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Second Base

1 Jose Altuve (HOU) The best in the game not named Trout, or is that including Trout?
2 Jose Ramirez (CLE, 3B) He took the first step in 2016. Improved upon that considerably in 2017. Is there still a higher level to be attained in 2018?
3 Brian Dozier (MIN) The “Rodney Dangerfield” of middle-infielders. He simply doesn’t get the respect he deserves.
4 Dee Gordon (SEA) One last year of second base eligibility. Many more years of 40-plus thefts.
5 Jonathan Schoop (BAL) He boosted his homerun total from 25-to-32 last year. He’ll blow right past the 35 homer mark this year.
6 Robinson Cano (SEA) After struggling in his first two years in Seattle, he’s bounced back nicely. There’s another 90-plus RBI season in his future.
7 Daniel Murphy (WAS) Five full months of Murphy is a good get.  With any luck you’ll get the full season.
8 Rougned Odor (TEX) Taking a “walk on the wild side” would definitely help his game.
9 Javier Baez (CHC, SS) 23-75 with ten thefts in 469 at-bats was a very good 2017. If the Cubbies can find Baez another 100 at-bats, 2018 could be a great season.
10 Ozzie Albies (ATL) Hop on the “crazy train” and enjoy the ride. Unlike another Ozzie, he won’t have any problems with the bat.
11 Ian Happ (CHC) I sense a breakout could be in the works, if he can find his way into 500-plus at-bats.  He’ll be a favourite upside pick come draft season.
12 Whit Merrifield (KC) You’re looking at a player that exploded onto the scene in his age-28 season. Really, what could possibly go wrong?
13 Scooter Gennett (CIN) Who saw that 2017 campaign happening…..said nobody. Is it repeatable? Most likely not,  but he could come real close.
14 Yoan Moncada (CWS) Rome wasn’t built in a day.
15 Chris Taylor (LAD, OF) He didn’t see his first action with the Dodgers until three weeks into the season, but when he got the chance he seized the opportunity and ran with it. He’s tailor made for a repeat.
16 D. J. LeMahieu (COL) The stolen bases have dropped from a career high of 23 in 2015, to last years total of six. He’s now a two-category player, and could be leaving the friendly confines of Coors Field as early as the trade deadline.
17 Ian Kinsler (LAA) He’ll definitely enjoy Mike Trout hitting behind him in that order.
18 Jose Peraza (CIN, SS) He stole 23 bases in 487 at-bats in 2017, with his time split between 2B and SS. This year he owns the SS gig. Pencil him in for at least 30 thefts, with a ceiling that could rank him among the Top-5 base stealers in the game.
19 Marwin Gonzalez (HOU, 1B, SS, OF) The combination of power/speed and multi-position eligibility can’t and shouldn’t be ignored.
20 Josh Harrison (PIT, 3B) Still a Pirate….but for how long? A change will be better….much better, than a rest.
21 Eduardo Nunez (FA, 3B, OF) Don’t forget about Nunez, a relatively cheap and safe buy when looking to boost those SB numbers.
22 Chris Owings (ARZ, SS, OF) A bit of power. A bit more speed. Lots of roster flexibility.
23 Cesar Hernandez (PHI) Yes, those were Scott Kingery’s footsteps he heard last year….and they got his attention.
24 Jonathan Villar (MIL) In the past three years he has had more ups and downs than a controlled test group at Pfizer.
25 Logan Forsythe (LAD, 3B) The transition to the Dodgers didn’t go as smoothly as planned, but the playoff run breeds optimism for a rebound.
26 Starlin Castro (MIA) He could be the best player in Miami if his wish to get traded doesn’t occur. I’m betting he gets his wish.
27 Yangervis Solarte (TOR, SS, 3B) He’s really going to enjoy the move from San Diego to Toronto. Devon Travis and Troy Tulowitzki’s on-going health issues are a guarantee that Solarte won’t struggle to find playing time.
28 Jason Kipnis (CLE) Do you remember when Jason Kipnis was an elite talent at 2B? Good, it’s not just me. Three-of-the-past-four seasons, Kipnis has been a huge disappointment. I’ll let someone else roll the dice.
29 Devon Travis (TOR) He tore it up in May, and then tore it up literally at the beginning of June, costing him the balance of the 2017 campaign. It’s all about the health.
30 Brad Miller (TAM) He’s moving to first base in 2018. Will he “Fly like an Eagle” with the move to first, or continue to prove that 2016 was a huge outlier.
31 Asdrubal Cabrera (NYM, SS, 3B)
32 Jed Lowrie (OAK)
33 Yolmer Sanchez (CWS, 3B)
34 Kolten Wong (STL)
35 Joe Panik (SF)
36 Austin Barnes (LAD, C)
37 Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
38 Brandon Drury (ARZ)
39 Daniel Robertson (TAM, SS)
40 Dixon Machado (DET, SS)
41 Ben Zobrist (CHC, OF)
42 Neil Walker (FA)
43 Adam Frazier (PIT, OF)
44 Wilmer Difo (WAS, SS)
45 Scott Kingery (PHI)
46 Carlos Asuaje (SD)
47 Ronald Torreyes (NYY, SS, 3B)
48 Jose Reyes (FA, SS, 3B)
49 Brandon Phillips (FA, 3B)
50 Andrew Romine (SEA, 1B, 3B, OF)
51 Daniel Descalso (ARZ, OF)
52 Brock Holt (BOS)
53 Max Moroff (PIT)
54 Kaleb Cowart (LAA, 3B)
55 Raul Mondesi Jr. (KC)
56 Gavin Cecchini (NYM)
57 Alen Hanson (SF, OF)
58 Tommy La Stella (CHC)
59 Tyler Saladino (CWS, 3B)
60 Eric Sogard (MIL, SS)
61 Kelby Tomlinson (SF, 3B)
62 Danny Espinosa (FA)
63 Ramon Torres (KC)
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