2014 Rankings: Top 15 Second Basemen

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:

  1. Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
  2. Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
  3. Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox
  4. Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
  5. Aaron Hill – Arizona Diamondbacks
  6. Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
  7. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
  8. Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
  9. Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
  10. Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds
  11. Jurickson Profar – Texas Rangers
  12. Jedd Gyorko – San Diego Padres
  13. Martin Prado – Arizona Diamondbacks
  14. Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies
  15. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals

Thoughts:

  • 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:

 

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12 Responses to 2014 Rankings: Top 15 Second Basemen

  1. Bbboston says:

    Rotoprofessor

    At this point in time, what are your thoughts on Dustin Ackley as a late round flyer?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      At this point I’d say there are better gambles to take. He hasn’t shown power or speed, nor as he really shown the potential to hit for an impressive average.

      Maybe he’s a 10/10 type player, nothing awful but nothing special

  2. Dan says:

    No Howie Kendrick, cmon, lifetime 750 OPS and he behind the likes of Altuve and Dozier. Shouldnt be a surprise i guess since you using football names as mlb team names. Poor list!

  3. eric says:

    where’s EY2? 46 sbs last season, leadoff hitter for the mets. surely that comes with some kind of value worthy of top 15 status?

  4. Rotoprofessor says:

    Dan – Kendrick doesn’t have the upside at this point. He’s maybe a 10/10 option and the average just hasn’t been what it was in the minors (shouldn’t be a surprise). I’d rather draft someone with more potential at this point.

    eric – Young doesn’t have 2B eligibility, but also isn’t in line for a starting role at this point. If he becomes 2B eligible and is playing, he absolutely would be Top 15 option.

  5. Sean says:

    Is Gyorko ready to make that jump into a top 10 fantasy 2nd baseman? And is there a possibility to see him hit 30 home runs?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I think the potential is there, but 30 HR is an extreme stretch. While he did show power in Petco last season, it’s still tough to expect him to match that

  6. Paul says:

    I like your PCness on #15, keep up the good work ;-)

  7. Mark says:

    Having Anthony Rendon on this list and no Dan Murphy or Howie Kendrick is the biggest flaw. Kendrick has shown that he’s capable of more than 10/10. Rendon won’t likely get that.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Murphy and Kendrick are both just a hair behind Rendon for me. While I agree Kendrick will likely go 10/10 (though not much more), Rendon has the advantage in runs scored (potentially hitting second in the order).

      If he doesn’t hit there, and instead hits towards the bottom of the order, then Murphy would be my next choice.

  8. Oscar BM says:

    In My TEAM i have, CANO, REYES, PEDROIA. Someone is offering a trade for two of my players: PEDROIA & WILL MIDDLEBROOKS for TULOWITZKI & TANAKA.

    is it a No Brainer?? i have my dobuts on Tulo`s injurys…

    Any comments?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Tulo is injury prone, but you are getting the better end of the deal. As long as you have a Middlebrooks replacement, I’d pull the trigger

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