Second baseman are very under-appreciated, but there are some talented dudes playing the number four position. Even I did not even realize how many studs play 2nd until I went through the whole list. Unfortunately I had to narrow this list down to the top 5 at the position, and we start with one of the most underrated players in the league.
5. DJ LeMahieu – COL Rockies
The average MLB fan may not know the name, but this guy is a star and has proved he is no fluke. Since becoming a full time starter in 2013, LeMahieu has emerged as the best defensive second baseball in baseball. He won the NL Gold Glove Award in 2014 and 2017, and is probably the favorite to win it again this season. His talent doesn’t just stop there, however, as the LSU product has hit for a .300 plus average the past three seasons, including winning the NL batting title in 2016 with a crisp .348 average. LeMahieu is overshadowed by the stardom of teammates Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon, but he seems like the type of guy that doesn’t need the spotlight, and just simply loves to play the game.
4. Brian Dozier – MIN Twins
Probably the best power hitting 2nd baseman in baseball, Dozier has had himself a nice career in the Twin Cities. He took over the starting job for the Twins in 2013, and has eclipsed 20 home runs four years in a row. In 2016, Dozier hit 42 homers, an American League record for a 2nd baseman. This is a contract year for Dozier, so you better believe he’s going to keep his foot on the gas in 2018. He has stated before that he wants to stay in Minnesota, who have made the playoffs just once in Dozier’s 6 year career. If a contender calls however and offers him the right price next offseason, it wouldn’t shock me if he considered a change of scenery.
3. Daniel Murphy – WSH Nationals
Daniel Murphy is one of the most consistent hitters in the game. A career .299 hitter, Murphy has hit .300 or better four times in his 8 qualified seasons in the bigs. He was somewhat of an unknown commodity until the 2015 postseason, in which he homered in six straight games en route to helping his New York Mets win the NL pennant. He has since signed with the division rival Washington Nationals, and has been an all-star in each of the last two seasons. Murphy like LeMahieu is overshadowed but two big names in D.C. (Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper, maybe you’ve heard of them), but there is no denying that Murphy is a major stud and could be a dark horse for the NL MVP in 2018.
2. Robinson Cano – SEA Mariners
Dontcha know Robbie Cano? Well if you don’t, you have been living under a rock for the last 10 years. Cano is more than likely a first ballot hall of famer, and at the ripe age of 35, is still giving it to AL pitchers. Cano’s lowest ever batting average is .271, and 3 more full seasons should help him eclipse 3,000 hits. There’s a lot of critics out there saying that Robbie is going to start fading away pretty soon. To that I say go watch a highlight reel of this guy. The reigning All-Star Game MVP still has 2 or 3 solid years left in him, and it wouldn’t shock me if he led the Mariners to their first postseason appearance since 2001.
1. Jose Altuve – HOU Astros
Was there ever any doubt as to who was number one on this list? He may only be 5 feet 6 inches tall, but boy can Altuve play. The 2017 AL MVP is the focal point of the defending World Series champion Houston Astros, and at the age of 27, is only just entering the prime of what could be a hall of fame career. Some might say that Altuve only won the MVP last season because Mike Trout missed 40 games, but Altuve deserves every bit of hardware he is given. Just a few stats to throw out there if you doubt this mans ability; led the AL in hits each of the last 4 seasons, won the batting title the past 2 seasons, 30 plus stolen bases in all 6 full seasons, 4 straight seasons as an all-star and 4 straight seasons winning the AL Silver Slugger at 2nd base. Need I say more?