Brian, Projections, Rankings, Second Base

Brian’s Top 13 Second Basemen Rankings and Projections for ’13


Cano is the last solid rock in the once great Yankee lineup.

Cano is the last solid rock in the once great Yankee lineup.

Ever since Chase Utley fell out of the top five second basemen two years ago, this list hasn’t dramatically changed very much. But just because this list is more stagnant than an African pond infested with malaria carrying mosquitos, doesn’t mean we aren’t going to go in for a dip.

The top five in this position are staple guys. They’ve been at or near the top for years now. You can pretty much look at what they did the year before and expect similar, if not identical production. Robinson Cano is a perfect example of this. Over the past three years Cano has reached 100 R, 28 HR, and nearly 100 RBI (last season he dipped in this department). Dustin Pedroia, who does come with his fair share of risk due to injury, is easily the number two second basemen when healthy because of his speed and power. But the most consistent source of HR and SB is Brandon Phillips, who has produced exactly 18 HR in each of the past three seasons to go with SB totals of 16, 14, and 15.

Last year I incorrectly had Dustin Ackley above Jason Kipnis in my rankings. While Ackley was a more consistent player (consistently poor, in fact), Kipnis produced the better end of season numbers, by far. Neither of these two players are slam dunks, but both have immense upside if they ever produce what they’ve been expected to do.

There are four tiers, indicated by the underline.

1. Robinson Cano- 101, 30, 102, 4, .305

2. Dustin Pedroia- 87, 20, 86, 23, .293

3. Ian Kinsler- 95, 22, 73, 20, .251

4. Ben Zobrist- 94, 20, 85, 16, .272

5. Brandon Phillips- 90, 18, 80, 15, .290

6. Dan Uggla- 88, 25, 90, 3, .230

7. Aaron Hill- 85, 18, 74, 16, .280

8. Jason Kipnis- 70, 12, 68, 20, .265

9. Rickie Weeks- 75, 20, 61, 11, .250

10. Chase Utley- 60, 12, 55, 10, .258

11. Jose Altuve- 83, 5, 42, 28, .281

12. Neil Walker- 68, 17, 70, 6, .285

13. Dustin Ackley- 86, 15, 60, 17, .250

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