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10 Best Second Basemen (2B) in MLB

The middle infield positions are among the most important defensive positions on a baseball field. While defense is at a premium, the positions have also taken on an increasingly important role offensively. There have been great performances at second base in 2023. Let’s take a look at the best 2nd basemen from this past season.

Best Second Basemen (2B) in MLB

10. Nico Hoerner (Chicago Cubs)

Hoerner appeared in 112 games with the Cubs over his first three MLB seasons before becoming a full-time starter in 2022.

His offensive numbers in 2023 were solid, although not spectacular. Hoerner his .283 with 27 doubles, nine home runs, 68 RBI, and 48 stolen bases.

He makes the best 2nd baseman list due to his outstanding fielding, winning the Gold Glove Award with a .988 fielding percentage.

Hoerner will turn 27 years old during the 2024 season and should continue to improve offensively as he enters his prime.

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9. Andres Gimenez (Cleveland Guardians)

Gimenez finished 7th in the NL Rookie of the Year in 2020 as a member of the New York Mets.

He made his first All-Star appearance while with the Guardians in 2021, hitting .297 with 17 home runs and 69 RBI.

In addition, Gimenez dazzled in the field and won his first Gold Glove Award. Gimenez declined slightly at the plate last season but still hit .251 with 15 home runs, 62 RBI and 30 stolen bases.

He won his second Gold Glove Award after committing only six errors and a .991 fielding percentage.

8. Bryson Stott (Philadelphia Phillies)

Stott showed promise as a 24-year-old rookie in 2022, hitting .234 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI playing more shortstop than second base.

He made the switch to full-time second base last season and didn’t disappoint. Stott hit .280 with 32 doubles, 15 home runs, 69 RBI, and 30 stolen bases in 151 games.

He was a finalist for the Gold Glove Award and posted a fielding percentage of .992 after making only five errors the entire season.

Stott was solid in the playoffs with 11 hits in 46 at-bats.

7. Gleybor Torres (New York Yankees)

Torres jumped onto the MLB scene in a big way, earning All-Star nods in each of his first two seasons.

Torres has shown considerable power, surpassing 20 home runs in a season four of his first six seasons.

In 2023, Torres hit .273 with 28 doubles, 25 home runs, and 68 RBI. Torres is merely average defensively, committing 15 errors for a .975 fielding percentage, but he makes up for it with his bad.

He should remain a top ten best second baseman for years to come.

6. Jose Altuve (Houston Astros)

Altuve has been one of the best second basemen in the league for the last decade. He is a seven-time All-Star, three-time league leader in batting average, four times leading in hits, and 2017 AL MVP.

At the age of 33, Altuve might not be at the top of his game, but he still hit .311 in an injury-plagued 2023 season with 17 home runs and 51 RBI.

He has thrived in the postseason, hitting three home runs in the ALCS versus the Rangers this past season.

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5. Ketel Marte (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Marte finished his ninth MLB season in 2023 and the seventh with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

His best season came in his All-Star campaign of 2019 in which he hit 32 home runs and drove in 92 runs with a .329 batting average. Marte’s home run total of 25 and RBI total of 82 in 2023 were the second-highest of his career.

He dominated in the playoffs, going 22-for-65 with nine extra-base hits. Marte is also more than adequate in the field, committing only eight errors last season in 145 games.

4. Ha-Seong Kim (San Diego Padres)

After seven seasons in the Korean League, Kim made his MLB debut with the Padres in 2021 at the age of 25.

He hit only .202 in 117 games as a rookie but improved to .251 with 11 home runs and 59 RBI in 2022. In 2023, Kim took a step towards the next level both at the plate and in the field.

He hit .260 with 17 home runs, 60 RBI, and 38 stolen bases. Defensively, Kim committed only four errors with a fielding percentage of .991, winning his first Gold Glove Award.

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3. Luis Arraez (Miami Marlins)

Arraez began his MLB career with the Minnesota Twins in 2019 and hit .334 in 92 games. He played three more seasons in Minnesota, earning his first All-Star appearance in 2022 when he led the league in hitting at .316.

The Marlins acquired Arraez in a trade with the Twins on January 20, 2023. Arraez went on to have the best season of his career, leading the league with a .354 batting average, 10 home runs, and 69 RBI.

His .993 fielding percentage was one of the best in the league at second base.

2. Ozzie Albies (Atlanta Braves)

Albies has spent his entire seven-year MLB career with the Braves. He hit .286 as a rookie and made his first All-Star team in 2018.

Albies has hit at least 20 home runs in a season four times and is coming off back-to-back 30-home-run campaigns. This past season, he made his third All-Star team and set career-highs in home runs (33) and RBI (109).

Although not spectacular in the field, Albies was solid with a .986 fielding percentage. In the 2023 postseason, he went 4-for-15 in the Braves loss to the Phillies.

1. Marcus Semien (Texas Rangers)

Semien has consistently been among the best second basemen in the league for the past decade.

He spent his first seasons with the White Sox before a six-year run in Oakland. Semien made his first All-Star team in 2021 when he blasted 45 home runs and knocked in 102 runs.

He hit 26 home runs in his first season with the Rangers and in 2023 led the league in runs and hits, while hitting 29 home runs and knocking in 100 runs.

Semien was excellent in the World Series, going 7-for-24 with a triple and two home runs to help the Rangers to their first World Series championship.

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