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

RANKPLAYER, SCHOOL2015 STATISTICS
1Will Craig, Wake Forest.382/.496/.702, 13 HR
2Nick Senzel, Tennessee.325/.399/.495, 4 HR
3Bobby Dalbec, Arizona.319/.410/.601, 1 HR
4JaVon Shelby, Kentucky.312/.442/.525, 9 HR
5Logan Gray, Austin Peay State.366/.461/.752,14 HR, 11 SB
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