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2022 Second Baseman Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: July 15, 2021, 5:04 am ET

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Up this week are my just-for-fun 2022 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.

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Second Baseman Rankings

2022Second BaseTeam2021July
1Ozzie AlbiesBraves12
2Whit MerrifieldRoyals21
3Jose AltuveAstros83
4DJ LeMahieuYankees34
5Brendan RodgersRockies1915
6Brandon LoweRays69
7Ryan McMahonRockies117
8Marcus Semien n/a5
9Jake CronenworthPadres1610
10Max MuncyDodgers178
11Jazz ChisholmMarlins3912
12Vidal BrujanRays5942
13Gavin LuxDodgers2019
14Chris Taylor 4313
15Jorge PolancoTwinsn/a17
16Tommy EdmanCardinals911
17Nick MadrigalWhite Sox10NR
18Jonathan IndiaRedsn/a26
19Jean SeguraPhillies1820
20Dylan MooreMariners714
21Jeff McNeilMets1424
22David BoteCubsn/a45
23Robinson CanoMetsNRNR
24Adam FrazierPirates3622
25Josh RojasDiamondbacks4027
26Nick SolakRangers1216
27Luis ArraezTwins2525
28Jonathan Schoop 2223
29Willi CastroTigersn/a37
30Ty FranceMariners3735
31David FletcherAngels2840
32Eduardo Escobar n/a28
33Cesar Hernandez 2334
34Garrett HampsonRockies3032
35Kolten WongBrewers3438
36Nico HoernerCubs4443
37Mike BrosseauRays29NR
38Jon BertiMarlins2636
39Brad Miller n/a51
40Luis UriasBrewers4846
41Rodolfo CastroPiratesNRNR
42Mauricio DubonGiants3364
43Rougned OdorYankees3548
44Ha-Seong KimPadresn/a53
45Enrique HernandezRed Sox4644
46Zach McKinstryDodgersNR50
47Jahmai JonesOriolesNR63
48Nick GordonTwinsn/a67
49Tommy La StellaGiants3854
50Xavier EdwardsRaysNRNR

 

  • Taking the one-year deal as a second baseman seems poised to work out very nicely for Marcus Semien as he returns to free agency. Teams will still view him as an option at shortstop, but that’s a deep market this year, whereas second base is far shallower; it should really just be him and Chris Taylor as candidates for multiyear deals. Perhaps someone will give Eduardo Escobar two years, but probably not as a starting second baseman.

 

  • Vidal Brujan is easily the high rookie here, though it’s possible he could begin next season only eligible in the outfield. After him, it’s a big drop to Rodolfo Castro, who has made a great first impression in Pittsburgh. I’m guessing he’ll be second-base eligible, given the likelihood of an Adam Frazier trade in the coming weeks. He might wind up at first base for the long haul, as 2020 first-rounder Nick Gonzales will probably work best at second.

 

  • Gavin Lux has been pretty mediocre this year, and he might not be a big factor down the stretch with Corey Seager returning soon. I still believe in his bat, and I imagine he’ll be a quality regular for the Dodgers next year if given the chance. However, he’ll probably need to show something here to ensure that the team leaves a spot open for him.

 

  • It hasn’t happened for him in 2021, but I’ll like David Bote again next year. I imagine there will be a starting job available for him with three-quarters of the Cubs infield headed to free agency. He was hitting just .201/.280/.340 in 162 plate appearances before going down with a shoulder injury, but Statcast had him with an expected batting average of .263 and slugging percentage of .487.