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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

2020Second BaseTeam2019July
1Jose AltuveAstros12
2Whit MerrifieldRoyals21
3Ozzie AlbiesBraves53
4Ketel MarteDiamondbacks13 SS9 SS
5Max MuncyDodgers12 3B6
6Brendan RodgersRockies49 SS32 SS
7Mike MoustakasBrewers*14 3B9
8Rougned OdorRangers68
9Jeff McNeilMets1912
10Brandon LoweRays2017
11Keston HiuraBrewers4618
12Cavan BiggioBlue Jays5419
13Dee GordonMariners710
14Robinson CanoMets1015
15Brian Dozier 1111
16DJ LeMahieuYankees2514
17Jonathan Schoop 1213
18Michael ChavisRed Sox46 3B16
19Cesar HernandezPhillies1520
20Luis ArraezTwins9441
21Scooter Gennett 2321
22Starlin Castro 1725
23Luis UriasPadres3138
24Adam FrazierPirates1324
25David BoteCubs49 3B28
26Nick MadrigalWhite Sox45NR
27Ryan McMahonRockies27 1B26
28Franklin BarretoAthletics3342
29Derek DietrichReds111 OF27
30Jason Kipnis 1822
31Kolten WongCardinals3629
32Jurickson ProfarAthletics27 SS33 SS
33Garrett HampsonRockies16 SS40 SS
34Wilmer FloresDiamondbacks*14 1B35
35Howie Kendrick 2932
36Tommy La StellaAngels42 3B23
37Nicky LopezRoyals59 SS37 SS
38Brad Miller 1631
39Chad PinderAthletics2430
40Luis RengifoAngels67 SS58 SS
41Enrique HernandezDodgers41 SS46 SS
42Chris Owings 61 OF47
43Isan DiazMarlins5949
44Yolmer SanchezWhite Sox23 3B36
45Joey WendleRays2740
46Tommy EdmanCardinalsNR47 SS
47Aledmys DiazAstros35 SS48 SS
48Robel GarciaCubsNRNR
49Josh Harrison 22NR
50Shed LongMariners6646
51Tony KempAstros81 OF104 OF
52Eduardo Nunez 2134
53Brock Holt 54 SS59 SS
54Devon TravisBlue Jays34NR
55Joe PanikGiants3048
56Danny SantanaRangersNR39
57Dilson HerreraMets65NR
58Ian KinslerPadres4045
59Kyle FarmerReds56 3B52
60Dustin PedroiaRed Sox32NR

 

  • 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 NBC Sports Edge and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.