As part of our continuing season leading to the start of the 2018 baseball season, we move on to second
base. Feel free to check our past rankings for catchers and first base.
30. Tyler Wade, New York Yankees
29. Dixon Machado, Detroit Tigers
28. Carlos Asuaje, San Diego Padres
Asuaje is an exciting prospect for the playoff-starved Padres. This may not be the year for them to get
over the hump, but Asuaje and Freddy Galvis give the Padres an exciting up-the-middle combo to
complement Eric Hosmer. Asuaje is a plus-defender and hit .270 last year in limited playing time. The
25-year- old does need to increase a paltry 88 OPS+.
27. Brad Miller, Tampa Bay Rays
26. Devon Travis, Toronto Blue Jays
25. Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks
24. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
23. Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee Brewers
22. Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves
Villar followed up a fantastic 2016 with a pathetic 2017, hitting to a slash line of .241/.293/.372. He
played at a replacement level and his steals were down by 39. His walk percentage dropped from 11.6 percent to 6.9 percent and his OPS+
dropped 35 points. If this list only took 2017 into account his would be ranked far lower. Albies, on the
other hand, is trending upward. He hit .286 in 217 at-bats and 20 extra base hits. The 21-year- old still only
weighs 160 pounds, and once he adds some meat, projects to be an All-Star-caliber player.
21. Enrique Hernandez, Los Angeles Dodgers
20. Asdrubal Cabrera, New York Mets
19. Kolton Wong, St. Louis Cardinals
18. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Cabrera hit decently last season, batting .280 and dropping 14 homers, but his defense was by far the worst in the league at his position (for any player not named Daniel Murphy) and he is certainly starting to look like he has little left to offer a Mets team that could contend for a playoff spot if they stay healthy. Look to the Mets to make a move to
improve the position if they start off strong. Pedroia is one of the most interesting Hall of Fame cases.
He has yet to garner 2,000 hits and has not had a WAR above six since 2013. But he is a former MVP and Rookie of the Year that was a key leader on multiple championship teams. Obviously he still has about five
seasons left in him to compile some stats, but if he doesn’t play at an All-Star level for a couple of seasons, Cooperstown may be a pipe dream.
17. Joe Panik, San Francisco Giants
16. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
Odor was the hardest player to rank in this list. He did hit an impressive 30 home runs, but still
managed to play less than replacement level baseball. He barely snuck over the Mendoza line. His
slugging was still paltry despite the high home run totals. He is still only 23, but his game doesn’t seem
to translate to winning.
15. Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox
14. Ian Kinsler, Los Angeles Angels
13. Starlin Castro, Miami Marlins
12. Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates
11. DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
Moncada is an exciting guy to watch in 2018. He showed a lot of promise that led to him being named
the top prospect in the game. An injury really prevented us from seeing his true game last season. Castro had a
strong first half of the season until injuries hampered him. The 28-year- old was brought in as part of the
fire sale for Giancarlo Stanton. Castro had a career-high OPS in 2017 and hit .300 for the first time since
10. Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds
9. Cesar Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies
8. Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics
7. Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals
Gennett may not defend pretty well, but he certainly took advantage of playing at the Great American
Ballpark. He had the fourth most home runs among second basemen (behind Brian Dozier, Jonathan
Schoop and Rougned Odor) and was third in OPS (behind Jose Altuve and Daniel Murphy). Hernandez
had a strong all-around season with the Phillies, playing to a 3.1 WAR and hitting .294 for the second consecutive season. Merrifield
was a pleasant surprise for the Royals. In his first year as a full time starter, he led all second basemen in
steals and complemented that with 19 home runs and five defensive runs saved above average.
6. Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
5. Javy Baez, Chicago Cubs
4. Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles
Baez really showed a lot of progress in his age-24 season. Not only did he play defense at an elite level,
he set career highs in runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, runs batted in, slugging and OPS. Baez has
played at such a high level that Manager Joe Madden, known for his many line-up combinations and use
of bench players, has had to find ways to insert Baez into the lineup on a daily basis to ensure his bat
was in there. Schoop took a huge step forward in 2017, making his first All-Star game, and becoming the
type of player Baltimore may decide to build around following the imminent departure of Manny
Machado. Schoop showed high power numbers across the board with 32 home runs and led all second
basemen with 105 runs batted in.
3. Brian Dozier, Twins
2. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
A year ago, Cano and Altuve were debated as to who the best player at the position is, but after an MVP
season where Altuve racked up his fourth straight 200-hit season and third batting title, there is no longer a
question. The World Series champion also stole 32 bases and led all players in WAR.