Top 10 Second Base Prospects (Mid-Season 2018 Edition)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The All-Star game is upon us…  It feels like the season just got underway, but we are already more than 50% through the 2018 season.  obviously a lot has changed from when we originally did our prospect rankings and now is the perfect time to update things.  Who is on the rise?  Who has fallen off?  Let’s take a look (the number in parenthesis is our preseason ranking):

Graduated – Scott Kingery (1)

1) Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers (2)
ETA – 2018
Grade – B+

There were questions regarding Hiura entering the season, mostly revolving around his defensive fit after undergoing Tommy John surgery.  He has continued to be limited defensively, but he has played 2B 42 times (out of 81 appearances) and he continues to prove capable with the bat (.300 with 9 HR and 10 SB).  With Milwaukee contending and in need of help at second base, it’s not impossible to imagine Hiura arriving before the season is over.

2) Garrett Hampson – Colorado Rockies (3)
ETA – 2019
Grade – B+

He’s reached Triple-A and hasn’t shown signs of slowing down (.312 with 4 HR and 12 SB over 186 AB).  He’s shown great speed (31 SB in 36 attempts), more than enough power (18 doubles, 4 triples and 8 HR), especially playing half his games at Coors Field, and an ability to make consistent contact (6.2% SwStr%).  He should be the Rockies second baseman come 2019, if not sooner.

3) Brandon Lowe – Tampa Bay Rays (5)
ETA – 2019
Grade – B

He’s hitting .303 and putting on a power display, with 28 doubles, 1 triple and 17 HR.  He showed the power potential last season (39 doubles, 4 triples and 11 HR) and the now 24-year old could easily be growing into his power.  We’ll have to watch his strikeout rate closely (22.6% courtesy of a 12.4% SwStr%), but with the power and some speed there’s obvious value.

4) Luis Rengifo – Los Angeles Angels (NR)
ETA – 2019
Grade – B

The Angels appear to have him on the fast track, as he started the year at High-A but has already reached Triple-A.  He may not be a big power threat, though he does have 33 extra base hits.  Instead it’s his approach (45 K vs. 50 BB, courtesy of a 7.0% SwStr%) and speed (35 SB) that make him a potential difference maker atop the lineup.  Maybe we should consider him Garrett Hampson lite?

5) Luis Urias – San Diego Padres (4)
ETA – 2018
Grade – B-

The question with Urias isn’t his approach (8.3% SwStr%), it’s whether or not he’ll produce enough power (6 HR) or speed (1 SB) to really make an impact.

6) Nick Solak – Tampa Bay Rays (6)
ETA – 2019
Grade – B-

The former Yankee is showing both power and speed (12 HR/17 SB) and the contact rate is solid (9.4% SwStr%).  That said his line drive rate is suppressed (15.3%) and his groundball rate is elevated (52.5%), so there are questions about his power (his speed is considered his best asset).

7) Cavan Biggio – Toronto Blue Jays (NR)
ETA – 2019
Grade – B-

The son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, he’s broken out in the power department this season (19 HR in 279 AB).  Can he maintain his 21.3% HR/FB and keep his strikeouts (26.1%) in check, though?

8) Esteury Ruiz – San Diego Padres (9)
ETA – 2019
Grade – C+

There are tools, but a 17.8% SwStr% is a significant red flag.

9) Jahmai Jones – Los Angeles Angels (NR)
ETA – 2019
Grade – C+

10) Shed Long – Cincinnati Reds (7)
ETA – 2019
Grade – C+

Sources – MILB.com, Fangraphs

Make sure to check out all of our 2018 Midseason Rankings:

Catcher
First Baseman
Second Base
Shortstop
Third Base
Outfield
Pitcher

7 comments

  1. Joe Carola says:

    Any catching prospects on the cusp of a call-up. The wire is barren and I think I can move Sanchez but not thrilled with what’s on the wire…Chirinos, Hedges, etc. Thanks!

  2. Tiger says:

    How is Hampson going to take over second base when they also have Story and Rodgers??

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Hampson is at Triple-A and should get the first opportunity. When Rodgers is ready they will find a way to work it out (or trade one of them to help fill another need)

  3. Tiger says:

    And as far as Urias goes, he has one of the hardest hit ball profiles, right? And he does have 7 homers already this season at the age of 21 in AAA. Worst case scenario, he is a doubles machine with 10 homers….300/.400./425. Best case scenario is some of those doubles turn into homers (ala Albies).

    Urias is the #1 second base prospect in my world…although our league discounts stolen bases.

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