Third base is one of those positions where you don’t need to have a sleeper list on your draft, but you’ll probably be happy to have one ready. Because many fantastic mid-level solid 3Bs (and even some higher-level ones, if you play on Yahoo) are eligible for other positions, you never know when they’ll be leaving the board. If you’re playing in a deep league or a league with a CI spot, it might leave you jostled in the middle or end of rounds as you watch potential breakouts get caught between your choices.
Most of the players listed below will only be considered in deeper leagues, but some, like Alec Bohm and Ke’Bryan Hayes, will be recruited from shallow leagues as well. Unfortunately, not many players steal bases, although there are some faster guys eligible for 3B who mostly play in other positions (see bottom of the list).
Ultimately, you’re hoping to get some power and production from these players, and while it’s always welcome, it might seem relatively easy to find, which is why we said you might not think not that you need a list of sleepers. But if one of those players really does break out – or even get hot for a period of two weeks or a month – you’ll be happy that they’re on your radar.
Fantasy Baseball 3B Sleepers: Third Base Breakout, Late Sleepers
Job eligibility based on Yahoo default settings
Alec Bohm, Phillies (also eligible for 1B). Bohm impressed with a .338 / .400 / .481 line in 44 games last year, and although his .410 BABIP numbers drop noticeably, the talented 24-year-old fielder can reach a solid average and a decent power. In the Philadelphia roster, rune production opportunities will follow, giving Bohm a lot of potential value in deeper leagues.
Ke’Bryan Hayes, pirates. Hayes is another BABIP darling from last year (.450) who finished his first stint in the majors with a .376 / .442 / .682 line in 24 games. Those numbers will jump out at anyone, and while they might not represent Hayes’ true advantage, they still show that the 24-year-old right-hander is very talented. If his bat continues to develop, he should display a solid average, moderate power, and around 10 to 15 steals. It’s worth something in the deep leagues, but be careful not to overdraft.
Ryan McMahon, Rockies (1B, 2B). With a career .237 / .318 / .423 line in 301 games, it’s easy to overlook MaMahon, but the 26-year-old fielder reached 24 hours in 2019 and nine in 52 games last year. He’s got power, at least at home (.269 / .344 / .510), and a breakout wouldn’t be a shock as he enters his prime. Average will never impress, but given his versatility and power / run production potential, McMahon is a good player to own.
Carter Kieboom, Nationals (SS). Kieboom hasn’t shown much in his 44 appearances in the majors (.181 / .309 / .232), but at just 23 he still has time to build up his momentum. His minor league numbers (.287 / .378 / .469) point to eventual success in the major leagues, and he should have every chance of succeeding (or failing) this year.
Ty France, navigators (2B). France tore up spring training so the secret may be on him, but the 26-year-old infielder has even more advantages than most realize. He crushed Triple-A’s throw in 2019, hitting .399 / .477 / .770 in 76 games before cooling off with the Padres after his call (.234 / .294 / .402). He regained his stroke last year (.305 / .368 / .464) in 155 at-bats, which somewhat allays fears that he is a “Quad-A” player. France should have at-bats every day, whether it’s 2G, 3B or DH, and while he can’t hit more than .270, he can certainly provide homers and RBIs.
Mike Brosseau, Rays (1B, 2B). Brosseau doesn’t have a fixed place to play, but given his versatility, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him work his way into the Tampa roster most of the time. He impressed last year with a .302 / .378 / .558 line (although she came with a .412 BABIP), and that followed a season where he hit 22 HR in 124 games between Triple- A and the majors. At 27, a full-blown breakout seems a bit unlikely, but with his multiple position eligibility, solid power and decent average potential, Brosseau is an interesting bench option in the deep leagues.
Yoshi Tsutsugo, Rays (DE). The problem with predicting that Rays players will “bust” is that you never know how often they will be in the lineup. They have too many similar players – versatile types of squads – to really feel confident with those who are not already established. Tsutsugo only hit 0.194 and struck out 27% of the time in his first season in America, so it’s easy to write him off, but the 29-year-old southpaw also walked at a high pace (14.1%) and clubbed eight HR. in 51 games. Considering the difficult adjustment period he surely went through last year, there is hope that Tsutsugo can find the shot that helped him become one of the elite powerful hitters of the Japan – if he gets regular playing time, of course.
Luis Urias, brewers (2B, SS). If it hadn’t been for a scorching underage spell in 2019, where he hit a bunch of home runs in a week – including five in 24 hours – we may not have hope for Urias, but he is only 23 years old and clearly has a lot of advantages. He has struggled in the majors (.226 / .315 / .320), but has shown his ability to walk around and not hit a lot in minors, which is intriguing for someone his age. We don’t expect huge numbers this year, but given his multi-position versatility and favorable home base, Urias is someone to watch from the start.
Other 3B eligible sleepers written elsewhere: Andres Gimenez (2B, SS), Isiah Kiner-Falefa (C, SS), Jon Berti (2B, SS, OF), Willi Castro (SS), Nick Solak (2B, OF), Dylan Moore (2B, SS, OF ))