Farm Futures: Third Base Tiers
Farm Futures: Third Base Tiers

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

This isn't the most exciting position for fantasy prospects, but there are a lot of options, and it's already a deep position in the majors. Some of these players still have a chance to stick at shortstop but I'm betting they won't. Some of them could also still slide to first base, but I'm not quite ready to pigeonhole them there.

TIER ONE

1. Carter Kieboom, Nationals

2. Jordan Groshans, Blue Jays

Of all the third base prospects, Groshans has the highest realistic ceiling, but he is a couple years away from the majors. Kieboom is in this tier partly because of his proximity to the majors, but he also has the upside to be a .275 hitter who hits 25-plus home runs.

TIER TWO

3. Nolan Jones, Indians

4. Ke'Bryan Hayes, Pirates

5. Abraham Toro, Astros

At one point early in the ranking process, I had these three back-to-back-to-back on the top 400. Jones has the most power and OBP potential. Toro has the best hit tool. Hayes has a chance to do a little bit of everything and is the best defensive third baseman in the minors, which makes him very safe from a playing time standpoint.

 TIER THREE

6. Nick Solak, Rangers

7. Orelvis Martinez, Blue Jays

8. Kody Hoese, Dodgers

9. Nolan Gorman, Cardinals

Third base is my best guess for where Solak ends up, but he could easily be confined to left field and designated hitter

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast. FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year finalist in 2012.
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