MLB The Show 19: Best Young Third Basemen (3B)

Which young third basemen can anchor your hot corner for the next decade? Who are the prospects at third that can make the difference in rebuilding your team?


The hot corner is a key position for baseball teams. You need a fast glove and a good arm to field the position, while teams that have that along with a strong hitter are regularly playoff contenders. The likes of Adrian Beltre and Alex Rodriguez have departed the baseball, and while Nolan Arenado and Jose Ramirez rule the position right now, which young players are coming up to challenge them?

How to choose the best young third basemen in MLB The Show 19’s Franchise Mode

This article will look at the best young third basemen in MLB The Show 19’s Franchise Mode. These players all have third base as their primary position and are aged 25 or younger when you start a new Franchise Mode. We are looking for players that start on the MLB roster as the Triple-A and lower rosters are very changeable between saves and can see their stats and potential vary a lot. So who are the best young third basemen in The Show 19?

*For a full list please see the table below

Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (OVR 93)

Age: 25

Potential: A

Throws/Bats: R/R

Secondary Position: 1B, SS, LF

Hitter Tendency: Whole Field

Best Stats: Clutch (97), Durability (96), Contact vs L (93), Arm Strength (87), Discipline (85), Vision (81)

Alex Bregman was the #2 overall pick for the Houston Astros in 2015 and they have seen a terrific return on that pick since. He got his MLB debut in 2016 but in 2017 was the everyday third baseman for Houston, hitting .284 with 19 homers. In 2018 that improved to a .286 average with 31 homers and an MLB-leading 51 doubles along with ok defense and his first All-Star appearance.

In The Show 19 Alex Bregman is a superstar. His ability in the clutch (97) and durability (96) means he’ll always show up when you need him to. His contact vs lefties is terrific (93) and he has solid power (70/68) too. Bregman isn’t an elite fielder (68) but he has the arm strength (87) to get outs when required.

Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics (OVR 85)

Age: 25

Potential: A

Throws/Bats: R/R

Secondary Position: 1B

Hitter Tendency: Whole Field

Best Stats: Fielding (99), Reaction (95), Arm Strength (89), Durability (89), Arm Accuracy (82), Power vs R (70)

A first-round pick for the A’s in 2014, Matt Chapman made his debut in 2017, playing 84 games with a .234 average, 14 homers, and terrific defense. In 2018 Chapman was the everyday third baseman for the A’s, hitting .278 with 24 homers and winning the gold glove at third and the platinum glove as the AL’s best fielder.

In The Show 19 Matt Chapman is an elite fielder (99) with the reactions (95) and arm strength (89) to rob runs from your opposition. At the plate Chapman has solid contact (64/69) and power (70/59) but his biggest strength is with the glove.

Miguel Andujar, New York Yankees (OVR 80)

Age: 24

Potential: B

Throws/Bats: R/R

Secondary Position: 1B

Hitter Tendency: Whole Field

Best Stats: Durability (91), Contact vs R (89), Clutch (85), Arm Strength (84), Vision (79), Power vs R (68)

Miguel Andujar got his MLB debut with a cup of coffee in 2017 but he burst onto the scene in 2018 as the Yankees everyday third baseman. In 149 games he hit .297 with 27 homers and 47 doubles. However, Andujar’s defense was poor, registering a horrible -2.2 dWAR.

In The Show 19 Miguel Andujar is primarily an offensive player. He has terrific contact vs righties (89) and reasonable power (68/64) as well as a good clutch (85) rating. His fielding (33) is extremely poor and needs work but his arm strength (84) is very good and he has ok speed (61).

Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins (OVR 80)

Age: 25

Potential: B

Throws/Bats: R/R

Secondary Position: 1B, LF, RF

Hitter Tendency: Pull Hitter

Best Stats: Arm Strength (88), Discipline (81), Power vs L (80), Durability (78), Power vs R (76)

Miguel Sano came to the Twins as an international free agent and made his debut in 2015. He hasn’t played over 120 games in a season to date but Sano has shown good power at the plate, hitting 84 homers to date. However, Sano struggles to hit for average, with a career .244 average and his defense is poor.

In The Show 19 Sano is a good power-hitter against all pitchers (76/80). He also has good discipline (81) at the plate to draw some walks but his vision (20) is not good so the strikeouts will be there too. Sano is not a good fielder (55) but his arm strength (88) is terrific so he can still make outs in the field.

Brian Anderson, Miami Marlins (OVR 79)

Age: 25

Potential: A

Throws/Bats: R/R

Secondary Position: 1B, 2B, LF, RF

Hitter Tendency: Whole Field

Best Stats: Durability (97), Clutch (95), Arm Strength (77), Contact vs R (74), Fielding (73), Discipline (71)

Brian Anderson was a third-round pick for the Marlins in 2014 and got his debut in 2017. In 2018 he was the everyday third baseman for the Marlins, hitting .273 with 11 homers and 34 doubles while providing average defense in the field.

In The Show 19 Brian Anderson has excellent durability (97) and clutch (95) which means he’ll be there when you need him the most. Anderson has nice contact skills at the plate (74/65) but not a lot of power. That’s ok since his fielding (73) and arm strength (77) are good enough to make up for a lack of home runs.

All the best young third basemen

PlayerOVRAgePotentialClubBat HandBest ContactBest PowerFieldingSpeed
Alex Bregman9325AHouston AstrosR93 (L)70 (R)6861
Matt Chapman8525AOakland AthleticsR69 (L)70 (R)9969
Miguel Andujar8024BNew York YankeesR89 (R)68 (R)3361
Miguel Sano8025BMinnesota TwinsR55 (L)80 (L)5547
Brian Anderson7925AMiami MarlinsR74 (R)48 (L)7350
Johan Camargo7625BAtlanta BravesS84 (L)65 (L)7437
Yoan Moncada7623AChicago White SoxS57 (R)71 (R)6776
Jeimer Candelario7425BDetroit TigersS76 (L)60 (L)6654
Rafael Devers7222ABoston Red SoxL63 (L)71 (R)5253
David Bote6925AChicago CubsR67 (L)60 (L)7161
Renato Nunez6824BBaltimore OriolesR55 (R)49 (R/L)6653
Taylor Ward6225BLos Angeles AngelsR37 (L)49 (L)7265
Rio Ruiz6124ABaltimore OriolesL40 (L)45 (L)7041
Christian Arroyo6123ATampa Bay RaysR39 (L)42 (R)6642
JD Davis5525ANew York MetsR39 (L)46 (L)5439
Ryder Jones5524ASan Francisco GiantsL32 (L)38 (R)6154
Kyle Blake4822CKansas City RoyalsR42 (L)28 (L)3933

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Toby Durant

Deputy Editor at RealSport. A life-long gamer, I have been with RealSport since 2016 and spent time covering the world of Formula 1, NFL, and football for the site before expanding into esports.

 

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