Thursday, February 9, 2017


Second base is not a position I look to fill early in drafts unless Jose Altuve falls into my lap.  On the attention meter, second base to me falls behind outfielder, first baseman, and third baseman early on.  Thus the top guys who will go in the top 3-4 round are not going to make this list.

Jose Altuve:  While I always suggest going five-tool outfielder and first baseman the first two picks, I have amended that a bit by now saying first baseman and five-tool player.  Altuve is about as great a five-tool fantasy baseball stud as one can get and I would not wait two second to scoop him up once the two obvious outfielders (Mike Trout and Mookie Betts) are selected.

Trea Turner:  Let me preface this by saying I won't use a first round pick on Turner.  However if he is sitting there in Round 2, I will admit I would have a tough time letting this future steals and batting champ go on by.

Dee Gordon:  Call Gordon this year's version of Mark Trumbo as a guy I hated on for years but now am interested again basely almost solely on the fact his 2017 draft price has dropped by more than a little coming off his PED suspension and massive drop in average last season.  Now that he presumably is off the steroids, you have to wonder if Gordon is back to being the shaky average hitter he was prior to his now disgraced 2015 campaign.  Still the guy can easily lead the majors in steals and score 90 runs so that works fine for me at a discounted rate.

DJ LeMahieu:  This violates my edict of not buying off a career year but I think LeMahieu's 2017 price has not gone up as much as you would think after he hit .348.  That is because most know LeMahieu won't hit that well again and his drop to 11 steals last season was a big bummer.  I can live with .315 and 15 steals though with around 90 runs just fine.

Devon Travis:  I always have been a sucker for this kid's burgeoning tools and combination with Rogers Center but Travis has to have his health cooperate this time around.  While he doesn't run as much as you would like, Travis absolutely can be a 15-20 home run guy who goes above .280 with his average.  It won't cost much to see if he reaches that level this season.

Jurickson Profar:  Another guy where I still believe in the talent but Profar could be relegated to a bench role if Mike Napoli signs with the Rangers.  Still Profar can play everywhere in terms of eligibility and that makes him worth using as at least a bench guy with upside.

Matt Carpenter:  Despite very impressive offensive numbers, Carpenter is making it to the fourth round of drafts where I would absolutely pounce.  The fact he has eligibility at first, second, and third adds to the optimistic outlook.

Jean Segura:  Segura can play at second base or third base which adds to the value as he comes off a monster 2016 comeback campaign.  While the move to Seattle will likely knock Segura's power gains from last year back down, he could score a ridiculous amount of runs in front of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, and Kyle Seager to go with 25 -30 steals or so.

Jonathan Villar:  It likely won't happen but if I can get Villar in Round 4, I would bite despite the fact he is likely going to see his average scale back to .265 given the career rates.  He can run all day which is why you would make an investment here and Villar did show some power as well last season.

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