End of Season Rankings: Second Base

The 2012 fantasy baseball season has come to a close, so it is time to look back at the season past and determine which players were the most valuable at each position. This week focuses on second baseman, a popular cornerstone of fantasy offenses everywhere.

The players were ranked based on their 2012 production, using the evaluation system explained and updated on this site some time ago. To keep things manageable and avoid skewing the numbers, players were only considered if they amassed 350 plate appearances over the course of the year. The replacement level was also adjusted to account for players eligible at multiples positions. The valuations are built for $260 budgets and traditional 5×5 roto fantasy leagues.

One important thing to note is the premium (or lack thereof) placed on the position a player occupies in your lineup. For example, while a first baseman may be able to accumulate superior overall numbers, the availability of such production lower in the rankings severely dampers the amount the player was worth.

These rankings are meant to reflect a player’s value should he have occupied this spot in your lineup for the entire year. So, a player who missed time due to injury but put up great numbers during his time on the field would be worth less.

With all this in mind, here are your rankings.

Rnk Name Pos AB HR R RBI SB BA $$$
1 Robinson Cano 2B 627 33 105 94 3 0.313 26
2 Aaron Hill 2B 609 26 93 85 14 0.302 23
3 Ian Kinsler 2B 655 19 105 72 21 0.256 18
4 Jason Kipnis 2B 591 14 86 76 31 0.257 17
5 Allen Craig 2B 469 22 76 92 2 0.307 17
6 Brandon Phillips 2B 580 18 86 77 15 0.281 16
7 Ben Zobrist 2B 560 20 88 74 14 0.27 15
8 Dustin Pedroia 2B 563 15 81 65 20 0.29 15
9 Martin Prado 2B 617 10 81 70 17 0.301 14
10 Marco Scutaro 2B 620 7 87 74 9 0.306 13
11 Jose Altuve 2B 576 7 80 37 33 0.29 12
12 Danny Espinosa 2B 594 17 82 56 20 0.247 10
13 Rickie Weeks 2B 588 21 85 63 16 0.23 10
14 Omar Infante 2B 554 12 69 53 17 0.274 8
15 Neil Walker 2B 472 14 62 69 7 0.28 7
16 Howie Kendrick 2B 550 8 57 67 14 0.287 7
17 Dan Uggla 2B 523 19 86 78 4 0.22 7
18 Daniel Murphy 2B 571 6 62 65 10 0.291 6
19 Michael Young 2B 611 8 79 67 2 0.277 6
20 Mike Aviles 2B 512 13 57 60 14 0.25 4
21 Dustin Ackley 2B 607 12 84 50 13 0.226 4
22 Michael Cuddyer 2B 358 16 53 58 8 0.26 3
23 Everth Cabrera 2B 398 2 49 24 44 0.246 2
24 Kelly Johnson 2B 507 16 61 55 14 0.225 2
25 Jeff Keppinger 2B 385 9 46 40 1 0.325 2
26 Chris Nelson 2B 345 9 45 53 2 0.301 1
27 Gordon Beckham 2B 525 16 62 60 5 0.234 1
28 Trevor Plouffe 2B 422 24 56 55 1 0.235 1
29 Darwin Barney 2B 548 7 73 44 6 0.254 0
30 Chase Utley 2B 301 11 48 45 11 0.256 -1
31 Jamey Carroll 2B 470 1 65 40 9 0.268 -1
32 Ryan Roberts 2B 439 12 51 52 10 0.235 -2
33 Mark Ellis 2B 415 7 62 31 5 0.258 -3
34 Ruben Tejada 2B 464 1 53 25 4 0.289 -5
35 Logan Forsythe 2B 315 6 45 26 8 0.273 -5
36 Ryan Theriot 2B 352 0 45 28 13 0.27 -5
37 Steve Lombardozzi 2B 384 3 40 27 5 0.273 -7
38 Cliff Pennington 2B 418 6 50 28 15 0.215 -8
39 Jemile Weeks 2B 444 2 54 20 16 0.221 -9
40 Daniel Descalso 2B 374 4 41 26 6 0.227 -12
41 Robert Andino 2B 384 7 41 28 5 0.211 -12

As you can tell from the values earned by the top players at the position, second base was pretty strong this year, but it’s very hard to find five-category contributors in the middle infield.



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Jason

I love this website…but the lead-in refers to 1st baseman…and then the table shows 2nd baseman..and to cap it off Allen Craig is listed as a 2nd baseman…what?!?! Not trying to be overly critical, but a simple 5 minute re-read/edit would have prevented all of these miscues..

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