Brian, Rankings, Second Base

Brian’s Top 20 Second Basemen Rankings and Projections for ’11


"I'm number one!"

For the better part of the 2000s, second base has been a fantasy wasteland. There have been one or two viable options that you could plug into that 2B slot and, as Italians say, “fuggeddaboutit.” We’re mostly talking about Chase Ultey. The runner up has been a revolving door. One year Ian Kinsler is kicking down doors and taking everyone hostage. The next, Dustin Pedroia is making fantasy players do the Jersey Fist Pump. Brandon Phillips will sneak into that argument now and again, but it’s hard to get excited about a guy who plays 81 games in a shoebox and can only manage about 19 homers a year. And truth be told, these guys aren’t 100% reliable. Kinsler has yet to play a full season, Pedroia is coming of an injury-plagued season, and Phillips isn’t a guy who excels in any one stat, but provides decent numbers across the board.

We might be in the middle of a second base renaissance, however. Take a look at the eleven players in the second and third tier. Potentially 7 to 9 of those guys will end up in the top-100 players when the year is over. If this group can stay healthy all season (and that’s a big if), you’ll get a great return on your investment.

Focusing on the top, this will probably be the first time in the past 5 years Utley won’t be the first two-bagger off the board. And I think it’s justified. Utley is an amazing player, but what Robinson Cano did last year was beyond belief. Don’t expect last year’s Superman numbers from him, but he’ll come close. Assuming he doesn’t regress too much this season, he’ll probably be the king of the hill in 2012 again, too.

1. Robinson Cano- 100, 27, 100, 3, .310

2. Chase Utley- 100, 26, 90, 15, .300

3. Dan Uggla- 95, 30, 90, 5, .280

4. Ian Kinsler- 80, 19, 75, 20, .279

5. Dustin Pedroia- 100, 17, 70, 10, .290

6. Brandon Phillips- 85, 17, 65, 15, .270

7. Rickie Weeks- 80, 18, 75, 10, .270

8. Martin Prado- 80, 17, 70, 4, .300

9. Gordon Beckham- 75, 16, 75, 8, .275

10. Kelly Johnson- 75, 18, 70, 10, .270

11. Howie Kendrick- 70, 10, 70, 17, .280

12. Brian Roberts- 75, 10, 60, 18, .270

13. Ben Zobrist- 75, 14, 68, 17, .250

14. Mike Aviles- 65, 10, 40, 16, .300

15. Neil Walker- 70, 14, 70, 2, .290

16. Chone Figgins- 60, 1, 40, 32, .274

17. Ryan Raburn- 60, 18, 60, 4, .286

18. Dustin Ackley- 40, 10, 50, 5, .270

19. Sean Rodriguez- 60, 10, 50, 15, .245

20. Aaron Hill- 70, 19, 65, 3, .250

 

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