Second Base

2B rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of second base for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on January 26, 2020.

1. Jose Altuve (HOU) Altuve, along with the rest of his Houston teammates, have something to prove in 2020 and I’m betting they will do exactly that.

2. Gleyber Torres (NYY) There was no sophomore slump in 2019 for the 23-year-old budding superstar. A long run at shortstop is about to commence, making this the last year he’ll likely quality at 2B. SS-77

3. Jonathan Villar (MIA) There will be no red lights in Miami this year. He’ll also be adding outfield eligibility to his already middle-infield eligibility by the middle of April. SS-97

4. Ozzie Albies (ATL) He now has two full great seasons under his belt and is just heading into his age-23 season. He duplicated his stellar rookie campaign with 24 homers, 100-plus runs scored, and missed by one duplicating his stolen base production. He upped his base-on-balls total from 36 to 54, a very good sign. If any one player is poised to move to the top of the charts at Second Base, it could be Ozzie Albies.

5. Keston Hiura (MIL) As a top-ranked prospect, Hiura entered 2019 with lofty expectations and he delivered. A 30-15 type season could be right around the corner for this budding star.

6. Whit Merrifield (KC) Mid-teens power combined with 20-to-25 thefts and the always great BA has its charms. One of the safest floors at his position. OF-77

7. DJ LeMahieu (NYY) When an eight-year veteran hits a third of his career home runs in the 2019 season it has to be somewhat concerning. When that player also has a proven solid hit tool like DJ LeMahieu and is eligible to play all over the infield….it helps in alleviating those concerns. 2B-75, 3B-52

8. Max Muncy (LAD) Back-to-back 35 home run seasons combined with eligibility all over the infield is so enticing. 1B-65, 3B-35

9. Jeff McNeil (NYM) With a little more power or speed, McNeil could potentially move higher among his peers. There are no questions about his ability to control the strike zone. 3B-31, OF-93

10. Ketel Marte (ARZ) 2019 proved to be an amazing breakout year for the 26-year-old Marte. In 49 more at-bats he increased his total hits from 135 to 187, fueling increases in his offensive production across the board. Will 2020 bring progression, regression, or simply more of the same? OF-96

11. Mike Moustakas (CIN) After producing 38, 28, and 35 homers over the past three seasons, he finally gets to call one team home for the next four years. The Reds will be the beneficiary and expect more solid power production in 2020. 3B-105

12. Eduardo Escobar (ARZ) When I see this type of increase from a player in his age-30 season (12 HR/34 RBI) it begs me to wonder if it’s a repeatable occurrence. I’ll take the cautious approach heading into 2020. 3B-144

13. Kevin Newman (PIT) Is a 15-25 type season in the cards for the young Pirates middle-infielder? I’m betting on it. It just seems a shame that he didn’t bring Kramer along for the ride. SS-104

14. Cavan Biggio (TOR) In 2019, Biggio hit 16 homers and swiped 14 bases in 354 at-bats. He also struck out a ton but that was offset by the 71 walks. A 20-20 campaign is very well within the range of possibility. If playing in an OBP format, bump him up a notch or three.

15. Brandon Lowe (TB) Low and behold, after inking a very team friendly six-year $24 million extension, he delivered a very strong first half. A combination of a shin and quad injury derailed his second half, but the potential we witnessed in the first half bodes well for his success in 2020.

16. Ryan McMahon (COL) The revolving door at second in Colorado appears to have been resolved. The strikeout rates are still alarmingly high, but there is no doubting the 25-90 potential. 3B-22

17. Gavin Lux (LAD) Lux is poised to follow in Keston Hiura’s footsteps, but just be very cognizant of the fact that should he struggle, the Dodgers have no shortage of options that they can turn to.

18. Tommy Edman (STL) The fact that Edman is currently going 14’th off the board at the “keystone corner”in NFC drafts is a pretty good indicator that he is no longer flying “under the radar.” 3B-55

19. Rougned Odor (TEX) Thirty homers, ten stolen bases, and take your choice of a .200 BA or .290 OBP. If you can take the hit in BA/OBP, the power/speed numbers will be an asset.

20. Michael Chavis (BOS) The power is nothing short of amazing. The million dollar question is will the hit tool catch up? 1B-49

21. Luis Arraez (MIN) The hit tool is nothing short of amazing. The million dollar question is will the power game catch up? OF-21

22. Freddy Galvis (CIN) He moved from one bandbox in Toronto, to another in Cincinnati and kept on driving the ball out of the park. Toss in a handful of stolen bases and based on his current ADP of 372 there could be some sneaky value to be had. SS-110

23. Kolten Wong (STL) 2019 was the first time since 2015 Wong managed to get in 400+ at-bats. It’s tough to bet on a repeat.

24. Jurickson Profar (SDP) The promise displayed in 2018 faded very quickly in Oakland last year. The .218 BABIP explains some of the problem, but it’s time for Profar to step up his game in what has to be considered a make it or break it type year.

25. David Fletcher (LAA) Whether it is in a full-time role at second, or in a super-sub capacity, those solid on-base skills should land Fletcher a home at the top-of-the-lineup in Anaheim. SS-39, 3B-90, OF-23

26. Starlin Castro (WAS) Castro is coming off a solid season in Miami and the change of scenery will do him good. In deeper Leagues, a 20-70 type season holds decent value. 3B-45

27. Garrett Hampson (COL) Repeat after me. All he needs is the opportunity. All he needs is the opportunity. Will the Rockies grant us this request? OF-33 x

28. Isan Diaz (MIA) Diaz struggled in his first audition last year, but that solid 26-70 season at Triple-A New Orleans in 2019 should not be forgotten. The Marlins haven’t.

29. Luis Urias (MIL) The move from Petco to Miller is definitely a good one. How good? Only time will tell. SS-41

30. Mauricio Dubon (SFG) The 20 homers and 10 stolen bases at Triple-A in 2019 are a harbinger of things to come now that he has procured a full-time role with the Giants.

31. Niko Goodrum (DET) SS-38, OF-32
32. Cesar Hernandez (CLE)
33. Robinson Cano (NYM)
34. Nick Madrigal (CWS)
35. Jonathan Schoop (DET)
36. Shed Long (SEA)
37. Dee Gordon (SEA)
38. David Bote (CHC) 3B-67
39. Enrique Hernandez (LAD) OF-43
40. Franklin Barreto (OAK)
41. Adam Frazier (PIT)
42. Hanser Alberto (BAL) 3B-66
43. Tommy La Stella (LAA) 3B-30
44. Jose Peraza (BOS) SS-39, OF-35
45. Asdrubal Cabrera (WAS) 3B-98
46. Howie Kendrick (WAS) 1B-48
47. Chris Taylor (LAD) SS-39, OF-69
48. Ty France (SDP) 3B-36
49. Brendan Rodgers (COL)
50. Nicky Lopez (KC) SS-33
51. Chad Pinder (OAK) OF-77
52. Wilmer Flores (ARZ)
53. Aledmys Diaz (HOU) 1B-26
54. Joey Wendle (TB) 3B-27
55. Ehire Adrianza (MIN) 1B-20, 3B-24
56. Jason Kipnis (FA)
57. Sheldon Neuse (OAK)
58. Vidal Brujan (TB)
59. Brian Dozier (FA)
60. Eric Sogard (MIL)
61. Yolmer Sanchez (FA)
62. Luis Rengifo (LAA)
63. Harold Castro (DET) OF-44
64. Tony Kemp (OAK) OF-33
65. Hernan Perez (CHC) SS-21
66. Daniel Robertson (TB) 3B-43
67. Mike Brosseau (TB)
68. Ildemaro Vargas (ARZ)
69. Josh Harrison (PHI)
70. Chris Owings (COL)
71. Eduardo Nunez (FA)
72. Joe Panik (TOR)
73. Brock Holt (FA)
74. Daniel Descalso (CHC)
75. Adeiny Hechavarria (ATL) SS-27
76. Greg Garcia (SDP)
77. Donovan Solano (SFG)
78. Scooter Gennett (FA)
79. Ben Zobrist (FA)
80. Addison Russell (FA) SS-21

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