Friday, February 22, 2013

2013 Fantasy Baseball Position Rankings: Second Basemen


Article by Anthony Cavalcante
 
 

Great Players

1. Robinson Cano 

Cano hit .313 with 33 homers and 94 RBIs last season. That’s a pretty good stat line for most fantasy hitters. But Cano isn’t like most fantasy hitters. He’s a second basemen. You aren’t going to find another second basemen to match those numbers. He should be the first second basemen off the board and will probably be gone before the 2nd round is over. Maybe even the first.

Very Good Players

2. Dustin Pedroia 

Former MVP Dustin Pedroia is probably the second best option at second base. He hits for a high average, steals around 20 bases, and hits around 20 homers a year. There’s not many second basemen in the league that can do that. After Cano, he’s your best bet at second.

3. Ian Kinsler 

Kinsler is very good. He’s not gonna hit for a high average, but he’ll get your a lot of homers, RBIs, and stolen bases. His home run production dropped from 32 to 19 last year, but I expect him to hit 25+ this season. Once Cano is gone, he’s one of the best options at the weak second base position.

Good Players

4. Aaron Hill 

Aaron Hill is a very underrated second basemen, He hit .302 last year with 26 homers and 85 RBIs. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he were able to repeat this performance again this season. That’s good enough to make him a top 5 option at second base.

5. Rickie Weeks 

Weeks has hit at least 20 homers over the past 3 seasons and should be able to do it again this year. His career high was in 2010 when he slugged 29 of them. In 2011, he hit 20, but he missed a lot of time due to injury. Last year he was horrific at the beginning, but he still found a way to bounce back and hit 21. If he’s healthy, I expect him to be more towards the 29 mark, which makes him a top 5 second basemen. 

6. Brandon Phillips 

Year in and year out, Phillips puts up basically the same numbers. He’ll hit .280 with 20 homers and 80 RBIs. He’s as much of a sure thing as you can find and he, once again, is a top 10 option, maybe even top 5, at a very thin position.

7. Ben Zobrist

Zobrist is another option at second base that should hit around 20 homers. He’s also eligible to play shortstop (and outfield) which is a plus. He’s pretty much a sure thing and he’s a solid starter at second or short.

Decent Players

8. Danny Espinosa

Danny Espinosa is a pretty good option at either second base or shortstop. He hits around 20 homers a year and steals 20 bases as well. He should be able to improve on both of those things as well as bring up his batting average. You should be happy if you can grab him last as your starting second baseman or shortstop.

9. Chase Utley

Utley used to easily be the number one option at second base. Due to injuries, he isn’t anymore. He has the potential to perform as well as Cano, but he hasn’t proved that he is back just yet. He will be healthy this season, however. Take a chance on Utley after the better options are gone. He may end up as a top 3 second baseman.

10. Dan Uggla

Uggla is obviously not a good hitter for average, but he always puts up tremendous power numbers. His homers dropped off last year, but they should at least be back to 25, probably more, for this upcoming season. That being said, he’s a pretty good starting second baseman.

OK Players

11. Howard Kendrick

Kendrick isn’t too bad of an option out there at 2nd. He always hits for a high average and will probably hit somewhere in between 10-20 homers. There’s not many second basemen that are good enough to do this, but try to draft the ones that are before looking at Kendrick.

12. Jason Kipnis

Kipnis steals a lot of bases and also has some pop in his bat. He’s gonna steal 30+ bases, and also will probably hit around 15 homers. At second base, those are pretty good numbers. Try to get someone else first, but its not the end of the world if you end up with him,

13. Kelly Johnson

Johnson is a pretty good power hitter. Yes, his numbers have declined over the past few seasons, but I think he can bounce back. If he does, he will be a solid option at second. But for now, only draft him if there’s no one else good left.

14. Jose Altuve

Altuve hit for a fairly high average last year and swiped 33 bases as well. At most positions, he probably wouldn’t be drafted. But since he is a second basemen, he’s a pretty good option. However, there are better options available, and you should try to get one of them.

15. Gordon Beckham

Beckham doesn’t hit for that high of an average. His only upside is that he has some pop. At best, he could hit around 20-25 homers, but he’s more likely to hit in the high teens. You should probably try to draft a different second basemen.

Sleepers

Jurickson Profar

According to Baseball America, Profar is the number 1 prospect in all of baseball. He can hit for power, average, and steal bases. However, the Rangers already have a good middle infield in Kinsler and Andrus. They also have Beltre at 3rd. If they can find room to play Profar, maybe switch Beltre to 1st  or Kinsler to the outfield, then Profar will be able to succeed at the major league level. He was exposed to the majors last year, but he will probably start in AAA. But if he’s playing well, which he probably will, expect the Rangers to make room for him on their roster, and you should do the same.

1 comment:

  1. Ugh, Gordon Beckham doesn't deserve to even sniff this list. There's several not here that I'd list in front of that slouch. Martin Prado, Danny Espinosa, Josh Rutledge, Michael Young, and maybe even Darwin Barney.

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