Now that the season is over we will review each position in the minor league system during the 2022 season. This week we will move onto the second base position. I will focus on guys who played majority of their games at second base.
Previous Position Reviews:
Santana was acquired via trade a few years ago but put together his best full season in the minor leagues in 2022. The 23-year-old posted a .859 OPS with 23 2B, 11 HR, 62 RBI in 97 games. He also posted solid walk and strikeout rates. He finished the season strong slashing .348/.449/.548 over the final 59 games. He was a steady bat all season long for Asheville and should get a good look in Corpus Christi in the 2023 season.
2022 Stats: 97 G, .297 BA/.386 OBP/.472 SLG, 23 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 62 RBI, 11 SB
Wagner was a 2021 draftee and had a good first full season in the Astros organization. Wagner played in 117 games between High-A and Double-A and slashed .261/.374/.394 with 19 2B, 10 HR, 53 RBI. He also put up a really good walk rate (13.5%) and strikeout rate (19.7%) as he made his way up the system. He is 24 now and should see some time in Triple-A next year.
2022 Stats: 117 G, .261 BA/.374 OBP/.394 SLG, 19 2B, 3 3B, 10 HR, 53 RBI, 8 SB
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Whitcomb had a really good 2021 but struggled in 2022 as he played the full season in Double-A. He had a couple solid months but overall had just a .682 OPS in 118 games. He did have 19 HR and 20 SB though.
2022 Stats: 118 G, .219 BA/.283 OBP/.399 SLG, 22 2B, 2 3B, 19 HR, 60 RBI, 20 SB
Laurenzo signed for $1.8 million in 2020. In 2022, he played the season at 19 years old and posted a .736 OPS with 21 BB/22 SO in 239 games. He has a lot of upside and we should see him in Fayetteville next season.
2022 Stats: 39 G, .272 BA/.377 OBP/.360 SLG, 5 2B, 1 HR, 15 RBI
Guerrero was drafted in 2019 and played in High-A and Double-A this season. He had a rough season though posting a .623 OPS in 85 games with 131 strikeouts.
2022 Stats: 85 G, .199 BA/.294 OBP/.329 SLG, 6 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 17 SB
The second base position will continue to be locked up for years to come. But looking at future options, Santana and Wagner had some strong seasons. Second base seems like a position where many guys transition to later after playing shortstop in the minors. So it is possible the future second baseman isn’t even in the system right now.