2019 Fantasy Baseball: Third Basemen Stock Watch

Dr. Roto

Daily Dr. Roto—March 25, 2019

Third Basemen Stock Watch

Three Up, Three Down

Catcher | First Base | Second Base| Shortstop | Third Base | Outfielder | Starting Pitching

As Fantasy Baseball Drafts are fast approaching, I will give you three guys that I am keying on (and avoiding) at my upcoming drafts:

Three Up Third Basemen:

Eugenio Suarez (3B, CIN) — Suarez continues to get better and better as he matures. Last year saw him finally eclipse 30/100 and I think he can do it once again this season in what should be a highly potent Reds lineup. Suarez is struggling thus far in Spring Training, but if anything, I think that saves you a few dollars on a player who is close to a sure thing.

Matt Chapman (3B, OAK) — Chapman had been dealing with an off-season shoulder surgery which made many people skeptical about taking him too early. However, in Japan, Chapman started, played great defense and hit a HR for the A’s. Considering he is one of the few players who has the power to go 40/100 he might still come at a relative bargain this season.

Rafael Devers (3B, BOS) — Devers is still growing as a hitter, but the seeds are there for him to be something special. What I like most is that the Red Sox are committed to him and will let him get 500 at bats in the middle of their terrific lineup. Devers will eventually be a perennial 30/100 hitter. It might come as early as this season.

Rafael Devers
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Three Down Third Basemen:

Evan Longoria (3B, SF) — Longo is on the downside of his career, playing in a bad hitters’ park, for a team that looks like they will be mired in the bottom of their division. Don’t be shocked if you call his name out at your auction and you hear crickets.

Matt Carpenter (3B, STL) — I am a big Carpenter fan, but his back issues have me worried. Additionally, now that Paul Goldschmidt is in town, Carpenter will have to play third base everyday which could lead to further issues with his health. I tend to avoid players who have career years later in life—and for that reason amongst others, Carpenter will not be high on any of my draft lists.

Miguel Sano (3B, MIN) — Sano has dealt with a multitude of injuries in his young career, and currently in 2019 he is dealing with an injured heel which is expected to keep him out until the middle of May. I can get past the checkered injury past, but I am not sure I can get past Sano’s .220 batting average. I think there is potential for him to hit as high as .250 with 30/100 but until I see it for myself I might let someone else take the journey while I go with a safer option.

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