Up this week are the August rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Remember that players are listed where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see someone you’re looking for, check another position. Designated hitters are listed with the first basemen.
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Second Baseman Rankings
|7||Matt Carpenter||Cardinals||20 1B||15|
|11||Yoan Moncada||White Sox||11||7|
|23||Ian Kinsler||Red Sox||23||24|
|24||Devon Travis||Blue Jays||22||25|
|25||Eduardo Nunez||Red Sox||8||22|
|29||Yolmer Sanchez||White Sox||33||27|
|34||Ryan McMahon||Rockies||13 1B||33|
|40||Brandon Drury||Blue Jays||27||30|
|41||Jose Pirela||Padres||95 OF||37|
|45||Cory Spangenberg||Padres||37 3B||38|
|46||Dustin Pedroia||Red Sox||32||34|
|50||Brandon Phillips||Red Sox||35||45|
|55||Jace Peterson||Orioles||194 OF||NR|
- The Jonathan Schoop and Brian Dozier trades left both veterans with some unexpected playing time concerns. Schoop definitely seems like the safer choice at this point; with his bat having warmed, the Brewers have thus far made him a lineup fixture despite initially saying Mike Moustakas, Travis Shaw and Schoop would rotate between two spots. Schoop could even get five-game eligibility at shortstop before long. Dozier comes with more questions, but he’s off to a great start in Los Angeles, with two homers, three doubles and seven RBI in his first five games. I still think there’s a decent chance he’s a top-five second baseman the rest of the way, but since any sort of cold streak would cost him starts against righties, he’s 10th here for now.
- I like Jonathan Villar in Baltimore. The Orioles aren’t known for their basestealing, but Villar will get a chance to be the everyday second baseman and leadoff hitter and he should have the green light as long as he’s relatively successful. He’s worth picking up where available.
- The Rays are giving Brandon Lowe a look after he hit .304/.380/.613 with 14 homers in 181 at-bats for Triple-A Durham. He split time between second base and left field in the minors, but he’ll likely mostly play left in the majors with Tommy Pham down and Austin Meadows waiting for the team to finish gaming his service time in Triple-A. If the power is for real, he could be a nice offensive-minded second baseman in the long run.