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Ben Verlander’s MLB tiers: Who’re the very best second basemen?


The MLB offseason is winding down, and whereas some strikes are nonetheless being made, we have got our eyes on the 2023 season.

Final week, we ranked the highest couple dozen first basemen within the league, inserting them into 4 separate tiers — “Elite,” “Virtually Elite,” “Actually Good” and “Fairly Stable.”

This week, we’re shifting onto second base. It is presently one of the crowded positions by way of rating gamers.

Let’s get to it!

Elite: jose altuve, Marcus Semien

Altuve’s been the very best second baseman within the recreation of baseball for a decade now.

Marcus Semien has proven how good he’s for a number of seasons. Final 12 months, he began off on that horrendous tempo — he could not hit and could not hit a house run one season after hitting 40-plus and practically profitable MVP. However he turned issues round and had a strong 12 months, ending with 26 homers, 83 RBIs and a .733 OPS.

That alone would not put Semien within the elite class. It is the 2 top-three MVP finishes since 2019.

MLB Second Base Tiers: ‘The Elite’

MLB Second Base Tiers: 'The Elite'

Ben Verlander and Alex Curry rank MLB’s second basemen and have the Astros’ Jose Altuve and the Rangers’ Marcus Semien in “The Elite” tier. Do you agree?

Most elite: Ozzie Albies, jeff mcneil

Albies has the potential to be an elite second baseman. He is not in the identical class as Altuve and Semien, however he can get there. Jeff McNeil, who’s coming off a batting title, can also be shut.

In my view, there is a sizable hole between these 4 and the following group on the place.

MLB Second Base Tiers: ‘The Virtually Elite’

MLB Second Base Tiers: 'The Almost Elite'

Ben Verlander and Alex Curry rank MLB’s second basemen and have the Mets’ Jeff McNeil and the Braves’ Ozzie Albies in “The Virtually Elite” tier. Do you agree?

Actually Good: tommy edman, Jonathan India, Ketel Mars, Nico Hoerner, Andres Gimenez, Jorge Polanco, gleyber torres, Luis Arraez

Tommy Edman is somebody I actually like. He is a Gold Glove winner and was the largest All-Star snub final 12 months. He can play in all places, however he predominantly occupies second base. He had a .265 batting common with 13 homers and 57 RBIs. Edman flies beneath the radar, however I am anticipating him to proceed his upward trajectory.

Marte is a former All-Star however one other participant one who will get regarded over, perhaps as a result of he performs for the Diamondbacks. This man’s been a stud all through his profession and was strong final season, hitting .240 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs final season.

I included Arráez in my first base tiers final week, however he is since been traded to Miami, I imagine he’ll play second base.

MLB Second Base Tiers: ‘The Actually Good’

MLB Second Base Tiers: 'The Really Good'

Ben Verlander and Alex Curry rank MLB’s second basemen and have the Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte and the Cardinals’ Tommy Edman in “The Actually Good” tier. Do you agree?

PrettySolid: whit merrifield, Adam Frazier, chris taylor, Brandon Drury, Bryson Stott, Kolten Wong, Luis Urías, Brendan Donovan, Brendan Rodgers, nicky lopez, Thairo Estrada, Brandon Lowe

The distinction between the “Actually Good” second basemen and the “Fairly Stable” ones is pretty vital.

Whit Merrifield has been somewhat down for the previous year-plus. Can he get again to being actually good or near-elite? I believe so. He is a two-time All-Star. He was one of many higher second basemen for a number of years, however he hit simply .250 with 11 homers and 58 RBIs final season.

Adam Frazier’s story is a bit peculiar. He was main the league in hits upon being traded from the Pirates to the Padres in the course of the 2021 season. Since then, he hasn’t been that man anymore. Initially he struggled within the leadoff spot, then within the 9 gap. His struggles from him solely continued in Seattle.

What’s going to he be in Baltimore? With expectations for him not as excessive as they as soon as had been, maybe he’ll get again to who he was with the Pirates.

MLB Second Base Tiers: ‘Fairly Stable’ & ‘The Relaxation’

MLB Second Base Tiers: 'Pretty Solid' & 'The Rest'

Ben Verlander and Alex Curry rank MLB’s second basemen and have the Angels’ Brandon Drury and the Phillies’ Bryson Stott in “The Fairly Stable” & “The Relaxation” tiers. Do you agree?

In case you did not hear your staff’s second baseman, which means I’ve obtained him in “The Relaxation” class.

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