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FANTASY BASEBALL 2020: Top 25 second basemen heading into Spring Training

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Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies, 23, has already enjoyed robust averages of 24 homers, 79 RBI, 104 runs, 14 steals, a .278 batting average, .329 on-base percentage and .805 OPS over the last two seasons.

With Spring Training camps opening throughout Florida (Grapefruit League) and Arizona (Cactus League), BATSBY Sports offers an early preview of the top 25 second basemen for 2020 — factoring in the crucial categories of home runs, RBI, runs, steals, batting average and on-base percentage.

This list will likely undergo continual updates right up until Opening Day in late March, as we account for injuries, lineup changes and breakout performers from spring action.

POSITIONAL FANTASY RANKINGS
TOP 40 STARTING PITCHERS
TOP 25 FIRST BASEMEN

TOP 25 SECOND BASEMEN FOR 2020

PLAYER #1

JOSE ALTUVE, ASTROS
2019:
31 HR, 74 RBI, 89 runs, 6 steals, .298 BA, .353 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 23 HR, 72 RBI, 95 runs, 18 steals, .321 BA, .385 OBP

PLAYER #2

OZZIE ALBIES, BRAVES
2019:
24 HR, 86 RBI, 102 runs, 15 steals, .295 BA, .352 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 24 HR, 79 RBI, 104 runs, 14 steals, .278 BA, .329 OBP

PLAYER #3

KETEL MARTE, DIAMONDBACKS
2019:
32 HR, 92 RBI, 97 runs, 10 steals, .329 BA, .389 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 23 HR, 76 RBI, 82 runs, 8 steals, .296 BA, .361 OBP
BONUS: Marte has three-position versatility (2B/SS/OF)

PLAYER #4

GLEYBER TORRES, YANKEES
2019:
38 HR, 90 RBI, 96 runs, 5 steals, .278 BA, .337 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 31 HR, 84 RBI, 75 runs, 6 steals, .275 BA, .338 OBP
BONUS: Torres has dual-position versatility (2B/SS)

PLAYER #5

WHIT MERRIFIELD, ROYALS
2019:
16 HR, 74 RBI, 105 runs, 20 steals, .302 BA, .348 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 16 HR, 71 RBI, 91 runs, 33 steals, .298 BA, .348 OBP
BONUS: Merrifield has dual-position versatility (2B/OF)

PLAYER #6

DJ LEMAHIEU, YANKEES
2019:
26 HR, 102 RBI, 109 runs, 5 steals, .327 BA, .375 on-base
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 16 HR, 76 RBI, 98 runs, .306 BA, .358 OBP, .811 OPS
BONUS: LeMahieu has three-position versatility (1B/2B/3B)

PLAYER #7

KESTON HIURA, BREWERS
2019:
19 HR, 49 RBI, 51 runs, 9 steals, .303 BA, .368 OBP in only 84 MLB games

PLAYER #8

JONATHAN VILLAR, MARLINS
2019:
24 HR, 73 RBI, 111 runs, 40 steals, .274 BA, .339 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 16 HR, 53 RBI, 71 runs, 33 steals, .261 BA, .322 OBP
BONUS: Villar has three-position versatility (2B/SS)

PLAYER #9

MAX MUNCY, DODGERS
2019:
35 HR, 98 RBI, 101 runs, 4 steals, .251 BA, .374 OBP, .889 OPS
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 35 HR, 88 RBI, 88 runs, .256 BA, .381 OBP, .927 OPS
BONUS: Muncy has three-position versatility (1B/2B/3B)

PLAYER #10

EDUARDO ESCOBAR, DIAMONDBACKS
2019:
35 HR, 118 RBI, 94 runs, 5 steals, .269 BA, .320 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 26 HR, 92 RBI, 77 runs, 4 steals, .266 BA, .322 OBP
BONUS: Escobar has dual-position versatility (2B/3B)

PLAYER #11

JEFF MCNEIL, METS
2019:
23 HR, 75 RBI, 83 runs, 5 steals, .318 BA, .384 OBP
BONUS: McNeil has three-position versatility (2B/3B/OF)

PLAYER #12

MIKE MOUSTAKAS, REDS
2019:
35 HR, 87 RBI, 80 runs, 3 steals, .254 BA, .329 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 34 HR, 89 RBI, 74 runs, 2 steals, .259 BA, .319 OBP
BONUS: Moustakas has dual-position versatility (2B/3B)

PLAYER #13

RYAN MCMAHON, ROCKIES
2019:
24 HR, 83 RBI, 70 runs, 5 steals, .250 BA, .329 OBP
BONUS: McMahon has three-position versatility (1B/2B/3B)

PLAYER #14

DANNY SANTANA, RANGERS
2019:
28 HR, 81 RBI, 81 runs, 21 steals, .283 BA, .324 OBP
BONUS: Santana has a quintet of positional versatility (1B/2B/3B/SS/OF)

PLAYER #15

LOURDES GURRIEL, JR., BLUE JAYS
2019:
20 HR, 50 RBI, 52 runs, 6 steals, .277 BA, .327 OBP (84 games)
BONUS: Gurriel has dual-position versatility (2B/OF)

PLAYER #16

TOMMY EDMAN, CARDINALS
2019:
11 HR, 36 RBI, 59 runs, 5 steals, .304 BA, .350 OBP (92 games)
BONUS: Edman has three-position versatility (2B/3B/OF)

PLAYER #17

CAVAN BIGGIO, BLUE JAYS
2019:
16 HR, 48 RBI, 66 runs, 14 steals, .234 BA, .364 OBP (100 games)

PLAYER #18

TOMMY LA STELLA, ANGELS
2019:
16 HR, 44 RBI, 49 runs, .295 BA, .346 OBP, .832 OPS (80 games)
BONUS: La Stella has three-position versatility (2B/3B)

PLAYER #19

GARRETT HAMPSON, ROCKIES
2019:
8 HR, 27 RBI, 40 runs, 15 steals, .302 BA, .385 OBP
BONUS: Hampson has three-position versatility (2B/SS/OF)

PLAYER #20

BRANDON LOWE, RAYS
2019:
17 HR, 51 RBI, 42 runs, 5 steals, .270 BA, .336 OBP (82 games)

PLAYER #21

KOLTEN WONG, CARDINALS
2019:
11 HR, 59 RBI, 61 runs, 24 steals, .285 BA, .361 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 8 HR, 46, RBI, 52 runs, 13 steals, .274 BA, .357 OBP

PLAYER #22

MICHAEL CHAVIS, RED SOX
2019:
18 HR, 58 RBI, 46 runs, 2 steals, .254 BA, .322 OBP
BONUS: Chavis has three-position versatility (2B/OF)

PLAYER #23

JON BERTI, MARLINS
2019:
6 HR, 24 RBI, 52 runs, 17 steals, .273 BA, .348 OBP
BONUS: Berti has four-position versatility (2B/SS/3B/OF)

PLAYER #24

ADAM FRAZIER, PIRATES
2019:
10 HR, 50 RBI, 80 runs, 5 steals, .278 BA, .336 OBP

PLAYER #25

LUIS ARRAEZ, TWINS
2019:
4 HR, 28 RBI, 54 runs, 2 steals, .334 BA, .399 OBP (92 games)

THE NEXT WAVE

CESAR HERNANDEZ, INDIANS
2019:
 14 HR, 71 RBI, 77 runs, 9 steals, .279 BA, .333 OBP, .741 OPS

KEVIN NEWMAN, PIRATES
2019: 
12 HR, 64 RBI, 61 runs, 16 steals, .308 BA, .353 OBP, .800 OPS

IAN HAPP, CUBS
2019: 
11 HR, 30 RBI, 25 runs, 2 steals, .264 BA, .333 OBP, .898 OPS (58 games)

STARLIN CASTRO, NATIONALS
2019:
 22 HR, 86 RBI, 68 runs, 2 steals, .270 BA, .300 OBP, .736 OPS

HANSER ALBERTO, ORIOLES
2019: 
13 HR, 51 RBI, 62 runs, 4 steals, .305 BA, .329 OBP, .751 OPS

JURICKSON PROFAR, PADRES
2019:
 20 HR, 67 RBI, 65 runs, 9 steals .218 BA, .301 OBP, .711 OPS

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