Justin Mason’s Second Base Ranks: 1/17/2023

Now that football season is over, it is time to really prep for baseball drafts!

This year to improve my prep, I am doing full projections on every position which are reflected in my ranks. My ranks will be available here on FanGraphs and daily updates and full projections will be available on the Sleeper and the Bust Patreon once I have completed them.


Second Base Ranks w/Tiers
1 Jose Altuve HOU AL 2B
2 Marcus Semien TEX AL 2B
3 Ozzie Albies ATL NL 2B
4 Tommy Edman STL NL 2B/SS
5 Andres Gimenez CLE AL 2B
6 Jazz Chisholm MIA NL 2B
7 Jonathan India CIN NL 2B
8 Thairo Estrada SF NL 2B/SS
9 Gleyber Torres NYY AL 2B
10 Brandon Lowe TB AL 2B
11 Jorge Polanco MIN AL 2B
12 Max Muncy LAD NL 2B/3B/DH
13 Gavin Lux LAD NL 2B/OF
14 Bryson Stott PHI NL 2B/SS
15 Jean Segura MIA NL 2B
16 Brandon Drury LAA AL 1B/2B/3B/DH
17 Jeff McNeil NYM NL 2B/OF
18 DJ LeMahieu NYY AL 1B/2B/3B
19 Luis Arraez MIN AL 1B/2B/DH
20 Josh Rojas ARI NL 2B/3B
21 Brendan Donovan STL NL 2B/3B/OF
22 Jake Cronenworth SD NL 1B/2B
23 Vaughn Grissom ATL NL 2B
24 Chris Taylor LAD NL 2B/OF
25 Luis Garcia WAS NL 2B/SS
26 Luis Urias MIL NL 2B/3B/SS
27 Luis Rengifo LAA AL 2B/3B
28 Brendan Rodgers COL NL 2B
29 Ketel Marte ARI NL 2B/DH
30 Kolten Wong SEA AL 2B
31 Wilmer Flores SF NL 1B/2B/3B/DH
32 Whit Merrifield TOR AL 2B/OF
33 Jonathan Schoop DET AL 2B
34 Jon Berti MIA NL 2B/3B
35 Jonathan Aranda TB AL 2B
36 Kevin Newman CIN NL 2B/SS
37 Christopher Morel CHC NL 2B/OF
38 Adam Frazier BAL AL 2B/OF
39 Tony Kemp OAK AL 2B/OF
40 Ramon Urias BAL AL 2B/3B
41 Nolan Gorman STL NL 2B
42 Christian Arroyo BOS AL 2B
43 Santiago Espinal TOR AL 2B
44 Aledmys Diaz OAK AL 2B/OF
45 Isaac Paredes TB AL 1B/2B/3B
46 Nick Allen OAK AL 2B/SS
47 Joey Wendle N/A N/A 2B/3B/SS
48 Rodolfo Castro PIT NL 2B/3B
49 Nick Gordon MIN AL 2B/OF
50 Nicky Lopez KC AL 2B/3B/SS
51 Josh Harrison N/A N/A 2B/3B
52 Cesar Hernandez N/A N/A 2B
53 David Fletcher LAA AL 2B/SS
54 Michael Massey KC AL 2B
55 Taylor Walls TB AL 2B/3B/SS
56 Rougned Odor N/A N/A 2B
57 Cavan Biggio TOR AL 1B/2B
58 Zach McKinstry CHC NL 2B/3B
59 Orlando Arcia ATL NL 2B
60 Trevor Story BOS AL 2B
Position eligibility is based on 20 games played in 2022.
Blue denotes the beginning of a tier.

Thoughts on Tier 1

I have Jose Altuve and Marcus Semien both at the exact same in terms of dollar values, which means I am more likely to draft Altuve who is going one round later and is coming off of a season in which he finally started stealing again. I think he clearly has the greater upside in the Astros lineup and while Semien is a fantastic accumulator, Semien needs that volume to keep his value. 

I love Albies and think he will rebound, but there is a question of where he hits in the lineup and if he can stay on the field a year after an almost completely lost season to injury. I honestly thought we would get a bigger discount and we still might as starting pitching and closers tend to rise as we move into March. 

Thoughts on Tier 2

I like Edman as a speed source that isn’t zero in either power or average. I do have a concern that the Cardinals lineup is so good that he ends up moving down the lineup which would take him from a premium runs guy to an average one, but because the Cardinals lineup is among the best in baseball, it wouldn’t kill his value. 

I think we likely saw the best season from a power and average standpoint from Gimenez. That being said, I do think he can add to his stolen base totals and he should get more plate appearances since he is entering the season without any playing time question marks this season. 

I love Jazz Chisholm as a player. If this was a video game, I would turn off injuries and he would likely be the #1 player at the position. However, he has yet to play 125 games in a season at the Majors and is coming off a season where he only played 60 games. Now, even in small samples, he can be a monster in spite of a bad approach. High risk/high reward player that in shallow formats should be pushed up the ranks and in deeper formats should be pushed down. 

Thoughts on Tier 3

Both India and Lowe are coming off injury ruined seasons but early reports are good on them and I am willing to buy back on them considering their price right now. 

Estrada is currently projected to lead off and looks like he might be one of the few Giants players that won’t platoon much. He is dual eligible and has speed and enough power to not hurt you. 

Torres feels like a pretty safe bet to repeat his numbers from 2022, but I just wish he ran more or made better contact which prevents him from moving up the list. 

Thoughts on Tier 4

Muncy could easily be in Tier 3, but I got a little conservative on his projection because of his injury risk and how bad the bottom of that Dodgers’ lineup has become. From August on, he was the Max Muncy of old and I am hopeful he will be that for a full season in 2023 if the health is there. 

I am a real big fan of Lux this season. I think this is finally the year he grows into the power/speed he was projected for and should be a regular in the middle of the lineup. 

Stott struggled in his first cup of coffee at the Majors, but he was a completely different player in the second half which makes me more hopeful that he can be a viable fantasy asset. He should play every day with Segura gone. 

McNeil is a good player for what he does, but I would rather look for the next Jeff McNeil than pay for last year’s production. 

Are people sleeping on DJ LeMahieu again? Triple eligible and should bat pretty high in the great Yankees lineup.

Thoughts on Tier 5

I love Rojas, but there are real questions about playing time because of his defense. I still think he plays more than other people do. 

Brendan Donovan gets a bump up in OBP formats and should bat high in a great Cardinals lineup, but there just isn’t enough power or speed in the profile. 

I want Vaughn Grissom to be a thing so bad, but he is likely hitting ninth and there are serious questions about his defense which is a problem if he is expected to play shortstop. 

Garcia, Urias and Rengifo were not all put together because they all have the same first name, I promise. Urias traded his high contact approach for some power, but I kind of wish he hadn’t. His extra eligibility definitely helps though. I believe in Luis Garcia as a player, but the upside is pretty limited. Rengifo has the best upside especially if he ends up leading off for the Angels. 

Thoughts on the Rest

I want Marte to rebound, but at this point, I just do not trust him to stay on the field. He could make me look silly, but I just can’t trust him until he shows health. 

Christopher Morel showed power and speed and some of the worst contact skills I have ever seen. Of players with at least 400 plate appearances, he had the third worst zone contact and sixth worst swinging strike rate. I know some will chalk it up to rookie struggles, but that isn’t a Major League player if it continues. 

Whit Merrifield has been a fantasy stud until last season, but once he got to Toronto, he stopped running (1-for-3) and hit at the bottom of the lineup. I think his time is over. 

Jon Berti won people’s fantasy leagues in 2022 with his stolen bases, but I want to find the next Jon Berti not pay for last seasons. 

Trevor Story is off my board until we have a clear timeline on his return as there is a chance he doesn’t play at all in 2023. 

Nolan Gorman needs a trade to find enough playing time to become a fantasy asset unfortunately. 

Kolton Wong’s move to Seattle is great for their pitchers, but not great for his own fantasy value. 

If Isaac Paredes played almost anywhere other than Tampa Bay, he could be really interesting, but he is destined to platoon and fill in for the Rays. 

Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as other periodic articles. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, and the owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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1 year ago

“Are people sleeping on DJ LeMahieu again?”

He’s still dealing with that toe injury that torpedoed last season. We haven’t had many updates and he could still miss time. I’m definitely put off drafting players with unclear injury status. If I’m being over-cautious, great for DJ, but very rarely have I had that gamble succeed.

1 year ago
Reply to  HauckPark

This, as well as the fact that 2019 probably isn’t coming back, so LeMahieu looks like a nice guy in good lineup, but what exactly does he do that makes him someone to keep more in mind than, say, Muncy or Lux? He reminds me of a Jose Iglesias type of player where he fits in the fantasy lineup fine and one doesn’t have to worry about him completely disappearing, but one will always look for that upgrade.

1 year ago
Reply to  LightenUpFG

I’m a Yankee fan but I agree on DJ. What exactly does he do ? Nothing really. This is 2023 not 4 or 5 years ago. Does he hit Home Runs ? NO Does he steal bases ? NO Does he hit for a high average ? Not any more. A decent average but not a high one. Add in that he is 34 years old and injured and you can’t expect more than a barely average hitter. Good defensively yes, not good at the plate. He takes walks too but his 2023 profile is not good.

1 year ago
Reply to  HauckPark

He’s fine. Will be available for the start of spring training.