Ranking the 15 projected starting American League third basemen

Matt Chapman has won two Gold Gloves. [Image Source: Flickr | Scott U]
Matt Chapman has won two Gold Gloves. [Image Source: Flickr | Scott U]

Third base in the American League is a star-studded position that includes Alex Bregman, Anthony Rendon, and Matt Chapman.

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With less than two months remaining until the regular season begins, we have been taking a look at the projected starters at each position. After ranking the shortstops in both leagues, let’s move on to the third basemen in the American League.

As a subjective list, many of the players can almost be considered interchangeable as to where they are ranked. Depth charts were taken from Fangraphs.

1

Alex Bregman, Astros

While his team has been mired in controversy this offseason, Bregman is coming off a season in which he was the runner-up for AL MVP (finished fifth in voting in 2018). He doesn’t strike out often (168 strikeouts compared to 215 walks over the last two years) and has also connected on 72 homers and 88 doubles with a .970 OPS over that time. He also showed great improvement in the field last year at both third base and shortstop.

2

Anthony Rendon, Angels

It was a banner 2019 season for Rendon as he won a Silver Slugger, was a Gold Glove finalist, finished third in NL MVP voting, and won a World Series with the Nationals. Now on the Angels, he finished with career-highs last year in homers (34), RBIs (126), runs (117), batting average (.319), and OPS (1.010).

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