Ladies and Gentlemen: 30 days, 30 MLB position rankings. Nine positions and the top starting pitcher ranked from each team in three parts each. Each player on the list is based on who the projected starter is for a team for the 2020 season by position. On day eight of this series, we’ll look at MLB second basemen ranked 20-11.
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20. Jurickson Profar, San Diego Padres
2019: 139 games, .218/.301/.410 splits, .711 OPS, 20 Home Runs, 67 RBIs
After a decent season with the Oakland A’s, Jurickson Profar was traded to the San Diego Padres during the offseason. Profar doesn’t hit for a high average, but provides some power as a switch hitter. Profar can play around the diamond, but will likely play the majority of time at second in 2020. It will be interesting to see how he performs with a change of scenery.
19. Hanser Alberto, Baltimore Orioles
2019: 139 games, .305/.329/.422 splits, .751 OPS, 12 Home Runs, 51 RBIs
After several bad seasons with the Rangers, Hanser Alberto was able to take advantage of the opportunity to play with Baltimore in 2019. Alberto likely won’t hit more than 20 home runs, but he hits for a high average. The biggest knock on his offensive game is that he doesn’t draw enough walks. Defensively, Alberto is just above league with Rdrs of two in 2019.
18. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
2019: 145 games, .205/.283/.439 splits, .721 OPS. 30 Home Run, 93 RBIs
After Rougned Odor had an underwhelming 2019 season, 2020 may be a make or break year for him. Odor has a lot of power from the left side of the plate but has an extremely high strikeout rate, with his 178 strikeouts tied for the AL lead with Jorge Soler. Defensively, he’s well below average as well. If he doesn’t have a bounce-back year in 2020, his tenure in Texas may not last much longer.
17. Robinson Cano, New York Mets
2019: 107 games, .256/.307/.428 splits, .736 OPS, 13 Home Runs, 39 RBIs
In his first year with the Mets, Robinson Cano had arguably the worst year of his career in 2019. Battling injuries, Cano recorded his worst OPS and Slugging Percentage numbers since 2008. With the glove, Cano is now well below league average with a -6 Rdrs. It’s tough to see a former all-star drop off. It will be interesting to see if Cano can turn around his career in 2020.
16. Ryan McMahon, Colorado Rockies
2019: 141 games, .250/.329/.450 splits, .779 OPS, 24 Home Runs, 83 RBIs
After a horrendous rookie season in 2018, Ryan McMahon improved significantly last season for the Rockies. Hitting from the left side of the plate, McMahon provides a lot of power. However, he needs to work on limiting strikeouts as he struck out 160 times last year. Defensively, McMahon’s natural position is first base. However, after DJ Lemahieu left, the Rockies moved McMahon to second.
15. Michael Chavis, Boston Red Sox
2019: 95 games, .254/.322/.444 splits, .766 OPS, 18 Home Runs, 58 RBIs
After getting called up in late April of last season, Michael Chavis performed very well as a rookie. Chavis can play both first and second base, but will likely shift to second for 2020 with Dustin Pedroia on the way out of Boston. Chavis needs to work on his defense, but with the bat, he projects to be a terrific hitter. It will be interesting to see how he performs in his second MLB season.
14. Jonathan Schoop, Detroit Tigers
2019: 121 games, .256/.304/.473 splits, .777 OPS, 23 Home Runs, 59 RBIs
After signing a one year deal with the Twins, Jonathan Schoop had an excellent season at the plate. With the bat, Schoop is a great power hitter when healthy who can hit up to 30 home runs in a 162 game season. Defensively, he needs to improve. His .968 fielding percentage was the lowest among second basemen last year. He’s hoping to improve on that mark this season with Detroit.
13. Tommy La Stella, Los Angeles Angels
2019: 80 games, .295/.346/.486 splits, .832 OPS, 16 Home Runs, 44 RBIs
In his first season with the Angels, Tommy La Stella got off to an incredible start before suffering a season-ending broken tibia injury. A long-time utilityman with the Cubs, La Stella finally found a spot in the MLB in 2019, earning his first all-star nod. With the glove, La Stella is below league-average. However, he can hit for average very well and showed he had some power in his bat as well last season.
12. Starlin Castro, Washington Nationals
2019: 162 games, .270/.300/.436 splits, .736 OPS, 22 Home Runs, 86 RBIs
Playing a full 162, Starlin Castro had a solid season with the Marlins in 2019. While his average was down, Castro hit 22 home runs last year, a career-high at age 29. Defensively, Castro is well above average at second base with a .979 fielding percentage last year.
11. Scott Kingery, Philadelphia Phillies
2019: 126 games, .258/.315/.474 splits, .788 OPS, 19 Home Runs, 55 RBIs
It’s unclear whether Scott Kingery or Jean Segura will play second and which guy will play third base in 2020. For the sake of this series, I’m listing Kingery at second and Segura at third. Kingery had a great year in 2019, giving the Phillies hope for the future after an abysmal 2018. He provides some power, and also stole 15 bases last year. Kingery played seven different positions that year, so it will be interesting to see if he can find one spot to stick to for 2020.
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