With the 2020 season seemingly set to get underway we need to revisit our rankings, as things have dramatically changed since March. The addition of the DH in the National League, players opting out and others getting diagnosed with COVID-19 (and the unknown about their status) are just some of the obstacles fantasy owners are facing. Let’s take a look at how things currently look, but keep in mind that things can change quickly:
- Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
- Max Muncy – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees
- Ketel Marte – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Whit Merrifield – Kansas City Royals
- Mike Moustakas – Cincinnati Reds
- Eduardo Escobar – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers
- Ozzie Albies – Atlanta Braves
- Jeff McNeil – New York Mets
- D.J. LeMahieu – New York Yankees
- Jonathan Villar – Miami Marlins
- Cavan Biggio – Toronto Blue Jays
- Gavin Lux – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Garrett Hampson – Colorado Rockies
- As we noted in our first base rankings, D.J. LeMahieu fell slightly due to his positive test for COVID-19. He is asymptomatic so there’s a chance he’ll be ready for Opening Day, but that is hardly a guarantee.
- Gavin Lux saw his ranking rise a bit thanks to the shortened season, as the fear of the Dodgers playing service time games isn’t there and the addition of the DH helps to alleviate the logjam. Lux is among the brightest prospects in the game and his struggles at the Major League level in ’19 shouldn’t be used as a reason to downgrade him. As we noted in our Draft Guide, “Over 523 PA between Double and Triple-A he showed a strong ability to make contact (8.5% SwStr%) and draw ample walks (11.7%). That’s important for a player who hit the ball incredibly hard during his brief stint in the Majors (52.9%), showed the potential to hit for power (25 doubles, 8 triples, 26 HR in the minors) and steal double-digit bases in the minors.”
- The question entering the season was whether or not Garrett Hampson would get regular AB. He proved to be a spark plug in September and with Ian Desmond opting out and the addition of the DH, the AB shouldn’t be as hard to find.
- To show the depth at the position this season, the just missed include Tommy Edman, Robinson Cano and Rougned Odor.
Sources – Fangraphs, MLB.com
Make sure to check out all of our Updated 2020 preseason rankings: