3. 2B Edgardo Alfonzo, 2000

2000 Season stats — 544 at-bats, .324/.425/.542, 109 runs, 40 doubles, 25 home runs, 94 RBIs, 95 walks/70 strikeouts

A sudden emergence of power-hitting second baseman has taken over today’s game, with the Minnesota Twins Brian Dozier, Seattle Mariners Robinson Cano, Texas Rangers Rougned Odor and St. Louis Cardinals Jedd Gyorko all having hit over 30 homers in 2016.

But Edgardo Alfonzo did things a little earlier, hitting 25 homers of his own, paired with a .324 average and .425 on-base percentage in 2000. But where Alfonzo really stood out was his walk-to-strikeout ratio, where he managed 25 more walks than Ks – with none of the current four 2B above having come even near that mark last season. With those numbers, he managed an All-Star appearance and finished 15th in the National League MVP vote.

Alfonzo was also second only to Piazza on the team in home runs that year, creating a duo that would drive the Mets that year to the Subway Series on 94 wins and 807 runs scored under manager Bobby Valentine.

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