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2B Rankings Using ZiPS ROS

Posted By Jeff Zimmerman On May 16, 2012 @ 3:15 pm In Projections,Rankings,Second Base | 27 Comments

The folks at Baseball Think Factory are kind enough to supply Fangraphs with projected ZiPS values for each player covering the rest of the season. These values take the player’s preseason projection and how they have produced so far in 2012 and then estimate the player’s stats for the rest of the season.

I used Zach Sander’s formula to rank only 2B for the rest of the season.using z-scores. Here are the rest of season values for 2B order by their current z-score and some thoughts on the rankings:

Name AVG Runs HRs RBIs SB Z-Score
Robinson Cano 0.299 72 18 76 5 7.3
Ian Kinsler 0.273 77 18 56 19 4.9
Michael Cuddyer 0.287 62 16 66 8 4.6
Dustin Pedroia 0.296 69 14 56 15 4.5
Dan Uggla 0.252 67 22 65 1 4.4
Brandon Phillips 0.276 66 13 60 12 3.4
Ben Zobrist 0.258 65 15 61 12 2.8
Michael Young 0.290 55 11 60 5 2.6
Jason Kipnis 0.260 66 14 56 12 2.4
Jose Altuve 0.295 63 8 51 25 2.3
Neil Walker 0.268 57 11 65 7 2.1
Howie Kendrick 0.274 58 12 52 11 1.6
Aaron Hill 0.262 53 14 54 9 1.1
Allen Craig 0.286 42 13 54 3 1.1
Kelly Johnson 0.244 59 17 48 10 0.9
Danny Espinosa 0.226 61 15 51 13 -0.1
Dustin Ackley 0.259 61 10 41 8 -0.2
Rickie Weeks 0.242 56 15 40 8 -0.6
Johnny Giavotella 0.270 57 5 44 9 -0.7
Omar Infante 0.290 44 7 41 4 -0.7
Mike Aviles 0.271 44 9 43 10 -1.1
Daniel Murphy 0.297 34 5 42 4 -1.6
Gordon Beckham 0.247 52 9 41 4 -1.8
Darwin Barney 0.271 55 2 36 7 -2.0
Ryan Roberts 0.245 46 10 41 11 -2.3
Steve Lombardozzi 0.269 49 4 35 13 -2.4
Trevor Plouffe 0.236 48 11 38 3 -2.6
Jemile Weeks 0.257 53 4 34 19 -2.7
Sean Rodriguez 0.232 46 10 38 8 -3.1
Mark Ellis 0.257 44 5 33 9 -3.4
Ruben Tejada 0.264 44 2 35 6 -3.5
Orlando Hudson 0.243 48 6 34 9 -3.5
Maicer Izturis 0.271 35 3 30 9 -4.2
Ryan Raburn 0.238 35 9 34 2 -4.4
Alexi Casilla 0.260 39 2 23 12 -5.2

Thoughts

– Cano is the top rated 2B by a bit. Most of his extra value, compared to the 2B ranked after him, is from the extra RBIs he looks to produce.

– Kinsler, Cuddyer, Pedroia and Uggla are grouped closely together. A team could look at moving one of these 4 for one of the others depending on a team’s need. An example would be trading Pedroia for Uggla if a team is in need of a little extra power (HR and RBIs) and can take a hit in AVG and SBs.

Jose Altuve looks to be the 2B that has moved up the most since the beginning of the season.

Kelly Johnson and Rickie Weeks see their value depressed due to their low AVG. If a team needs power and can handle the low AVG, they are nice options.

Ryan Roberts looks like he remembered who he was and is now back to being irrelevant in fantasy baseball.

Jemile Weeks, even though ranked low, will be an option for a team desperate for SBs.

– I am a little surprised to see Mark Ellis so low. He has been a nice source of Runs this season.


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