Second base is a position wrought with deficiency and in some respects, failure. From one year to the next, many of the best second base prospects weren’t playing that position the year prior. Instead, they have moved off of shortstop, third base, or in the new wave of positional switches, moved from the outfield to second base. Their prospect status is tied tightly to their offensive production and projection, and if they don’t hit at a high level moving through the minor leagues, they are very likely to be lost in the prospect shuffle and rarely heard from again.
1. Eddie Rosario – Minnesota Twins
2. Kolten Wong – St. Louis Cardinals
3. Cory Spangenberg – San Diego Padres
4. Jon Schoop – Baltimore Orioles
To be completely honest, none of these players projects as a big time regular for me. This would be the “second tier” on many other lists. All four players have the potential to be offensive-minded players that hit more than enough to play every day. Though Rosario remains highly untested at second base, he’s athletic and should be able to handle the position. Schoop’s ultimate position is up in the air, but his offensive ceiling is right there with Rosario and won’t be as batting average driven as Wong and Spangenberg. All four players have the potential for solid big league careers, though I would be surprised if any of the four became even a nominal star.
5. Leury Garcia – Texas Rangers
6. Christian Colon – Kansas City Royals
Two completely different types of players, but two guys that I think are a notch above the rest of this list. Garcia is a projectable offensive player with enough defensive chops for the position. He has drawn some loose Rafael Furcal comps for his explosive play and build and he could be a dynamic player that moves up this list next year. Contrary to that, Colon lacks flash and doesn’t impress with raw tools. He’s a solid baseball player that does a lot of things at a solid-average level. He should be a big leaguer, but scouts question just how far his ceiling actually extends.
7. Steve Lombardozzi – Washington Nationals
8. Taylor Lindsey – Los Angeles Angels
9. Scooter Gennett – Milwaukee Brewers
10. Henry Rodriguez – Cincinnati Reds
The four guys that round out the Top 10 are all guys that can just hit. Lindsey and Rodriguez have the most long term offensive projection of the quartet, but they also carry the risk that is inherent with many second base prospects. If they don’t hit enough to support the position, they aren’t prospects. Lombardozzi and Gennett are a little more polished and offer a lower ceiling, giving them a little less margin for error as they move up the ladder.
Just Missed: Ryan Adams – Baltimore Orioles, Reese Havens – New York Mets, David Adams – New York Yankees, Harold Garcia – Philadelphia Phillies, Angelo Gumbs – New York Yankees