We already went over the top 20 catchers and the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball. Today, we dip our big toe into the top 20 2nd basemen pool. Make sure to go feet first here, because it’s shallow and I don’t want you cracking your medulla oblongata all over the place. To recap this crap (rhyme points!), this final ranking for last year is from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments. The Player Rater allows me to be impartial while looking at how I ranked them in the preseason. Anyway, here’s the top 20 2nd basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball and how they compared to where I originally ranked them:

1. Trea Turner – Treat Urner was indicative of the entire 2nd base position. Only eight made the top 100 overall. Guys like Ty France appeared five spots later in the top 20 1st basemen and Drury appeared three spots later. Treat Urner was also down this year. He finished 1st for 2nd baseman for the 2nd year in a row, and I ranked him 1st for 2nd basemen, but you can see from his projections to his end-of-the-year stats that there was a come-down. Not a huge come-down, but it wasn’t a come up. Speaking of coming up or down, let’s move on to Semien… Preseason Rank #1, 2022 Projections: 114/26/81/.312/33 in 584 ABs, Final Numbers: 101/21/100/.298/27 in 652 ABs

2. Marcus Semien – You could split this guy’s season into two parts. First part was when he had one homer thru June 1st, and the 2nd part was Semien’s explosion not seen since a teenager’s tube sock. If I’m being real with you, I was 100% concerned, and fine with selling low in May. Premature ejaculating Semien from your team? Oopsie! Preseason Rank #4, 2022 Projections: 93/27/69/.253/12 in 607 ABs, Final Numbers: 101/26/83/.248/25 in 657 ABs

3. Jose Altuve – From Semien to “Someone you can hold in your pocket,” and two guys I kinda goofed up on. I figured Altuve was done, especially when it came to his steals. Three years prior, he had failed to steal more than six bags. Granted, one year was 2020, but still I never would’ve guessed this much speed would return to him at age 32. Steals are so hard to account for, and they should be super easy. A guy is either fast or not. Or in Altuve’s case, a guy either needs twenty-seven hundred steps to get to 2nd base or not. Preseason Rank #13, 2022 Projections: 92/27/87/.268/5 in 577 ABs, Final Numbers: 103/28/57/.300/18 in 527 ABs

4. Tommy Edman – Finally, a guy who I actually rostered in leagues. Even he was far from a straight shot of “great to great and call it a wrap on a great year.” July was brutal time to have The Man of Ed, and so bad that it seemed like the Cards might try other guys in the leadoff spot, which ended up hurting Edman’s final counting stats. In the end, man, Edman was about as steady as they come from year to year. He’s even got a rich man’s Khris Davis thing going with his batting average. Call him Khris Jenner Davis. Preseason Rank #11, 2022 Projections: 105/15/63/.276/26 in 604 ABs, Final Numbers: 95/13/57/.265/32 in 577 ABs

5. Brandon Drury – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

6. Andres Gimenez – Great season from And-Gim, and the first great season from someone who is Pam’s plus one at The Office events, but I don’t think this will be And-Gim’s last good season. I’m a big fan. With that said (yup, here it comes), his runs and RBIs were so lousy. You give him runs and RBIs of Drury, and Gimenez becomes the 3rd best 2nd baseman. Preseason Rank #33, 2022 Projections: 47/8/43/.263/15 in 402 ABs, Final Numbers: 66/17/69/.297/20 in 491 ABs

7. Gleyber Torres – I wrote a sleeper post for him; I pretty much nailed his projections. Yet — again with some stank — YET! I had him ranked at 17 and he ended up here. There was a severe lack of 2nd basemen this year. Missing from here: Albies, Polanco, India, Jazz, Ketel, LeMahieu, and Urias. Just a ton of landmines at this position, that Princess Di would’ve struggled to navigate.  Preseason Rank #17, 2022 Projections: 83/25/87/.283/11 in 542 ABs, Final Numbers: 73/24/76/.257/10 in 526 ABs

8. Thairo Estrada – Continuing the thought from the previous blurb: A ton of guys missed, and Thairo and Drury are the only guys to come out of nowhere. Scanning the Player Rater, and only Christopher Morel is in the next ten too to be totally out of nowhere. Not great, Bob! Any hoo! Estrada is the kind of guy that the Giants usually invent by the truckload. This year there was a severe lack of turn out from the Giants Invent-A-Player Factory. Show me a Thairo, and I’ll say, “Great HBO miniseries, and that’s about it from the Giants’ Invent-A-Player Factory.” When you see Thairo’s minor league numbers, his season doesn’t seem as Invent-A-Player Factory manufactured as you might think. He kinda appears to be a 15/20/.260 player, which has value. Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 71/14/62/.260/21 in 488 ABs

9. Jake Cronenworth – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

10. Ty France – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

11. Jeff McNeil – I couldn’t explain to you how little batting average matters any more succinctly than seeing McNeil and Arraez next to each other this low in the 2nd basemen, an admittedly weak position. From this list, the top values for a category was Edman’s steals generating $11.80 in value, then McNeil’s $10.10. The problem is McNeil only had a little less than $2 from all categories combined. Preseason Rank #50, 2022 Projections: 41/9/42/.262/4 in 386 ABs, Final Numbers: 73/9/62/.326/4 in 533 ABs

12. Luis Arraez – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2022 fantasy baseball.

13. Josh Rojas – My projections for Rojas suck. Haha, I don’t know what I was thinking. I guess it was his lack of steals in 139 games the year before (only 9 steals), but he’s got speed. Again, as I was saying in the Altuve blurb. Steals are so hard to account for, and they should be so easy! Wait until 2023, when it’s like this: Do I give everyone extra steals because of the pickoff attempts or not overblow how much that will matter? Fun stuff! Preseason Rank #34, 2022 Projections: 55/9/38/.251/9 in 408 ABs, Final Numbers: 66/9/56/.269/23 in 443 ABs

14. Nico Hoerner – This is supposed to be about this year, so I’ll say this year by Hoerner makes me so Hoerny for next year. Ooh, me so Hoerny! Ooh, me so–Sorry, what was I saying? Hoerner makes insane contact, has surprising power, could hit .320 with 30 steals, ugh, he’s such a trap. Preseason Rank #48, 2022 Projections: 50/8/37/.282/6 in 361 ABs, Final Numbers: 60/10/55/.281/20 in 481 ABs

15. Ryan McMahon – Prolly the closest I came to nailing the projections and ranking for a 2nd baseman, and it was for a guy I didn’t want. Can we talk about how the Coors effect has become a bit overblown? I mean, yes, all the Rockies players are better in Coors, sometimes by a lot, but they’re all unrosterable in away games. Prorating McMahon’s away games out for a whole year and he’s a 12-homer, .230 hitter. Lowercase yay. Preseason Rank #18, 2022 Projections: 73/24/82/.256/5 in 509 ABs, Final Numbers: 67/20/67/.246/7 in 529 ABs

16. Whit Merrifield – Finally! Been predicting this guy’s end for years, and missed out on about six years because of that, but the glory of finally being right is so so sweet (no, it’s not). Another guy who missed on projections for his steals, but I had the general sense of what was going on with him. That was him slowing, to Whit. Preseason Rank #12, 2022 Projections: 94/12/72/.271/26 in 643 ABs, Final Numbers: 70/11/58/.250/16 in 504 ABs

17. Kolten Wong – Since objects in mirror are closer than they appear, let’s put away the mirror and take out the microscope for Wong — that’s what she said! The one nice thing about Hoerner, Rojas and Wong is: With more counting stats, they actually would’ve finished much higher, and there’s more — that’s what he tried to say! Wong’s been crazy consistent from year to year. No growth for Wong, sadly, but, as you tell the ladies, it’s what you’re working with Wong-wise, and it’s not bad, I think. Preseason Rank #26, 2022 Projections: 71/9/51/.261/16 in 412 ABs, Final Numbers: 65/15/47/.251/17 in 430 ABs

18. Trevor Story – Can I get the world’s longest woof? Just a long woof with a side of boo? Not boo like you’re a ghost, but boo like you’re watching one of the worst athletic performances of the last year. Put your back into that boo. A full-throated boo, young man! Let’s hear it! Incredibly, I look at Story’s year and I don’t see terrible as much as I see opportunity for next year. Oh, boy, I’m gonna do it to myself again, aren’t I? Preseason Rank #4 for shortstops, 2022 Projections: 93/27/81/.269/19 in 554 ABs, Final Numbers: 53/16/66/.238/13 in 357 ABs

19. Javier Baez – With a late surge, Javy pushed himself up onto this list, that’s not meant to point out how good he was at the end of the year, but to point out how awful he was for the first five months. Maybe the Tigers should move in the fences about 150 feet. It won’t be good for their pitching, but who cares? You care about Bryan Garcia? No, no one does. Let’s make every Tigers hitter a threat to hit 60 homers! Preseason Rank #7, 2022 Projections: 84/25/91/.257/14 in 541 ABs, Final Numbers: 64/17/67/.238/9 in 555 ABs

20. Wilmer Flores – His end-of-the-year stats are so bad that he even made the top 20 is an indictment of this whole list. Do better 2nd basemen or I will make Wilmer cry! Preseason Rank #43, 2022 Projections: 51/16/55/.271/1 in 378 ABs, Final Numbers: 72/19/71/.229 in 525 ABs

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SteveNZ
SteveNZ
3 months ago

Stating the obvious here, but man, the playoffs are brutal. Suck at the wrong time and you’re toast.

The Astros give a lie to this theory but maybe having the first-round bye isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Yeah, they are really deep.

Again, the Astros seemed to handle it but clinching early and getting the bye just has to lead to a bit of a drop-off in intensity that could be really hard to get back for some guys – and then you get to face a team that has been scrapping like hell every day for the last couple of weeks of the season.

Thinking of Padres/Dodgers and Braves/Phils here – and Yanks/Guardians to a lesser extent.

Draft Dodgers
Draft Dodgers
3 months ago

Great work as usual all year. Football site needs help. Rankings tab shows 2020 articles. Couple other cleanups that needs attention.

Draft Dodgers
Draft Dodgers
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Rankings – Rest of Season Rankings – Top 11-20 RBs. Etc.
Looks like all the individual categories by position are old. Thanks!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 months ago

If Story can stay healthy, I agree, his numbers indicate a bounce back season in 2023. While everyone is selling low, it’s time to buy.

Smitty
Reply to  Harley Earl
3 months ago

In on Story for ’23

VinWins
VinWins
3 months ago

All first round picks in the 16 final week RCL drafts showing their rank at the break and their final rank on the Razzball Player Rater:

ASB 1st Rnders FINAL
11 Freddie Freeman 3
3 Trea Turner 5
4 Jose Ramirez 6
23 Mookie Betts 8
17 Kyle Tucker 12
21(*33) Shohei Ohtani 13(*32)
51 Bo Bichette 17
35 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 22
26 Mike Trout 29
6 Rafael Devers 34
19 Corbin Burnes 41
61 Matt Olson 45
28 Gerrit Cole 54
93 Ronald Acuna Jr. 79
40 Juan Soto 82
25 Bryce Harper 97
24 Luis Robert 164
298 Walker Buehler 400
254 Ozzie Albies 561

Foxman
Foxman
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

My 5 keepers before the season
Acuna, Yordan, Soto, Trea, & FTJ
I still made the finals, but talk about a team full of duds.
Gotta keep them all for 2023 tho

Buster Moon
Buster Moon
3 months ago

No mention of Brandon Lowe. Thoughts for 2023?

Will
Will
3 months ago

Dang, I had no idea Semien went from one HR on June 1st to posting a 26/83/25 season. Wish I had thought to try and get his owner to sell low on June 1st!

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

I tried to buy semien but his asking price was too high. I don’t blame the owner for holding and not giving him away. I also didn’t want to offer up too much. He got paid and has been bad before. I was totally out on him based on adp. I knew he’d bette but his turn around was remarkable considering how deep the hole was.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  toolshed
3 months ago

My fear was that I had enough problems at the position and didn’t need to inherit another one. I had india who had to be better, right? That could have just as easily been semien continuing to stink

Coolwhip
3 months ago

i find it hilarious that semien crammed a full season of production in the 2nd half

Coolwhip
3 months ago

What a woof season for 2B, fortunately I had Thairo to fill in for my Jazz/India teams which were nearly all of them lol.

William Hung
William Hung
3 months ago

Is the fact that Wilmer was a middle of the order bat for the Giants a statement of how bad the Giants lineup was? I mean I remember the years when Benji Molina was the cleanup hitter for those god awful Giants teams and he still broke 80 RBIs

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
3 months ago

Grey!

Awesome!!

a. Out and about today, totally wasted after just a short trip. We left the house at 08h15, got back at 13h30 and I don’t know how I survived 8 hours working in 120F heat without dying. Screw the Oprah diet, just spend 2 years in Africa and don’t die. You will lose 20 pounds easily.

b. Have a nice weekend.

c. George Carlin quote of the day for October 15, 2022

And now, ladies and gentlemen, that we’ve enjoyed some good times this evening, and enjoyed some laughter together, I feel it is my obligation to remind you of some of the negative, depressing, dangerous, life-threatening things that life is really all about; things you have not been thinking about tonight, but which will be waiting for you as soon as you leave the theater or as soon as you turn off your television sets. Anal rape, quicksand, body lice, evil spirits, gridlock, acid rain, continental drift, labor violence, flash floods, rabies, torture, bad luck, calcium deficiency, falling rocks, cattle stampedes, bank failure, evil neighbors, killer bees, organ rejection, lynching, toxic waste, unstable dynamite, religious fanatics, prickly heat, price fixing, moral decay, hotel fires, loss of face, stink bombs, bubonic plague, neo-Nazis, friction, cereal weevils, failure of will, chain reaction, soil erosion, mail fraud, dry rot, voodoo curse, broken glass, snake bite, parasites, white slavery, public ridicule, faithless friends, random violence, breach of contract, family scandals, charlatans, transverse myelitis, structural defects, race riots, sunspots, rogue elephants, wax buildup, killer frost, jealous coworkers, root canals, metal fatigue, corporal punishment, sneak attacks, peer pressure, vigilantes, birth defects, false advertising, ungrateful children, financial ruin, mildew, loss of privileges, bad drugs, ill-fitting shoes, widespread chaos, Lou Gehrig’s disease, stray bullets, runaway trains, chemical spills, locusts, airline food, shipwrecks, prowlers, bathtub accidents, faulty merchandise, terrorism, discrimination, wrongful cremation, carbon deposits, beef tapeworm, taxation without representation, escaped maniacs, sunburn, abandonment, threatening letters, entropy, nine-mile fever, poor workmanship, absentee landlords, solitary confinement, depletion of the ozone layer, unworthiness, intestinal bleeding, defrocked priests, loss of equilibrium, disgruntled employees, global warming, card sharks, poisoned meat, nuclear accidents, broken promises, contamination of the water supply, obscene phone calls, nuclear winter, wayward girls, mutual assured destruction, rampaging moose, the greenhouse effect, cluster headaches, social isolation, Dutch elm disease, the contraction of the universe, paper cuts, eternal damnation, the wrath of God, and PARANOIAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!

From Playing with your head (1986)

Cheers,
Ante

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
3 months ago

This position wrap was tuff to read/re-live. I think I’m going to go re-read the catcher wrap. That’s how lousy thinking about the second base position makes me feel. More catchers please.

Bamabterry
Bamabterry
3 months ago

Do you see the braves having grissom on the opening day roster?

fivepoundbass
fivepoundbass
3 months ago

Morning Grey. Great stuff as always. I could debate the other side of the batting average thing. If McNeil’s BA is the second highest dollar value, then that’s worth a lot. It’s what is pulling him and Arraez up to where they are. Without it, they most likely wouldn’t sniff the top 20…or be rosterable at all.

I will always agree that it’s difficult to predict, and it doesn’t necessarily correlate to any other stats. Very similar to steals. If we’re talking about value, I think the dollar amount speaks for itself.

Have a great weekend!

toolshed
toolshed
3 months ago

Unfortunately I ran into one of those landmines. India was awful and that is an understatement. It was excruciating owning him.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Yes I had Wander too. Now I “wander” if I will be as bullish on him next year. Tatis was supposed to be the “juice” I needed at MI later in the season. I left off complaining about him because I got him late and knew the risk with the injury.

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toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Amed Rosario who I added him around June 1 saved me.

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
Reply to  toolshed
3 months ago

I would haved ranked “not drafting India for 2B” as #5 on this top 20 2nd baseman list …

VinWins
VinWins
3 months ago

This list shows the ADP for RCL drafts conducted the final week of the preseason, along with their final overall rank on the Player Rater.

2B Rank Name ADP ( #Leagues )
1 ( 5 ) Trea Turner 2 ( 16 )
2 ( 16 ) Marcus Semien 33 ( 16 )
3 ( 18 ) Jose Altuve 67 ( 16 )
4 ( 42 ) Tommy Edman 106 ( 16 )
5 ( 50 ) Brandon Drury ND ( 0 )
6 ( 56 ) Andres Gimenez 254 ( 6 )
7 ( 77 ) Gleyber Torres 152 ( 16 )
8 ( 92 ) Thairo Estrada ND ( 0 )
9 ( 102 ) Jake Cronenworth 124 ( 16 )
10 ( 105 ) Ty France 158 ( 16 )
11 ( 109 ) Jeff McNeil 280 ( 7 )
12 ( 113 ) Luis Arraez 247 ( 4 )
13 ( 129 ) Josh Rojas 246 ( 12 )
14 ( 138 ) Nico Hoerner ND ( 0 )
15 ( 139 ) Ryan McMahon 165 ( 16 )
16 ( 148 ) Whit Merrifield 43 ( 16 )
17 ( 153 ) Kolten Wong 216 ( 16 )
18 ( 157 ) Trevor Story 29 ( 16 )
19 ( 170 ) Javier Baez 68 ( 16 )
20 ( 175 ) Wilmer Flores 269 ( 1 )
21 ( 189 ) Brendan Rodgers 184 ( 16 )
22 ( 193 ) Eduardo Escobar 212 ( 16 )
23 ( 204 ) Jon Berti ..ND ( 0 )
24 ( 208 ) Ha-Seong Kim 252 ( 16 )
25 ( 209 ) DJ LeMahieu 127 ( 16 )
26 ( 210 ) Max Muncy ..97 ( 16 )
27 ( 213 ) Luis Rengifo ND ( 0 )
28 ( 221 ) Christopher Morel ND ( 0 )
29 ( 229 ) Ketel Marte 73 ( 16 )
30 ( 235 ) Gavin Lux 238 ( 14 )
31 ( 246 ) Jorge Polanco 73 ( 16 )
32 ( 252 ) Jazz Chisholm Jr. 85 ( 16 )
33 ( 258 ) Jean Segura 255 ( 15 )
34 ( 265 ) Bryson Stott 274 ( 5 )
40 ( 325 ) Luis Urias 208 ( 16 )
45 ( 371 ) Chris Taylor 158 ( 16 )
48 ( 402 ) Jonathan India 62 ( 16 )
60 ( 561 ) Ozzie Albies 15 ( 16 )
62 ( 576 ) Jonathan Schoop 226 ( 16 )
63 ( 585 ) Enrique Hernandez 213 ( 16 )

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