Whit Merrifield, Royals

A late bloomer, Merrifield now must be included on the short list of the best second basemen in the game. Now 30 years old, he led the American League in both hits (192) and steals (45) in 2018. He also batted .304 with 12 home runs and 43 doubles. His impressive year gave him a 17th-place finish in American League MVP voting.