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All Star Break Consensus Ranks: Second Base

Posted By Eno Sarris On July 16, 2013 @ 11:45 am In Rankings,Second Base,Uncategorized | 85 Comments

At the beginning of the year, I thought this might be the worst position in baseball. It might still be when all is said and done, but there are positive things you can say about this group, too.

There are actually some great young players at the position. Jason Kipnis has zoomed to the top. Jose Altuve probably won’t ever be a true-talent top three guy, but for batting average and speed, he looks like a steady contributor. Kyle Seager is a find. Matt Carpenter was a favorite of ours, but he’s outproduced even our more rosy projections. Jedd Gyorko has a nice compact, fast swing and looks like he’ll have a bit of power. Anthony Rendon, well we have to see about his strikeout rate, but he’s looking good too. Nick Franklin! And maybe even Jurickson Profar.

And you still have the useful veterans sprinkled in. In fact, these rankings go so deep that they make an argument against position scarcity. Well, not completely, you still see that these aren’t first basemen. But! Why reach in a twelve-team mixer if the 12th-ranked second baseman should hit .300 with 15-homer power? You could make a Chase UtleyNeil Walker old man – old man platoon work, even if they only have one healthy knee between them.

Second base: not quite as bad as we thought it would be.

With the color-coding we hope to highlight the biggest movers. That definition changes as you follow the ranks down the list — players had to move more to register a color change as you near the bottom of the list. These are rest-of-season rankings for 5×5 roto. Jeff Zimmerman’s rankings are a combination of ZiPs and Steamer rest-of-season projections with playing time determined by our depth charts. You can find the projections on every player page and the depth charts here.


RG Player ES JZ MP ZS
1 Robinson Cano 1 1 1 1
2 Jason Kipnis 2 2 3 3
3 Dustin Pedroia 4 4 2 2
4 Ian Kinsler 3 5 4 4
5 Jose Altuve 5 3 8 8
6 Aaron Hill 7 9 5 6
7 Brandon Phillips 6 6 6 10
8 Kyle Seager 11 8 10 5
9 Ben Zobrist 10 7 7 11
10 Howie Kendrick 8 11 9 12
11 Everth Cabrera 9 16 11 13
12 Matt Carpenter 12 25 14 7
13 Chase Utley 15 19 12 14
14 Martin Prado 14 10 20 20
15 Neil Walker 13 13 16 24
16 Jedd Gyorko 19 23 15 15
17 Rickie Weeks 16 15 13 29
18 Michael Young 21 18 22 19
19 Anthony Rendon 23 20 21 17
20 Dan Uggla 18 20 17 27
21 Daniel Murphy 22 14 23 23
22 Jed Lowrie 20 35 19 9
23 Nick Franklin 17 39 18 16
24 Omar Infante 26 17 27 21
25 Marco Scutaro 27 21 26 18
26 Josh Rutledge 25 12 32 33
27 Gordon Beckham 28 22 30 39
28 Kelly Johnson 38 31 28 25
29 Jurickson Profar 33 37 34 22
30 Dustin Ackley 29 24 33 41
31 DJ LeMahieu 24 36 29 45
32 Darwin Barney 30 27 35 42
33 Brian Dozier 35 45 24 31
34 Mike Aviles 37 34 38 26
35 Derek Dietrich 39 28 25 45
36 Jeff Keppinger 31 29 40 38
37 Emilio Bonifacio 32 32 31 45
38 Mark Ellis 34 45 37 28
39 Cliff Pennington 36 38 45 35
40 Maicer Izturis 41 45 39 36
41 Jordany Valdespin 40 40 45 45

Also ranked once were Danny Espinosa, Scooter Gennett, Cesar Hernandez, Eric Sogard, Brock Holt, Donovan Solano, and Chris Nelson.


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