The Dynasty Guru’s 2021 Top 50 Dynasty League Third Basemen: Third Basemen to Target
This is a companion piece to our annual Top 50 Dynasty League Third Basemen posts. The opinions below are my own and do not reflect the TDG consensus.
Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox (Age: 26, Rank: 7)
Moncada was a player that generated a lot of buzz after his 2019 breakout. A lot of folks bought in but just as many remained skeptical. Those who doubted will use his 2020 performance as proof that it isn’t sustainable; I say use that skepticism to target him. Moncada came down COVID-19 prior to the season and got a late start, he also spoke openly about how it affected him once he was recovered: mainly massive amounts of fatigue. In Moncada’s own words: “Definitely my body hasn’t felt the same after the virus. I feel a lack of energy, strength, it’s just a weird feeling. It’s different.” This is probably most evident in his noticeable drop in exit velocity. In 2019 Moncada held a 93 mile-an-hour mark and in 2020 that dipped to 87 miles-an-hour. I think with a full offseason to continue to recover, and a regular routine, Moncada will revert back to more of his 2019 success, and now is the time jump on him.
Josh Jung, Texas Rangers (Age: 22, Rank: 21)
The #1 prospect in the Rangers organization by MLB.com, Jung has a really interesting skill set that makes him a player to target. Jung doesn’t have massive power but enough that when paired with his double-digit steal speed makes him a bit of a rarity at the position. Just as impressive as the power-speed combo, though, is his ability to hit for an average at or over .300. Because of his polished ability at the plate and his age, he shouldn’t be far off from a major league debut in 2021, maybe made even more possible by the lack of a roster the Rangers are rolling out. Now is the time to scoop up Jung before he puts his fancy toolset on display for all to see. This is where the lack of a MiLB season can help you, by getting in on guys who were poised for breakouts in 2020 but now have to wait a season. If you believe in the player, as I do with Jung, get in on them now.
Tommy Edman, St. Louis Cardinals (Age: 25, Rank: 26)
Edman burst onto the scene in 2019, smacking the ball all over the park and running all over opponents. He caught my attention for finishing the season with an identical stat line to Whit Merrifield while being 6 years younger. 2020 was a bit of a slog as he started very slowly, much like most of the MLB. What gives me confidence in Edman though, is how he finished the season. Over the last three weeks of the season, Edman hit 4 of his 5 home runs and lead the Cardinals in runs scored and RBIs. Given a normal season, where there were still 100 more games to be played, it’s easy to see Edman would have corrected his stat-line given his pace. Many more people are down on Edman, as evidenced by his drop in our rankings from #20 to #26, but I saw enough at the end that I’m looking to acquire him.