This article is part of our Farm Futures series.Second base is like the land of misfit toys. These players are not good enough with the glove to play shortstop, and they may not be good enough hitters (or have a good enough arm) to profile at third base. The defensive shift can often cover up for players who lack lateral quickness at the keystone, but with that, the bar to clear to be an average offensive producer at the position continues to rise. Most teams have several players on the farm who have a chance to be competent big-league second baseman, and that internal competition also ups the bar. It is not quite like first base in terms of the pressure on players to produce offensively, but in many cases, when these players fail to live up to offensive expectations, there is nowhere for them to go but to a utility role.
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