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Rest-of-Season Second Base Rankings (Midseason Update)


The second half of the fantasy baseball season is here and the playoff push is on. RotoBaller's expert staff has updated our fantasy baseball rankings for the remainder of the year in order to give you the most up-to-date advice. Rankers Nick Mariano, Pierre Camus, Bill Dubiel and Scott Engel want you to crush the competition and win that title!

The second base position is deep thanks to an infusion of young talent this year, including rookies Brandon Lowe, Jeff McNeil, Keston Hiura, Nick Senzel, and Cavan Biggio. If you whiffed on draft day or had the misfortune of drafting Scooter Gennett before his injury, you should have no problem filling that void. There are still questions as to which young star will shine brightest in the second half and whether vets like Gennett, Cesar Hernandez, or Daniel Murphy can turn things around.

By this point, you know those preseason ADPs are worthless. Our rankers have taken into account injuries, team context, Statcast metrics, and gameplay observations in order to provide you with the most current rankings possible. Check out our fantasy baseball rankings dashboard for the very latest rankings which are continually updated. Without any more delay, let's break down the 2019 second base rest-of-season rankings for July.

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Second Base Tiered Ranks - 5x5 Mixed Leagues (July)

In case you missed it, our very own "Big Pick Nick" Mariano was recently named the #1 overall most accurate industry expert ranker for the 2018 season. You can see his secret sauce below! Additionally, industry legend Scott Engel recently joined the RotoBaller team and provides his insights as well. Scott is an FSWA Hall Of Famer and award winner.

Ranking Tier Player Position Nick Pierre Bill
1 1 Javier Baez 2B/SS/3B 21 8 24
2 2 Adalberto Mondesi 2B/SS 20 33 16
3 2 Whit Merrifield 2B/OF 28 42 27
4 2 Jose Ramirez 2B/3B 51 18 60
5 2 Jose Altuve 2B 69 82 22
6 3 Gleyber Torres 2B/SS 63 74 67
7 3 Ozzie Albies 2B 89 73 79
8 3 Max Muncy 1B/2B/3B 74 108 77
9 4 Yoan Moncada 2B 116 109 119
10 4 Brandon Lowe 2B 108 147 115
11 4 DJ LeMahieu 2B 112 129 166
12 4 Matt Carpenter 1B/2B/3B 157 159 162
13 4 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 2B/SS 165 165 165
14 4 Nick Senzel 2B/3B/OF 126 247 131
15 4 Jonathan Schoop 2B 184 148 186
16 4 Yuli Gurriel 1B/2B/3B 175 175 175
17 4 Jeff McNeil 2B 202 128 215
18 4 Daniel Murphy 1B/2B 125 312 130
19 5 Jonathan Villar 2B/SS 141 295 142
20 5 Scooter Gennett 2B 161 259 167
21 5 Keston Hiura 2B 167 290 231
22 5 Cesar Hernandez 2B 180 252 181
23 6 Cavan Biggio 2B 160 336 165
24 6 Asdrubal Cabrera SS/2B/3B 205 283 202
25 6 Dee Gordon 2B/OF 199 315 200
26 6 Derek Dietrich 2B 189 337 190
27 6 Chris Taylor 2B/SS/OF 255 255 255
28 6 Marwin Gonzalez 1B/2B/SS/OF 265 265 265
29 6 Niko Goodrum 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF 193 384 236
30 7 Joey Wendle 2B/3B/SS/OF 275 275 275
31 7 Rougned Odor 2B 284 318 232
32 7 Howie Kendrick 2B/OF 250 340 250
33 7 Ryan McMahon 1B/3B/2B 236 362 242
34 7 Brian Dozier 2B 307 323 250
35 7 Jurickson Profar SS/3B/1B/2B 286 355 246
36 7 Kike Hernandez 2B/SS/OF 265 356 274
37 7 Kolten Wong 2B 359 253 361
38 8 Luis Urias 2B 251 457 292
39 8 Robinson Cano 1B/2B 427 161 436
40 8 Jose Peraza 2B/SS 476 226 487
41 8 Tommy La Stella 2B/3B 201 466 205
42 8 Garrett Hampson 2B/SS 441 396 #N/A
43 8 Travis Shaw 1B/2B/3B 442 376 456
44 8 Starlin Castro 2B 440 426 455
45 8 Eric Sogard 2B/SS 435 450 449
46 8 David Bote 2B/3B 443 437 458
47 8 Adam Frazier 2B 485 358 515
48 8 Johan Camargo 2B/3B/SS 450 #N/A 466
49 8 Jason Kipnis 2B/OF 430 518 439
50 8 Logan Forsythe 2B/3B #N/A 470 #N/A
51 8 Yolmer Sanchez 2B/3B 494 #N/A 498
52 8 Ian Kinsler 2B 484 513 493
53 8 Chad Pinder SS/2B/OF 497 493 501
54 8 Wilmer Flores 1B/3B/2B 483 532 491
55 8 Brock Holt 2B/3B/OF 505 #N/A 507
56 8 Miguel Rojas 1B/2B/3B/SS 506 #N/A 508
57 8 Ronny Rodriguez 1B/2B/3B/SS 499 #N/A 519
58 8 Jed Lowrie 2B #N/A 512 #N/A
59 8 Josh Harrison 2B 516 509 513
60 8 Neil Walker 1B/2B 521 #N/A #N/A
61 8 Eduardo Nunez 2B/3B 527 #N/A #N/A
62 8 Devon Travis 2B #N/A #N/A 527
63 8 Chris Owings 2B/3B/OF #N/A 524 578
64 9 Tyler Saladino 2B/SS #N/A #N/A 570
65 9 Yairo Munoz 2B/3B/SS/OF #N/A #N/A 573

 

Rankings Analysis - Top Tiers

Tier One

Maybe I screwed up the tiers by putting Javy Baez as the only second baseman inside the top 10 overall but I believe he is an elite player regardless of what position he plays. He's maintaining last year's pace in every category other than steals, where he has just five after last year's 21 SB total. In fact, his 14.7% barrel rate and .480 xwoBACON are higher than last year. If the Cubs can get it together and Kris Bryant can have that MVP-caliber season I predicted, maybe Baez elevates his value even further.

Tier Two

We know Mondesi and Merrifield will maintain their value despite being in a rebuild situation. Mondesi leads the majors in steals and Merrifield has proven he doesn't need to steal a ton of bases to still be a top option.

There's quite the discrepancy between Altuve and Ramirez in a certain's rankers column - intentionally so. As much as I love Altuve, if he's not stealing bases at all (he's not) then doesn't a .274 average make him just another guy? His xBA is .270 so it's not as if he's getting unlucky. Fantasy owners should be aware that since 2016, Altuve's xBA has dropped each year while his strikeout rate has climbed each year. Breaking balls in particular are giving him a hard time this season. He may still be an elite talent but that doesn't mean he's going to be an elite fantasy performer in 2019.

Some people were all over Jose Ramirez for his inability to hit breaking stuff last year but he corrected that problem. He should be a strong rebound candidate in the second half as someone who is underachieving based on expected stats. Contrary to Altuve, I expect last year's version of J-Ram to return.

Tier Three

If Gleyber Torres were on another team, his statline might be very different. On the one hand, take out those 12 games against the Orioles and his HR total is cut in half. On the other hand, he might be a mid-order bat anywhere else as opposed to hitting seventh or eighth for the Yankees like he's been doing lately. It's a mixed bag but one worth betting on based on his talent. We haven't seen the best of Torres yet and may not see it in the second half but I would take him over most other options at the keystone. Although their 5x5 stat lines are nearly identical, Albies gets the slight edge in my rankings because of the dearth of steals available, so every SB helps. Plus, his position in the Braves lineup will lead to more runs scored on a consistent basis.

 

Rankings Analysis - Middle Tiers

Tier Four

Rookie Brandon Lowe had an exceptional first half and exceeded expectations with his All-Star invitation. His hard-hit rate ranks in the 81st percentile and his position as the regular second baseman is cemented. Two small problems: he's currently on the IL with a bone bruise and his .236 xBA could decline at some point when he returns. These aren't major concerns but they are enough for me to keep him below veteran DJ Lemahieu, who is a consistent performer with great team context.

Jeff McNeil leads the majors with a .349 average, buoyed by an xBA in the 97th percentile. Why isn't he higher? The power has yet to fully bloom but it's in there. He hit 18 HR across 339 minor league at-bats last year. As a late-bloomer, his age-27 breakout could be accompanied by at least adequate power in the 18-20 HR range by season's end. McNeil and LeMahieu both play in the Big Apple but the only difference in their fantasy value hinges on team context.

I've dissed Daniel Murphy enough this year in my weekly Statcast analysis, so I'll simply direct you to my rendition of Biggest First-Half Overachievers.

Tier Five

I was consistently one of the lowest rankers on Villar in the preseason and he's done little to change my mind so far. He's got 17 steals and his run total of 55 is decent since the O's have been slightly better than expected.  The power numbers (10 HR, 37 RBI) are meh and his .262 average should be far worse based on expected stats. In fact, his xwOBA is down in the 20th percentile. Enjoy the speed but don't expect more than that throughout the second half.

Keston Hiura is the type of player that can deliver in every category. That's assuming he stays up for the duration of the year, which seems a safe bet since Travis Shaw is off to Neverland. Shaw is still toiling to get right at Triple-A but should be back at some point. It could be too late to earn his job back, however, and Hiura could stick as long as his strikeout rate of 32.3% doesn't keep spiking to Shaw-like levels.

For my thoughts on Cesar Hernandez, see Altuve, Jose (above). If he isn't stealing bases, which none of the Phillies seem to be doing, then he's not particularly interesting or valuable. Thoughts that he might reach the 20-20 mark have been dashed by now, as he has just seven HR and six SB at the midway point. The Phillies are 19th in steal attempts per game and losing Jean Segura for a while might make them even more conservative. Move on from Hernandez.

Tier Six

I love Cavan Biggio as a prospect but let's not pretend there isn't risk here. Biggio has flexed power with six bombs and has swiped six bags too but his average sits at .227. For a 24-year-old who just tasted Triple-A for less than half a season, a prolonged slump could get him sent down again for a spell. Keep him around even if that happens, as he'll be in the lineup regularly throughout September most likely. Still, I prefer more seasoned Jays infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

I'm also quite pessimistic about Derek Dietrich maintaining his 27.1% HR/FB rate or his career-high 46.4% FB%. He's only gone deep once over the past month, so the predictable regression is already happening.

I love Niko Goodrum's versatility and own him in several leagues for that reason. He's left me wanting in the power categories, though, and that lineup isn't doing him any favors. He should serve as a utility player if needed on fantasy teams, not necessarily a starter.

 

Rankings Analysis - Lower Tiers

Tier Seven

Tired of waiting for Rougned Odor to turn it on? Same. He sits dead last among qualified second basemen with a .194 average. The power is still there but considering you could have gotten better production from Tommy La Stella or Derek Dietrich, there's no reason to hang on. I feel similarly about Brian Dozier. While his .230 average is less putrid, at least Odor has a handful of steals and 17 more RBI.

I'm still waiting for the light bulb to turn on for Ryan McMahon. He's got the tools and the opportunity, he just needs to make the most of it. It may not happen this year but I'm holding on just in case.

It seems as if Kike Hernandez's playing time isn't in question unless a Gavin Lux call-up happens and he steals the second base job away. Hernandez might be better suited to his normal utility role anyway. After a scorching start to the year, he's cooled considerably and is no more than an injury fill-in for fantasy teams.

Tier Eight and lower

It appears I'm the only one who hasn't given up on Robinson Cano. It hasn't been the best season, I'll admit. His hard-hit rate is still promising and he's going to stay in the lineup, so I'm hopeful he's got a little left in the tank. That said, maybe 161 is a little overly optimistic...

Luis Urias has the potential to be an impact bat but may leave fantasy owners wanting more. He has never been a speed guy and power will be limited too, especially in Petco. It's unclear when he'll get recalled and he's been overmatched in both previous Major League stints. All told, I'm waiting for next year rather than holding out hope he will help a contender.

Don't ask why I have Jose Peraza ranked so much higher than the others because I have no explanation. It must be misguided optimism leftover from draft season.

Normally, I'd recommend a few players to watch in the lower tiers that could ascend to relevance but this position has little to offer past the top 40. Stashing a minor league option such as Isan Diaz might be your best bet. Or maybe Mike Brosseau will keep it up (he won't).

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