Let’s take a look at the ten best MLB second basemen.
As the baseball season nears with every passing day, and with Spring Training pretty much upon us, these positional rankings continue. Today’s list is, as the title says, the top second basemen currently in MLB.
Second base is a position somewhat in flux, but quickly becoming stronger. There are a lot of young up and comers, some who will appear in these rankings, and some steady veterans near the top.
Second base is not typically known as a position that has a lot of power or big hitters but that too is starting to change, with some of the guys coming in being more than just quick defenders.
These rankings do take into account performance prior to 2018 but these rankings are more about expected 2019 performance than entire career. So while someone like Robinson Cano will get a little extra leeway because of his past excellence, we can’t discount the breakout performances of people like Whit Merrifield.
As always, credit for all statistics and references to Fangraphs, Baseball Reference and Baseball Savant
*Note: Cubs infielder Javy Baez is excluded from this list as he is expected to play shortstop a fair amount in 2019