One factor to notice is that Cincinnati’s Nick Senzel has performed principally third as a professional, however he’s blocked with the large membership by Eugenio Suarez. Nevertheless, he is now battling for the beginning heart area job this spring. He’ll retain 3B eligibility in lots of fantasy leagues, at the very least for this yr, however we’re not going to concentrate on him right here.
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MLB High Prospects: 3B
Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is baseball’s prime prospect and needs to be beginning within the majors by midseason on the completely later. In the meanwhile, he’s been shelved by an indirect pressure and will start the season on the disabled record at Triple-A. Vlad Jr. received’t flip 20 till simply earlier than the season begins, however he’s already a refined and completed hitter. Final yr he destroyed Double-A pitching to the tune of a .402 batting common and 14 house runs in 234 at-bats, then completed up at Triple-A the place he hit .336 with six house runs and 15 walks versus solely 10 strikeouts in 110 at-bats.
When wholesome, Vlad combines elite bat velocity and glorious plate self-discipline which ought to enable him to hit for each common and energy. His uncooked pop is pretty much as good as anybody’s, and his pitch recognition is tremendously superior for such a younger man. Even when he recovers shortly from the indirect situation, he’ll most likely start the season again at Triple-A attributable to service-time points. Nonetheless, he needs to be in line for a promotion no later than midseason. Lengthy-term, he’s a man who may hit .300 and stroke 30-plus house runs a season.
Atlanta’s signing of Josh Donaldson implies that Austin Riley will start the season again within the minors, however he’s held his personal in huge league camp and might be in line for a promotion if Donaldson fails to remain wholesome after two consecutive injury-plagued seasons. Along with his measurement, plus bat velocity, and elevated swing path, Riley jogs my memory slightly of a younger Ryan Zimmerman. Though he’s nowhere close to the defender Zimmerman was, he’s fairly agile and profiles as at the very least a median third baseman regardless of his giant body. Riley’s calling card is plus uncooked energy, however he’ll must develop higher plate self-discipline to reach the majors. If he might be extra selective, he ought to have the ability to hit for a good common and stroke 25 house runs a yr.
Baltimore prospect Ryan Mountcastle will definitely start the season within the minors, however the rebuilding Orioles don’t have a lot depth at third and will give him a glance later this season. Mountcastle was moved from brief to 3rd final yr and nonetheless hasn’t proven he can deal with the place defensively, however his bat is nice sufficient that Baltimore will give him each alternative to succeed. Mountcastle has plus bat velocity and good hand-eye coordination that enable him to make constant arduous contact. His uncooked energy is plus, and if he can enhance his lower-body stability and create extra leverage, he may unlock extra in-game energy. He’ll additionally must tighten his plate self-discipline to hit for common within the majors, however he has all of the instruments to be a median offensive third baseman who hits .270 and slugs 20-plus house runs.
Pirates prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes additionally has an opportunity to crack a giant league lineup this season. None of Pittsburgh’s present third base choices seems to be the long-term reply, and Hayes has performed nicely this spring in Grapefruit League motion. He’ll return to the minors to open the season, however ultimately the Pirates will give him a shot. Like Mountcastle, Hayes has extra energy potential than he’s proven in video games so far. Not like Mountcastle, he exhibits good plate self-discipline and strong plate recognition that ought to enable him to hit for common within the bigs. If he can use his decrease half to create extra elevation in his swing path, he has the plus bat velocity and uncooked energy to hit 20-plus house runs over a full season. Whilst rookie he ought to have the ability to hit at the very least .270 with average energy.