Every offseason, MLB Network runs through a series of programming. One such show is about the Top 10 Right Now at each position. And as we have done in both 2018 and 2019, we will go over our Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now.
Just a quick note about this list, it is a personal list, and everyone will value different things from each position. So I encourage you to make your own list and see who makes the cut on your list.
10. Luis Arraez- Minnesota Twins
One of the more intriguing players on this list played in just 92 games a season ago. The Minnesota Twins, Luis Arraez, is a relatively unknown entity to most Major League fans. But following his Minor League track record, Arraez is someone that has succeeded at every level. And honestly, Arraez was not tied down in any one level for very long. Arraez success bodes well for Minnesota as they will try to hold off the Chicago White Sox.
9. Kolten Wong- St. Louis Cardinals
Quietly, Kolten Wong is one better defensive second basemen in MLB. And it’s because of that defense that Wong makes my list. However, Kolten has been improving his offensive game over the past few seasons. And 2020 seems like it could be the breakout offensive season the Cardinals have been waiting for Wong. Thus the full potential package from the defensive standout merits a place on my Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now for 2020.
8. Jean Segura- Philadelphia Phillies
There’s still some debate whether or no Jean Segura will play second base for Philadelphia. But there’s no debate that Segura would be among the best Second Basemen in baseball. Jean Segura had what many would consider a down season with a wRC+ of 92. But when looking at the regular stats, 12 homeruns and 60 RBIs from a table-setter in the lineup is a positive testament to his ability. Look for more of the same from the Phillies infielder.
7. Mike Moustakas- Cincinnati Reds
Mike Moustakas is once again changing things up. Moose is going from Milwaukee to Cincinnati. And Moustakas is going from being a Third Basemen to a Second Basemen. Mike Moustakas had a monster campaign in 2019 with 35 homeruns and 87 RBIs. And should Moose be able to replicate those numbers as a Second Basemen, he may rise up this list next season.
6. Cavan Biggio- Toronto Blue Jays
One of the up and coming Superstars in Major League Baseball is Cavan Biggio. Biggio is a second-generation ballplayer. Cavan came up in 2019 and played in 100 games. During that stretch, Cavan hit 16 homeruns and 48 RBIs with a wRC+ of 114. Cavan is also a solid defensive Second Basemen, so look for Cavan Biggio to be a regular on this list.
5. Brandon Lowe- Tampa Bay Rays
Over the last couple of seasons, Brandon Lowe of the Tampa Bay Rays has done two things. First, Lowe plays all over the field for the Rays, something that baseball has seen increased in recent years. And secondly, Lowe has improved his hitting. And as the 2020 season nears, Tampa Bay is looking to compete, and their Second Basemen will aid in that cause.
4. Keston Hiura- Milwaukee Brewers
A player that is a must-watch name going into 2020 is that of Keston Hiura. In 2019, Hiura played in just 84 games for the Brewers. But across those 84 games, Keston hit 19 homeruns and slugged .570. Slugging nearly .600 is difficult for a full season. However, when looking back at Keston’s track record, this isn’t flukey type power potential.
3. Ozzie Albies- Atlanta Braves
It’s crazy to think that a player the caliber of Ozzie Albies is playing second fiddle to anyone. Let alone playing third flute on his own team, behind Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. Ozzie had a tremendous season in 2019 with 24 homeruns, 86 RBIs, and 106 runs scored. And you can add defensive talents as well, and Ozzie is among the best Second Basemen.
2. Jose Altuve- Houston Astros
This pick is tough considering the scandal that’s rocked the baseball world. (For more coverage on the entire scandal, check out the Laracuente Ledger Network on YouTube.) Jose Altuve was considered at one point at the top of this chart. Especially when looking at 31 homers in 2019. But again, because of the Sign-Stealing Scandal, one has to question how much of Altuve’s success was real? But based on the numbers, I would place Jose Altuve in this position until proven otherwise.
1. DJ LeMahieu- New York Yankees
Which leads me to my top choice for the top of the Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now, and it’s the Yankees, DJ LeMahieu. Being a Yankee fan, I was able to watch DJ consistently allowed me to appreciate everything he does. From his defense to his intelligent base runner to his remarkable hitting ability, DJ does it all. In 2019, DJ LeMahieu was the Yankees MVP and should have been in consideration for that award. Finishing fourth in the MVP voting should begin to paint the picture of what DJ is capable of in 2020.