2020 Preseason Power Rankings: Third BaseSeason Preview
When we rolled out our Preseason All-America Teams, we followed one guiding principle: If we were building a team to win the 2020 national title, which players would we choose? We use the same philosophy to construct our Position Power Rankings — think of them as an extension of our Preseason All-America Teams.
These are NOT professional prospect lists, though they do take pure talent into consideration. Players who proved themselves against top competition in summer ball and look poised for breakout years might rank higher on the list than other players who had gaudier stats from last spring. We considered past performance and offensive statistics, but we also try 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 factored in raw talent, defensive ability (especially at premium positions), makeup and reports of development over the summer and fall.
Finally, remember that there are 301 Division I teams, and we’re ranking the top 10 percent of starting players at each position. These lists reflect our projections of which players will be the best of the best this spring, but many good players in the remaining 90 percent just didn’t make the cut. We’ll revisit the Position Power Rankings over the course of the season and make adjustments as players prove themselves on the field.
The top two teams in D1Baseball’s Preseason Top 25, Louisville and Vanderbilt, also hold down the top two spots in our ranking of the top 30 third basemen in college baseball, although the order is flip-flopped: Vandy hit machine Austin Martin is No. 1, and Louisville slugger Alex Binelas is No. 2. San Diego State two-way star Casey Schmitt checks in at No. 3.
Top 30 Third Basemen
Rank Player, School AVG/OBP/SLG OPS AB HR RBI BB SO SB 1 Austin Martin, Vanderbilt .392/.486/.604 1.090 268 10 46 40 34 18 2 Alex Binelas, Louisville .291/.383/.612 .995 206 14 59 27 48 3 3 Casey Schmitt, San Diego State .315/.415/.450 .865 200 5 36 25 30 4 4 Tyler Keenan, Ole Miss .285/.420/.506 .926 253 15 66 48 51 2 5 Gage Workman, Arizona State .327/.412/.527 .939 220 8 42 31 68 9
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