2020 Draft: Top 10 College 3B
By Teddy Cahill
College third basemen have been popular picks early in the draft in recent years and one has been drafted in the first half of the first round for four straight seasons.
Whether that streak continues or not may come down to what position Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin is announced as. He was a unanimous selection as a first-team Preseason All-American by MLB scouting directors at third base, but he’s played more in center field than at third base this spring. That means he doesn’t appear on this list, which is limited to players who are seeing regular time at second base this spring, regardless of where they project as pros.
Arizona State’s Gage Workman tops this list and has first-round potential. Overall, however, it’s not a deep crop at the hot corner this spring.
Workman would be playing shortstop for many teams around the country and did it this summer in the Cape Cod League. But at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, he has the big, athletic frame that profiles at third base and has good offensive ability as a switch-hitter.More Less
Tyler KeenanOle Miss 3BNotes:
Listed at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Keenan is a powerful middle-of-the-order hitter. After a solid sophomore season that included 15 home runs, he’s off to a fast start this spring for the Rebels.More Less
- 3Southern California 3BNotes:
O’Guinn is off to an impressive start this spring, building off a strong summer on the Cape. He squares up balls well but is still learning to tap into his solid raw power.More Less
- 4Miami 3BNotes:
Gil has some intriguing raw tools overall but is off to a slow start at the plate. He’s a smooth fielder with a chance to hit for power.More Less
Riley TirottaDayton 3BNotes:
Tirotta was flying under the radar before he started to get some buzz with an impressive fall. He’s got plus speed, good athleticism and power potential. His ceiling is impressive, but he’s still got to put it all together.More Less
- 6Louisiana State 3BNotes:
Drafted last year in the 38th round coming out of junior college, Mathis instead elected to head to LSU. He was drafted as a catcher, mostly played shortstop in junior college and is now playing third base, showcasing his defensive versatility. While he’s only listed at 5-foot-8, 188 pounds, he packs an impressive punch into his lefthanded swing.More Less
- 7California 3BNotes:
Selma last season broke out, showing the ability to both hit for power and average for the Golden Bears. His power plays more as doubles pop right now but the lefthanded hitter has the potential for more in his 6-foot-2 frame.More Less
- 8Indiana 3BNotes:
Drafted last year in the 37th round as an eligible sophomore, Barr returned for his junior year at Indiana. He has big power, but that also comes with a lot of swing and miss. Last year he homered 17 times and struck out 87 in 216 at bats.More Less
Kirby McMullenFlorida 3BNotes:
McMullen came to Florida as a two-way player but mostly pitched in his first three seasons in Gainesville. Now, as a senior, he won the starting third base job for the Gators. The righthanded hitter has some pop and a good approach at the plate.More Less
Anthony GiachinArmy 3BNotes:
Giachin last year as a sophomore produced 32 extra-base hits in 234 at bats, showing good power in his 6-foot frame. He hasn’t gotten to that pop as often in the early going this spring but still has intriguing overall tools.More Less