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TDG’S 2024 PLAYERS TO TARGET: SECOND BASEMEN

This is a companion piece to our 2024 Dynasty League Rankings. The opinions below are my own and do not reflect the TDG consensus.

NOLAN GORMAN, ST LOUIS CARDINALS, (AGE: 24, RANK: 11)

In the 2023 second base rankings I wrote up Gorman (who really needs a nickname, any suggestions put in the comments and we’ll try to get it trending) after a rough 2022 debut dropped him down to 23 on our rankings. At the time I wrote “He really didn’t warrant the drop of ten spots on our list, and I would be looking to buy this offseason to capitalize on his rough end to 2022.” If you heeded that advice, Gorman paid off in 2023 to the tune of 27 homers, 135 Runs + RBI, and a slash line of .236/.328/.478 in only 119 games (464 AB).

Yes, those homers are nice, and also yes, that average is no bueno; with a 32% K rate also will not do, though a 11.4% walk rate belies a decent OBP. The left-handed hitting young slugger has a major league HR rate of 16.8 so far in his two partial season big league career; historically that puts him with a group of hitters like Mo Vaughn, Rob Deer, Willie Stargell and Eddie Mathews, to name a few.

Not saying Gorman gets there, but he’s a former top prospect who produced like one, and the fantasy community at large is fading him, due to that low batting average and high K rate, and…back problems. Yeah, back problems for a 24-year-old are never good, but the story this off-season is Gorman hiring a nutritionist that should help, so, fingers crossed? Gorman told this to mlb.com a few weeks ago,

“As far as body-wise, core stability, mobility and flexibility — things to help with the back — I’ve even done different nutrition stuff to help with inflammation. It’s been a good offseason for me, and I’m excited to get to spring.”

To put my money where my mouth is, I acquired Gorman in two 16-team Dynasty leagues this offseason; one for a package of prospects: Tekoah Roby, Xavier Isaac and Joey Cantillo; in the other for Xavier Isaac (again, I do like him though) and Justin Steele. I see him having a highly successful 80/35/100 season and vaulting easily into the top five at 2B.

Luisangel Acuña, NEW YORK METS, (AGE: 21, RANK: 44)

After getting traded to the Mets at the deadline last year, one would think his Dynasty value would have skyrocketed, but it hasn’t for some reason. Yes, he is nestled inside most top-50 prospect lists, but he was there before the trade. He had a rough showing at Double-A as a 20-year-old in the Rangers system but started 2023 promisingly before he was traded, in 84 games he stole 42 bases with seven homers and a fine-looking slash line of .315/.377/.453. For the Mets Double-A Binghampton team, he didn’t do that well, but that was only 37 games.

If the Mets are really, really aggressive and Acuña does well enough in Spring he could be a bench bat, but most likely he starts back at Double-A and look for an early promotion to Triple-A, perhaps making his debut later in 2024. He will bring runs and steals with a decent average once he’s a full-time regular, that plays in all leagues.

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Phil Barrington

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Fantasy player since 1999, specializing in OPS leagues. Accountant by day, fantasy writer by night. Spreadsheets are life.

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