2019 Draft: Top 5 2B
Throughout the season, Baseball America will present position rankings of the best college players in the draft class. Here we focus on the second basemen.
After college second basemen were drafted in the top 10 picks in back-to-back years (Oregon State’s Nick Madrigal in 2018 and UC Irvine’s Keston Hiura in 2017), college second basemen have returned to their historical normal in 2019.
UCLA’s Chase Strumpf, voted a first-team Preseason All-American by MLB scouting directors projects as a second round pick, and Arizona’s Cameron Cannon is likely to join him in that range.
This list is based on draft status and was composed of players who are expected to play most of their games this season as second basemen.
- 1UCLA 2BNotes:
Strumpf last year had a breakout sophomore season and was UCLA’s leading hitter, helping to establish himself as the top second baseman in the class. He got off to a slow start this spring but has gotten back into a groove at the plate and is once again showing solid power and hittability.
- 2Arizona 2BNotes:
Cannon had a strong 2018 both with Arizona and in the Cape Cod League and has carried that momentum into his junior season. He earns praise for his all-around game, has a good approach at the plate and has the versatility to play both second and third base.
- 3Illinois 2BNotes:
Massey has been a remarkably consistent hitter during his career at Illinois, producing batting averages above .325 every year of his career. He isn’t overly toolsy and his power mostly plays as doubles pop. But his hittability alone makes him an intriguing prospect.
- 4Arizona State 2BNotes:
Aldrete comes from a baseball family – his father Rich played six seasons in the minor leagues and his uncle Mike played 10 years in the big leagues and is the first base coach for the A’s. Carter has come into his own as a player and offers an intriguing skill set, including solid raw power. He still has some rough edges to his game, but his athleticism stands out.
Cory WoodCoastal Carolina 2BNotes:
Wood stands out most for his above-average speed and on-base skills, which profile well at the top of the order. He has walked more than he has struck out in his career and is a threat on the base paths. He has more power than his 5-foot-8 frame suggests, but his game is based more around his speed.