2018 Draft - Top 6 Second Basemen Available in the Draft


    1.     Nick Madrigal                    Oregon State

2080 Baseball - Smaller in stature, needs some additional strength; good baseball player with good instincts for the game; played both second base and shortstop in viewings; arm is playable at short but fits better at second base; pesky, aggressive hitter who makes good contact and sprays the ball around to all fields; good bat control, barrels up balls; singles/doubles hitter with projection to average hit tool (50); limited pull power which will play below-average at maturity; 80-grade runner clocking home-to-first times in the 3.94-to-4.10 second range; good instincts on the bases with ability to be a quality base stealer; average quickness in hands with average fielding actions; average range at second base; defensive tools likely too limited to overexpose at shortstop.


Update:  Madrigal is currently out from 4-6 weeks

    2.     Carlos Cortes                      South Carolina

Gamecock website - 2017 (Freshman) - Played in 50 games with 43 starts and hit .286 (48-for-168) with 27 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple, a team-high 12 homers and 41 RBIs. .565 slugging percentage to go along with a .368 on-base percentage. Hit three homers, drove in eight runs, scored five times and walked eight times in the SEC Tournament

    3.     Nick Dunn                            Maryland

Maryland website - 2016 CBN/Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American - As a Sophomore (2017): Summer: Starred for the Brewster Whitecaps on their run to the Cape Cod League title...won playoff co-MVP after batting .306 with seven runs scored and seven RBIs...batted .333 for the season and earned CCBL All-League honors...Spring: Started all 61 games...has now started the first 118 games of his career...batted .261 with a career high five home runs...walked 28 times to just 23 strikeouts...drove in 32 runs and scored 40 runs...

    4.      Jared Poland                      Cathedral HS (IN)

PG Grade: 10 - Jared Poland is a 2018 2B/RHP/3B with a 5-11 190 lb. frame from Indianapolis, IN who attends Cathedral HS. Strong athletic build, pretty mature physically. Right handed hitter, very easy and compact low tension swing, creates very good bat speed, always seems to be on time, very strong hands, ball comes off the barrel loud and hard, has one of the better hitting tools in the 2018 class. Very good straight ahead runner, 6.61 in the sixty, primary second base now but may migrate to a corner position in the future, arm strength is solid. Bat is his carrying tool. Good student, verbal commitment to Louisville.

    5.     Ako Thomas                        Michigan

Michigan website - Sophomore (2017) • All-Big Ten First Team selection • ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region second team
• Academic All-Big Ten • Finished the season with a .354 batting average and a team-leading .994 fielding percentage • Compiled a 38-game reached-base streak before being sidelined due to injury
• Led Michigan and the Big Ten in batting average and on-base percentage • Tallied a season-high four hits against Illinois (Apr. 8) and Michigan State (Apr. 18) • Stole a career-high four bases against Seton Hall (Feb. 19) • Tied his career-high with three runs scored against Michigan State (Apr. 18) • Went 3-for-4 with two RBI at Loyola Marymount (Mar. 1) • Went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in a 14-4 win over Oklahoma (Apr. 14)

    6.     Alec Sanchez                       Providence HS (FL)

PG Grade: 10 - Alec Sanchez is a 2018 2B/SS with a 5-11 195 lb. frame from Jacksonville, FL who attends Providence HS. Medium build, pretty mature physically, good present strength. 6.73 in the sixty, 4.25 home to first, speed and athleticism keeps improving. Left handed hitter, stays tall on his back side, drives down into the ball from his upper half, upper half swing, uses his glide into contact to create bat speed, instinctive timing skills, ball comes off the barrel surprisingly hard, has pull power, has always been a high performance hitter. Third base actions defensively, actions are long but there is plenty of raw arm strength, good on his back hand. Bat is his carrying tool. Very good student, verbal commitment to Florida State.


Tom Brennan said...

Madrigal and Poland look good to me.

Mack Ade said...

Madrigal's broken wrist probably cost him a top 5 pick

I would pass on him at #6... frankly, Cecchini is beginning to prove out just as good as picking Madrigal.

BTW... did you notice Ceech's snarky comment on Twitter yesterday?

Eddie Corona said...

What was the comment?

Tom Brennan said...

Mack, think that Madrigal can slip to the 2nd round?

Whatever Cecchini said, performance = successful career. And we want you to succeed, Gavin. Time for a breakout year.

Unknown said...

Lets thank God TC isn't at the helm anymore or GC would be buried on the bench in Vegas. Could we finally get a break with a first round pick other than Conforto and have him succeed (hey Brandon pay attention this is your shot too)...stay tuned and thanks Mickey for noticing.

Tom Brennan said...

Gary, it is a new day

So far, pitching is excellent - that is the 2018 key

Mack Ade said...

Eddie -

Comment on his Twitter account was: "Back then they didn’t want me, now I’m hot they all on me"

Uncalled for

Mack Ade said...

Tom -

No I don't think so.

Madrigal is a legit first rounder and he'd never get past that... unless the broken write becomes more than a 4-6 week problem and he's lost for the season.

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