Second Base

Ozzie Albies, Jazz Chisholm, Jorge Polanco, Brandon Lowe, and Jonathan India all missed significant time in 2022 due to injuries. Is a return-to-form in the cards? Second Base is solid at the top, but don’t fret if you don’t manage to procure the services of that top tier. Thairo Estrada, Jeff McNeil, Whit Merrifield, and Vaughn Grissom, to name but a few, all make for solid mid-tier options. 

  1. Marcus Semien, TEX – At the end of May, Semien had 1 HR, 17 RBI, 6 SB, and a .199 BA. By year’s end, he had 26 HR, 83 RBI, 25 SB, and a .248 BA. The odds of a repeat of that dreadful start are very low.
  2. Ozzie Albies, ATL – He missed three months with a fractured foot and fractured his right pinky finger upon his return. If it weren’t for bad luck, Albies wouldn’t have had any last year.
  3. Jose Altuve, HOU – The 18 stolen bases in 2022 were his highest total since the 32 bases he swiped back in 2017. The BA, HR, and RS make Altuve an elite option. The speed numbers are a pure bonus.
  4. Andres Gimenez, CLE- Playing the last month of 2022 with a displaced fracture in his left thumb, Gimenez missed a 20-20 season by only three home runs. 2023 could very well be the year he attains that goal.
  5. Tommy Edman, STL – Edman managed to slug a career-high 13 home runs, with 32 thefts and 95 runs scored. Toss in a .265 BA, and you have one very solid middle infielder. SS-80
  6. Jazz Chisholm, MIA – The acquisition of Luis Arraez has Jazz Chisholm looking at making a move to centerfield. He managed to hit 14 HR and steal 12 bases in roughly one-third of a season before the combination of a stress fracture in his back and torn meniscus in his right knee ended his season. The potential to be an impact-type player is there if he can find a way to stay off of the IL.
  7. Jake Cronenworth, SDP – Enjoy one last season with Cronenworth having 2B eligibility. The signing of Xander Bogaerts is causing him to move to 1B full-time. 1B-20
  8. Jonathan India, CIN – A pair of trips to the IL with hamstring issues combined with more than his fair share of nicks and bruises limited the 2021 NL ROY to only 103 games. A return to health presents an opportunity for a return to form.
  9. Jorge Polanco, MIN – After a huge 33-98 breakout season in 2021, left knee woes limited Polanco to only 375 at-bats and 16 home runs last year. Did I mention that Second Base had more than its fair share of injuries last year?
  10. Gleyber Torres, NYY – After a hugely disappointing 2021, Torres must have heard some of those young footsteps and rebounded in a big way hitting 24 homers, driving in 76 runs, and stealing ten bases. Torres will have to sustain last year’s effort to keep the youngsters at bay.
  11. Max Muncy, LAD – 35, 35, 36, 21? One of these numbers is very unlike the other three. Is this a blip in the radar, or are we looking at a new norm? 3B-84
  12. Brandon Lowe, TBR – Lowe saw his home runs plummet from 39 in 2021 to only 8 in 2022 as he spent the bulk of the season dealing with a wonky back before finally being shut down in mid-September with a continuation of his back woes. Let’s hope for a return to health and that solid power production in 2023.
  13. Thairo Estrada, SFG Dual eligibility with 15-20 potential makes Estrada a solid mid-tier option.  SS-37
  14. Whit Merrifield, TOR – Lourdes Gurriel, and Teoscar Hernandez have found new homes for 2023, so even though Merrifield struggled badly after the trade last year, the Jays believe and have him slotted into full-time at-bats in 2023. He could prove to be a huge bargain at his current 193 ADP. OF-62
  15. Jeff McNeil, NYM – No speed, minimal power, but that elite hit tool will provide you with a moderate RBI total, solid runs scored, and a great BA. Know your parameters. OF-47
  16. Vaughn Grissom, ATL – You’ll have to wait for the SS eligibility, but you might prefer using him at 2B when it’s all said and done. Will he be the next Brave to be offered a long-term extension?
  17. Gavin Lux, LAD – 2022 was a solid start. 2023 should be better. Potentially much better. OF-28
  18. Kolten Wong, SEA – Coming off a 15 HR, 17 SB campaign, Wong was traded to the Mariners in the off-season. If only he could get in another 20-to-25 games, we might see a 20-20 season.
  19. Luis Arraez, MIA – The trade to the Marlins should guarantee that the eight home runs hit last year by Arraez won’t be duplicated. 1B-65
  20. Ketel Marte, ARZ – That amazing 2019 32 HR-92 RBI campaign looks to be an outlier. Marte has struggled, hitting only 14 and 12 homers over the past two seasons. A new bar has been set.
  21. Brendan Rodgers, COL – He hit 13 homers last year in 527 at-bats after his 15 homers 2021 season breakout in only 387 at-bats. It is disappointing for a player who spends half his life at Coors Field.
  22. Brandon Drury, LAA – Drury went 28-87 with 87 runs scored and a solid .263 BA in 518 at-bats, split between the Padres and Reds. Can the 30-year-old duplicate those breakout numbers in 2023 as a member of the Angels?  1B-30, 3B-67
  23. Chris Taylor, LAD – Taylor’s production slipped in 2022. An okay type year on most teams is fine, but Taylor doesn’t play on most teams. It’s the Dodgers, and a repeat of 2022 could find the 32-year-old moving into a utility-type role. OF-95
  24. Wilmer Flores, SFG – The Giants’ loss could, in fact, also prove to be their gain. Full-time at-bats for Wilmer Flores at the hot corner are much better than fighting for playing time in a super-sub role. 1B-45, 3B-34
  25. Bryson Stott, PHI – The Phillies saw enough to believe that Stott will be an upgrade over Jean Segura, who is now calling Miami his home. A 15-15 season is within reach. SS-83
  26. Luis Rengifo, LAA – 17 homers to go along with six stolen bases makes for an intriguing late-round MI pick. His Minor League history suggests there could be an uptick in the stolen base numbers moving forward. 3B-39
  27. Brendan Donovan, STL – The NL ROY finalist plyed his trade at every position except Catcher last year and Is currently penciled in at 2B. If he hits as he did in 2022, he might just lose that super-sub label. 3B-31, OF-37
  28. Josh Rojas, ARZ – The rumor mill has the DBacks not happy with the defense from Josh Rojas, so they went out and inked Evan Longoria to a one-year deal. The 23 stolen bases amassed last year are intriguing, assuming he can find a steady diet of at-bats. 3B-90
  29. Luis Urias, MIL – 2022 was a disappointment for the 25-year-old Urias. He failed to build on his strong 2021 season and looks to be the current favorite to man Third Base in 2023. The Brewers recently signed Brian Anderson as insurance, so a hot start could be imperative in seeing Urias secure full-time at-bats. Proceed with caution. SS-24, 3B-73
  30. Nick Gordon, MIN – The ability to play both middle and corner infield plus the outfield counts, especially with the Luis Arraez trade to Miami. OF-95
  31. Jonathan Aranda, TBR
  32. DJ LeMahieu, NYY 1B-35, 3B-47
  33. Jean Segura, MIA
  34. Ramon Urias, BAL 3B-98 
  35. Tony Kemp, OAK OF-65
  36. Isaac Paredes, TBR 1B-29, 3B-50 
  37. Jon Berti, MIA 3B-37
  38. Luis Garcia WAS SS-59
  39. Aledmys Diaz, OAK OF-29
  40. Jonathan Schoop, DET
  41. Santiago Espinal, TOR
  42. Nolan Gorman, STL
  43. Rodolfo Castro, PIT 3B-24
  44. Michael Massey, KCR
  45. Christian Arroyo, BOS
  46. Romy Gonzalez, CWS
  47. Joey Wendle, MIA SS-34, 3B-43
  48. Christopher Morel, CHC OF-58
  49. Samad Taylor, KCR
  50. Vidal Brujan, TBR OF-21
  51. Trevor Story, BOS
  52. Orlando Arcia, ATL
  53. Cavan Biggio, TOR 1B-33
  54. Michael Busch, LAD
  55. Abraham Toro, MIL 3B-31
  56. Taylor Walls, TBR SS-92, 3B-25
  57. Nick Allen, OAK SS-60
  58. Adam Frazier, BAL OF-38
  59. Nick Madrigal, CHC
  60. David Fletcher, LAA SS-36
  61. Nicky Lopez, KCR SS-52, 3B-30
  62. Zach McKinstry, CHC 3B-22
  63. Connor Norby, BAL
  64. Edouard Julien, MIN
  65. Kevin Newman, CIN SS-33
  66. Leury Garcia, CWS OF-23
  67. Diego Castillo, ARZ SS-32, OF-22
  68. Luis Guillorme, NYM 3B-22
  69. Cesar Hernandez, FA
  70. Enmanuel Valdez, BOS
  71. Charles Leblanc, MIA
  72. Jordan Diaz, OAK
  73. Matt Reynolds, CIN SS-23
  74. Justin Foscue, TEX
  75. Josh Harrison, FA 3B-23
  76. Jonathan Villar, FA 3B-28
  77. Rougned Odor, FA
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