We wrap up each week of positional coverage with our 2019 rankings. In addition to the rankings we will pose a number of questions to our panel covering topics such as reaches and targets, players to avoid and late round impact players.
Taking part in our rankings will be Jim Finch, Hunter Denson, Seth Bias and Jake Blodgett. Our four “experts” each ranked their top 30 second basemen for the 2019 season.
Players marked N/R were not ranked inside the top 30 by that particular person. We used a 10 games started minimum requirement for eligibility. If you feel we overlooked someone or would like to debate a player’s ranking, feel free to do so in the comment section below.
|T 13||Jonathan Villar||Orioles||15||18||11||14|
|T 13||Jurickson Profar||Athletics||12||13||22||11|
|20||Yoan Moncada||White Sox||18||20||18||23|
|22||Lourdes Gurriel||Blue Jays||19||29||26||22|
|25||Marwin Gonzalez||FREE AGENT||28||26||27||29|
|T 27||Joey Wendle||Rays||25||23||29||N/R|
|T 27||Jed Lowrie||Mets||26||N/R||23||28|
|Honorable Mentions: Adam Frazier, Niko Goodrum, Chris Taylor, Garrett Hampson, Starlin Castro|
Who is the top second baseman you’d be willing to reach for?
Hunter: If Jose Ramirez is available at the top when I pick, I am taking him. Outside of Ramirez, Whit Merrifield is my top target at the position that I would reach for. His statistics over the past two seasons mirror Altuve’s production, but with more steals (79 SB to 49 SB) and a lower draft day cost (30.95 ADP to 16.69 ADP).
Jim: To be honest, I can’t see myself reaching for any second baseman this year. I would love Altuve, Baez or Merrifield, but I can be just as happy with Murphy, Gennett or Mondesi. I’m also a Dee Gordon supporter, Dozier believer, and think old man Cano has something left in the tank. Tons of depth has me concentrating my efforts elsewhere.
Seth: Obviously I’m not saying no to Jose Ramirez or Jose Altuve. That said, I’m probably not letting Travis Shaw get by me. Legitimate 30 home run power, multi-positional eligibility that will probably be there after the first 3 or 4 rounds. If he goes early, I’m comfortable waiting and taking Enrique or a Gurriel.
Jake: Before last season, Jose Altuve had four straight 200 hit, 30 SB seasons. At the start of last year people were arguing that he should be taken with the first pick in the draft over Mike Trout. Because of his injury last season Altuve is going to be undervalued, relatively anyway, so I might be inclined to reach a couple of spots for him.
Which second basemen do you plan on avoiding in the draft?
Hunter: Ozzie Albies and Dee Gordon hold no interest for me in 2019. Gordon offers no value outside of his stolen bases and played poorly most of the year last season. For Albies, too many question marks exist for me to take him at his current ADP (52.56), especially when I can get Scooter Gennett (ADP 93.46) and Travis Shaw so much later on (101.70).
Jim: Ozzie Albies and Gleyber Torres are going way too high for me, and as I said earlier I don’t see a need to reach at second base. Just like last year I will not be sniffing Odor. And while he isn’t high in the rankings I can’t see me owning Yoan Moncada this year – maybe in a year or two if all goes well.
Seth: I’m not taking Adalberto Mondesi where he’s being drafted. Too little track record to spend a top-50 pick on. I’m not high on Yoan Moncada either. Beyond that, the Mets infield playing time mix scares me, and I hate that the Dodgers platoon Muncy.
Jake: I really, really want to believe that this is the year that Yoan Moncada makes good on the outrageous predictions of 25 HR and 50 SB seasons. The last two seasons I have reached in drafts based on that upside. However, the risk is no longer worth it. I’m finally willing to watch him have a breakout season on someone else’s team.
Who is your top MI target once your 2B slot is filled?
Hunter: The more I look at Rougned Odor, the more he tempts me. He finally started walking last year, and improved other areas of his plate discipline as well. I think his 2018 numbers (18 HR, 12 SB) could end up being his floor, and the thought of a return to 30+ home runs at the keystone makes it hard to ignore his potential despite the risks.
Jim: Based on current ADP I can see Robinson Cano or Brian Dozier falling into this category – provided I didn’t grab one to be my primary second baseman. Jurickson Profar would probably be my target, though, simply based on eligibility – the same goes for Marwin Gonzalez should he land in a favorable lineup with full-time at bats.
Seth: I like Jurickson Profar a lot, and he should be eligible at second within 2 weeks. I also think Jonathan Schoop’s power, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr and Adam Frazier’s overall skill-set make them interesting. In reality, if I land someone ahead of Travis Shaw or Gleyber Torres, I’m still probably taking one of them here. I think they will be worth it.
Jake: Daniel Murphy isn’t in the top-tier of second basemen anymore, but a clean bill of health and signing with the Rockies should lead to a nice bounce-back year.
Late round pick who could make an impact?
Hunter: Ketel Marte (ADP 228.91) is a young bat that could surprise this season. His power production took a big step forward (14 HR in 2018, 5 in 2017) and he has enough speed to be useful. Another is Enrique Hernandez (ADP 312.29) – he notched 21 home runs last year and could offer similar production in 2019.
Jim: Ketel Marte would probably be my favorite with 20/10 potential and improving metrics. Garrett Hampson could get a look in spring training, and Colorado players are always intriguing. Finally, while Asdrubal Cabrera has no upside, he does have a solid track record with a high floor – signing in Texas is an added bonus.
Seth: I like Niko Goodrum and Adam Frazier. Both have enough pop and enough speed to be a good UTIL or MI option as a regular. Both also have multi-positional eligibility and are good enough to hold down a position without a huge drop off if a guy gets injured. Which means when you hit waivers looking for a replacement, you can take the best available player without worrying about position.
Jake: DJ LeMahieu signing with the Yankees makes him an interesting fantasy option. Depending on where he hits in that explosive lineup, he could be a tremendous source for runs scored. Another name to watch is Keston Hiura. He doesn’t warrant a spot in the rankings at this point, but he is racing through the Brewers’ minor league system and he tore up the AZ Fall League. Don’t be surprised if he gets a look with the big club sooner rather than later.