by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
It’s obvious that we are seeing a changing of the guard at second base. Not only is Robinson Cano no longer the elite option (he’s not even the top option in our early rankings), other veterans are losing their hold on their spot in the rankings. Who is on the rise? Who is falling off? Let’s take a look, keeping in mind that these are going to change as we head closer to draft day:
1. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
2. Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
3. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
4. Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
5. Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
6. Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
7. Neil Walker – Pittsburgh Pirates
8. Daniel Murphy – New York Mets
9. Dee Gordon – Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox
11. Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
12. Arismendy Alcantara – Chicago Cubs
13. Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
14. Martin Prado – New York Yankees
15. Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies
- A lot of people are going to be significantly down on Jason Kipnis this season, but don’t make that same mistake. Remember he battled an oblique injury for much of the season and also was plagued by some poor luck (.288 BABIP despite a 22.6% line drive rate). There should be a nice bounce back campaign on the horizon.
- Will the Mets ultimately trade Daniel Murphy? There’s been a lot of talk, but for a team starved for offense does trading what is considered their best hitter make sense? We will have to wait and see how it all plays out, but moving on could potentially help him in the power department (depending on where he lands). It’s a situation that we’ll have to watch carefully as the offseason progresses.
- Another player to watch is going to be Dee Gordon, with Alexander Guerrero waiting in the wings. You would have to think that he did enough in 2014 to earn regular AB, somewhere, but will it be in LA? Could they ultimately trade him for help elsewhere? It’s another storyline we’ll have to watch closely.
- No one is going to argue the power potential of Javier Baez, but you have to make contact in order to display it. He struck out an unbelievable 41.5% in his first taste of the Majors and desperately needs to improve upon that or he is going to lose nearly all fantasy appeal.
- How much do veterans like Chase Utley and Brandon Phillips have left in the tank? Once considered Top 5 or 10 options, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them fall outside of the Top 15 as we finalize our rankings. While Dustin Pedroia is a lock to remain in the Top 15, there’s no arguing that he too is on the downside and not the player that he once was.
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