To tier a position means to bundle players with a similar projected outcome, creating an alternate form of rankings that will better serve you on Draft Day. Knowing which position to target means knowing where the biggest drop-off is coming, and having tiers will make it immediately apparent during the heat of the draft.
Tiers 1.0:| | | | | | |
Below are the third base tiers for 2021, which reflect the beating the position took in 2020. It makes for an unusually large middle tier comprised mostly of bounce-back candidates, but few assurances overall.
The Super Elite: Jose Ramirez
The Elite: Manny Machado, Alex Bregman, Nolan Arenado, Anthony Rendon, DJ LeMahieu
The Near-Elite: Rafael Devers
The Next-Best Things: Cavan Biggio, Eugenio Suarez, Max Muncy, Matt Chapman, Gio Urshela, Yoan Moncada, Kris Bryant, Josh Donaldson
The Fallback Options: Ke'Bryan Hayes, Alec Bohm
The Last Resorts: Justin Turner, J.D. Davis, Andres Gimenez, Jeimer Candelario, Kyle Seager, Tommy Edman^
The Deep-Leaguers: Austin Riley, Eduardo Escobar, Jean Segura, Brian Anderson
The Leftovers: Joey Wendle, Carter Kieboom, Maikel Franco, Yandy Diaz, Evan Longoria, Spencer Torkelson, Ryan McMahon, Asdrubal Cabrera, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Brad Miller, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Isaac Paredes, Luis Urias, Travis Shaw, Edwin Rios, Matt Carpenter
^ one tier lower in points leagues