Third base is arguably a tricky position to judge for the Miami Marlins. While the club currently uses multiple utility players in the big leagues to fill the gap left by the injured Brian Anderson, there doesn’t appear to be much top organizational depth for the future.
Because of this, it would make sense to select a natural third baseman in this draft, but how early should they do it?
The Miami Marlins should select a third baseman in the 2021 MLB Draft.
Because of Anderson, who is still under club control through 2024, there isn’t as glaring of a need for the foreseeable future. However, it makes sense to select a third baseman for solely depth purposes alone, should Miami decide at some point to move on from the 28-year old.
So, the Marlins need to draft a third baseman, but not in the rounds 1-3. In fact, it would make the most sense for Miami to wait a little, and monitor these players specifically in the middle rounds:
- Christian Encarnacion-Strand – Oklahoma State
- Jake Rucker – Tennessee
- Ryan Higgins – Fresno State
- Gavin Conticello – Stoneman Douglas (FL)
However, if Miami wants to select a third baseman early-on, there are five clear-cut top options that would be the most intriguing in rounds 1-2.
5. Tommy White
School: IMG Academy (FL)
The IMG Academy product has emerged as one of the top third basemen in this draft, mostly due to his bat. Currently committed to NC State, White displays excellent power to all fields’, and has shown the ability to make hard-contact on a consistent basis.
At 6’1 220 lbs., White has good fielding abilities with solid arm strength, but some scouts could see the 18-year old moving to first base in the near future. Regardless of where he ends up defensively, it’s clear that White’s powerful right-handed swing should cement the high school third baseman as an upper round pick in this draft.