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2012 MLB Draft Second Base Rankings

Rankings are fluid and highly subject to change. Additions to player notes will be made as necessary. Statistics will be updated periodically.

1. Virginia JR 2B Stephen Bruno: good defender with plus range and plus arm – could be good enough to play shortstop professionally, though that’s currently the minority opinion; I’m in said minority, but put him with the 2B group (he could be a plus defender with more reps at 3B, by the way) to hedge my bets; above-average speed; plenty of pop; Bruno is one of my favorite players from this year’s college class – he’s a natural born hitter with emerging power and a good idea of the strike zone who rarely gets cheated during an at bat; if he doesn’t settle in as an everyday player anywhere, he has the high floor of a quality big league utility infielder; 5-9, 165 pounds

2012: .403/.456/.611 – 14 BB/20 K – 211 AB – 11/14 SB

2. California JR 2B Tony Renda: gifted pure hitter who was once considered a butcher in the field, but has improved a tremendous amount to the point that he is now considered at least average; will make all the plays hit at him, but range is nothing to brag about; has worked really hard to improve all-around, so makeup is not a question; now steady enough defensively to stick up the middle, though he’ll have to continue working as he progresses through minors – it’s admittedly a stretch, but I’ve heard his defense/desire to improve his defense (not great/off the charts) combination compared to a young Chase Utley, a player who few believed would ever be average at 2B but worked and worked until one day becoming one of the top defenders in the game in his prime; average at worst speed, has been timed slightly better; if his power comes as some expect, he could have enough bat to play LF; reminds me a little bit of last year’s favorite Tommy La Stella, but higher national profile will get him off board earlier; 5-10, 180 pounds

2011: .358/.392/.464 – 14 BB/27 K – 265 AB
2012: .382/.461/.534 – 21 BB/11 K – 178 AB – 11/14 SB

3. Texas Tech JR 2B Jamodrick McGruder: as you’d expect, the college 2B class is more steady than spectacular so any plus ability you see is worth getting super excited about – McGruder is a plus athlete with plus speed and a plus arm; he’s also a solid defender with the chance to improve as he gets more comfortable in the infield; some teams may view him as a potential CF due to his speed and arm; above-average hit tool with enough pop to play everyday at the next level; 5-7, 170 pounds

2011: .282/.464/.379 – 36 BB/38 K – 174 AB
2012: .332/.484/.461 – 47 BB/34 K – 193 AB – 40/45 SB

4. West Chester (PA) SR 2B Joe Wendle: pre-season FAVORITE who earned his all-caps designation; easily the best local (to me) player, so I got the chance to see him in person fairly regularly the past two springs; no clear above-average tool, but his present skills are excellent; average speed that plays up due to smart base running and instincts in field; really like the hit tool, swing likes a big leaguer; should be good defender at 2B in time – he’s not a natural, but he gets it done; solid arm; 6-1, 190 pounds

2012: .399/.479/.768 – 29 BB/5 K – 198 AB – 12/13 SB

5. 2B Alex Bregman (Albuquerque Academy, New Mexico): very strong; big power upside; gifted natural hitter; talented at all defensive spots, including short; really good athlete; nimble behind plate; outstanding approach; good speed; most likely a 2B professionally, but can also catch; improved defense behind plate before injury; average at best arm; showing some ability behind plate, but its early; wowed by his hitting ability; 5-11, 185 pounds; R/R

6. Kentucky JR 2B Alex Yarbrough: one of the draft’s strongest hit tools; some pop to gaps, certainly enough to keep pitchers honest; above-average runner without big speed – it plays up due to smarts and instincts on the bases; defense is biggest question, but has been steady at second in 2012 – he’s reliably sure-handed with passable range; had somebody compare him to present-day (i.e. not the amateur version) of Neil Walker, citing Walker’s rookie season (2010) as Yarbrough’s upside; 6-1, 175 pounds

2011: .346/.408/.537 – 22 BB/26 K – 214 AB
2012: .391/.447/.522 – 20 BB/20 K – 230 AB – 4/4 SB

7. Connecticut JR 2B LJ Mazzilli: above-average speed; good athlete; chance to be really good defender, but isn’t quite there yet – still think he’s better than many of the national outlets are reporting, but I get that there’s plenty of wiggle room in player evaluation; no discernible platoon split; 6-1, 190 pounds; I’ve long championed Mazzilli as a potential big league starting second baseman, so I might as well ride it out: Really impressed by 2B LJ Mazzilli‘s swing and approach at the plate. He has a little toe-tap timing mechanism that reminds me a little bit of Mark Reynolds’ swing, only without the swing-and-miss length. Good speed, good athleticism, and good hands should keep him up the middle, and a little physical maturation at the plate could help turn him into one of those super annoying scrappy middle infielders we all know and love (or hate, depending on the player).

2011: .375/.425/.535 – 21 BB/28 K – 275 AB
2012: .379/.443/.617 – 22 BB/28 K – 227 AB – 15/20 SB

8. 2B Chase Nyman (Pascagoula HS, Mississippi): lets ball get in very deep before swinging; very mature approach to hitting; born to hit; plus hit tool; no other tool stands out, but he can hit; room for added strength; 6-0, 185 pounds

9. Arizona State JR 2B Joey DeMichele: decent speed; for the longest time he was a man without a position, but settled in as the kind of second baseman who makes plays on balls hit him and not much more; his plus hit tool is one of the best in his class; above-average power with the chance to hit 15+ homers professionally; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .368/.415/.648 – 15 BB/26 K – 193 AB
2012: .337/.411/.558 – 20 BB/26 K – 190 AB – 10/13 SB

10. Stanford JR 2B Kenny Diekroeger: plus-plus athlete, one of the best of the college class; very quick bat; gap power; advanced approach that has come unglued since freshman season; average or better speed; average defensive tools – hands work, average arm for 3B; can play a solid 3B and a passable SS, but best fit 2B long-term; average or better power projection; has added needed strength this past spring; undeniable that swing needs fixing; any selection of Diekroeger will be done by a team who believes they can undo some of the damage done by the Stanford coaching staff, though recent rumblings place equal blame on the player’s unwillingness to put ego aside and adjust his own game; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: 302/.367/.373 – 20 BB/34 K – 225 AB
2012: .307/.368/.425 – 15 BB/35 K – 179 AB – 2/4 SB

11. 2B Leon Byrd (Cypress Ranch HS, Texas): good speed; more quick than fast, but very quick; good defender at both second base and center field; great approach; leadoff profile; reminds me some of Shon Carson last year; 5-8

12. 2B Max Schrock (Cardinal Gibbons HS, North Carolina): line drive approach; really solid defensively; strong South Carolina commitment; nice pop for middle infielder; won’t wow with speed or arm  average at best speed, average at best arm; hate to resort to the cliché, but he’s a ballplayer – no crazy tools, not a premium athlete, not always aesthetically pleasing watching him play, but will do the things that help you win games…and, yeah, he can hit, too; 5-9, 180 pounds

13. 2B Jackson Willeford (Ramona HS, California): really mature approach to hitting; strong hit tool;

14. Florida State JR 2B Devon Travis: plus athlete; excellent defensive tools, inconsistent performance – still has a strong arm and above-average range; plus speed; leadoff approach; rave reviews this past fall, but hasn’t translated to the knockout junior season that many expected; 5-9, 180 pounds

2011: .338/.467/.532 – 48 BB/30 K – 231 AB
2012: .328/.396/.495 – 20 BB/32 K – 192 AB – 7/8 SB

15. 2B Avery Romero (Pedro Menendez HS, Florida): line drive swing; has the arm and quick release to potentially move behind plate; flashes impressive power; catcher’s body, short and squat; strong arm; strong hit tool; average speed, but came out closer to below-average in my looks

16. 2B Travis Maezes (Pioneer HS, Michigan): above-average arm; good speed; could catch; really strong hit tool; cold weather version of Avery Romero; 6-0, 190 pounds

17. 2B Austin Schotts (Centennial HS, Texas): plus-plus speed; good pop; average at best arm; 5-11, 180 pounds; similar player to Spencer Edwards

18. 2B Jesmuel Valentin Diaz (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy): average or slight above-average power; strong arm; no problems with high velocity; average speed; 5-10, 175 pounds

19. 2B Jalen Goree (Bibb County HS, Alabama): good defender; good athlete; gap power; average speed; average at best arm; Brandon Phillips comp; 5-9, 190

20. Georgia Southern SR 2B Eric Phillips: solid all-around skill set with no obvious weaknesses to his game; versatile defender who can step in and play a fine SS in a pinch, also has experience at 3B and could also be tried in OF; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .375/.452/.498 – 29 BB/20 K – 251 AB
2012: .379/.450/.548 – 24 BB/15 K – 219 AB – 27/31 SB

21. Pepperdine JR 2B Joe Sever: good speed; above-average pop; inconsistent defender, but has improved; has made a concerted effort to improve his approach (shorter to ball, more selective early in counts, better two-strike discipline) and the numbers bear it out; underrated prospect, but, like many on the list, will have to answer questions about defensive viability on the left side of the infield down the line

2011: .298/.359/.447 – 13 BB/45 K – 208 AB
2012: .431/.498/.584 – 22 BB/19 K – 197 AB – 9/9 SB

22. Michigan State rJR 2B Ryan Jones: good speed; good approach; limited power upside; already a good defender at 2B and can also play 3B effectively; no standout tool, but easy to walk away impressed with him as a heady, instinctive ballplayer who does the little things right; 5-10, 170 rounds

2011: .349/.446/.454 – 34 BB/12 K – 218 AB
2012: .369/.436/.498 – 32 BB/19 K – 241 AB – 8/11 SB

23. Southeastern Louisiana JR 2B Brock Hebert: strong hit tool; not much power; good speed; strong arm; leadoff profile but can get too aggressive at times; uses whole field well; great instincts; above-average range, also a capable SS; has evolved as a hitter over the years – he’s now much more disciplined and has learned when to and when not to be aggressive; prime candidate to hit the ground running in pro ball this summer and have people wondering how he fell as far as he did in the draft; 5-9, 170 pounds

2011: .325/.439/.425 – 28 BB/36 K – 200 AB
2012: .351/.455/.490 – 28 BB/29 K – 202 AB – 36/43 SB

24. 2B Joe Munoz (Los Altos HS, California): good athlete; strong arm; above-average speed; really impressive defensive tools; not super toolsy overall, but gets it done defensively; no standout tool, but good all over; 6-3, 180 pounds

25. 2B Nick Basto (Archbishop McCarthy HS, Florida): strong arm, but best utilized at second; some think he sticks at SS

25. 2B Tim Lopes (Edison HS, California): really good defender at second; strong arm; plus speed; emerging hit tool; has a chance to stick at SS; no raw power; consistently plays above his tools

26. Rice JR 2B Michael Ratterree: above-average raw power, though it is currently mostly to gaps; average runner; versatile defender with extensive experience in the outfield; question that has followed him for years goes back to his defense – he may or may not stick in infield long-term; for me, his actual defense (hands, actions, range) all work well at second, but it is the accuracy of his arm that will make or break him; smart hitter; good athlete; stronger than most middle infield prospects; 6-1, 195 pounds

2011: .335/.397/.492 – 23 BB/42 K – 260 AB
2012: .269/.403/.456 – 35 BB/28 K – 160 AB – 5/6 SB

27. Stony Brook JR 2B Maxx Tissenbaum: great approach; strong hit tool with a short swing well-suited for hard contact; improving defender, but may lack speed to pay up the middle – I think he can stick at 2B, but am not sold he can get by on the left side of the infield, thus limiting his utility potential; 5-11, 190 pounds

2011: .308/.400/.505 – 21 BB/12 K – 198 AB
2012: .344/.413/.472 – 18 BB/4 K – 195 AB – 0/1 SB

28. 2B Jordan Ebert (Baldwin County HS, Alabama): good defender; quick bat; 6-1, 180 pounds

29. 2B Jack Dunham (Fallbrook HS, California): good arm; whole field approach

30. 2B Richie Martin (Bloomingdale HS, Florida): good defender; average arm; plus speed; good athlete; some think he can stay at SS

31. Jefferson (MO) CC SO 2B Brett Wiley: good speed; strong arm; intriguing hit tool; may be pushed to 2B as pro

2012: .418/.519/.712 – 44 BB – 177 AB – 28/31 SB

32. Pensacola CC SO 2B Frankie Ratcliff: plus runner; some pop; good defender; kicked off Miami team, but has landed on his feet nicely; 5-8, 170 pounds

2012: .391/.521/.717 – 26 BB – 92 AB – 29/33 SB

33. Dartmouth SR 2B Joe Sclafani: average at best speed; average or slightly better arm; average defensive tools; power to gaps; good approach; all he’s done is hit in four years of regular duty at Dartmouth – his upside may not match some other names on the list, but at some point during the draft somebody will make the call to stop ignoring a guy who has produced like he has; 5-11, 185 pounds

2011: .337/.401/.552 – 18 BB/18 K – 172 AB
2012: .288/.398/.442 – 26 BB/15 K – 163 AB – 4/5 SB

34. North Carolina JR 2B Tommy Coyle: above-average speed; good athlete; line drive swing; steady enough at SS that he can play there at times, but better fit at 2B; some pop, but more of a slap hitter at this point – when he gets ahead, he’s fine, but his two-strike approach needs work; 5-9, 170 pounds

2011: .326/.429/.433 – 43 BB/24 K – 270 AB
2012: .226/.341/.317 – 34 BB/27 K – 208 AB – 13/14 SB

35. Auburn SR 2B Creede Simpson: legit hit tool; good defender at second; above-average speed; can also play SS and 3B, as well as all three outfield spots; if limited to one position defensively, he’d be an iffy draft, but his versatility has great value, especially for teams looking to fill low-minors rosters; 6-2, 185 pounds

2011: .265/.336/.407 – 20 BB/34 K – 189 AB
2012: .310/.372/.427 – 22 BB/36 K – 232 AB – 26/34 SB

36. Indiana (PA) JR 2B Robbie Zinsmeister: good power upside; plus speed; solid defender

2012: .326/.439/.617 – 30 BB/23 K – 175 AB – 25 SB

37. 2B Forrest Perron (Strongsville HS, Ohio): good approach; smart player

38. 2B Brian Almand (Paul VI HS, New Jersey): strong arm; good defender

39. 2B Zachary Lain (Cheyenne Central HS, Wyoming): good athlete; good speed; defensively versatile; 6-2, 185 pounds

40. Rice JR 2B Christian Stringer: average speed; solid defender

2012: .364/.470/.484 – 38 BB/25 K – 217 AB – 4/9 SB

41. Missouri State SR 2B Brent Seifert: prepare yourself for lots of averages with Seifert, a rock solid college ballplayer with some big league upside; above-average hit tool; average at best power; average at best speed, and that’s generous; average at best arm; above-average defensive tools, can also handle 3B but arm and range are both stretched to limits there; most impressed by what he’s done with wood; 6-0, 200 pounds

2011: .302/.360/.496 – 19 BB/31 K – 232 AB
2012: .286/.402/.447 – 36 BB/30 K – 217 AB – 1/3 SB

42. Missouri State SR 2B Kevin Medrano: above-average speed; power upside is limited; fringy arm suited for 2B – the inability to play on the left side limits his utility future; good range; plus bat speed helps him make consistent hard contact; 6-1, 160 pounds

2011: .340/.393/.398 – 21 BB/14 K – 206 AB
2012: .330/.385/.410 – 17 BB/23 K – 200 AB – 11/16 SB

43. Santa Fe (FL) CC SO 2B Shane Kennedy: has always hit, but uptick in power has scouts wondering how strong his Clemson commitment really is – as his body has filled out, power has come and come fast; defensive versatility and experience at all four infield positions is a point in his favor; part of me thinks he’s a legitimate draft sleeper right now while part of me wants to see what he can do in the ACC first; 6-2, 190 pounds

2012: .364/.486/.647 – 29 BB/42 K – 173 AB – 21/22 SB

44. Eastern Kentucky SR 2B Richie Rodriguez: solid defender; credited for having a tremendous approach and the numbers (below) bear it out; average speed, but uses it well; not the toolsiest player in college ball, but production warrants a look on draft day; 5-10, 180 pounds

2012: .330/.429/.616 – 32 BB/12 K – 203 AB – 12/14 SB

45. Dallas Baptist JR 2B Austin Elkins: good athlete; above-average speed; surprising pop for his size, but quick wrists and good pitch recognition helps him drive any type of pitch, hard or soft; interesting prospect on a team full of underrated players; 5-11, 185 pounds

2012: .298/.392/.522 – 26 BB/25 K – 205 AB – 7/10 SB

46. Western Carolina SR 2B Ross Heffley: still love his approach and think his hit tool is underrated by many; 5-8, 185 pounds; from 2011: My notes on Heffley always come back to two simple words: good hitter. Ask anybody about Heffley and those will be the first two words out of their mouths. His other tools may not compare to the bat, and there are some unanswered questions about his ability to play anywhere but second base, but many think he’ll continue to be a good hitter, at least through the low minors.

2011: .389/.457/.611 – 30 BB/22 K – 229 AB
2012: .314/.408/.465 – 34 BB/13 K – 226 AB – 16/18 SB

47. Georgetown rJR 2B Mike Garza: versatile defender with experience at all infield spots; above-average hit tool; Stanford transfer; 6-1, 200 pounds

2011: .297/.361/.411 – 19 BB/21 K – 219 AB
2012: .370/.413/.584 – 13 BB/23 K – 219 AB – 10/15 SB

48. Indiana JR 2B Micah Johnson: good athlete; more raw power than most middle infielders in this class, but currently most of his power plays to the gaps; good speed; average at best defender, but has the chance to get better in time – it is more about concentration and technique than physical tools; limited arm before arm injury, so teams will need to be sure he can stick at 2B before using a pick on him; 5-11, 190 pounds

2011: .306/.378/.440 – 25 BB/48 K – 209 AB
2012: .188/.278/.359 – 7 BB/20 K – 64 AB – 7/9 SB

49. Loyola Marymount JR 2B Cullen Mahoney: pretty swing; can get too aggressive; gap power; steady defender; good hit tool

2012: .277/.405/.376 – 34 BB/34 K – 173 AB – 4/7 SB

50. Appalachian State JR 2B Hector Crespo: so many prospects get labeled as having “plus speed” (I’m guilty of this as well), but wind up finishing the season barely scraping double-digits in stolen bases – Crespo is a burner who backs it up on the field; works deep counts, not afraid to hit with two strikes; underrated prospect with at least one big league tool, could have a second if you buy into his defense (haven’t heard much either way there); 5-10, 175 pounds

2011: .295/.412/.379 – 38 BB/29 K – 190 AB
2012: .275/.393/.372 – 39 BB/38 K – 207 AB – 30/32 SB

51. LSU SR 2B Tyler Hanover: way more pop than you’d expect from a hitter his size; very good defender; can play around infield, including an above-average 3B and a playable SS; above-average speed; makes consistent hard contact to the point where you start to believe he may just hang around long enough in the minors to eventually break through; 5-6, 160 pounds

2011: .316/.414/.342 – 33 BB/16 K – 193 AB
2012: .301/.385/.383 – 22 BB/24 K – 193 AB – 2/6 SB

52. Purdue rSR 2B Eric Charles: plus glove; steady performer with bat who often gets overlooked in potent Purdue attack; 5-10, 180 pounds

2011: .351/.416/.502 – 19 BB/19 K – 225 AB
2012: .415/.477/.491 – 21 BB/21 K – 212 AB – 16/18 SB

53. Texas SR 2B Jordan Etier: good speed; above-average defender; can also play an average SS; despite disciplinary incident off-field, no questions about his on-field makeup; 5-11, 180 pounds

2011: .260/.333/.377 – 15 BB/32 K – 215 AB
2012: .288/.378/.411 – 19 BB/26 K – 146 AB – 8/10 SB

54. Clemson SR 2B Jason Stolz: average or better speed; plus arm strength that will help him turn the double play at second; good defender at three spots – 2B, 3B, and SS; plus upside at 2B; has the great athleticism you’d expect from such a versatile player; for all the pluses he brings to the table defensively, it remains a big question whether or not he’ll ever hit enough to make it worth his while; 6-2, 205 pounds

2011: .301/.367/.373 – 18 BB/33 K – 193 AB
2012: .284/.348/.403 – 18 BB/41 K – 211 AB – 4/8 SB

55. Indiana State rJR 2B Koby Kraemer: surprising pop; plus speed; capable defender all over diamond; great athlete; 5-9, 175 pounds

2011: .322/.371/.466 – 18 BB/28 K – 236 AB
2012: .265/.322/.365 – 14 BB/45 K – 219 AB – 3/3 SB

56. Wright State SR 2B Zach Tanner: average defender on the left side of the infield with tools that could play up at 2B; decent bat speed with above-average pop for a middle infielder; 6-2, 200 pounds

2011: .341/.392/.514 – 15 BB/33 K – 214 AB
2012: .281/.341/.413 – 15 BB/27 K – 167 AB – 1/3 SB

57. Tulane JR 2B Brennan Middleton: solid speed; good defender

2011: .291/.379/.381 – 16 BB/17 K – 134 AB
2012: .377/.435/.455 – 17 BB/31 K – 191 AB – 14/18 SB

58. North Carolina A&T SR 2B Marquis Riley:

2011: .324/.405/.493 – 29 BB/4 K – 207 AB
2012: .324/.400/.408 – 26 BB/9 K – 213 AB – 11/16 SB

59. Central Florida SR 2B Travis Shreve: good speed; good defender; handles the bat really well; limited power

2011: .327/.387/.399 – 14 BB/28 K – 223 AB
2012: .345/.407/.420 – 10 BB/18 K – 174 AB – 14/22 SB

60. Gonzaga SR 2B Alex Stanford: one of the prettier swings in the college game; can hit it to all fields; good speed; needs to improve defensively and tighten up approach; has a chance to go late to a team that buys the bat and can be patient as he figures it out in the field

2012: .311/.370/.427 – 6 BB/26 K – 164 AB – 8/12 SB

61. Holy Cross JR 2B Alex Maldonado: reputation as good glove, iffy bat prospect well-earned; above-average speed; average at best arm fits better at 2B than it would at SS; 5-9, 180 pounds

2011: .274/.316/.325 – 11 BB/40 K – 197 AB
2012: .269/.345/.335 – 21 BB/44 K – 212 AB – 14/21 SB

62. UC Irvine SR 2B Tommy Reyes: no standout tool, but pesky hitter who finds a way to get on base at a consistently high clip

2011: .301/.414/.364 – 28 BB/35 K – 173 AB
2012: .277/.411/.390 – 28 BB/23 K – 141 AB – 7/8 SB

63. New Mexico State JR 2B Parker Hipp: raw totals are inflated by home park, but park/schedule adjusted numbers still show his tremendous plate discipline; getting him into pro ball may help him go back to a less power-oriented swing; solid glove

2011: .272/.407/.396 – 38 BB/17 K – 169 AB
2012: .246/.413/.324 – 49 BB/25 K – 179 AB – 4/6 SB

64. Virginia SR 2B Keith Werman: regular readers of the site know that I’m not easily impressed with players often labeled “scrappy,” “gritty,” or “gamers,” but even a cynical black-hearted monster of a man like me can appreciate and respect the way Werman plays the game; his strengths are fairly straight forward: he’s a plus defender who has experience all over the diamond (including both SS and C), he can run pretty well, and he knows how to tire a pitcher out; he’s also undersized (5-7, 150 pounds) with little to no power, and a swing that sometimes gets him in trouble; all in all, he’s an easy player to root for but one of the draft’s longest of long shots to make it in pro ball

2011: .239/.385/.264 – 33 BB/25 K – 197 AB
2012: .310/.425/.366 – 29 BB/19 K – 142 AB – 5/8 SB

65. Florida Southern SR 2B Cory Jensen: great approach; average at best speed; good baseball player with no weak tool, but also no strong tool to set him apart; 6-0, 200 pounds

2012: .335/.409/.473 – 20 BB/14 K – 167 AB – 5/5 SB

66. Miami JR 2B Michael Broad: above-average speed; sacrificed some power for a better approach in 2011, but discipline went back a step in 2012; has gotten stronger since enrolling in school; may or may not hit enough going forward, but the biggest current question he faces is about his defense – without mincing words, he’s not a very good defender right now; on the plus side, he’s defensively versatile – he can also play 3B, but. like 2B, not particularly well; 5-11, 200 pounds

2011: .272/.401/.440 – 24 BB/24 K – 125 AB
2012: .270/.369/.429 – 16 BB/27 K – 126 AB – 6/10 SB

67. Santa Fe (FL) CC rSO 2B Jacob Tillotson: plus arm that is enough for left side of infield if his drafting team thinks he has the athleticism for it; not an overall toolsy player, but has good track record of production

2012: .282/.431/.379 – 25 BB/43 K – 174 AB

68. Richmond rJR 2B Adam McConnell: good defender; good speed; can also play SS and 3B, so there’s at least a glimmer of a utility future here; area scouts who have seen him often vouch for him as a solid mid-round pick; 6-0, 190 pounds

2012: .251/.346/.327 – 22 BB/30 K – 199 AB – 12/17 SB

69. South Carolina JR 2B Chase Vergason:

2012: .253/.396/.354 – 14 BB/12 K – 79 AB – 0/0 SB

70. Maryland SR 2B Ryan Holland: expected to hit from Day 1 at Maryland as an advanced junior college bat, but has never quite lived up to lofty expectations offensively; has remained a steady defender – good at 2B, decent at 3B and SS; 6-0, 180 pounds

2011: .282/.392/.397 – 28 BB/50 K – 174 AB
2012: .242/.385/.343 – 17 BB/27 K – 99 AB – 1/3 SB

71. Stetson rSR 2B Robert Crews: no carrying tool, but strong college track record and decent approach

2011: .356/.414/.456 – 23 BB/52 K – 250 AB
2012: .325/.400/.409 – 24 BB/30 K – 203 AB – 7/10 SB

72. Georgia Tech JR 2B Sam Dove: above-average speed; steady defender

2011: .322/.411/.368 – 21 BB/32 K – 171 AB
2012: .333/.400/.421 – 25 BB/41 K – 228 AB – 12/13 SB

73. 2B Brandon Kaupe (Baldwin HS, Hawaii): good speed; 5-5, 180 pounds

74. Texas State SR 2B Tyler Sibley: collapse at the plate undermines his solid all-around skill set; strong hit tool; great approach; steady glove; can also play OF

2011: .324/.417/.461 – 37 BB/19 K – 256 AB
2012: .227/.332/.299 – 27 BB/14 K – 194 AB – 14/21 SB

75. Stephen F. Austin State JR 2B Freddy Villalobos: free swinger with decent pop by middle infield standards; average at best defender; 6-0, 190 pounds

2012: .335/.379/.453 – 6 BB/30 K – 179 AB – 3/6 SB

76. Georgia Tech SR 2B Conner Winn: good runner; good defender; can play both 3B and SS; disappointing season has submarined draft stock

2012: .180/.271/.230 – 8 BB/12 K – 61 AB – 4/5 SB

77. TCU JR 2B Josh Gonzales: plus speed; steady defender; will have to try it again in 2013 after lost 2012 season

2012: .216/.341/.216 – 7 BB/10 K – 37 AB – 0/0 SB

78. Wake Forest JR 2B Mark Rhine: good natural feel for hitting; little power; good speed; strong arm; will likely have to try again as a senior sign in need of a bigger 2013 season after uninspiring start to college career; 6-1, 185 pounds

2011: .180/.276/.210 – 7 BB/15 K – 100 AB
2012: .267/.339/.333 – 15 BB/20 K – 165 AB – 4/6 SB

79. Arkansas SR 2B Bo Bigham: smart base runner with decent speed; good athlete; steady defender; capable of playing around the diamond (3B and OF); has a good head on his shoulders, but likely not enough bat to stick; 5-10, 185 pounds

2011: .283/.349/.359 – 19 BB/35 K – 237 AB
2012: .270/.319/.328 – 10 BB/25 K – 174 AB – 7/10 SB

80. Liberty JR 2B Bryan Aanderud: strong hit tool; steady defender

2012: .363/.466/.453 – 30 BB/17 K – 212 AB – 4/5 SB

81. Radford SR 2B Brett Mollenhauer: good defender; good approach; average speed that plays up;

2011: .214/.261/.265 – 13 BB/20 K – 215 AB
2012: .303/.390/.374 – 30 BB/22 K – 211 AB – 3/5 SB

82. Louisiana-Monroe SR 2B Caleb Clowers: disciplined hitter, but not strong enough in any one area to break into pro ball

2011: .278/.339/.370 – 19 BB/21 K – 216 AB
2012: .279/.343/.320 – 20 BB/19 K – 219 AB – 9/12 SB

83. Vanderbilt SR 2B Riley Reynolds: strong glove, no stick; 6-1, 190 pounds

2011: .343/.398/.386 – 13 BB/23 K – 166 AB
2012: .214/.235/.306 – 3 BB/14 K – 98 AB – 2/2 SB

84. Oakton (IL) CC FR 2B Tyler Palmer: holding down an honorary spot in recognition of the hard work he put in to come back from a devastating injury; at his best he shows above-average speed, a strong arm, and not much power; a “serious arm laceration” put his future in jeopardy – he’s back, but not 100% as he still struggles with gripping a ball, he played OF after his recovery, his likely future home; I’m not sure what his future holds, but I still like his hit tool even after the injury

Stats updated: 5/2/12



  1. […] (Ongoing) 2012 MLB Draft Second Base Prospect Rankings […]

  2. Jon Reynolds says:

    If you want any credibility you need to list high productivity players from some smaller D1 schools instead of hyping larger school players who have NEVER played significant Innings or been able to win a starting position at a school with weak 2B candidates. Makes the list worthless.

    • Rob Ozga says:

      Charming. I had thought that the word in parentheses — “Ongoing,” in case you still don’t see it — in the title would be enough to keep anybody from making a comment like this, but I guess not. As I’ve said before and as the word ongoing implies, the lists are always being updated. There’s still a few weeks left between now and June 4 to add the smaller D1 school prospects that are missing. The larger school players who have been added so far have been included at random – I could honestly care less about college baseball, at least from a fan and winning/losing perspective, so there’s no secret agenda hyping one player over another here. Or I’m lying and my lists are worthless. Either way.

      For what it’s worth, I don’t think any player currently listed from Etier to Reynolds (the group I’m assuming you are referring to) will be drafted in June. Just trying to build as complete a list as possible. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. Jon Reynolds says:

    I apologize, sorry about that, you have been touting Connor Winn for years, it seems, and he has not shown anything at the college level. In previous years your list has been pretty accurate. Disregard my last post.

  4. H says:

    Overlooked? What about Derek Hagy for division 1 UTPA? Batted .332 as leadoff, 70 hits, 37 rbi, 12 k in over 240 ab, 18 bb, 49 runs. Though played OF this year, was previously 2nd base all confertence in jc. Runs 6.6-6.7 in 60. Bats left. Good glove.

  5. H says:

    Derek Hagy, jr.,5′ 8″, 175 lbs. UT Pan AM, 2nd Base/ OF.

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