Top 5 Sleeper Second Basemen for 2023 Fantasy Baseball Season

Top 5 fantasy baseball sleeper second basemen for 2023 MLB season, including Bryson Stott.
Top 5 fantasy baseball sleeper second basemen for 2023 MLB season, including Bryson Stott. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Opening Day is just around the corner, but there's still time to research and prepare for your 2023 fantasy baseball drafts.

Thankfully, The Duel is here to help with our annual fantasy baseball preseason prep. You can check out our top 100 fantasy baseball player rankings here, as well as our top 25 team names.

In addition to our top 10 fantasy baseball second basemen for the 2023 MLB season, here are our top fantasy baseball sleeper second basemen as well.

Fantasy Baseball Second Basemen 2023

5. Kolten Wong, Seattle Mariners

Wong isn't flashy at the plate and is known more for his work in the field (two Gold Gloves), but he's quietly evolved into a solid offensive second baseman over the past few seasons. Last year was one of his best, as his 15 homers were a career-high and he stole 17 bases as well. Throw in his quality on-base skills and batting average, and Wong is set up for success in his first season with what looks like a potent Mariners lineup. Pencil the 32-year-old veteran in for another season of double-digit homers and steals with helpful counting numbers and ratios.

4. Jonathan Schoop, Detroit Tigers

The Tigers went into a team-wide hitting funk last year, and Schoop was one of the casualties. His numbers declined sharply in his age-30 season, disappointing fantasy gamers who were expecting his usual 20-25 home runs and solid batting average. Detroit is hopeful that a largely revamped coaching staff can help solve its issues at the plate, which could benefit a veteran slugger like Schoop as well. The former All-Star deserves another chance from fantasy GMs after putting up the worst season of his career last year, which looks like a fluke after his strong 2020 and 2021 campaigns with the Tigers.

3. Nolan Gorman, St. Louis Cardinals

Gorman was all-or-nothing as a rookie last year, hammering 14 homers in 89 games but also striking out a whopping 103 times. He obviously needs to work on his plate discipline, but the power is tantalizing, and could produce 20-25 homers in a full season. If he can cut down on the whiffs a bit and lift his average into the .240-.250 range, that would make him even more appealing from a fantasy perspective. The former first-round draft pick is still only 22 years old, so there's plenty of room for him to grow this season.

2. Jonathan India, Cincinnati Reds

India endured the dreaded sophomore slump after winning NL Rookie of the Year honors in 2021. He also missed nearly 60 games with injuries, which couldn't have helped, either. Even so, his .249/.327/.378 batting line wasn't terrible, proving he has a reasonably high floor after showcasing his All-Star caliber ceiling in 2021. Even if he merely splits the difference and winds up with around 15 homers, a .750 OPS and a few steals, that would still be pretty valuable.

1. Bryson Stott, Philadelphia Phillies

With the arrival of Trea Turner and the departure of Jean Segura this offseason, Stott is set to man the keystone in 2023 after appearing at shortstop, second base, and third base last year. The 2019 first-round pick held his own as a rookie in 2022, flashing solid power and speed with 10 home runs and 12 steals in 127 games while helping the Phillies reach the World Series. Having a stable position and more regular playing time should help the 25-year-old blossom in his second season, which could potentially result in his first 20/20 campaign.

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