Nick Senzel (Photo by Andrew Bruckse/Tennessee Athletics)
Position Power Rankings: Third Base
Now that we’ve finished ranking the top prospects for the 2016 draft, the 2017 draft, and the freshman class, it’s time to focus on the upcoming season, rather than projecting prospects for the pro level. For our Position Power Rankings, we are using the same guiding principle we followed when assembling our preseason All-America teams: If we were building a team to win the 2016 national title, which players would we choose?
We considered past performance and offensive statistics, but we tried to keep the numbers in context, because some leagues or ballparks are more offensive than others, and some leagues simply have more talent than others — so all stat lines are not created equal. So in addition to the numbers, we also considered raw talent, defensive ability, makeup and reports of development over the summer and fall.
We’ll revisit the Position Power Rankings over the course of the season. Here’s a look at the top third basemen in college baseball.
Top 50 Third Basemen: Preseason 2016
|RANK||PLAYER, SCHOOL||2015 STATISTICS|
|1||Will Craig, Wake Forest||.382/.496/.702, 13 HR|
|2||Nick Senzel, Tennessee||.325/.399/.495, 4 HR|
|3||Bobby Dalbec, Arizona||.319/.410/.601, 1 HR|
|4||JaVon Shelby, Kentucky||.312/.442/.525, 9 HR|
|5||Logan Gray, Austin Peay State||.366/.461/.752,14 HR, 11 SB|
FILED UNDER A.J. Wright, Andy Young, Anthony Villa, Arizona, Austin Listi, Austin Peay State, Blake Tiberi, Bobby Dalbec, Boomer White, Bradley, Bryce Greager, Cadyn Grenier, Cal, Cal State Fullerton, Carl Stajduhar, Colby Bortles, Collin Woody, Connecticut, Cory Reid, Creighton, Dallas Baptist, Danny Hudzina, Eastern Illinois, Elliott Barzilli, Elon, Florida, Garrett Benge, Gavin Collins, Georgia Tech, Harrison Crawford, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana State, Iowa, Jackson State, Jake Burger, JaVon Shelby, Jerod Bravo, Jesus Santana, Jonathan India, Jordan Verdon, Josh Bunselmeyer, Kentucky, Kody Clemens, Kyle Davis, Kyle Fiala, Logan Gray, Louis Mele Jr., Louisville, Luis Alvarado, Luke Persico, Mandy Alvarez, Mason McCoy, Matt Davis, Matt Gonzalez, Matt Kroon, Miami, Mickey McDonald, Mikey Diekroeger, Mississippi State, Missouri, Missouri State, Mitchell Kranson, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York Tech, Nick Senzel, Nick Zammarelli, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, Position Power Rankings, Romy Gonzalez, Ryan Karstetter, Saint Louis, San Diego State, Shane Benes, Spencer Gaa, St. Mary's, Stanford, Stetson, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, UMBC, UNC Greensboro, Vanderbilt, VCU, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Will Craig, Will Toffey, Willy Yahn, Zack Gahagan