Unlike some other positions around the league, second base has not been ravaged by injuries. Sure, you have two well known options on the DL, but at this point in their careers can they really be counted on? That means, despite some struggles, we have the full slate of stars to chose from. Let’s take a look at how things currently rank:
- Robinson Cano – New York Yankees
- Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox
- Ian Kinsler – Texas Rangers
- Dan Uggla – Atlanta Braves
- Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
- Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
- Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds
- Rickie Weeks – Milwaukee Brewers
- Kelly Johnson – Toronto Blue Jays
- Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Angels
- Jemile Weeks – Oakland Athletics
- Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
- Daniel Murphy – New York Mets
- Omar Infante – Florida Marlins
- Mike Aviles – Boston Red Sox
- Dustin Ackley – Seattle Mariners
- Aaron Hill – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Neil Walker – Pittsburgh Pirates
- Danny Espinosa – Washington Nationals
- Marco Scutaro – Colorado Rockies
Currently on the DL – Chase Utley, Brian Roberts
- Robinson Cano hasn’t performed as expected. It’s a statement I don’t think anyone would argue. That said, we all know what he’s capable of and he’s already started to turn things around. The numbers should be there by year’s end and I can’t move him out of the top spot.
- I was extremely high on Jason Kipnis prior to the season and, thus far, he’s making myself and all the others who grabbed him look like geniuses. In his first 157 AB of the year he is hitting .268 with 6 HR, 23 RBI, 26 R and 6 SB while settling into the second spot of the order. The only thing that you can point to for a possible regression is his strikeout rate (15.3%), but the rest of the numbers are for real (.288 BABIP, 13.3% HR/FB). In other words, it’s become clear that he’s one of the best options in the league at the position. If he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll be in the Top 5 the next time these rankings are released.
- I know Howie Kendrick has shown some power early on (4 HR in 139 AB), but he continues to simply drive the ball into the ground way too much. Thus far he’s carrying a 56.9% groundball rate, up from last year’s 51.6% (a career low). He’s just never going to be a big source of power with that type of number, so keep that in mind. It would seem like 15-18 HR would be his ceiling, and I wouldn’t anticipate even that many (despite his 18 HR last season).
- Jose Altuve was an option that we discussed as a sleeper prior to the season. Thus far he’s making us look like geniuses, isn’t he? Over his first 35 games he’s hitting .315 with 2 HR, 13 RBI, 22 R and 9 SB. However, before we thrust him too far up the rankings, keep in mind that he’s not going to hit for much power and is currently benefitting from a .355 BABIP. Those are two red flags, both of which cap his potential value moving forward.
- Don’t buy into the power surge for Omar Infante thus far. His career HR/FB is 5.2%, though this season he’s at 12.0%. Can he be breaking out? Maybe, but until we see him do it for a little bit longer you will want to temper expectations.
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