Baseball's Top 10 Second Base Prospects

Jemile Weeks

The second base position has been one that generally sees defensively deficient shortstops with offensive skills slide to the other side of the bag. The top 10 and three on the watch list are no exception. Find out which prospects from your team made the list.

1. Todd FrazierCincinnati Reds

Frazier can hit for average, power, and get on base, so the bat can play anywhere, and if he can stick at second base, he could be an All-Star. He also has a strong work ethic and is never satisfied, always looking to improve.

2. Scott SizemoreDetroit Tigers

The broken tibia suffered in the AFL doesn't change the fact that he is a very strong offensive player that makes hard contact. While his defense isn't strong, he can hold his own at second base. He's ready for the big leagues right now.

3. Brett LawrieMilwaukee Brewers

Similar to Frazier, the bat should play anywhere with good power potential, but Lawrie has a lot to learn defensively. For a guy with his bat speed and hitting ability, they'll make room for him in the field.

4. Jemile WeeksOakland Athletics

His raw athleticism and sparkplug ability at the top of a lineup has been tempered due to a leg injuries. Armed with great makeup, the switch-hitter has had bouts of streakiness. Weeks has the makings of a well-rounded player who reaches base at a high clip, routinely smacks doubles and steals lots of bases.

5. Adrian Cardenas – Oakland A's

A line drive hitter that has impeccable hand-eye coordination, Cardenas puts the ball in play with gap power. One of the best two-strike hitters in the game, Cardenas is adept at working the count and doing damage when he gets his pitch. He needs to improve defensively.

6. Jason KipnisCleveland Indians

Another offense-oriented second baseman, Kipnis is an on-base machine, and he should hit for average at all levels with a consistent swing plane and plus bat speed. Defensively, most scouts think he can stick once back at the keystone.

7. Alexi AmaristaLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Refined plate awareness and pitch selection are key components of Amarista's game. He has surprising pop for his size and a compact stroke that says he will continue to hit. He is also an excellent bunter. Amarista needs to refine his base running but that comes down to selective running rather than his current aggressive attitude towards base stealing.

8. Jeff KobernusWashington Nationals

Kobernus is still learning the nuances of second base after moving there during his third year at Cal, but he projects as at least an average defender. A minor knee operation shouldn't slow him down, and with his advanced bat, he could move quickly.

9. Jean Segura – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Battling a few injuries early in his career, Segura is a potential dual threat at the keystone with his power and speed potential. He has a opposite field approach that will breed power as he learns to turn on the inside fastball and fills out his frame. His plus speed will also be an asset when he learns the nuances of stealing.

10. Jonathan GalvezSan Diego Padres

While lean and wiry, Galvez is extremely strong and has a firm understanding of pitch selection. Maturity is necessary to allow him to utilize his offensive tools consistently. He is too flashy on defense and needs to slow the game down to be successful.

2010 Watchlist

Reese HavensNew York Mets

Havens has a broad skill set to pull from, including some power and on-base ability, and if things click, he could be in New York very soon. His defense, however, must improve.

Eric Sogard – Oakland A's

Sogard goes into each at-bat with a plan, oftentimes executing it. He has great pitch recognition and selection, profiling as a doubles hitter with high on-base potential. His defense needs some work.

Corban JosephNew York Yankees

A patient hitter with quick wrists, Joseph uses the whole field as his playground. An intense competitor who studies the game from all angles, Joseph is serviceable at second but must improve his lateral range.

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