Top 3 Sleeper Third Basemen for 2020 Fantasy Baseball Season
With Alex Bregman, Nolan Arenado, and Rafael Devers headlining draft boards, third base is once again set to be a deep fantasy position. However, there's always a few breakout stars that can rise up the ranks.
Spring training starts in just a few weeks, so here are three sleeper candidates at third base that you should look out for in the meantime.
1. Tommy Edman, St. Louis Cardinals
Tommy Edman was a huge part of the St. Louis Cardinals' playoff run last year. After being promoted in June, Edman slashed .304/.350/.500 with 11 homers, 36 RBIs, and 15 steals. Edman is a contact hitter with great speed and a glove that keeps him relevant at second, third, or the outfield. He's been underrated slightly due to a low walk rate, expected regression on his .346 batting average on balls in play (BABIP), and his lack of a set position. However, Edman's value on the basepaths, positional flexibility, and his ability to hit for average make him a valuable selection in the later rounds.
2. Jon Berti, Miami Marlins
As an infielder for the Miami Marlins, Jon Berti doesn't have much hype surrounding him this season. However, Berti established himself as a stolen base contributor in 2019 and also performed well at the plate. Berti scored 52 runs and stole 17 bases in just 73 games last season. His strong walk rate (8.4 percent) and hitting ability combine for a solid player who can get on base and is a threat to steal 30 bags this year. Thanks to playing 19 games at third base last season, Jon Berti should be eligible in most leagues. If you're looking for a late-round selection without much of an established track record, Berti could be a solid target.
3. Todd Frazier, Texas Rangers
Signed by the Texas Rangers on January 15, Todd Frazier has a chance to be a decent contributor in new surroundings this season. Frazier was an above-average hitter with the Mets in 2019, managing 106 weighted runs created plus (wRC+) and clubbing 21 homers in 133 games. The 33-year-old Frazier will get another chance at being an everyday player with the Rangers, and he continues to be a streaky but effective source of power, RBIs, and runs. If you can find some players to offset his batting average (.251 in 2019), Frazier could be a great late-round target.
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