This article is part of our The Z Files series.
This week's tour around the diamond stops at the keystone with my top 22 second baseman. Second base is an odd position where quantity trumps quality. There isn't much at the top, but with so many players carrying multi-position eligibility including second base, it runs quite deep. The dearth of studs could change as there are a few up-and-coming youngsters at the position.
With respect to eligibility, recall last week I decided to include the player at each position he qualifies, so there will be some redundancy. This week, I'm abridging that a little. The players will still be listed at each position; however, I'll extend the list to write about 20 new players each week. That is, last time, DJ LeMahieu and Max Muncy made the cut at first base, so I've listed 22 second baseman to avail 20 pithy blurbs.
22. Michael Chavis, Boston Red Sox
Chavis barely makes this list after just missing the top 20 at first base. If it's clear he'll play every day come the spring, the second-year slugger will leapfrog up several spots, into the mid-teens. Currently, Boston doesn't have anything locked down on the right side, but things could change. Bobby Dalbec is possible for first base while the club could look for some cheap veteran help at either spot. Chavis' rookie campaign was part and parcel to that of many young batters when it came to contact issues. Opposing pitchers induced him to chase high heat before he adjusted. Then,