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MLB Draft Success : Third Basemen

 

Third base has a unique mixture of talent on draft day. One type of player that gets drafted as a third baseman is the player that is just too big to play shortstop, even though they had been able to in the past but outgrew it. The other is the player that is just athletic enough to pull it off but may need to move across the diamond to first base or out to left field. Mark Teixeira, Jeff Bagwell and Jason Giambi are a few that had to move to first. Manny Ramirez, Pat Burrell and Matt Holliday were a few that had to move to left field.

Third basemen are a combination of athletes and power hitters. Many players drafted as third baseman are likely to end up at first base and in left field but some will be able to play third base defensively and put up numbers similar to what a first baseman or a left fielder could. That is why we have the notion that third baseman should be power hitters and sluggers, when in reality, a third baseman that is a slugger and can play good defense for most of his career is extraordinarily rare.

Just for the fun of it, here are the top 10 players in this study that were a 3B for the majority of his career: Scott Rolen, Robin Ventura, Eric Chavez, Troy Glaus, David Wright, Casey Blake, Dave Hollins, Phil Nevin, Morgan Ensberg and Joe Crede. Not a a stellar group toward the end. That is why a player like Anthony Rendon, who can hit well and play very good defense at third, is a near lock to be the first overall pick. When his defense is called into question, he slides. One thing is for sure though. If a player is drafted as a 3B in the first round, he is very likely to be an impact player.

1st round

3B

3B

3B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

20.00%

11.11%

0.00%

Superstar

30.00%

22.22%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

11.11%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

10.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

10.00%

22.22%

0.00%

Bench warmer

20.00%

33.33%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

10.00%

0.00%

0.00%

1st supp

3B

3B

3B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

20.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

25.00%

20.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

25.00%

20.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

50.00%

40.00%

0.00%

2nd round

3B

3B

3B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

11.11%

9.09%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

9.09%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

33.33%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

11.11%

9.09%

0.00%

Bench warmer

44.44%

27.27%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

0.00%

45.45%

0.00%

3rd round

3B

3B

3B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

16.67%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

16.67%

13.33%

0.00%

Bench warmer

16.67%

13.33%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

50.00%

73.33%

100.00%

4th round

3B

3B

3B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

12.50%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

87.50%

100.00%

100.00%

5th round

3B

3B

3B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

12.50%

14.29%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

12.50%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

0.00%

0.00%

100.00%

Bench warmer

75.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

100.00%

85.71%

0.00%

6th round

3B

3B

3B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

16.67%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

33.33%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

16.67%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

66.67%

66.67%

100.00%

7th round

3B

3B

3B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

11.11%

7.69%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

11.11%

15.38%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

11.11%

23.08%

0.00%

Bench warmer

22.22%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

44.44%

53.85%

100.00%

8th round

3B

3B

3B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

7.69%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

15.38%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

15.38%

0.00%

33.33%

Minor leaguer

61.54%

100.00%

66.67%

9th round

3B

3B

3B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

9.09%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

9.09%

25.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

18.18%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

63.64%

75.00%

100.00%

10th round

3B

3B

3B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

33.33%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

7.14%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

7.14%

14.29%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

85.71%

85.71%

66.67%