The second base position is not the deepest in baseball right now, though young stars like Ozzie Albies, Jazz Chisholm Jr., Jake Cronenworth, Jorge Polanco and Jonathan India are capable of making a major impact.
The next generation of players at the position is led by Nick Gonzales (Pirates), Nolan Gorman (Cardinals), Nick Yorke (Red Sox) and Michael Busch (Dodgers).
That said, some teams are better set up for current and future success at the position than others.
We've broken down each team's present and future outlook at second base, highlighting its current starter and its top prospect, followed by a prediction of who will start for each of the next five seasons. Included with each top prospect is his tier ranking, based on where he slotted in Bleacher Report's latest farm system rankings article.
Think of it as a team's five-year plan at the position.
Present: Ketel Marte (Age: 28)
The D-backs signed Marte to a five-year, $76 million extension during the offseason that included $51 million in new money, and that deal will keep him in Arizona through 2027 with a club option for 2028. He had a 143 OPS+ with 44 extra-base hits in 374 plate appearances during an injury-shortened 2021 season, but he's been slow out of the gates this year.
Top Prospect: Ryan Bliss (Tier 3)
A second-round pick in last year's draft, Bliss hit .365/.428/.654 with 15 home runs and 45 RBI during his junior season at Auburn. He has a plus hit tool, good speed and a solid glove, though he lacks the arm strength to be an everyday shortstop. At worst, he should be a useful utility player.
Five-Year Prediction: Marte (2022-26)
Present: Ozzie Albies (Age: 25)
Albies signed a seven-year, $35 million extension prior to the 2019 season, and with a pair of $7 million club options tacked onto the back end, he's controllable at a team-friendly rate through the 2027 campaign. His on-base skills remain a work in progress, but it's hard to complain about a second baseman coming off a 40-double, 30-homer, 3.4-WAR season.
Top Prospect: Cal Conley (Tier 3)
The Braves have a pair of intriguing middle infield prospects in Braden Shewmake and Vaughn Grissom, but we've already profiled them as the top prospect at shortstop and third base long-term. Further down the prospect rankings, Conley is one to watch after hitting .329/.393/.587 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI at Texas Tech last spring before jumping straight to Single-A after going in the fourth round of the 2021 draft.
Five-Year Prediction: Albies (2022-26)
Present: Rougned Odor (Age: 28)
The O's plucked Odor from the scrapheap with a one-year, $700,000 deal, and the former 30-homer slugger is hitting a modest .214/.273/.357 with an 86 OPS+ serving as a stopgap starter at second base. It's hard to believe he's still only 28 years old, but he did make his MLB debut shortly after his 20th birthday.
Top Prospect: Connor Norby (Tier 3)
Norby was the No. 41 overall pick in the second round of the 2021 draft following a huge junior season at East Carolina. He drew some first-round buzz after hitting .415/.484/.659 with 15 doubles, 15 home runs and 18 steals in 61 games, and his bat is going to be his ticket to the big leagues.
Five-Year Prediction: Odor (2022), free agent (2023), Norby (2024-26)
Boston Red Sox
Present: Trevor Story (Age: 29)
If the recent rumor that Xander Bogaerts intends to opt out and sign elsewhere in free agency next offseason is true, it's only a matter of time before Story is back to playing his natural position of shortstop. The two-time All-Star signed a six-year, $140 million deal during the offseason and he's playing second base regularly for the first time in his career.
Top Prospect: Nick Yorke (Tier 1)
The No. 17 pick in the 2020 draft, Yorke hit .325/.412/.516 with 20 doubles, 14 home runs and 62 RBI in 97 games between Single-A and High-A in his pro debut last year. MLB.com gave him a 65-grade hit tool, and he is the type of prospect who could move quickly through the minors. If Bogaerts stays put and Story remains at second base, left field is also an option for Yorke.
Five-Year Prediction: Story (2022), Yorke (2023-26)
Present: Nick Madrigal (Age: 25)
If shortstop prospect Cristian Hernandez lives up to the hype, the Cubs could have a decision to make at second base between Madrigal and Nico Hoerner. For now, the young duo is sharing the middle infield and that profiles as a potential area to build around. Madrigal is never going to hit for much power, but his bat-to-ball skills are elite.
Top Prospect: James Triantos (Tier 3)
The Cubs gave Triantos an above-slot $2.1 million bonus in the second round last year, and he hit .327/.376/.594 with 14 extra-base hits in 25 games at rookie ball after signing. He has a big arm but lacks the first-step quickness to be a surefire shortstop, so an eventual move to second base appears likely.
Five-Year Prediction: Madrigal (2022-26)