2019 Prospect Rankings: Second Base

Back by popular demand, Paul Hartman and Andy Germani return to bring you their prospect rankings for the 2019 season. In addition to the rankings, we pose a number of questions to our two “experts” to give you an idea of who they are targeting and avoiding, and why (Sadly Paul was not available for the Q&A this week – feel free to leave him a comment if you want to pick his brain).

While these rankings are primarily for those of you in keeper and dynasty leagues, some of the players could make a potential impact in 2019. Note that players marked N/R were not ranked by that particular person. Players are also ranked using their primary position, so those that played multiple positions will not be duplicated elsewhere in our rankings.

Rank Player Paul Andy
1 Nick Senzel CIN 2 1
T 2 Luis Urias SD 1 4
T 2 Keston Hiura MIL 3 2
4 Nick Madrigal CHW 6 3
5 Brandon Lowe TB 7 5
T 6 Garrett Hampson COL 4 10
T 6 Vidal Brujan TB 5 9
8 Shed Long SEA 8 7
9 Esteury Ruiz SD 10 6
10 Jahmai Jones LAA 9 8
11 Nick Solak TB 11 11
T 12 Jeter Downs CIN 12 13
T 12 Cavan Biggio TOR 13 12
14 Rylan Bannon BAL 14 14
15 Yunior Severino MIN 17 15
T 16 Luis Rengifo LAA 15 20
T 16 Isan Diaz MIA 16 19
18 Ramon Urias STL 19 18
19 Kody Clemens DET 18 N/R
20 Kevin Kramer PIT 20 N/R

Who is your favorite prospect to break out in 2019?

Andy: Shed Long was on the move this offseason, and I think he could be on the move up prospect lists this season. He has a good hit tool with solid power for his size. He doesn’t have the tools to be a star, but for someone who is a little further down the list, 20/15 type future seasons are a real possibility.

What prospect (if any) could make a surprising Contribution to fantasy teams in 2019?

Andy: I didn’t rank him, but outside the obvious, I think Kevin Kramer can have an impact in 15 team mixed leagues. Kramer had been a virtually no power asset, until last season when he hit 15 homers. He has been a good average hitter throughout the minors. It comes down to how much playing time he will get.

What lesser-known prospect should fantasy owners put on their radars now?

Andy: Yunior Severino was one of the big prospects the Braves lost when they got punishment as a result of their international signings in 2016. He then turned around and signed a bigger deal with the Twins. Most die hards know who Severino is, but to many he is just another name. He might not end up at second long-term, but there is a lot of offensive potential in the 19-year-old.

What prospect can you see slipping down the rankings owners may want to avoid/trade?

Andy: I have always been the low guy on Garrett Hampson. I see him as more of a utility player who doesn’t strike out a ton. There are many times I think teams do things for money, but I have to also think the Rockies know what they have in their prospects as they keep blocking them. For what it’s worth, that isn’t why I am against him, but it feels like it could be something. Hampson has little power, but has been putting up big steals numbers as a plus runner.

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2019 Prospect Rankings
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I am a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan and a graduate from Penn State. Baseball was my first love and I still play to this day in an adult baseball league. I always love helping people with their questions on Twitter so feel free to follow me and ask questions.

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