by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Second base is definitely not as shallow of a position as it once was. There are veterans on the downside (like Chase Utley) who still have value. There are youngsters on the verge, with the potential of becoming superstars (like Jurickson Profar, Jedd Gyorko and Anthony Rendon). There are some under-the-radar options who can easily surprise. Who are going to be good selections on draft day? Who could be overvalued? Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:
- Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
- Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
- Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox
- Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
- Aaron Hill – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
- Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
- Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
- Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
- Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds
- Jurickson Profar – Texas Rangers
- Jedd Gyorko – San Diego Padres
- Martin Prado – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies
- Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
- There’s no surprise as to who is included in the Top 4, or likely the Top 6 for that matter (though one could argue the order). After that, things get interesting. Jose Altuve is a name that’s often overlooked, partly because he plays in Houston and partly because he has no power to speak of. However, he has already proven that he’s a 30+ SB threat and you have the makings of a potential .300+ hitter. We’ll talk about him a lot more in the coming weeks, but he’s definitely a player that shouldn’t be overlooked.
- If Altuve’s spot is surprising, Dozier’s will likely shock many. Like Altuve we’ll discuss him in much more detail soon, but let’s not forget that he’s coming off a season where he provided 18 HR, 14 SB, 66 RBI and 72 R. I know he did it with a .244 average, but he was a .298 hitter in the minor leagues and managed just a .278 BABIP. The potential is there for a 20/20 season, to go along with a significantly better average and runs scored hitting atop the Twins’ lineup.
- While Brandon Phillips and Chase Utley still have obvious fantasy appeal, they also aren’t the same players they once were. Don’t overvalue them based on their name alone.
- Jurickson Profar has tremendous upside, but can he put it all together now that a starting role is there for him? The upside is there to be a Top 7 upside, for sure, but there’s a lot of risk and the power is still maturing. Don’t push him too far up, but don’t be upset if you have to “settle” for him either.
Make sure to check out all of our 2014 rankings: