Top 15 Second Basemen (2019): A Position Flush With Buying Opportunities…

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Second base has long been considered a shallow position, but that no longer appears to be the case (and there are further reinforcements coming once Jurickson Profar gains eligibility).  The position is flush with potential bounce backs (like Brian Dozier), breakouts (like Yoan Moncada) and under-the-radar fliers (like Niko Goodrum).  Throw in someone like Travis Shaw unexpectedly gaining eligibility and there are ample options to choose from. 

With that being said, here are a few things to remember as you review the rankings (and if you want to see even deeper rankings, make sure to order our 2019 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide that includes a Top 30, by clicking here):

  • A player being ranked #3 doesn’t mean you should draft him in that spot. In most cases you shouldn’t have to, it just shows the potential value that he holds.
  • These rankings are based on our projections and expected production for 2019.

Who are the names to target?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
  2. Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
  3. Ozzie Albies – Atlanta Braves
  4. Whit Merrifield – Kansas City Royals
  5. Daniel Murphy – Colorado Rockies
  6. Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees
  7. Rougned Odor – Texas Rangers
  8. Travis Shaw – Milwaukee Brewers
  9. Jonathan Villar – Baltimore Orioles
  10. Yoan Moncada – Chicago White Sox
  11. Scooter Gennett – Cincinnati Reds
  12. Robinson Cano – New York Mets
  13. Dee Gordon – Seattle Mariners
  14. Ian Happ – Chicago Cubs
  15. Brian Dozier – Washington Nationals

Thoughts:

  • While Gleyber Torres comes in just ahead on our rankings, would it be wise for fantasy owners to pass on him and instead wait to select Rougned Odor?  That’s the approach we would take, and for our look as to why click here.
  • In the first half of 2018 Ozzie Albies looked like one of the best second baseman in the game, hitting .281 with 20 HR, 55 RBI and 74 R.  Things fell off a cliff after the All-Star Break (.226 with 4 HR), as opposing pitchers began feeding him more breaking balls (28.48%) and off-speed pitches (21.25%).  There’s reason to believe that he’s going to make the necessary adjustments, and while he may not replicate his first half numbers he should be viewed as one of the elite.
  • We’ve long heard the hype regarding Yoan Moncada, and there’s never been doubt about his power and speed.  The question is if he can make consistent contact, and while he had a 32.6% strikeout rate in the second half the underlying metrics were improved (22.5% O-Swing%, 11.8% SwStr%).  There’s reason to believe that he’s going to turn the corner and emerge.
  • Daniel Murphy and Brian Dozier both had positive landing spots and have the potential to regain their fantasy value.  Murphy obviously gets the better opportunity, where he’s expected to be the regular first baseman and play half his games in Coors Field.  Obviously the fact that he may lose 2B eligibility for 2020 is something to watch, but that concern is for next season.  For now take advantage.  We took a closer look at Daniel Murphy right after his signing, which you can read about by clicking here.
  • Travis Shaw gaining eligibility at 2B is a true gain for fantasy owners.  While a .241 AVG is viewed as a disappointment, he still swatted 32 HR with 86 RBI with a strong approach and an ability to hit the ball extremely hard.  There’s every reason to believe that his .242 BABIP will improve, and with the power he’s shown he’s going to be a true fantasy force.

Sources – Fangraphs, Brooks Baseball

3 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t get why Murphy is six spots above Scooter Gennett. Aren’t they similar players at this point? Both are providing everything except steals at this point, and Scooter is younger.

    • Assuming Murphy is healthy, he’s profile should really play well in the vast expanses of Coors Field. While the power numbers are going to be similar, Murphy could easily push a .300 AVG and that’s going to give him a strong advantage (though I like Gennett)

      • I see. I guess while I’ve been skeptical that Gennett can keep up the high average, he just keeps producing at a high level.

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