Top 10 Second Basemen

Official K-Zone Ranking Mike’s Ranking Ian’s Ranking Mojo’s Ranking Guti’s Ranking
1. Jose Altuve (HOU) Jose Altuve (HOU) Jose Altuve (HOU) Jose Altuve (HOU) Jose Altuve (HOU)
2. Daniel Murphy (WSH) Daniel Murphy (WSH) Brian Dozier (MIN) Daniel Murphy (WSH) Daniel Murphy (WSH)
3. Brian Dozier (MIN) Brian Dozier (MIN) Daniel Murphy (WSH)  Brian Dozier (MIN) Brian Dozier (MIN)
4. Robinson Cano (SEA) Ian Kinsler (LAA) Robinson Cano (SEA) Robinson Cano (SEA)  Robinson Cano (SEA)
5. Jonathan Schoop (BAL) Jonathan Schoop (BAL) Jonathan Schoop (BAL) Cesar Hernandez (PHI) Jonathan Schoop (BAL)
6. Ian Kinsler (LAA) Dustin Pedroia (BOS) Whit Merrifield (KC) Ian Kinsler (LAA) Ian Kinsler (LAA)
7. Cesar Hernandez (PHI) Robinson Cano (SEA) Cesar Hernandez (PHI) Jonathan Schoop (BAL) Cesar Hernandez (PHI)
8. Dustin Pedroia (BOS) Cesar Hernandez (PHI) Ian Kinsler (LAA) Whit Merrifield (KC) Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
9. Whit Merrifield (KC) Javier Baez (CHC) Dustin Pedroia (BOS) Dustin Pedroia (BOS) Whit Merrifield (KC)
10. Jed Lowrie (OAK) Whit Merrifield (KC) Jed Lowrie (OAK) Neil Walker (NYY) Jed Lowrie (OAK)
Sleeper Scott Kingery (PHI) Gleyber Torres (NYY) Ozzie Albies (ATL)

Jed Lowrie (OAK)

Ozzie Albies (ATL)

The middle infield positions used to be impossible to come up with 10 names for, but thanks to several newer breakouts combining forces with the old second base powers, there are plenty of second basemen to fill out a top-10 list today. The unanimous #1 choice was the 7.5-win Jose Altuve of the Astros. The 2017 AL MVP hit .347 in 2017, and finished his second straight year with 24 home runs and 30 steals, all combining to form a 160 wRC+. Daniel Murphy earns the #2 spot on the list, batting .322 with 23 home runs and 43 doubles for the Nationals last year. Twins’ Brian Dozier whacked 21 home runs in the second half last season to match a .359 OBP, fitting for the selective 23% O-Swinger. The 35-year old Robinson Cano rounds out the top 4 at the position, hitting a non-spectacular but solid .280/.338/.452. Cano will look to rebound to his 2016 form come 2018. If you don’t already know Jonathan Schoop‘s name, keep it in the back of your head. He was always known for his spectacular arm at the keystone, but just recently broke out in hitting, surpassing the 30-home run plateau last year. If he could improve his eye a little bit, his one-base skills could become far more appealing. Ian Kinsler struggled with a low .244 BABIP last year, but still hit 22 home runs with 14 steals for the second straight year nonetheless, and can reasonably hope for a batting average rebound with Anaheim in 2018. Cesar Hernandez made the best of his opportunity with the Phillies last season and earned a permanent spot near the top of the lineup, at least as long as he can defend it from rising phenom Scott Kingery. Hernandez put together a .373 OBP in 2017 and provides moderate speed once he’s on the bases. 12-year vet Dustin Pedroia also thrived in the on-base department last season, posting a .369 mark. He surely hopes to regain a little power and speed from his younger days for the upcoming campaign. 2017 KC breakout Whit Merrifield comes in at #9. Whit hit .288 with a respectable .460 SLG and solid defense in his first full season last year, but his biggest contribution came in the form of 34 stolen bases. Oakland journeyman Jed Lowrie rounds out the list, earning the spot through 119 wRC+ and 3.5 fWAR last year.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    You got one right! Altuve. You’re bragging about a player who has played 3 games (Kingery) as a best 2nd baseman. Give me a break! This was just stupid clickbait!


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