Ranking the projected starting American League third basemen of 2019

Jose Ramirez has two straight third-place finishes in American League MVP voting. [Image Source: Flickr | Keith Allison]
Jose Ramirez has two straight third-place finishes in American League MVP voting. [Image Source: Flickr | Keith Allison]

Jose Ramirez, Alex Bregman, and Matt Chapman all finished in the top-seven of MVP voting last year.

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After looking at all the other infield positions, it is now time to rank those that are projected to start at the hot corner in the American League.

As a subjective list, many of these players can almost be considered interchangeable regarding rank. Depth charts were taken from Roster Resource.

(Note: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays is likely to at least spend the first couple weeks of the season in the minors, thus is not listed as their starting third basemen by Roster Resource. If included on the list, he would likely be fourth.)

1

Jose Ramirez, Indians

The 26-year-old Ramirez has two straight third-place finishes in American League MVP voting. In 157 games in 2018, he went on to bat .270 with 39 homers, 38 doubles, 34 stolen bases, 110 runs, and 106 walks. He now has 68 home runs, 94 doubles, and 10 triples over the last two seasons. Ramirez made 11 errors in 137 starts at third base.

2

Alex Bregman, Astros

The second overall selection in the 2015 draft, Bregman looked like a future Hall of Famer in 2018. He finished fifth, in American League MVP voting, and hit .286 with 31 homers, a league-leading 51 doubles, 105 runs, 103 RBIs, and 10 steals. He walked more often (96) than he struck out (85). Turning 25 on March 30, he can fill in at shortstop if Carlos Correa needs a breather or is injured.

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