Early 2018 2nd Base Rankings

By Shane McDonald
Jan. 12, 2018

Early 2018 2nd Base Rankings

by Shane McDonald

Stock up:

Whit Merrifield

Here is a guy that had never hit more than 10 homers in a season in his professional career and then he breaks through with 19 in the majors in 2017. His 40.5% flyball rate might not be sustainable, but don’t write Merrifield off strictly because his homer numbers might regress. His BABIP is sustainable and he will likely give you a decent batting average and speed total. He did steal 34 bases last year as well. Even with regression baked into the cost, Merrifield plays a position where a 12-24 season with a .272 batting average is respectable. I definitely value him more in leagues with a middle infield position.

Stock down:

Jonathan Villar

Here is another lesson in market value. Villar had shot up in value so much after his 2016 season that he was a can’t miss star and going extremely early in drafts. Then 2017 happened. He did have a back injury in June, so that is something to watch. He dropped in every major category and may have become downright droppable in most leagues. This is probably the biggest boom or bust pick on the entire board, but with the investment looking cheaper and cheaper, it really does make sense to buy late in drafts where a guy could easily win you a league if he rebounds. His projections call for a 15-34 season which would be extremely nice in the middle infield, even if the batting average never returns to the .285 level he had in 2016.

  1. Jose Altuve
  2. Brian Dozier
  3. Jose Ramirez
  4. Daniel Murphy
  5. Jonathan Schoop
  6. Dee Gordon
  7. Robinson Cano
  8. Whit Merrifield
  9. Eduardo Nunez
  10. Ian Happ
  11. Roughned Odor
  12. Ian Kinsler
  13. Yoan Moncada
  14. Matt Carpenter
  15. Jonathan Villar

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