Dynasty Second Basemen Rankings: December 2018


by Connor Henry

Continuing with our offseason dynasty rankings, today there are 32 second baseman ranked and separated into tiers. The rankings represent relative value of these players in a dynasty league by taking into consideration immediate value vs years of possible relevance left. As always, these rankings should be manipulated to match the league type you play in so take all rankings with a grain of salt. See below the rankings for thoughts about how the rankings were created.

1 Jose Altuve – 28 Tier 1: Elite
2 Javier Baez – 25
3 Ozzie Albies – 21 Tier 2: Next Best
4 Gleyber Torres – 22
5 Whit Merrifield – 29
6 Scooter Gennett – 28
7 Yoan Moncada – 23 Tier 3: Upside Chasers
8 Rougned Odor – 24
9 Keston Hiura (P) – 22
10 Nick Madrigal (P) – 21
11 Garrett Hampson (P) – 24
12 Ian Happ – 24
13 Jonathan Villar – 27
14 Daniel Murphy – 33 Tier 4: Solid Options
15 Dee Gordon – 30
16 Cesar Hernandez – 28
17 Brandon Lowe – 24
18 Jeff McNeil – 26
19 Brian Dozier – 31
20 DJ LeMahieu – 30
21 Robinson Cano – 36
22 Jonathan Schoop – 27
23 Esteury Ruiz (P) – 19 Tier 5: Willing to Take a Chance
24 Joey Wendle – 28
25 Ketel Marte – 25
26 Luis Rengifo (P) – 21
27 Luis Urias (P) – 21
28 Starlin Castro – 28
29 Vidal Brujan (P) – 20
30 Jahmai Jones (P) – 21
31 Jason Kipnis – 31
32 Jed Lowrie – 34

Other options: Devon Travis, Adam Frazier, Lourdes Gurriel, Nick Solak (P)

Tier 1: Jose Altuve and Javier Baez sit comfortably on top of the second base rankings in a tier of their own due to the immense upside and years of production yet to come. Despite a down year for Altuve the underlying stats still look intact and I fully expect a rebound with 20 home runs and a .300+ average. Baez finally had his breakout in 2018 and while I’m still concerned about his plate discipline, the batted ball profile, power and speed he possesses keeps him among the elite at the position.

Tier 2: Ozzie Albies, still only 21, showed signs of a huge year to begin 2018 but came back to earth throughout the summer. Even though the speed and ability to draw a walk seemed to take a step back, he’s shown that ability at the Major League level in the past and I envision him making steady improvements as the years go on. Gleyber Torres, on the other hand, came into his own this year and showed impressive raw power to go along with a beautiful 25% line drive rate to buoy his .321 BABIP. Torres certainly has all the makings of a top tier talent for years to come. Two late breakout players, Whit Merrifield and Scooter Gennett, round out Tier 2 and both possess elite batting average ability. Merrifield should also provide top stolen base totals for the next few seasons while Gennett provides 20+ homer pop with plenty of counting stats.

Tier 3: The “upside chasers” tier has three prospects to go along with some young MLB players. Keston Hiura looks like he has a Torres-like bat and if he sticks in Milwaukee will have a very favorable ballpark. Nick Madrigal, although the power hasn’t shown up yet at the pro level, possesses elite contact skills which makes him a valuable asset in dynasty leagues. Garrett Hampson, with DJ Lemahieu out of town, looks to have a starting role and could excel in both the batting average and speed categories. Two under-25 year olds, Yoan Moncada and Rougned Odor, come in just ahead of these three prospects due to the power upside they each possess. Despite subpar plate discipline skills, both Odor and Moncada have 30+ home run pop with above average speed. Ian Happ and Jonathan Villar close out the tier and both present huge upside with considerable risk. Happ has proven the power and speed potential but needs to cut down on the strikeouts to fully breakout. Villar, on the other hand, seems to have found his footing again after being dealt to Baltimore. If he limits the strikeouts and they let him run, he could return to being a fantastic fantasy asset.

Tier 4: Daniel Murphy and Robinson Cano both reside in tier 4 and despite their age, should have a couple of seasons of impressive production left in the tank. Brian Dozier is a name to notice because his dynasty value is as low as it may ever be. Sure, he’s 31 and his prime has passed but I’m not putting it past him to make a bit of a comeback with 25+ home runs and 10+ steals. Brandon Lowe and Jeff McNeil sit in the middle of this tier and both impressed enough in their short MLB stint last season to be given a shot to win a full-time job next season. Jonathan Schoop rounds out Tier 4 and after a disappointing 2018 might have just enough upside left to be worth a flier. The plate discipline may never be there for the 27-year-old but he possessed enough pop to be an asset from the second base position.

Tier 5: This tier gives a good mix of current options to go along with interesting prospects. Ruiz, Rengifo and Jones all have intriguing upside but certainly have bust potential as opposed to Urias who looks like he might be a steady contributor overall. Mixed in with the prospects are interesting names like Marte and Wendle who could contribute across all categories but may never have a standout skill. Jason Kipnis and Jed Lowrie bring up the rear of this tier and both possess just enough value to be rostered but have certainly passed the prime of their careers.

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    • I’m not the biggest Adames supporter, though I’d slot him in Tier 4 in the Jeff McNeill range. I don’t see him maintaining the power surge he showed in the Majors last season and there may be too much swing and miss to his game to see consistent success.

  1. Happ only played two games at second last season (20 at third), and likely won’t see much infield time in 2019 with Descalso around and Bryant back.

    • I don’t disagree that the discrepancy may be too big. Personally I’m not the biggest supporter of Urias though and I don’t have an issue with him being lower than many others would have him.

      • So why then do you like Madrigal? They are similar players. Taking away any speed advantage Madrigal may have, Urias will get on base at a higher clip and possesses more pop than people think. Plus, he has already proven himself to be a capable player at the highest levels.

        I like Madrigal, but his upside appears to be that of Urias….and Urias is already further along at the same exact age.

        • Urias looks like an empty batting average player to me. He could of course prove me wrong, but I see more “fantasy” tools coming together for Madrigal. Scouts write about his projectable power and as a college player, it shouldn’t take him too long to rise through the CWS system. I also like his eventual home park more than Petco and could see him hitting in front of Eloy for years.

          Urias can certainly prove me wrong and Madrigal could be a bust but for now, I’d much rather have Madrigal in a dynasty league and believe he garners a good bit more value in that setting.

          • Urias’ exit velocity was pretty impressive in the minirs. My take is he has more power potential than Madrigal. Madrigal reeks of empty batting average more so than Urias. But I guess thats what makes fantasy, fantasy. I do agree about the home park factor…but Urias coukd be trade bait….

          • I actually had both Madrigal and Urias, and decided on keeping Urias. I agree tgat bith seem similar in that they will hit for a good average and much else. Urias though should be a starter this season and I believe they are both around the same age. Plus, I did get to see Urias play a few games last year…and he has more power than most people think.


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