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 eight of this series, we’ll look at the second basemen ranked from 20-11.
Check out the previous rankings from this 2021 MLB Rankings series:
2021 MLB Rankings: 20-16
20. Asdrubal Cabrera, Arizona Diamondbacks 2020: NR
2020: 52 games, .242/.305/.447 splits, .753 OPS, 8 Home Runs, 31 RBIs
Now a journeyman, Asdrubal Cabrera joins the Diamondbacks in 2021, where he will play second base. Cabrera has never had a great glove but is decent at the plate. At age 35, he still has a few years left in the tank, although he may end up splitting time with Josh VanMeter.
19. Tommy Edman, St.Louis Cardinals 2020: (19-LF)
2020: 55 games, .250/.317/.368 splits, .685 OPS, 5 Home Runs, 26 RBIs
In his second season, Tommy Edman was disappointing in 2020 as his numbers dropped across the board. Someone who also plays the outfield, Edman is projected to be the Cardinals’ everyday second baseman in 2021. Hopefully, he can turn it around and reach his full potential this season.
18. Donovan Solano, San Francisco Giants 2020: NR
2020: 54 games, .326/.365/.463 splits, .828 OPS, 3 Home Runs, 29 RBIs
At age 32, Donovan Solano had the best year of his career in 2020, earning an NL Silver Slugger award. In reality, this production likely isn’t sustainable over an entire season from someone who has been a journeyman, however, the Giants will take what they can get as he is certainly an upgrade over other second basemen on the roster.
17. Jonathan Schoop, Detroit Tigers 2020: 14
2020: 44 games, .278/.324/.475 splits, .799 OPS, 8 Home Runs, 23 RBIs
Jonathan Schoop continues to be a solid, but nothing special, starter-level second baseman for the Tigers. He has a decent amount of power at the plate, as shown by his eight home runs in 44 games, but he doesn’t draw enough walks. Defensively, he’s league-average and posted an Rdrs of 0 in 44 games at second in 2020.
16. Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers 2020: NR
2020: 56 games, .270/.366/.476 splits, .842 OPS, 8 Home Runs, 32 RBIs
A career utilityman for the Dodgers, Chris Taylor will finally have a defined role as the Dodgers’ everyday second baseman in 2020. Taylor isn’t elite in any one category but does many things well, with a decent amount of power. Second base is his best defensive position, as he posted an Rdrs of 2 last season.
2021 MLB Rankings: 15-11
15. Cesar Hernandez, Cleveland Indians 2020: 21
2020: 58 games, .283/.355/.408 splits, .763 OPS, 3 Home Runs, 20 RBIs
In his first year with the Indians, Cesar Hernandez had arguably the best year of his career, albeit in a shortened season. He’ll hit for average at the plate as he led the league with 20 doubles last season. He climbed up from last year because of defense, as Hernandez earned the first Gold Glove nod of his career in 2020.
14. Dylan Moore, Seattle Mariners 2020: NR
2020: 38 games, .255/.358/.496 splits, .855 OPS, 8 Home Runs, 17 RBIs
In his second MLB season, Dylan Moore flashed a ton of potential as he took the starting second base job from Shed Long. Moore has power and great speed as he stole 12 bases, tied for fourth in MLB. His defense is a work in progress, but now headed into his first full MLB, he could be on the verge of breaking out.
13. Jean Segura, Philadelphia Phillies 2020: (18- 3B)
2020: 54 games, .266/.347/.422 splits, .769 OPS, 7 Home Runs, 25 RBIs
With Alec Bohm now occupying third base for the Phillies, Jean Segura is projected to be the Phillies’ second baseman in 2021. Segura isn’t necessarily flashy but hits for a solid average and has improved his power the past two seasons. In the short term, he will serve as a solid second baseman for Philadelphia.
12. Nick Madrigal, Chicago White Sox 2020: NR
2020: 29 games, .340/.376/.369 splits, .745 OPS, 0 Home Runs, 11 RBIs
While he only has 29 career games under his belt, Nick Madrigal has already shown off what he can do. While his power and ability to draw walks were lacking, Madrigal proved that he could be a perfect leadoff hitter as he hits for a high average. Sure, he needs to improve defensively, but at age 24, he has a very high ceiling.
11. Kolten Wong, Milwaukee Brewers 2020: 8
2020: 53 games, .265/.350/.326 splits, .675 OPS, 1 Home Run, 16 RBIs
After spending the first eight years of his career with St.Louis, Kolten Wong signed with his former division rival in Milwaukee. Wong hits for a decent average but doesn’t have a ton of power in his bat. Barely missing out on the top ten, Wong has been one of the best defensive second basemen in MLB, now a Gold Glove winner in back-to-back seasons.
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