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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!

Rank Player Organization Level Age Projection ETA
1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays AA 19 .313/.402, 30 HRs, 3 SBs Early 2019
2. Nick Senzel Cincinnati Reds AAA 23 .291/.361, 23 HRs, 14 SBs Mid 2019
3. Austin Riley Atlanta Braves AAA 21 .262/.323, 26 HRs, 2 SBs Mid 2019
4. Alec Bohm Philadelphia Phillies A- 21 .270/.342, 25 HRs, 5 SBs 2020
5. Colton Welker Colorado Rockies A+ 20 .286/.335, 21 HRs, 3 SBs 2020
6. Nolan Gorman St. Louis Cardinals ROK 18 .258/.337, 27 HRs, 1 SB 2021
7. Ryan Mountcastle Baltimore Orioles AA 21 .274/.308, 18 HRs, 2 SBs Late 2019
8. Michael Chavis Boston Red Sox AA 22 .258/.318, 28 HRs, 3 SBs Late 2019
9. Nolan Jones Cleveland Indians A 20 .273/.364, 22 HRs, 4 SBs 2020
10. Jonathan India Cincinnati Reds 21 .266/.340, 20 HRs, 7 SBs 2020
11. Ke’Bryan Hayes Pittsburgh Pirates AA 21 .279/.340, 12 HRs, 7 SBs Late 2019
12. Jake Burger Chicago White Sox A 22 .263/.311, 22 HRs, 1 SB 2020
13. Lucas Erceg Milwaukee Brewers AA 23 .254/.304, 21 HRs, 1 SB Late 2019
14. Taylor Ward Los Angeles Angels AAA 24 .272/.336, 16 HRs, 4 SBs Late 2018
15. Matt Beaty Los Angeles Dodgers AAA 25 .271/.338, 17 HRs, 2 SBs Mid 2019
16. Elehuris Montero St. Louis Cardinals A 19 .269/.333, 20 HRs, 1 SB 2021
17. Drew Ellis Arizona Diamondbacks A+ 22 .261/.322, 21 HRs, 1 SB 2021
18. Hudson Potts San Diego Padres A+ 19 .248/.301, 22 HRs, 2 SBs 2020
19. Miguel Hiraldo Toronto Blue Jays ROK 17 .283/.341, 18 HRs, 4 SBs 2023
20. Danny Diaz Boston Red Sox ROK 17 .267/.308, 23 HRs, 1 SB 2023
21. Sheldon Neuse Oakland Athletics AAA 23 .238/.297, 21 HRs, 4 SBs Mid 2019
22. Triston Casas Boston Red Sox ROK 18 .245/.335, 25 HRs, 1 SB 2023
23. James Nelson Miami Marlins A+ 20 .264/.326, 15 HRs, 3 SBs 2021
24. Jordan Groshans Toronto Blue Jays ROK 18 .263/.336, 18 HRs, 3 SBs 2023
25. Bobby Dalbec Boston Red Sox A+ 23 .234/.316, 26 HRs, 2 SBs 2021
26. Jacob Gonzalez San Francisco Giants A 20 .254/.311, 21 HRs, 3 SBs 2023
27. Travis Blankenhorn Minnesota Twins A+ 21 .262/.308, 16 HRs, 3 SBs 2021
28. Mark Vientos New York Mets ROK 18 .249/.304, 19 HRs, 0 SBs 2022
29. Joe Perez Houston Astros ROK 18 .265/.340, 16 HRs, 4 SB 2022
20. Dermis Garcia New York Yankees A 20 .216/.284, 23 HRs, 1 SB 2021

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. The Dynasty Manager here at Pitcher List, 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!

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