Every year the MLB Network has a Top Ten Right Now series at every Position and here I will breakdown my top 10 at every position. Some you may agree with and some you might not everyone’s list would probably be different in some way shape or form and that’s the beauty of baseball always something to debate. So next on the My Top 10 list series is Third Base.
NUMBER 10 OF THE TOP 10 THIRD BASEMEN RIGHT NOW IS….ADRIAN BELTRE
Adrian Beltre will be entering his 21st season in the MLB and turn 39 years old early in the season. However, despite being the oldest player on the list still plays with youthful exuberance. Beltre has made his mark on the sport and is undoubtedly a Hall of Famer after he retires. So as long as Beltre stays healthy 2018 will be yet another addition to his Hall of Fame career.
NUMBER 9 ON MY COUNTDOWN IS KYLE SEAGER
Corey’s Brother as was his name for the “Player’s Weekend” back in August of 2017 is a consistently underrated player. Playing in Seattle sometimes doesn’t lend itself to the mainstream media but Seager is a player who contributes and is a true middle of the order bat. 2017 was a bit of a down year for Seager but look for a major bounce back in 2018.
NUMBER 8 ON THE TOP 10 RIGHT NOW IS….JOSH DONALDSON
Now Donaldson at the #8 spot on my list might cause some controversy or be called into question but understand that Donaldson is definitely one of the top third basemen in all of baseball. However, I think that injuries have become to prevalent in his career and may be cause for concern which is why I have him lower than some or most others might have him. Donaldson is a former MVP and without question has the ability to dominate the game and make my choice to place him eighth look foolish and for Blue Jay’s fans I’m sure that’s the hope but for now Donaldson is better than 22 of baseball’s 30 third basemen. Just not higher on my list.
NUMBER 7 IS ALEX BREGMAN
Bregman comes in at #7. As a member of the 2017 World Series winning Houston Astros Bregman jumped into the national spotlight and played a key role in the Astros’ win. Bregman was the 2nd overall pick by Houston in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft and will help solidify the young core in Houston for several years to come. Expect a big year in 2018 from Bregman.
THE MAN WHO CLAIMS THE NUMBER 6 SPOT ON THE LIST…ANTHONY RENDON.
Baseball’s best kept secret might just be Anthony Rendon. Rendon has been a solid contributor for the Washington Nationals lineup without all the fanfare. In a lineup that had a revitalized Ryan Zimmerman and top phenom Bryce Harper, Rendon had the best year of all of them in terms of WAR (Wins Above Replacement). Look for the best kept secret in MLB to keep producing in a significant way for the Nationals.
MY 5TH CHOICE IN THIS TOP 10 RIGHT NOW IS JUSTIN TURNER
Turner who was once Designated For Assignment was an All Star in 2017 and will look to continue his All Star ways in 2018. Turner had a career high slash line in 2017 of .322/.415/.530 reaching the desired plateau of most saber-metric analysts of .300/.400/.500 hitter. Turner will hit in the heart of the Dodgers order and will help lead them back to the playoffs in 2018.
NUMBER 4 IS JOSE RAMIREZ
Ramirez finished third in the AL MVP voting in 2017 which should tell you how good a season that he had. Ramirez provides the Cleveland Indians versatility being able to play all over but I think he will be the team’s third baseman. So look for another glorious season by Ramirez, even if it’s not the same MVP type season he had in 2017.
THE 3RD PLACE 3RD BASEMAN ON MY LIST IS KRIS BRYANT
Bryant is a perennial MVP caliber player and will undoubtedly continue to be one. Bryant is a guy like Ramirez provides versatility to the Chicago Cubs playing all over the field while still producing at the plate like the middle of the order bat he is. It can not be understated that the top three guys on this list can be interchangeable in my opinion.
NUMBER 2 THEN IS MANNY MACHADO
Manny is the kind of player who changes an organization’s outlook on their season. Just ask Baltimore who’s gonna lose him in Free Agency. Baltimore was struggling for years but began being a playoff caliber team when Manny came up. There’s a lot of rumors and speculation if Manny will be on the Orioles opening day lineup (My guess is yes, but He shouldn’t be). But no matter where he plays look for Machado to compete for the AL MVP crown in 2018.
SO THAT LEAVES ONLY 1……NOLAN ARENADO
Arenado has become one of baseball’s cornerstones. Arenado has long been a staple of MLB Network and ESPN for his incredible Brooks Robinson type defensive prowess. But Nolan doesn’t just do it with the glove, but the 5 time Gold Glove winner has 3 straight Silver Sluggers to go along with 3 straight All Star nods in his 5 year career. Arenado provides stability to the Colorado Rockies lineup and fantasy lineups year in and year out. Look for 2018 to be no different for Nolan Arenado.