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2020 Second Baseman Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: July 17, 2019, 5:10 am ET

I usually do this over the All-Star break, but time didn’t allow for it last week. So here now are my very, very preliminary 2020 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2020. Click to see other preliminary 2020 rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

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2020 Second Baseman Rankings

2020 Second Base Team 2019 July
1 Jose Altuve Astros 1 2
2 Whit Merrifield Royals 2 1
3 Ozzie Albies Braves 5 3
4 Ketel Marte Diamondbacks 13 SS 9 SS
5 Max Muncy Dodgers 12 3B 6
6 Brendan Rodgers Rockies 49 SS 32 SS
7 Mike Moustakas Brewers* 14 3B 9
8 Rougned Odor Rangers 6 8
9 Jeff McNeil Mets 19 12
10 Brandon Lowe Rays 20 17
11 Keston Hiura Brewers 46 18
12 Cavan Biggio Blue Jays 54 19
13 Dee Gordon Mariners 7 10
14 Robinson Cano Mets 10 15
15 Brian Dozier   11 11
16 DJ LeMahieu Yankees 25 14
17 Jonathan Schoop   12 13
18 Michael Chavis Red Sox 46 3B 16
19 Cesar Hernandez Phillies 15 20
20 Luis Arraez Twins 94 41
21 Scooter Gennett   23 21
22 Starlin Castro   17 25
23 Luis Urias Padres 31 38
24 Adam Frazier Pirates 13 24
25 David Bote Cubs 49 3B 28
26 Nick Madrigal White Sox 45 NR
27 Ryan McMahon Rockies 27 1B 26
28 Franklin Barreto Athletics 33 42
29 Derek Dietrich Reds 111 OF 27
30 Jason Kipnis   18 22
31 Kolten Wong Cardinals 36 29
32 Jurickson Profar Athletics 27 SS 33 SS
33 Garrett Hampson Rockies 16 SS 40 SS
34 Wilmer Flores Diamondbacks* 14 1B 35
35 Howie Kendrick   29 32
36 Tommy La Stella Angels 42 3B 23
37 Nicky Lopez Royals 59 SS 37 SS
38 Brad Miller   16 31
39 Chad Pinder Athletics 24 30
40 Luis Rengifo Angels 67 SS 58 SS
41 Enrique Hernandez Dodgers 41 SS 46 SS
42 Chris Owings   61 OF 47
43 Isan Diaz Marlins 59 49
44 Yolmer Sanchez White Sox 23 3B 36
45 Joey Wendle Rays 27 40
46 Tommy Edman Cardinals NR 47 SS
47 Aledmys Diaz Astros 35 SS 48 SS
48 Robel Garcia Cubs NR NR
49 Josh Harrison   22 NR
50 Shed Long Mariners 66 46
51 Tony Kemp Astros 81 OF 104 OF
52 Eduardo Nunez   21 34
53 Brock Holt   54 SS 59 SS
54 Devon Travis Blue Jays 34 NR
55 Joe Panik Giants 30 48
56 Danny Santana Rangers NR 39
57 Dilson Herrera Mets 65 NR
58 Ian Kinsler Padres 40 45
59 Kyle Farmer Reds 56 3B 52
60 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 32 NR

 

  • Of the infield spots, this list would seem to have the most potential for change over the next few months. Can Jose Altuve get healthy and maybe start stealing some bases again? Will Brendan Rodgers get a chance to run away with the second base job in Colorado (No!)? Will Rougned Odor ever hit another single? Then there are so many youngsters I need to see more of: most notably Keston Hiura, Cavan Biggio and Luis Arraez.
  • I’m betting big on Rodgers, even though he just underwent shoulder surgery and I’ve never been as high on him as a prospect as some. It’s Coors Field, baby. Of course, since I am listing Rodgers sixth, I’m not buying either Ryan McMahon or Garrett Hampson. Because of his steal ability, Hampson still has a ton of fantasy upside if he lands an everyday gig at second base or in center field. Still, he looked thoroughly overmatched this year, and he’s continued to disappoint in Triple-A.
  • Nick Madrigal, the fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft, didn’t hit quite as well as hoped in high-A to start the year (.272/.346/.377 in 218 PA), but he’s been on fire since moving up to Double-A (.375/.440/.455). He’d be in the top 20 here if I thought he’d be in the White Sox’s Opening Day lineup. Most likely, he’ll have to wait until June or July.
Matthew Pouliot
Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.