Second Base Rankings – 2021 Top 50

I will continuously update my rankings throughout the 2021 preseason based on updates to my projections, which themselves are based on transactions, injuries, and “best shape of his life” narratives (hopefully more of the first two). And also as I have time to do some research into individual players.

Rank
Tier
Player
ADP
My Notes
1 1 Ozzie Albies 35.45 2/16: 2/16: Ranking system puts Albies slightly ahead, but give nod to multi-position
2 1 DJ Lemahieu 33.2 2/16: Want certainty if investing in expensive 2B
3 1 Whit Merrifield 40.22 2/16: Stolen bases scarce but concerned about decline, multi-position
4 2 Keston Hiura 72.25 2/16: Personally avoiding unless hitting late end of ADP range
5 2 Brandon Lowe 75.62 2/16:
6 2 Max Muncy 102.04 2/16:
7 2 Ketel Marte 78.55 2/16: DJLM-lite; expect ~10 points less in BA and 10 runs fewer
8 2 Tommy Edman 125.9 2/16:
9 2 Jose Altuve 99.51 2/16: Count on 5-10 steals, but bargain if he falls towards later ADP range
10 3 Cavan Biggio 60.42 2/16:
11 3 Mike Moustakas 124.81 2/16: Short season may be exaggerating strikeout concerns
12 3 Jeff McNeil 90.9 2/16: Top of order in Mets lineup could return 90+ runs
13 3 Nick Solak 165.28 2/16:
14 4 Dylan Moore 122.2 2/16: Nice counting stat opportunity (HR/SB) but AVG drains
15 4 Jake Cronenworth 194.19 2/16: This may be too high given PT concern
16 4 Jurickson Profar 235.06 2/16: This may be too high given PT concern
17 4 Andres Gimenez 154.88 2/16: Could see bump if starting season at MLB level
18 4 Chris Taylor 224.97 2/16: Super utility should get plenty of at bats
19 4 Tommy La Stella 304.28 2/16: More HR, less AVG than Madrigal
20 4 Nick Madrigal 181.49 2/16: Good pickup if you need batting average from 2B slot
21 4 Jonathan Schoop 369.09 2/16: Good pickup if you need power from 2B slot
22 5 Kolten Wong 318.88 2/16: May leadoff? Defense should keep in lineup…600-625 PAs upside?
23 5 Jon Berti 249.12 2/16: Mid-round target if you need SB
24 5 Jean Segura 186.29 2/16: Prefer Hernandez ~100 picks later
25 5 Cesar Hernandez 352.32 2/16: Solid contributions across the board
26 5 Gavin Lux 249.09 2/16: I am treading lightly
27 5 Kike Hernandez 401.97 2/16: Some upside at current ADP if he can get more ABS than in L.A.
28 6 Joey Wendle 307.43 2/16: Solid contriubtions across the board
29 6 Ty France 300.48 2/16: Buying in at current ADP whenever I can
30 6 David Fletcher 224.93 2/16: Less than 10 SB and HR but nice chip in stats
31 6 Nico Hoerner 407.65 2/16:
32 6 Scott Kingery 282.26 2/16: Stats-wise…any difference between him and Goodrum? Upside?
33 6 Luis Arraez 359.57 2/16: Better before Simmons signing; batting average stabilizer
34 6 Starlin Castro 296.57 2/16: Nothing special; solid average and counting stats (minus SB)
35 6 Ryan McMahon 247.65 2/16: Cron signing most likely takes away one path to at bats
36 6 Garrett Hampson 264.8 2/16: Cron signing most likely takes away one path to at bats
37 7 Mauricio Dubon 273.72 2/16: OF eligibility, too; pathway to 500 ABs?
38 7 Kevin Newman 465.49 2/16: Hope for return to 2019 levels, but underlying metrics not confident
39 7 Wilmer Flores 331.1 2/16: Solid 4-category player
40 7 Niko Goodrum 368.78 2/16: Boosts counting stats but BA drain
41 7 Brendan Rodgers 467.12 2/16: Even less confident about at bats than Hampson/McMahon
42 7 Michael Chavis 402.39 2/16: Not touching at current ADP
43 7 Adam Frazier 437.07 2/16: Favorite later round target to provide backup 2B/OF w/o hurting AVG
44 7 Donovan Solano 477.77 2/16: Contributes AVG and not much else
45 8 Chad Pinder 457.97 2/16: Neuse gone helps?
46 8 Jazz Chisholm 439.19 2/16: Prospect Watch
47 8 Luis Garcia 535.39 2/16: Prospect Watch
48 8 David Bote 465 2/16:
49 8 Isan Diaz 633.48 2/16:
50 8 Rougned Odor 469.26 2/16: Not touching