With teams across Major League Baseball set to report to spring training next week, we're continuing with our rankings for the top players at every position for 2021.
Now that the top 10 first basemen and third basemen in the bag, it's on to second basemen.
Though there was a clear option for the No. 1 spot on this list, it wasn't as simple to determine who else had to be in the top 10 or in which order they belonged. That speaks to how deep second base runs these days.
As per usual, we made our decisions by considering players' established track records and upside and downside for the coming season.
We'll begin with some honorable mentions and then count down the top 10.
5 to Watch
Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs
If he can earn a starting gig at second base this spring, he could become a dependable regular by way of his solid bat-to-ball skill and slick fielding.
Gavin Lux, Los Angeles Dodgers
He was Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year in 2019 and he's still only 23 years old, so it's way too early to give up on him even after his lost season in 2020.
Nick Madrigal, Chicago White Sox
His below-average power limits his offensive upside, but the .340 average that he had in 29 games last season hints toward a possible future as a batting champion.
Dylan Moore, Seattle Mariners
We'll see if he can hack it as a full-time second baseman after working as a utility man in 2019 and 2020, but it's definitely intriguing that 17 of the 35 hits he had last year went for extra bases.
Nick Solak, Texas Rangers
Though he hit a modest .268/.326/.344 last season, any hitter who posts above-average figures for both strikeout rate and exit velocity is worth watching.