2021 MLB Rankings: 30 days of MLB rankings! In this series, we will be ranking every projected starting player for the 2021 season at each in position, each in three parts. On day seven of this series, we’ll look at the second basemen ranked from 30-21.
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2021 MLB Rankings: 30-26
30. Anthony Kemp, Oakland Athletics 2020: 29
2020: 49 games, .247/.363/.301 splits, .664 OPS, 0 Home Runs, 4 RBIs
Anthony Kemp is the epitome of a bad everyday second baseman in 2021. He doesn’t have much power, won’t steal many bases, and is a below-average defender. However, in Oakland’s small market, it’s tough to get free agents, so Kemp is projected to play every day at second base this season.
29. Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs 2020: 25
2020: 48 games, .222/.312/.259 splits, .571 OPS, 0 Home Runs, 13 RBIs
Someone whom I projected to be a breakout candidate, Nico Hoerner was extremely disappointing as a rookie in 2020. However, he’s only 24 years old, and growing pains are part of becoming an all-star level player. 2021 could be a make-or-break year for Hoerner as to whether or not he can take his game to that next level.
28. Nicky Lopez, Kansas City Royals 2020: 28
2020: 56 games, .201/.286/.266 splits, .552 OPS, 1 Home Run, 13 RBIs
Like Anthony Kemp, Nicky Lopez doesn’t bring much to the table for Royals. However, he does get credit for his glove. Possessing an Rdrs of 8 at second base in 2020, he was well above league-average on defense.
27. Jon Berti, Miami Marlins 2020: NR
2020: 39 games, .258/.388/.350 splits, .738 OPS, 2 Home Runs, 14 RBIs
While he might split playing time with Isan Diaz, Jon Berti is projected to be Miami’s second baseman in 2021. Berti provides a bit of power and a ton of speed as he has stolen 26 bases on 31 attempts in the past two seasons. Defensively, he’s a utilityman and plays a league-average second base.
26. Yolmer Sanchez, Baltimore Orioles 2020: NR
2020: 11 games, .313/.476/.688 splits, 1.164 OPS, 1 Home Run, 1 RBI
In a year of small sample sizes, Yolmer Sanchez had an even smaller sample size, playing 11 games last year. In 2019 he won a Gold Glove with Chicago but was non-tendered due to his inability to hit. Now with Baltimore, Sanchez will get the chance to play every day once again and prove he can be a two-way player.
2021 MLB Rankings: 25-21
25. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers 2020: 18
2020: 38 games, .167/.209/.413 splits, .623 OPS, 10 Home Runs, 30 RBIs
Now seven years into his career, it’s evidently clear what Rougned Odor brings to the table. While he can hit 30+ home runs in a full season, his low batting average and high strikeout numbers will hurt the team. Not to mention, he’s a below-average defender and has made little improvement since his age 20 rookie season.
24. Kiké Hernandez, Boston Red Sox 2020: NR
2020: 48 games, .230/.270/.410 splits, .680 OPS, 5 Home Runs, 20 RBIs
A utilityman with the Dodgers for the past six seasons, Kiké Hernandez will now have a defined role as the Red Sox’ second baseman in 2021. Hernandez has occasional power but is held back by his inability to draw walks. Second base has always been his best defensive position as he posted an Rdrs of 8 at second in 2020.
23. Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates 2020: 23
2020: 58 games, .230/.297/.364 splits, .661 OPS, 7 Home Runs, 23 RBIs
Through five seasons with the Pirates, it’s evidently clear that Adam Frazier is a league-average second baseman and nothing more. He doesn’t have a ton of power but will put balls in play, limiting strikeouts. Defensively, he’s above league-average, posting an Rdrs of 4 in 2020. If Frazier struggles, Cole Tucker could start to take his playing time this season.
22. Ryan McMahon, Colorado Rockies 2020: 16
2020: 52 games, .215/.295/.419 splits, .714 OPS, 9 Home Runs, 26 RBIs
A utilityman with Colorado through the first four years of his career, Ryan McMahon has a decent amount of pop in his bat. In a full year, he could hit 25+ while being helped by Coors Field. Defensively, his best position is third base, but Brendan Rogers will likely occupy that spot in 2021, leaving McMahon to play second.
21. Starlin Castro, Washington Nationals 2020: 12
2020: 16 games, .267/.302/.450 splits, .752 OPS, 2 Home Runs, 4 RBIs
After an underwhelming start to his first year with the Nationals, Starlin Castro missed the final 44 games with a broken wrist. Someone who was once seen as a future star, Castro has never been able to take his game to that next level. Now at age 31, it’s pretty clear that he will likely be a league-average second baseman going forward.
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