by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The top of the second base rankings is generally dominated by 30+ year olds, from Robinson Cano to Dustin Pedroia to Ian Kinsler. While they obviously still have several productive seasons ahead of them, there is no arguing that they are on the downside of their career. Luckily for fantasy owners, there are several youngsters on the cusp (including what may be a surprising #1 ranking). Let’s take a look at how things currently look:
- Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians (26-years old)
- Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners (31-years old)
- Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox (30-years old)
- Jurickson Profar – Texas Rangers (21-years old)
- Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers (31-years old)
- Jose Altuve – Houston Astros (23-years old)
- Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins (26-years old)
- Jedd Gyorko – San Diego Padres (25-years old)
- Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals (28-years old)
- Aaron Hill – Arizona Diamondbacks (32-years old)
- Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays (32-years old)
- Alexander Guerrero – Los Angeles Dodgers (27-years old)
- Martin Prado – Arizona Diamondbacks (30-years old)
- Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals (23-years old)
- Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds (32-years old)
- Daniel Murphy – New York Mets (29-years old)
- Jed Lowrie – Oakland Athletics (29-years old)
- Kolten Wong – St. Louis Cardinals (23-years old)
- Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Angels (30-years old)
- Neil Walker – Pittsburgh Pirates (28-years old)
- You could certainly make a strong case for selecting Kipnis over Cano in a dynasty format, though it’s probably a coin flip. While Cano is 5 years old and is moving to a less friendly hitter’s park, he still should be the superior player and have a few years of elite production left. It would’ve been nice if Kipnis could put it together for a full 162 game season (he’s had back-to-back second half collapses), but it’s still impossible not to love what he’s done.
- Jurickson Profar can easily be considered the future of the position and he’s widely considered one of the elite prospects in the game. He’s not there yet, but it may not be long and he has 20/20 upside. Where you draft him depends on how risky you want to be. Do you want the future or do you want the “safer” selection like Pedroia or Kinsler? I could easily argue him at #3, 4 or 5, so feel free to move him around based on your own opinions.
- Carpenter is expected to move to 3B this season and, with depth at 2B in Kolten Wong & Mark Ellis, he may not keep eligibility at 2B past 2014. Given his skill set that would significantly hinder his value. Keep that in mind when valuing him.
- Rendon is similar to Carpenter, in that 3B could be in his future. The problem is that he’s not hitting atop a lineup, bringing runs scored, plus he likely won’t push .300 and also could lose the starting 2B job to Danny Espinosa. That’s an awful lot of question marks.
- Chase Utley fell short of our Top 20, but don’t misunderstand that. He just seems like an old 35-years old, but there’s still value for a year or two if he falls on draft day.
- Nick Franklin also isn’t on the list, but that’s because there is no clear job for him at this point. If there was, he’d be right at the bottom of the rankings.
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