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Second Base Consensus Ranks for the Second Half

Posted By Eno Sarris On July 10, 2012 @ 1:15 pm In Rankings,Second Base | 43 Comments

The baseball world is quiet. Only the All-Stars are stirring, and even that action puts many baseball fans to sleep. 90% of the game is on a three-day vacation — but not the gang here at RotoGraphs headquarters. Given the fact that all the teams have played more than half their games, it’s time to update the consensus ranks for the rest of the season. These are built for 12-team mixed leagues with traditional 5×5 stats, but we extended the rankings as far down as we could in order to give managers of all types a reference for the second half.

You’ll disagree with the placement of some of the names on this list — we disagreed with ourselves. And that was the point. You add your opinion to the three shown on this list, and you’re more likely to understand the different ways a player is valued and how best to take advantage of those different valuations.

Like most of our rankings, the top three haven’t changed much at second base. Well, one important player has dropped like a rock — Dustin Pedroia just can’t stay healthy. And while we always liked Jason Kipnis and Jose Altuve here at RotoGraphs, it’s Kipnis’ sustained speed and Altuve’s health and consistency that have helped them rise above the fallers in the field.

If you’re like us, you’ll disagree on Michael Cuddyer and Michael Young the most — these two veterans have upset saberists at times and aren’t having great years, but they still have the skill set to make the top ten at a tough position. Aaron Hill‘s re-break-out confounds, and is worth a second and third look as the season progresses. Everybody wants Omar Infante to get a better ranking, but there’s no reason to believe he’s found power at his age. Speaking of finding power, Trevor Plouffe is number one with a bullet but you’ll find plenty of disagreement about the sustainability of that skill.

It’s a tough position. If I told you I had a second baseman with a rest-of-season projection of oh, about a .265 batting average with seven homers and five steals, you might have to go through ten or so names before you guessed my player. That’s pretty mediocre.


FanGraphs Consensus Rankings:
Second Base
New Last Player Name Eno Sarris Mike Podhorzer Jeff Zimmerman Zach Sanders
1 1 Robinson Cano 1 1 1 1
2 3 Ian Kinsler 2 2 2 2
3 4 Brandon Phillips 4 4 3 3
4 12 Jason Kipnis 3 6 6 5
5 13 Jose Altuve 5 11 4 6
6 6 Ben Zobrist 6 5 8 8
7 9 Michael Cuddyer 10 3 5 11
8 21 Allen Craig 7 8 15 4
9 2 Dustin Pedroia 9 15 7 7
10 7 Dan Uggla 8 10 11 10
11 8 Howie Kendrick 12 9 12 13
12 20 Aaron Hill 11 17 10 9
13 5 Michael Young 14 7 14 17
14 11 Neil Walker 13 13 9 18
15 14 Kelly Johnson 19 16 18 15
16 N/A Kyle Seager 16 23 16 14
17 38 Trevor Plouffe 18 19 22 12
18 23 Chase Utley 15 12 31 16
19 15 Dustin Ackley 20 18 19 20
20 10 Rickie Weeks 22 14 21 21
21 18 Mike Aviles 17 21 20 22
22 19 Danny Espinosa 21 20 13 30
23 N/A Marco Scutaro 25 24 17 27
24 24 Omar Infante 23 26 27 19
25 16 Jemile Weeks 24 25 30 23
26 17 Daniel Murphy 26 27 25 29
27 26 Gordon Beckham 29 22 24 33
28 30 Ruben Tejada 27 34 36 24
29 29 Darwin Barney 28 32 26 35
30 22 Ryan Roberts 33 28 29 36
31 31 Mark Ellis 31 33 38 25
32 36 Steve Lombardozzi 32 38 32 28
33 37 Brian Roberts 38 41 29 26
34 27 Sean Rodriguez 34 37 35 31
35 N/A Jose Lopez 30 43 23 42
36 32 Orlando Hudson 37 30 34 40
37 28 Alexi Casilla 36 31 42 34
38 35 Johnny Giavotella 39 42 28 39
39 N/A Yuniesky Betancourt 41 39 33 38
40 33 Maicer Izturis 35 40 40 37
41 N/A Skip Schumaker 37 44 41 32
42 N/A Alexi Amarista 40 36 39 41
43 N/A Robert Andino 43 35 37 43
44 25 Ryan Raburn 42 29 44 44


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