MLB Pro 2019 Top 10 Second Base Prospects
Our league is fairly void of second base prospects, as many of the star 2B in our league are converted shortstops. But we still have a few, mainly with slick fielding and high contact rates.
Some second base prospects that just missed our top 10 list are the Orioles’ Nick Senzel and the Athletics’ Bo Bichette.
Going from the back end of the list, we begin with #10.
#10 | Luis Seda | Oakland Athletics | Age: 21 | Acquired via: Draft (2016, Rd 1, Pk 11)
Seda is your traditional second basemen. Good contact, good gap power and avoids K’s, while providing solid defense. Progressing through the system quickly, he is in line to be the Athletics starter for this season, and should produce a few WAR in the season.
#9 | Patrick Fitzgerald | Helena Brewers (MIL, R) | Age: 21 | Acquired via: Draft (2018, Rd 4, Pk 117)
The Brewers prospect is regarded for his ability to put the ball in play, and avoid striking out. He also is a master around the bag when turning double plays, with very few errors. He still needs to prove himself, but should be a productive ML player when he gets there.
#8 | Carlos López | Baltimore Orioles INT Complex | Age: 16 | Acquired via: Scout
Not often an international prospect makes a top 10 list, even less often when they’re 16. But López shows the potential to be a future middle of the lineup hitter, while still playing at 2B. It will be interesting to see how the Orioles handle him, and how quickly he progresses once starting his career.
#7 | Dion Hightower | Peoria Chiefs (STL, A) | Age: 19 | Acquired via: Draft (2018, Rd 1, Pk 18)
Hightower has actually seen his stock drop a ton in his 1 pro season, but he’s still loved for his high contact rate and good eye. He is hitting better in the WDL, but he needs to show his potential has some justification or his time as a prospect is over.
#6 | Jacob Parker | Birmingham Barons (CHW, AA) | Age: 22 | Acquired via: Trade with SD
One of 6 prospects with a 70-grade contact, Parker has the potential to become a future leadoff man that terrorizes on the basepaths. The only cause for concern is his fielding, where he shows great range, a solid arm, and good footwork, but will miss the routine plays from time to time.
#5 | Eduardo Vallés | Tennessee Smokies (CHC, AA) | Age: 21 | Acquired via: Trade with TB
Vallés profiles as one of the best all-around hitting second base prospects, and absolutely destroyed in A-ball last season. He has power, speed and hits for average, and rarely strikes out. His defense is not of Gold Glove caliber, and he is not a fan of the free pass, but he should still be a solid hitter.
#4 | Gleyber Torres | Tempe Angels (LAA, R) | Age: 22 | Acquired via: Draft (2018, Rd 1, Pk 27)
Torres is the type that could compete for Gold Gloves at second base, or more reasonably, move to shortstop. He also has solid hitting, with good contact potential and great power for a second basemen. While he struggled in rookie ball, he’s been doing well in the WDL.
#3 | Alonso Carbajal | Houston Astros | Age: 23 | Acquired via: Trade with MIL
Carbajal shows great power and a good eye for a second basemen, and after a great season at High-A, crushing 17 HR, he’s shown that he can be an impact bat at the ML level, when he gets there. His defense does have some holes, but a switch hitter with his bat and speed will find it’s way into the lineup.
#2 | Juan Morín | Mobile BayBears (ARI, AA) | Age: 18 | Acquired via: Trade with SEA
There’s not much more you could ask for from a prospect. He has 70-grade contact, a great eye, doesn’t strike out, plays elite defense, steals bases and hits for extra bases. The only thing he doesn’t do is pitch or hit home runs. He does need to prove himself a little more, but 18 and in AA means he’s going places.
#1 | Todd Kuhn | Boston Red Sox | Age: 23 | Acquired via: Draft (2016, Rd 5, Pk 128)
Kuhn could have, and probably should have, been in the Majors last season. Instead, he dominated AA & AAA. The former 5th round pick does everything well, but is best known for his elite defense, great eye and big power for a second basemen. He tops it all off with great speed and solid contact, and should be an All-Star within the next few seasons.