2018 Positional Power Rankings: Second Base

Throughout the week, we’re publishing our positional power ranking series. If you’re unfamiliar with the process or concept, Jeff explained the series on Monday. Today, I’ll be addressing second base. What fun!

Every position has its theme. You have the bright young things who play shortstop, the fly-ball revolutionaries occupying first base, the catchers who aren’t Buster Posey.

Second base has, in the past, been defined by the veterans at the top, but these rankings portend change in the form of young upstarts. Jose Altuve wrested the top of the rankings from Robinson Cano last year and has only widened the gap between himself and his keystone compatriots; he’s projected to be more than a win better than second place Brian Dozier. And as mentioned, the middle and bottom bits of the rankings feature names like Ozzie Albies, Ketel Marte, Yoan Moncada, and Luis Urias, all of whom could outperform their projections and shift their teams’ positions.

Calling it a “youth movement” is too strong; perhaps it might be better described as an “infusion.” Last year, just two of the top-10 players played the whole season while under the age of 30; this year it’s four. An infusion, indeed.





Meg is the managing editor of FanGraphs and the co-host of Effectively Wild. Prior to joining FanGraphs, her work appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, and Just A Bit Outside. You can follow her on twitter @megrowler.

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luke.shigeo
4 years ago

Zack Cozart got a donkey from Joey Votto for being an All Star. Scooter got a scooter from the team for hitting 4 home runs in a game.

Carson Cistullimember
4 years ago
Reply to  luke.shigeo

This wrong has been righted! Order has been restored! Thanks for the note!

luke.shigeo
4 years ago

Just doing my civic duty.