2020 Draft: Top 10 College 2B
By Teddy Cahill
A college second baseman was drafted in the top 10 picks in both 2017 (Keston Hiura) and 2018 (Nick Madrigal) and last year’s crop produced a first rounder in Michael Busch, though he was primarily a first baseman/outfielder in college.
The most likely player in this year’s draft class to extend that streak of first-round second baseman is New Mexico State’s Nick Gonzales, who was a unanimous first-team Preseason All-America selection by MLB scouting directors. But he is this spring playing shortstop for the Aggies, meaning he doesn’t appear on this list, which is limited to players who are seeing regular time at second base this spring, regardless of where they project as pros.
That leaves Mississippi State Justin Foscue as the top prospect at the position thanks in large part to his dynamic his offensive ability.
Justin FoscueMississippi State 2BVideoNotes:
A dynamic offensive threat with plus raw power, Foscue produced 36 extra-base hits last season and started at second base for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team over the summer. He also has experience at third base.More Less
Kaden PolcovichOklahoma State 2BNotes:
After a somewhat underwhelming sophomore season at Northwest Florida State JC, Polcovich broke out over the summer in the Cape Cod League and carried that into this spring at Oklahoma State. He’s ultra-versatile defensively but fits best at second base.More Less
Matthew DyerArizona 2BNotes:
Dyer has played all over the field for Arizona and has potential as a catcher. But with Austin Wells also in Tucson, Dyer is getting a chance to show off his ability as an infielder. He’s also a gifted hitter.More Less
Lucas DunnLouisville 2BNotes:
Dunn began the season sidelined due to a broken hamate but has recently returned to action. He’s a good athlete and has good feel for hitting, with a chance to play either second base or center field.More Less
Tyler McDonoughNC State 2BNotes:
A draft-eligible sophomore, McDonough was a Freshman All-American last season as an outfielder. He’s still getting some action in center field but has also been working a lot at second base and still showing off his plus speed and good feel at the plate.More Less
Drew SwiftArizona State 2BNotes:
Part of Arizona State’s outstanding infield, Swift would be playing shortstop for a lot of teams. Instead, he’s held down second base for three years for the Sun Devils and is off to a hot start at the plate this spring.More Less
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A draft-eligible sophomore, Acton is off to a slow start for the top-ranked Gators. But he has good hitting ability and defensive versatility.More Less
Marcos CastanonUC Santa Barbara 2BNotes:
Castanon has come into his own as a junior, developing into a middle-of-the-order threat for the Gauchos. He’s also a solid defender.More Less
Brooks CarlsonSamford 2BNotes:
Carlson has played all over the infield during his college career but has landed at second base this year. He stands out for his plate discipline and hits for some power.More Less