Every year the MLB Network has a Top Ten Right Now series at every Position and here I will breakdown my top 10 at every position. Some you may agree with and some you might not everyone’s list would probably be different in some way shape or form and that’s the beauty of baseball always something to debate. Let’s get the double play partners set up with my Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now.
First up on my Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now is
The number 10 spot on most of these list are the most difficult and somewhat interchangeable but because this is a subjective list my list begins with the Philadelphia Phillies Cesar Hernandez. Cesar has played across 5 season for the Phillies and has gotten better in each season. Since becoming a full time player in 2015 Hernandez OPS+ has steadily increase from 92 in 15′ to 106 in 16′ and last season up to 112 (according to BaseballReference.com). Look for Hernandez to increase his production as the Phillies take the next step in the clubs evolution.
Number 9 on the Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now is…
Kinsler has always been an underrated player. Yet the more you look into Kinsler and his numbers the better he looks. Kinsler has amassed over his 12 year career a WAR of 55 (according to baseball reference.com) and has consistently been an under valued defender as well. With Kinsler accepting the trade to the Los Angeles Angel of Anaheim the defensive prowess of that team will be second to none. And while Kinsler had a somewhat down offense in 2017 look for him to get back to his All Star caliber form playing alongside the best defender in baseball Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and the games best overall player Mike Trout.
Number 8 on the Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now is….
Merrifield had a breakout season in 2017 with the Kansas City Royals in his first full season. Whit hit 19 homeruns and drove in 78 RBI’s. Look for Merrifield to be one of the only bright spots in a KC Royals lineup in 2018.
Up next number 7 is
LeMahieu like Merrifield may not be well known on a national scale but he is a favorite on countdowns like this. LeMahieu is a guy who has been overlooked because of more household names even on his team. However, DJ has the capability to control both sides of the ball and underrated defender and a steady bat. Look for LeMahieu to have a season more like his 2016 production.
Number 6 on the countdown is
Javi is a guy that plays with his heart on his sleeve. Baez gives it all he’s got on every play whether diving for a ball in the hole or trying to hit a ball out of Wrigley. Baez does everything with flair. At times that can be a detriment to his success and at other point the catalyst for it. Javier Baez will have a chance to have a real breakout year with the Cubs.
And the Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now continues with number 5.
Murphy had a breakout post season in 2015 and has since been known for his launch angle approach. Murphy has been an above average producer for his whole career. Look for Murphy to have big year hitting in the middle of the Nationals order.
Next up number 4
Jonathan Schoop wasn’t a guy many people knew about until last season when he became an All Star. Schoop had 32 homeruns and 105 RBI’s and had an OPS+ of 123. Looking ahead expect another 30+ homerun season from Schoop where he continues to solidify that he is one of the Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now.
Up next number 3 on the list is…
Cano Don’t Cha Know is a perennial All Star who’s silky smooth play always has him ranked near the top of this countdown. In 2017 Cano had a down year by the standards he has made us get accustomed with. However, look for 2018 to be a much different year and Cano looks to help the Seattle Mariners break their 16 year dry spell and make the AL Playoffs.
Getting Down to the end of the countdown and coming in at number 2
Dozier has had back to back big season for the Twin Cities and will look to add to that this coming year. Over the last two seasons Dozier has had 76 homeruns, 13 more than the next Second Basemen (Rougned Odor, 63). Expect another big hoemrun output from Dozier.
However, the number 1 Second Basemen in all of baseball the reigning AL MVP
Jose Altuve has proven time and time again it doesn’t matter your size you can be a great baseball player. Altuve won the 2017 AL MVP award in resounding fashion over the runner up Aaron Judge. With a slash line of .346/.410/.547 and an OPS+ of 164 Altuve dominated the baseball world the entire summer and will look to not change a thing. Jose lead his team into the playoffs and ultimately the World Series. And will try to do the same in 2018.