Psst! This post is gonna list 2nd basemen that you should target in your 2020 fantasy baseball drafts. I’m whispering because you don’t want everyone to see this post. No, I can’t whisper louder, then it WOULDN’T BE WHISPERING! Okay, gig’s up (or maybe that’s jig’s up), the love I’m about to reiterately (Made Up Word of the Day!) confirm is on these guys I love later in drafts. I’m not going to mention Ketel Marte other than this one mention of him where I say I’m not going to mention him. At least that’s my apophasis and I’m sticking to it! These are players that you’re looking at later and all of them have ADPs after 200 (unlike Marte; okay, two non-mentions). Some could be the 2nd baseman on your team, they are more than likely MIs. This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Croatia) supplement to the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2020 projections. Anyway, here’s some 2nd basemen to target for 2020 fantasy baseball:
Cavan Biggio (Yahoo 200) Gonna breeze through some of these because I don’t think they’re super realistic as being drafted after the top 200, and some of them only have goofy Yahoo or ESPN rankings to blame for why they’re even listed. For specifics on Biggio, check out my Cavan Biggio sleeper.
Brandon Lowe (Yahoo 217) ESPN was a mess for the 1st basemen to target and catchers to target, but Yahoo’s rounding into form with the 2nd basemen, and that form is of a bowling ball being tossed into a gutter. Guess there’s some worry Lowe platoons, which is the worry for every Rays hitter. We need Lowe to get 450 ABs to reach my projected ABs (and stats, if you trust me, and, seriously, why wouldn’t you? Are you a bona fide hater? Sounds to me like you’re just a boner.), which isn’t that many, and accounts for some platooning. He’s a pull-happy, meatball-swinging, seeing-646-fastballs-and-registering-a-.291-average guy. He doesn’t just live on cheese, like some rat, he also hit .320 on offspeed pitches. Odd he likes meatballs so much, because sliders really disagree with him (big negative on that pitch). He also gets chewed up and spat out by some lefties. Since he has only 425 career ABs, I wouldn’t be surprised if we haven’t seen Lowe’s peak (irony?) and Lowe could be a full-on breakout this year.
Ryan McMahon (Yahoo 223) Will hundo percent get in on McMahon for his current ADP. One hundo! I’m saying hundo now. Good, right? No? Okay. How’sever, McMahon isn’t without his fleas like Blue Star. He hits way too many ground balls, he can’t–Ya know what? I’m gonna be positive since this is after all guys to target. He hit 24 homers last year, even with a truckload of ground balls. If he can make the smallest of tweaks and elevate the ball more, McMahon could be a surprising 35-homer guy.
Kolten Wong ((NFBC 225, Yahoo 244, ESPN 216) Wong’s all about the sample size. *purses lips together trying to stop cackle, unable to suppress cackle* Damn it! Wongs make me cackle! Last year, he went 11/24/.285, and none of those numbers stand out as not being repeatable. They also don’t immediately say here comes more, giddy up on the Wong Train to the Hoo-Ha of Love. Almost like this Wong has a floor (still cackling) but no upside. Can stats be a floor with no upside? I guess we should ask Kevin Kiermaier’s 15/15 or Adam Eaton’s 12/12.
Kevin Newman (Yahoo 204, ESPN 229) Not at all convinced the Pirates haven’t put Frazier, Newman and Kramer on their team because they know the team won’t be good, and they’re hoping some older people in the Pittsburgh-area, who are losing their sight, just turn on the games thinking it’s Must See TV on NBC. “What has George Costanza got himself into now going by the name, Gregory Polanco? The hijinks!” That’s a senior settling into their couch. Saying “Hello Newman” could mean one of the few safe bets in the major leagues for a solid batting average. There’s, like, six of those guys left in the league, and Newman could chip in 10+ HRs and 15+ SBs with the solid average.
Garrett Hampson (Yahoo 208, ESPN 255) I’m actually below Yahoo (and NFBC) with my Hampson ranking, so take this with a grain of salt. I do like Hampson, but how many times are we gonna let Bud Black burn us. Call him Bud Blackburn, ask him if he’s related to Paul, and then shake your head because you don’t believe him. Hampson feels like he could go 15/30 or 6/12 with no in-between, but will likely land somewhere in-between. They all do…land in-between. The Land of In-Between, even. In-Betweeven. Okay, moving on.
Nick Madrigal (NFBC 277, Yahoo unranked, ESPN 282) This guy is my number one rookie who is not being drafted anywhere who will end up being picked up in 75% of leagues the first week. White Sox added Yasmani, Edwin, signed Lou Bob and they’re going to give the 2nd base job to Leury Garcia? Think about that for a few seconds. Does that make sense to anyone? C’mon, read the writing on the wall — unless you’re in a bathroom stall, because that limerick on the wall is useless. So, what is Madrigal going to do that has me dancing in the street for him? Well, my feet are sore and I ain’t dancing. I didn’t say I suddenly loved him, just said people would be picking him up. He’s all right. Full stop. He could hit .290 and steal 25 bags, but might struggle to hit three homers.
Luis Urias (NFBC 347, Yahoo 327, ESPN unranked) Okay, need to say something that I should’ve said in the opening. Deep target 2nd basemen are iffy eh-eff. These guys are breakout candidates. They are. Said a third time, they are. But they have more caveats than someone with gum disease. Urias clicks and away-we-go. He doesn’t click and Orlando Arcia is manning short for another year.
Jurickson Profar (NFBC 359, Yahoo unranked, ESPN 262) Now that I dropped major caveats, let me say that Profar is actually a guy I think is being wildly underrated. He went 20/10 in 2018, and you’re like, “Yawn, he was terrible in 2019.” Yes, in 2019 he only went 20/9. He stole one less bag. The problem with him last year is his average tanked (.218), but so did his BABIP (.218). His walk and strikeout rate (9.3%, 14.5%) were same year-over-year and solid. Also, if you take me out of the equation, Steamer has Profar at 19/8/.244 in 500 ABs. What takes the sail out of the winds? Stupid preseason depth charts that I keep telling people to mostly ignore. We don’t know the lineup yet. The lineup on Opening Day may not be lineup for Game 2. The only people with set lineup spots in The Diego are Tatis, Pham and Machado. Profar could hit 4th or 5th as soon as April 5th, and stay there all year.
Mauricio Dubon (NFBC 425, Yahoo 350, ESPN unranked) The Giants are going to be a very bad team. They might lose 100 games. Their lineup is egregious. They have no one to hit leadoff. Dot dot dot. Aside from Dubon. His last three stops in the minors he hit: .343, .297 and .323. Maybe he hits .280 instead of .300, but for a price that is less than free, that doesn’t sound awful. Oh, and he could go 15/15. Yeah, I have a semi Duboner.
Isan Diaz (NFBC 559, Yahoo unranked, ESPN unranked) Am I the only one who sees Isan and starts singing La Isla Bonita? If that shizz ain’t played for him as his walk-up music, my name is Harry Stiles and I have to tell everyone, “No, that’s Harry Styles with a Y.” The Marlins are going to let Isan (Bonita) sink or swim to start the year. Will he sink or swim? That guess is trickier, but he hit 26 HRs, stole five bags and hit .305 in Triple-A last year, and is 23 years old. If you were to just look at early ADP, you’d think he hit .173. Oh, wait, he did, for the Marlins after his call-up, but it was in only 179 ABs and he hit five homers. I’m on board (a charter) for La Isan Bonita.