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2019 Position Rankings: Second Base

Second base becomes more of an offensive position each passing year in the majors. In that sense, the prospect crop of 2019 fits right in.

The second base prospect class of 2019 is filled with players who have considerable offensive potential. Keston Hiura is one of the best hitters in the minors at any position, while Luis UriasNick Madrigal and Garrett Hampson are all undersized with little power but show the contact skills to become everyday players anyway. Vidal Brujan is another riser who projects to make an offensive impact, combining growing power, elite speed and an advanced feel to hit.

While the top of the class is strong, the depth falls off rather quickly. Upper-level performers Brandon LoweCavan Biggio and Kevin Kramer still face questions over just how much impact they'll make in the majors, while the remainder of the group is filled with players who either need bounceback years (Jahmai JonesIsan Diaz), face age-relative-to-level questions (Andy YoungNick Solak), or are teenagers with a long way to go (Luis Santana, Tucupita Marcano).

Still, it's a solid crop that should produce some everyday players at the top and has some notable breakout candidates below. If anything, the group should only reinforce second base's growing status as an offensive position.

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

  1. Keston Hiura, Brewers
  2. Luis Urias, Padres
  3. Nick Madrigal, White Sox
  4. Vidal Brujan, Rays
  5. Garrett Hampson, Rockies
  6. Brandon Lowe, Rays
  7. Cavan Biggio, Blue Jays
  8. Kevin Kramer, Pirates
  9. Shed Long, Mariners
  10. Jahmai Jones, Angels
  11. Jeter Downs, Dodgers
  12. Eli White, Rangers
  13. Isan Diaz, Marlins
  14. Andy Young, D-backs
  15. Nick Solak, Rays
  16. Esteury Ruiz, Padres
  17. Luis Santana, Astros
  18. Tucupita Marcano, Padres
  19. Yunior Severino, Twins
  20. Luis Arraez, Twins

Trade Acquisition Nick Madrigal Excites The Cubs

Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer was envious of the White Sox when they drafted Madrigal No. 4 overall in 2018.

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