2011 Top 10 Second Basemen Prospects

Dustin Ackley

Dustin Ackley Photo from a blog post by Matt Pittman


I figured that compiling my second basemen rankings would be difficult, as it’s traditionally not a very deep position in the minor leagues. As it turns out it was difficult to compile this list for another reason. In the end had about 16 guys I wanted to get into my top 10 and if you would have told me that Royals prospect Johnny Giavotella and his 35 doubles, and .91 BB/K % wouldn’t make my list, I’d have said “no way Jose.” Yet, you won’t find Giavotella on this list. You also won’t find former college baseball star and current Mariners farm hand Kyle Seager and his 14 HR, 13 SB, and .345/.419/.503 line either.


1. Dustin Ackley – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’1″ 185 – SEA – 2.26.88. The second overall pick in the 2009 draft behind Stephen Strasburg, Ackley signed late and didn’t make his debut until the Arizona Fall League that season. In his first full season as a professional in 2010 Ackley was solid but not spectacular. I still think he has batting titles in his future and his .424/.581/.758 performance in the 2010 Arizona Fall League is evidence of his potential.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SO

AA

82

289

42

76

21

8

2

28

8

55

41

.263

.389

.384

2010

PCL

AAA

52

212

37

58

12

4

5

23

2

20

38

.274

.338

.439

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

134

501

79

134

33

4

7

51

10

75

79

.267

.368

.407

2. Brett Lawrie – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’0″ 215 – TOR – 1.18.90. Drafted 16th overall by the Brewers in 2008, Lawrie, Canada’s prodigal son will return home now that he Blue Jays have acquired him for RHP Shaun Marcum. Lawrie draws plenty of Dan Uggla comps and while it’s hard to imagine the Dan Uggla we know hitting 16 triples and stealing 30 bags in a single season as Lawrie did last season, you’d better look again. In 2003 in the High A California League, Uggla did post an incredible 31 2B, 7 3B, 23 HR, 24 SB season.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

SO

AA

135

554

90

158

36

16

8

63

30

47

118

.285

.346

.451

3. Jason Kipnis – Bats: L Throws: R – 5’10” 180 – CLE – 4.3.87. I’ve admitted before that I’m partial to guys that I was able to follow in college. I had to follow the 2009 Pac 10 Player of the Year a little farther than most as he stared at Arizona State only after being kicked off of the Kentucky squad. An outfielder in college, Kipnis has made a seamless transition to second base. He should spend most of 2011 right here in Columbus and I’m looking forward scouting him. Video to follow.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CAR

A+

54

203

33

61

12

3

6

31

2

24

46

.300

.387

.478

2010

EL

AA

79

315

63

98

20

3

10

43

7

31

61

.311

.385

.502

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

133

518

96

159

32

8

16

74

9

55

107

.307

.386

.492

4. Billy Hamilton – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 160 – CIN – 9.9.1990. Hamilton was on his way to Mississippi State to play wide receiver before the Reds used a 2nd round pick and $600,000.00 to sign him in 2009. Drafted as a shortstop, his arm is a better fit at second base, where he spent most of 2010. Although he’s only taken up switch hitting when he began his professional career, Hamilton hit .362 from the right side and .309 from the left. Like Kipnis, Hamilton will be in my scouting range as he should spend the entire first half of 2011 in Dayton.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

PIO

Rk

69

283

61

90

13

10

2

24

48

28

56

.318

.383

.456

5. Jean Segura – Bats: R Throws: R – 5’11” 155 – LAA – 3.17.90. Baseball America has Segura ranked as the Angles #3 prospect and for good reason. Segura has above average to plus tools across the board and those tools are already producing results. On top of his offensive accomplishments evidenced in his statistics below, he was voted as the best defensive 2B in the Midwestern League.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

M

MWL

130

515

89

161

24

12

10

79

50

45

72

.313

.365

.464

6. Delino DeShields Jr.- Bats: R Throws: R – 5’9″ 190 – HOU – 8.16.92. The son of former Expos star Marquis Grissom, DeShields Jr. has been around professional baseball his entire life. Considered a supplemental round talent for much of the spring, DeShields pushed himself into first round consideration as the draft approached but I was a little surprised to see him go off the board at #8 overall. An outfielder in high school, DeShields will move to second base in 2011 which is a better fit for his below average arm.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

APY

Rk

16

67

11

21

6

1

0

8

5

5

18

.313

.337

.395

2010

GLF

Rk

2

9

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

.111

.200

.111

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

18

76

14

22

6

1

0

8

5

6

20

.289

.337

.395

7. Jemile Weeks – Bats: B Throws: R – 5’9″ 170 – OAK – 1.26.87. Ricky’s brother ranked 4th on this list last year, but just can’t stay healthy long enough to show his skills. The former Miami (FL) star was a first round pick (12th overall) and one of three Cane first rounders in 2008 (1B Yonder Alonso – CIN – 7th and RHP Carlos Guitierrez – MIN – 27th). While he doesn’t yet put up numbers, he’s projected to develop above average power.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

ARZ

Rk

10

36

9

11

2

1

0

1

5

7

4

.306

.432

.417

2010

TL

AA

67

273

43

73

14

7

3

33

11

28

37

.272

.335

.403

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

77

309

52

84

16

8

3

34

16

35

41

.277

.347

.405


8. L.J. Hoes – Bats: R Throws: R – 6’1″ 190 – OAK – 3.5.90. If you try to steal 20 bases and you get caught 9 times, it’s probably time to stop trying to steal bases. Aside from that snafu, Hoes had a solid 2010. A converted outfielder in high school, Hoes is still raw at second base. The most encouraging aspect of Hoes is that he more than doubled his BB% from 4.9% in 2009 to 12.8% in 2010.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

NYP

A-

8

28

8

13

5

1

1

5

1

2

1

.464

.531

.821

2010

CAR

A+

97

353

52

98

19

2

3

44

10

53

70

.278

.375

.368

2010

EL

AA

3

9

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

.222

.222

.222

2010

TOT

3 Lgs

108

390

61

113

24

3

4

50

11

55

72

.290

.383

.397

9. Reese Havens – Bats: L Throws: R – 6’1″ 195 – NYM – 10.20.86. A college teammate of fellow first rounder Justin Smoak, the Mets used the 22nd pick in 2008 on Havens. An oblique injury limited Havens to just 32 games in 2010 following a 2009 season where he missed a month due to quad issues. Havens draws plenty of walks and if he can stay healthy we might finally see a good statistical season.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

FSL

A+

14

57

9

16

2

1

3

7

0

8

18

.281

.369

.509

2010

EL

AA

18

68

12

23

2

1

6

12

0

6

15

.338

.400

.662

2010

TOT

2 Lgs

32

125

21

39

4

2

9

19

0

14

33

.312

.386

.592

10. Oscar Tejeda – Bats: R Throws: L – 6’1″ 175 – BOSA converted shortstop, Tejeda handled second base well, posting .961 fielding percentage while doing enough at the dish to be named the #8 prospect in Carolina League by Baseball America. His 48 XBH in ’10 were more than twice the amount he’s accumulated in any previous year and his 17 SB were also a career high. Tejeda was rewarded for his breakout year by being added to the Red Sox 40 man roster late last year.

Year

LG

Level

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

AVE

OBP

SLG

2010

CAR

A+

126

508

76

156

32

5

11

69

17

32

96

.307

.344

.455



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7 thoughts on “2011 Top 10 Second Basemen Prospects

  1. Is Oscar Tejeda going to be the first left-handed second baseman in the history of MLB? If they are going to convert him from shortstop to another traditionally right-handed position, why not third base so he can guard the line?

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  2. Regarding Tejeda, it was either a mistake that I made in January or Tejeda is now throwing right handed but I cannot be sure which is so I'm not going to correct it.

    As for left handed non-firstbaseman infielders…..the internet had this to say. Of course, maybe they're wrong like me:

    – Wee Willie Keelar, a Hall of Famer, played second base, third and shortstop 71 times over his 19-year career from 1892 through 1910.
    – Hal Chase, normally a first baseman, played 36 games at second base between 1905 and 1916.
    – Bill Hulen of the 1896 Phillies played 73 games at shortstop and two at second base in his only season with the club.
    – First baseman Don Mattingly of the Yankees played one game at second base in 1983 and three games at third base in J, 986 despite being left-handed.

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  3. “Kipnis has made a seamless transition to second base”
    Have you seen his fielding stats? I wouldn't call that “seamless.”

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