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Mixed League Top 30 Second Base Rankings

The middle infield can be thin, but Second Base does offer some depth. Is it worth reaching for the top few options, or can you wait for some of the lunch pail gang?

Robinson Cano and the 2015 Second Base Rankings

The middle infield draws a lot of ire for its lack of depth, but second base is holding up its end of the bargain. There are a handful of multi-category studs among the second base rankings and several who can deliver big-time speed. While Anthony Rendon and Jose Altuve stood out last season, there is a pretty deep pool of solid bats in the Top 20.

In early mocks I’ve been struggling to add enough speed in multi-category players early and have had to settle for one dimensional speed guys later in the draft. I’m definitely not a fan of this, so my plan at second base is to net at least one player capable of 20-plus steals.

 

2015 Second Base Rankings

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Player Notes
1
Anthony Rendon The only real concern is his previous injury history. It would be nice if he can get enough time at second to maintain eligibility in 2016.
2
Jose Altuve 2013 K% – 12.6, 2014 K% – 7.5, more balls in play for a fast player is a good thing. BABIP Differential says there will be a little regression, but still a nice play.
3
Robinson Cano You can blame the park, but career high GB% and career-low FB% were just as much to blame for power outage. Expect a rebound to 20-ish HRs.
4
Ian Kinsler Big scary move to Detroit didn’t mean much. Number look incredibly familiar. And four straight years of 130-plus games.
5
Jason Kipnis Peripherals are right in line with previous two years… except for absurd 4.8 HR/FB%. That and sub less than favorable BABIP have me expecting a nice rebound.
6
Dee Gordon .039 BABIP Differential says to expect some regression, but 1st/2nd half splits weren’t as extreme as I thought, might turn into a value with people down on him.
7
Kolten Wong .275 BABIP for left with good speed seems low, 20/20 is not out of question. I see breakout.
8
Neil Walker Just pay for average of last seasons and count on it.
9
Daniel Murphy Like to see a rebound in SB, but not enough respect for a .290 hitter with double-digit HR and SB potential.
10
Dustin Pedroia Health would help, but hard to ignore downward trend in SB and HR.  Just another decent second baseman at this point.
11
Brandon Phillips  Maybe I’m giving him too much credit for his past. Still think 15-plus HRs and 80-plus RBIs is doable.
12
Brian Dozier Final numbers were skewed by 1st half. His 5 HRs and 5 SBs in second half are Daniel Murphy with a bad average. I may be on an island, but I see a huge bust.
13
Howie Kendrick Pick any of the previous five years. That’s Kendrick.
14
Ben Zobrist Negative trends in power and speed. New ballpark won’t help. He’s just a blue-collar second baseman at this point.
15
Jedd Gyorko I believe… I just might not pay for it. New lineup helps and power will rebound. Just needs to hit .250-plus to move up ranks.
16
Javier Baez He’ll probably bust… but if he doesn’t you just got 30 cheap HRs. At his likely ADP the risk may be worth it.
17
Aaron Hill Remember 2009? Yeah, not happening. Your guess is as good as anyone else’s here.
18
Brett Lawrie Lawrie profiles much better as a second baseman. Twelve HRs in 70 2014 games looks nice… Also had a -.040 BABIP. Just needs to stay on the field.
19
Chase Utley This is Chase Utley. He’s got a couple years like 2014 in him.
20
Martin Prado No hype, but the numbers look a lot like those put up by Howie Kendrick.
21
Scooter Gennett A poor man’s Martin Prado… Ok a younger poor man’s Martin Prado.
22
Dj Lemahieu He plays in Colorado and can steal double-digit bases. That pretty much sums it up.
23
Asdrubal Cabrera Well, there’s double-digit HRs and SBs. He’s got that going for him. He plays like a 29-year-old stuck in the body of a 35-year-old.
24
Omar Infante Just a small BABIP rebound and he’ll once again give us that empty average we’ve come to tolerate.
25
Arismendy Alcantara Struck out way too much (31.0 K%), but his .266 BABIP seems low for a player with his speed. He’s a wildcard, but his 10 HRs in 278 ABs and obvious speed show the promise.
26
Rougned Odor He probably needed more time in the minors but he held his own. Does Jurickson Profar pose a threat? Stay tuned.
27
Yangervis Solarte This is the guy you pick up when you starter is hurt.
28
Marcus Semien Might help in OBP leagues, but I just don’t see the love this guy is getting. I see serviceable.
29
Joe Panik Reminds me of Ryan Theriot without the speed and power… Yeah.
30
Jurickson Profar May start season in minors, but if he’s healthy there’s got to be a place for him. If I own Odor, I’m nervous.

Just Missed the Cut

  • Jonathan Schoop – Yeah, there’s some pop, but that average is a deal-breaker for me.
  • Nick Franklin – Looks like a hitter. Needs to start acting like one. Could move him up, but Asdrubal Cabrera may play some second base if the Rays give Tim Beckham a shot at short as is rumored.

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