2019 Draft: Top 10 College 3B
Alec Bohm and Jonathan India both were drafted in the top five picks a year ago, the first time multiple college third basemen were taken in the top five picks since 2005, when Nebraska’s Alex Gordon, Virginia’s Ryan Zimmerman and Miami’s Ryan Braun were drafted.
This year’s crop of third basemen is unlikely to repeat that feat, but Texas Tech’s Josh Jung could be a top-five pick. Following him are some toolsy players who could climb draft boards with big springs.
This list is based on draft status and was composed of players who are expected to play most of their games this season at third base. It does not include players who are expected to move to third base as professionals but are not playing there in college.
Jung has excelled since the start of his college career and last year put together an All-American season, hitting .392/.491/.639 with 12 home runs, 39 walks and 32 strikeouts. The righthanded hitter has great feel for the barrel and above-average raw power that he’s learning to tap into. Jung has an impressive all-around skill set and combines it with a strong work ethic and makeup.
- 2Florida State 3BNotes:
Mendoza was the highest ranked position player on the 2017 BA 500 to get to college and he’s hit well for Florida State, despite being hampered by injuries. He has standout physical tools, a smooth lefthanded swing and plus raw power. After an uninspiring summer in the Cape Cod League, where he was limited to DH duty by an arm injury, Mendoza has some work to do this spring, but can hit his way back into the first round.
- 3Arizona 3BNotes:
Quintana has built a strong track record for hitting dating back to his prep days and hit .313/.413/.592 with 14 home runs as a sophomore. The righthanded hitter has above-average power, but it comes with a fair amount of swing and miss. If Quintana can make more consistent contact, he could produce a big junior year.
- 4Florida International 3BNotes:
Shenton put together an impressive summer on the Cape, hitting .372/.423/.558 with seven home runs between the regular seasons and the playoffs and earning championship series MVP honors. The lefthanded hitter stands out most for his hittability and has average raw power.
- 5Georgia 3BNotes:
In addition to his third base duties at Georgia, Schunk also serves as closer. As a position player, Schunk produces solid bat speed and does a good job of barreling balls up. He hasn’t hit for much power yet – he has four career home runs – but he should be able to tap into it better in time. Schunk is a solid defender with plus arm strength.
Seth GrayWright State 3BNotes:
Gray has been an everyday player for the Raiders the last two years and put together a solid sophomore year, both at Wright State and on the Cape. Listed at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, he has a big, physical frame and above-average raw power, though that has played more as doubles pop so far in his college career. If the lefthanded hitter can put it all together, he has big upside.
- 7Baylor 3BNotes:
Draft eligible last year as a sophomore, Wendzel was drafted in the 37th round by the Red Sox. He opted not to sign and, after an intriguing summer on the Cape, returned to Baylor for his junior year. He has a simple righthanded swing and does a good job of controlling the strike zone. The rest of his tools don’t jump off the page, but he has some pop and defensive versatility.
Jared TrioloHouston 3BNotes:
Triolo put together a strong 2018, both with Houston and on the Cape. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound righthanded hitter has an intriguing skill set, including above-average raw power. He’s still learning to get to it in games, but it played well on the Cape, where he posted a .147 isolated slugging percentage.
- 9UCLA 3BNotes:
Kreidler stands out most for his glove and has played a fair amount of shortstop in college, both for UCLA and on the Cape, but is primarily a third baseman for the Bruins. Long and lean, the righthanded hitter hasn’t produced much impact offensively in college, but his defensive skills are intriguing.
Brandon LewisUC Irvine 3BNotes:
Lewis was a standout performer both at Pierce (Calif.) JC and last summer in the California Collegiate League, which he led in hitting (.397), runs (34), doubles (19), home runs (8) and RBI (25). He’s expected to play a key role this spring for the Anteaters and got off to a solid start, homering in his first two games for UCI.