Welcome to the May second baseman rankings update. Up this week are all of May's 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
|6||Dustin Pedroia||Red Sox||9|
|21||Brett Lawrie||White Sox||21|
|22||Devon Travis||Blue Jays||23|
|26||Brock Holt||Red Sox||27|
|27||Jed Lowrie||Athletics||28 3B|
|34||Chris Coghlan||Athletics||104 OF|
|37||Tommy La Stella||Cubs||46|
- The Cubs haven’t been hesitant at all to play Kris Bryant in the outfield, giving Baez a larger role than expected since he came off the disabled list. Of course, everything they’ve tried has worked thus far, and if Baez produces, the Cubs are undoubtedly a better defensive team with him at third and Bryant in left than with Jorge Soler in the outfield (or with Baez at second and Zobrist in the outfield, for that matter). I’d take Soler’s bat over Baez’s, but Baez’s upside is pretty exceptional, too.
- Wong has never been one of Mike Matheny’s favorites, and he spent a good chunk of last week on the bench as a result of his slow start. I’m still pretty sure he’ll be a top-10 second baseman if he plays, but that’s in enough doubt right now that there was little choice other than to drop him.
- Walker’s nine homers have made him a top second baseman to date, and he could continue to exceed his usual pace, given that he’s gone from a really tough park for homers in Pittsburgh to one that’s played pretty neutral since its most recent reconfiguration. Citi Field, though, is still a dreadful place for offense overall, and Walker isn’t hitting the ball very hard apart from his homers (he has just one double this year). I don’t think he’s any better of a bet than he was a month ago.
- It was tempting to move Trea Turner up in the hopes that the Nationals will give him a chance soon, but he’s cooled off in Triple-A (he’s still at .309/.393/.443, but he was hitting .400 two weeks ago) and Danny Espinosa is starting to pick it up ever so slightly. Plus, the Nationals don’t really need to make any changes with the way they’re playing. It could be a while.