10. Josh Harrison – Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Harrison is the type of player that isn’t great at much, but he is very good at doing many things. He has proven that he same power as he hit 16 home runs last season and he also had a .272 decent batting average in 2017. Also, he has some good speed as he stole 12 bases for the Pirates in 2017 and he provides tremendous energy for the team. The one thing that he doesn’t do particularly well is defense as he sometimes struggles with routine plays, but he makes up for it with some spectacular plays that he makes on defense.
9. Scooter Gennett – Team: Cincinnati Reds
Scooter Gennett has been a utility player for most of his career, but that all changed last season when he had a breakout year for the Cincinnati Reds. Gennett proved that he was one of the most dangerous threats in the Reds lineup as he hit 27 home runs and had a .295 batting average. He had never been much of a power hitter prior to last season so it is interesting that his offensive ability improved so dramatically last season. Gennett doesn’t do much else besides offense as he is a below average defender and baserunner. We’ll see if he can continue his success offensively from last season, but for now he deserves to be on this list because of what he did in 2017.
8. Jed Lowrie – Team: Oakland Athletics
Jed Lowrie has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, but when he is healthy he can be a very quality starting 2nd baseman. Lowrie hit 14 home runs last season for Oakland which shows that he only has average power. However, he doesn’t strike out much and he is a good contact hitter as he hit for a .277 average last season. Lowrie is just an average defender, though overall he does many things well and that is why he is on this list.
7. DJ LeMahieu – Team: Colorado Rockies
DJ LeMahieu is one of the most underrated players in the entire MLB as he gets overshadowed by his teammates Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. However, LeMahieu has established himself as a terrific 2nd baseman because he does many things very well. He doesn’t hit for much power at all as he only had 8 home runs last season for the Rockies, but he is a consistent contact hitter as he had an impressive .310 batting average. LeMahieu also provides terrific play defensively at 2nd base as he makes the routine plays look easy and he can also make some great plays on defense as well. Overall, LeMahieu does many things well, but he just doesn’t receive enough credit for everything that he does.
6. Whit Merrifield – Team: Kansas City Royals
Whit Merrifield had a breakout year in 2017 as he provided help in many aspects for the Royals. He provided some power on offense as he had 19 home runs, yet he also had a solid .288 batting average. However, Merrifield also provides tremendous speed as he proved last season with 34 stolen bases. Merrifield doesn’t always make the routine plays on defense, but his speed and athleticism helps to make up for it. We’ll see if Merrifield can pick up where he left off and have a good 2018 season, but he does many things well which is why he is so high up on this list.
5. Robinson Cano – Team: Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano had a down year in 2017 as he only hit 23 home runs which by his standards isn’t very much, although he still was a good contact hitter with a .280 average. Those are still really good offensive numbers, but he wasn’t nearly as good as he been throughout his career. Cano also still provides very good defense as he makes the routine plays look easy, but he is slower than he used to be so he doesn’t have much ranger to make really good plays. Cano has been a terrific all-around 2nd baseman for a long time and he continues to be an elite player even as he enters the late stages of his career.
4. Daniel Murphy – Team: Washington Nationals
Daniel Murphy proved once again in 2017 why he is one of the best hitters in the entire MLB as he had a terrific .322 batting average while also showing off his power with 23 home runs. Murphy is a dangerous threat in the Nationals lineup, but he doesn’t provide much else. Murphy is basically a liability on defense as he doesn’t have much range or athleticism, but he at least makes the routine plays usually. He is a terrific offensive player, but he will never move up on this list until his defense improves.
3. Brian Dozier – Team: Minnesota Twins
Brian Dozier is consistently a very good 2nd baseman especially offensively as he hit .269 with 34 home runs last season. It is difficult to find any 2nd baseman that has as much power as Dozier has and he provides some good baserunning skills as well since he surprisingly had 16 stolen bases last season. Dozier isn’t a great defender, but he is still an above average defensive player which is why he is one of the best all-around 2nd baseman in the game.
2. Jonathan Schoop – Team: Baltimore Orioles
Jonathan Schoop has always been a very good 2nd baseman, but he really became a star player last season for the Orioles. Schoop had a career year with 32 home runs and an impressive .293 batting average as well. Schoop also showed that he can be a good defender at 2nd base. Schoop is only 26 years old, so he has quite a bright future ahead of him with Baltimore especially if he continues to hit like he has.
1. Jose Altuve – Team: Houston Astros
There is really nothing that Jose Altuve doesn’t do very well and that is why he is arguably the best player in the entire MLB. Altuve has always been a terrific contact hitter and he took that to the next level last season with an outstanding .346 batting average. However, the one thing that has really put him over the top is his ability to hit home runs as he tied a career-high with 24 last season which is really impressive considering his small size. Also, Altuve is a good defender and he is a terrific baserunner as well as he stole 32 bases last season. There is absolutely nothing that Altuve is not good at which is why he is definitely a top 3 player in the MLB.