Final 2020 Power Rankings: 2B (Lew @ #22)

Final 2020 Power Rankings: 2B (Lew @ #22)

  • Final 2020 Power Rankings: Second Base
    POSITION POWER RANKINGS D1 Baseball Staff - April 23, 2020

    Before the season started, we unveiled power rankings for every position, following the same guiding principle we used to form our Preseason All-America Teams: If we were building a team to win the 2020 national title, which players would we choose? Even though the season was canceled prematurely and there will be no national champion, we’ll stick to that philosophy with our final updated power rankings.
    These are NOT professional prospect lists, though they do take pure talent into consideration. We considered past performance and offensive statistics, but we also try to keep the numbers in context, because some leagues or ballparks are more offensive than others, and some leagues simply have more talent than others — so all stat lines are not created equal. And because the season was only four weeks long and nonconference strength of schedules vary so dramatically, we tried not to overreact to 2020 statistics. We made some adjustments based on performance this season, but we also gave some latitude to players who proved themselves over previous seasons and got off to slow starts this spring. We also considered defensive ability (especially at premium positions), makeup and reports of development in the preseason and the shortened spring season.
    Finally, remember that there are 301 Division I teams, and we’re ranking the top 10 percent of starting players at each position. Many good players in the remaining 90 percent just didn’t make the cut.
    With all that said, here’s a look at the top 30 second basemen in college baseball. With New Mexico State’s Nick Gonzales shifting from second to shortstop, Mississippi State’s Justin Foscue ascends to the top spot on the 2B list.
    Top 30 Second Basemen
    Rank Player, School AVG/OBP/SLG OPS AB HR RBI BB SO SB Preseason Rank
    1 Justin Foscue, Mississippi State .321/.464/.509 0.973 53 2 16 15 3 1 2
    2 Brian Klein, Texas Tech .391/.494/.580 1.074 69 1 13 15 9 0 3
    3 Matthew Guidry, Southern Miss .313/.566/.563 1.129 48 2 11 21 12 0 8
    4 Brooks Carlson, Samford .500/.644/.760 1.404 50 3 19 20 4 0 NR
    5 Zack Raabe, Minnesota .463/.526/.612 1.138 67 1 10 7 7 0 NR
    6 Austin Schultz, Kentucky .393/.479/.754 1.233 61 5 20 8 12 5 NR
    7 Tyler McDonough, NC State .354/.457/.554 1.011 65 3 16 14 10 7 6
    8 Drew Swift, Arizona State .365/.403/.460 0.863 63 1 16 5 12 1 NR
    9 Robert Moore, Arkansas .317/.403/.444 0.847 63 2 17 8 15 3 29
    10 Scott Dubrule, Jacksonville .426/.500/.544 1.044 68 1 6 10 5 3 NR
    11 Gray Rodgers, TCU .373/.464/.559 1.023 59 2 11 9 13 1
    12 Francisco Urbaez, Florida Atlantic .292/.403/.431 0.834 65 2 9 9 3 1 4
    13 Lucas Dunn, Louisville .273/.385/.455 0.84 11 0 4 2 1 0 9
    14 Taylor Young, Louisiana Tech .309/.420/.588 1.008 68 5 15 10 9 2 20
    15 Izaya Fullard, Iowa .400/.449/.583 1.032 60 2 21 5 7 2 NR
    16 Paul Witt, VCU .345/.513/.509 1.022 55 0 9 14 9 2 17
    17 Peyton Chatagnier, Ole Miss .311/.449/.574 1.023 61 4 13 13 16 3 NR
    18 Eduardo Malinowski, Pennsylvania .471/.526/.735 1.261 34 2 10 3 8 0 NR
    19 Alex Baratta, Binghamton .408/.492/.510 1.002 49 0 11 7 7 2 NR
    20 Nick Biddison, Virginia Tech .344/.425/.557 0.982 61 2 6 9 15 3 41 (OF list)
    21 Max Ferguson, Tennessee .333/.462/.524 0.986 42 2 6 8 9 9 NR
    22 Zach Lew, Cal State Fullerton .339/.453/.419 0.872 62 0 9 9 10 2 16 (3B list)
    23 Nate Fisbeck, McNeese .286/.351/.471 0.822 70 2 16 6 16 4 18
    24 Gavin Homer, Penn State .400/.500/.689 1.189 45 1 17 8 9 8 NR
    25 Daniel Harris IV, Eastern Kentucky .460/.541/.680 1.221 50 2 16 6 6 5 NR
    26 Jordan Cozart, Murray State .417/.486/.750 1.236 60 5 19 9 8 0 NR
    27 Zac Cook, UT Arlington .321/.500/.623 1.123 53 4 12 13 13 1 NR
    28 Will Vogelgesang, Miami (OH) .340/.439/.660 1.099 53 4 16 6 11 4 NR
    29 Darryn Davis, Toledo .400/.532/.550 1.082 60 1 17 13 6 1 NR
    30 Zach Lechnir, Central Michigan .350/.451/.533 0.984 60 2 15 10 11 2 NR