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 nine of this series, we’ll look at the top 10 second basemen in MLB.
Check out the previous rankings from this 2021 MLB Rankings series:
2021 MLB Rankings: 10-6
10. Luis Arraez, Minnesota Twins 2020: 7
2020: 32 games, .321/.364/.402 splits, .765 OPS, 0 Home Runs, 13 RBIs
After a great rookie year, Luis Arraez took a minor step back in 2020 but still cracks the top ten for this season. Arraez has a knack for putting the bat on the ball as he has a career batting average of .331. He doesn’t have a ton of power and needs to draw more walks, but at the moment, he’s an ideal leadoff hitter in a potent Twins lineup.
9. Jake Cronenworth, San Diego Padres 2020: NR
2020: 54 games, .285/.354/.477 splits, .831 OPS, 4 Home Runs, 20 RBIs
As a rookie, Jake Cronenworth broke onto the scene as he finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year race. At the plate, Cronenworth has a great eye and recorded 22 extra-base hits in 2020. Defensively, he’s right around league-average. Now heading into his first full season, it will be fun to watch how Cronenworth performs this season.
8. David Fletcher, Los Angeles Angels 2020: NR
2020: 49 games, .319/.376/.425 splits, .801 OPS, 3 Home Runs, 18 RBIs
2020 was a make-or-break year for David Fletcher, and he delivered, having a great season, and finishing 17th in the AL MVP voting. Once a utilityman, Fletcher now has a defined role as the Angels’ everyday second baseman. He does a great job at getting on base while limiting strikeouts and showing off occasional power. Defensively, he’s right around league-average at second.
7. Mike Moustakas, Cincinnati Reds 2020: 5
2020: 44 games, .230/.331/.468 splits, .799 OPS, 8 Home Runs, 27 RBIs
While he was not as good as he was in 2019, Mike Moustakas was still productive for the Reds last season. While his average dropped, Moose does a great job at getting on base and still possesses a great deal of power. Third base is clearly his natural position but he did a half-decent job at second base in 2020, where he will continue to play in 2021.
6. Marcus Semien, Toronto Blue Jays 2020: (3- SS)
2020: 53 games, .223/.305/.374 splits, .679 OPS, 7 Home Runs, 23 RBIs
After spending the past six seasons with Oakland, Marcus Semien heads north of the border, joining the Blue Jays, where he will play second base. After an MVP-caliber year in 2019, Semien’s numbers did drop in 2020. However, he still has elite power and could hit upwards of 30+ home runs this year. Defense has always been his weakness, so it will be interesting to see how he does at a new position with Toronto.
2021 MLB Rankings: 5-1
5. Jeff McNeil, New York Mets 2020: (10- 3B)
2020: 52 games, .311/.383/.454 splits, .836 OPS, 4 Home Runs, 23 RBIs
Projected to be a third baseman coming into 2020, Jeff McNeil has now solidified himself as the Mets’ second baseman. McNeil has an elite eye and puts balls in play while limiting strikeouts. While he doesn’t hit a ton of home runs, he’s a great leadoff hitter, as showcased by his 131 OPS+. Defensively, he’s just below league-average at second.
4. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros 2020: 2
2020: 48 games, .219/.286/.344 splits, .629 OPS, 5 Home Runs, 18 RBIs
2020 was a horrendous year for Jose Altuve. However, we can’t just ignore how great he’s been over the recent past, using buzzers or not. If he continues to struggle in 2021, then his legacy will take a massive hit. But in reality, he should be able to turn it around. Clearly, the noise and hate from around the league took a toll on a ton of the Astros’ players.
3. Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves 2020: 4
2020: 29 games, .271/.306/.466 splits, .773 OPS, 6 Home Runs, 19 RBIs
2020 was a struggle for Ozzie Albies, who battled injuries as his numbers dropped across the board. However, at age 24, Albies remains among the elite second basemen in MLB. His defense also dropped in 2020, but he saved 24 defensive runs between 2018 and 2019, significantly above league-average. Now fully healthy, he should be in for a big year in 2021.
2. Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays 2020: 9
2020: 56 games, .269/.362/.554 splits, .916 OPS, 14 Home Runs, 37 RBIs
Playing in the small market of Tampa Bay, Brandon Lowe does not get the attention he deserves. My personal choice for the most underrated player in baseball, Lowe finished in the top ten in the MVP conversation last season while helping bring Tampa Bay to the World Series. He has elite power and is a plus defender at second as well. Not to mention, he’s only 26.
1. DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees 2020: 3
2020: 50 games, .364/.421/.590 splits, 1.011 OPS, 10 Home Runs, 27 RBIs
An easy selection, DJ LeMahieu made it clear that he is the best second baseman in baseball in 2020. Winning the batting title and posting an OPS over 1.000, LeMahieu finished third in the AL MVP voting. At the plate, he’s elite all-around with great contact and power. Defensively, he’s one of the best as well, with three career Gold Glove awards. At age 32, LeMahieu is a possible MVP candidate once again in 2021.
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