Top Second Basemen Prospects 2016

The Top Second Baseman Prospects for 2016 are loaded with guys who will break camp with full-time roles in the bigs, guys who may have to switch positions but their bats will always give them a spot in any lineup and a couple of real speedsters. 

From 1-10 #mlb top 2B prospects

2016 Top Second Base Prospects

1

Yoan Moncada

Position: 2B Age: 20 DOB: 05/27/1995 Bats: S Throws: R Height: 6' 2" Weight: 205 lb. Signed: March 12, 2015 - BOS

Scouting Grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 65 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 65

#RedSox Yoan Moncada ranks as the #1 2B prospect in the minors

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The hype and money that came before he played a single second of baseball as a member of a Major League team was quite high as he was arguably the most hyped teenage prospect to come out of Cuba since Jorge Soler before signing with the Boston Red Sox. Nearly doubling the previous record for an amateur player, Aroldis Chapman signed for $16.25 million back in 2010, he signed for $31.5 million and it would cost the Red Sox even more as they had to pay a matching penalty for gong past their international bonus pool.

Making the $63 million look like money well spent he bounced back from a slow start to finish his first season hitting .278 with 19 doubles and eight home runs on his way to being named the Red Sox' Minor League Player of the Year by the Boston Baseball Writers. Over the second half of the season he hit .310/.415/.500 while also finishing the season with 49 stolen bases while only being caught three times.

Drawing comparisons to a faster Robinson Cano this switch hitting 20 year old has a huge offensive ceiling with his great bat speed that makes consistent hard contact from both sides of the plate. With not much loft in his swing it could limit his home run numbers but he does have enough power and potential to hit 20-25 home runs should he be able to add more loft to the balls coming hard off his bat. Defensively he has some work to do to become better than average but he has good range and arm strength and could play multiple positions in the infield or possibly even end up in the outfield. Not turning 21 until May he is expected to start this season in High-A Salem.

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Jose Peraza

Position: 2B/OF Age: 21 DOB: 04/30/1994 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6' 0" Weight: 180 lb. Signed: July 2, 2010 - ATL

Scouting Grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 25 | Run: 70 | Arm: 50 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

Checking at #2 on our list of top second basemen, #Reds Jose Peraza

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Known for his speed this one top prospect in the Atlanta Braves system he has also raced his way through the Minor Leagues as he was in Double-A in 2014 as a 20-year-old and selected to the Futures game on was on his way to a solid season at Triple-A last year before an injury and trade filled second part of the season that saw him traded to the Dodgers and later to the Reds in the three-team trade that saw the Reds give up All Star third baseman Todd Frazier.


Able to play both middle infield positions, while also seeing some time in the outfield, the Reds feel he can be a plus defender at second base while having a bat and speed that could make a lethal combination with Billy Hamilton at the top of the order. Not known for his power he makes consistent contact with a quick swing that produces line drives and is put in play with a low strikeout rate. He does need to improve his average a bit and work his way onto the bases with walks a bit more often to make his profile as a lead off hitter that much better.


Making his Major League debut last season and playing in seven games with the Dodgers before a hamstring injury ended his season there is a good chance he could start this season in Cincinnati if healthy.

3

Ian Happ

Position: 2B/OF Age: 21 DOB: 08/12/1994 Bats: S Throws: R Height: 6' 0" Weight: 205 lb. Drafted: 2015, 1st (9) - CHC

Scouting Grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 45 | Overall: 55

#Cubs Ian Happ ranks as the 3rd best 2B in the minors for 2016

During his first pro season he did see some time in the outfield and that's an option should he not be able to handle second base where he lacks fluid movements at times. His arm is plenty strong to play in the infield or outfield and they have worked with him during instructs to try and keep him in the infield where he has even more value to go along with his potentially big-time impact bat.

Once again in 2015 the Chicago Cubs took a college hitter as they hoped he will be as much of a success as Kris Bryant in 2013 and Kyle Schwarber in 2014 as they took this University of Cincinnati slugger with the ninth overall pick and signed him for $3 million. Previously undrafted out of high school he shined with the Bearcats while also being ranked as the top position prospect in the Cape Cod League to go from undrafted to a top ten selection.

Like Bryant and Schwarber he is known for his offense as this switch-hitter can do it all the plate while possessing better than average speed. With a good quick swing from both sides of the plate he not only can flash power at times but can hit for a high average with a high on-base percentage to make him a middle of the order threat that can also bad near the top of the order.

4

Forrest Wall

Position: 2B Age: 20 DOB: 11/20/1995 Bats: L Throws: R Height: 6' 0" Weight: 176 lb. Drafted: 2014, CBA (35) - COL

Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 65 | Arm: 40 | Field: 45 | Overall: 55

#Rockies Forrest Wall is the 4th best 2B prospect in the minors for 2016

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Not often has a second basemen in high school been selected before the second round of the draft but he became the eighth to be selected in 51 years when he was selected with the 35th overall pick and signed for $2 million back in 2014. He then wasted no time in getting Rockies fans excited as he wen to the Rookie League and hit .318 with three home runs and 24 runs batted in during his 41 games in the minors.

Showing off his bat and speed during his first full season he hit .286 with seven home runs, 47 runs batted in and 25 stolen bases at the single A level with most of his time spent in the South Atlantic League with the Asheville Tourists. Doing all that before he turned 20 in November he looks like some of the older competition he faces when at the plate with advanced approach at the plate with the ability to hit line drives to both sides of the field,

While he doesn't look to have a chance to have above average power it is something he could see continue to improve as he gets older. Not only could it help his power but his arm getting healthy could also determine if he can remain at second base as he had surgery to fix a torn labrum back in 2011 and it has some concerned that it hasn't fully healed. His above average speed will have him able to possibly play in the outfield should he not be able to stick at second base.

5

Alex Blandino

Position: 2B Age: 23 DOB: 11/06/1992 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6' 0" Weight: 190 lb. Drafted: 2014, 1st (29) - CIN

Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 40 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

#Reds Alex Blandino ranks as #5 in our top 10 list of 2B prospects for 2016

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Originally selected in the 38th round of the 2011 Draft out of high school his choice to go to Stanford turned out to be a wise choice as he ended up being selected near the end of the first round of the 2014 Draft by the Cincinnati Reds. While he played SS in college and played lots at the position in his first full season we have decided to include him on our list of second baseman as he spent the end of the season and most of the Arizona Fall League on the right side of the infield.

Playing 80 games in the High-A Florida State League he showed off his advanced approach at the plate and his ability to hit for a good average and get base with some power as he hit .294 with seven home runs and 35 runs batted in before a promotion to AA for the final third of the season. Struggling to end the year he hit .235 with three home runs in 30 games at the AA level but still showed the mental makeup that should see him have better success this season.

With his bat able to profile at multiple infield positions the Reds are looking to have him able to play both middle infield positions and he can even play third base which he did while in college. Considered to have high character and leadership skills it will not be a surprise to see him reach the majors as early as late 2017.

6

Alen Hanson

Position: 2B Age: 23 DOB: 10/22/1992 Bats: S Throws: R Height: 5' 11" Weight: 180 lb. Signed: July 14, 2009 - PIT

Scouting Grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 60 | Arm: 45 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

#Pirates Alen Hanson comes in at #6 on our top 2B prospects for 2016

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Since signing in 2009 for $90,000 out of the Domincan Republic he has seen time at multiple infield positions and may finally have a chance to make his Major League Debut this season after being disappointed to not have gotten the call last season. Maturity has been an issue as he has been benched for multiple games more than once during his career for a lack of maturity and effort.

Ranked by Baseball America as one of the Pirates Top 20 prospects at the end of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 season he was off to a good start last season before an inconsistent second half of the year when not promoted as his attitude showed on the field. With good speed he has the tools to be a top of the order hitter with a little bit of power while the Pirates try to figure where he is best suited in the infield.

When signed by the Pirates he played both second base and third base before moving to shortstop in 2011 where he struggled with 101 years over three seasons before being moved back to second last season. Hoping his playing on the right side of the infield will make it easier on him his versatility could pay off at the start of this season as a spot in the infield could open up with Jung Ho Kang's injury that may not have him ready for opening day.

7

Tony Kemp

Position: 2B/OF Age: 24 DOB: 10/31/1991 Bats: L Throws: R Height: 5' 6" Weight: 165 lb. Drafted: 2013, 5th (137) - HOU

Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 30 | Run: 65 | Arm: 45 | Field: 45 | Overall: 50

#Astros Tony Kemp slots in as the 7th best 2B prospects in the minors for 2016

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It tells you something when the biggest complaint people have about his potential to be a big impact in the Major Leagues is something he can't control as he is just 5-foot-6 but found a way to be the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2011 and Player of the Year in 2013 before being a fifth-round pick by the Houston Astros. He also has already been selected and played in the All-Star Futures game as he reached Triple-A last season.

Following a 2014 season that saw him hit a combined .316 with eight home runs and 41 stolen bases he spent last season between AA and AAA to hit a combined .308 with 35 stolen bases. As his numbers show he has plus speed but lacks power as he is set for a top of the order spot with his ability to draw walks and make good contact and get on base.

Often compared to another short Houston Astros player, Jose Altuve, that blocks his path to the Major Leagues he may find a spot in the outfield as while he has good hands his range and arm are average at best. He did see some time in the outfield last season in Triple-A while also playing in the outfield while at Vanderbilt.

8

Micah Johnson

Position: 2B Age: 25 DOB: 12/18/1990 Bats: L Throws: R Height: 6' 0" Weight: 210 lb. Drafted: 2012, 9th (291) - CWS

Scouting Grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 30 | Run: 75 | Arm: 50 | Field: 40 | Overall: 50

#Dodgers Micah Johnson ranks at #8 on our top 10 2B prospect list for 2016

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His Major League debut with the White Sox didn't go as well as he would of hoped as he hit just .230 in 36 games as more than just his bat let him down to lose his spot as their starting second baseman and get sent down to Triple-A where he hit .315 with 36 runs batted in and eight home runs.

Leading the Minors in stolen bases back in 2013 with 84 steals there is no doubting his well above average speed that helped get selected to the All-Star Futures Game and reach Triple-A two seasons ago. Also known for his ability to get on base he uses the entire field and can use his speed or patience at the plate to find his way to first base without hitting the ball out of the infield. While he wasn't hitting as well as the White Sox would of liked also playing a factor in his demotion back to Triple-A last season was his struggles defensively and baserunning mistakes as he tried to do to much despite his great speed.

He is now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he was apart of a three-team trade back in December that included All-Star Todd Frazier. If he is unable to improve his hands and non fluid footwork and movement defensively look for a possible move to center field.

9

Rob Refsnyder

Position: 2B Age: 24 DOB: 03/26/1991 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6' 0" Weight: 200 lb. Drafted: 2012, 5th (187) - NYY

Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 40 | Overall: 50

#Yankees Rob Refsnyder ranks at #9 as the top 2B prospect for 2016.

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Leading the Arizona Wildcats to the 2012 College World Series championship and earning Most Outstanding Player honors he was then selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2012 Draft and quickly went through the Yankees system to make his Major League debut last season.

Moved from the outfield to the infield because of his lack of power potential his defense is still a work in progress but unlike Tony Kemp he seems to be willing to do whatever is needed wherever he is needed to find a spot in a Major League lineup. Managing the strike zone with a good eye his short swing from the right side leads to lots of hard hit line drives to the entire field as he is considered to have one of the better swings in the Yankees system despite his limited power potential.

While some don't think he is suited for the left side of the infield the Yankees have given him some playing time there this spring but his likely spot will either be at second base, where he will be average at best, or a corner infield position as he has enough speed along with arm strength to man the corner outfield. If he can handle third base where the Yankees have a need will determine if he starts the season on the Yankees Opening Day roster.

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Scott Kingery

Position: 2B Age: 21 DOB: 04/29/1994 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 5' 10" Weight: 180 lb. Drafted: 2015, 2nd (48) - PHI

Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 35 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

#Phillies Scott Kingery comes in at #10 on our 2B prospect list for 2016

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Back to back college players from the University of Arizona concludes this list as he hit .392 to lead the Pac-12 and ended up being a second round selection by the Philadelphia Phillies. Called an advanced everyday second baseman the Phillies wasted no time in sending him to full-season last year instead of rookie ball.

Phillies scouting director Johnny Almaraz said he thinks he will be a quick mover at the professional level and said "he's got good swing and a little bit of pop" after being surprised they were able to draft him late in the second round. "He has the ability to play defense and set the tone at the top of the lineup, he's a very exciting player. A lot of quick-twitch, he gets things going."

As you would expect from someone that the Phillies will hope will be a future lead off hitter he can swing the bat and get on base as with a short swing he makes consistent hard contact to the entire yard. His speed allows him to get extra bases or steal a bag while having decent range defensively and a Major League average arm that should allow him to stick at second base as long as his bat continues to perform as expected. Already 21 years old and after playing 66 games at Single-A look for him to start this season in Double-A with a good chance he ends up moving up to Triple-A at some point this season.