Early 2015 Rankings: Top 15 Second Basemen

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

 

Thoughts:

  • 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.

Make sure to check out all of our early 2015 rankings:

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18 comments

    • Marky Mark says:

      What about him?

      • Jmax says:

        You know exactly what about him just like when you put a similar comment under a similar question of mine. Don’t be stupid

        • Jmax says:

          Hey Marky Mark,
          I have an opening in a $40 40man roster league. How about grace my league with your expertise?!

          • Marky Mark says:

            I have no idea what you are talking about. I don’t recall any dialog we may have had at some point in the past, or why you are apparently still carrying around anger from it. I don’t even remember your username.

            As for your invite, sorry, but I’ll have to pass. I’m already going to have to drop out of at least one league for next year (maybe 2)….I simply don’t have the free time that I used to have.

  1. Wong Number says:

    Kolten Wong?

  2. Rotoprofessor says:

    Both Lawrie and Wong are just outside of the Top 15 for me, barely, but could sneak in as we get closer. At the same time, with Lawrie there are always going to be injury concerns (as well as other things) that are going to cap his value. Wong, meanwhile is very similar to a Howie Kendrick, 10/10 type option. Not a a terrbile option, but not a ton of upside either.

    • Jeff says:

      Interested in why you see Wong as a 10/10 player after posting 12/20 in 113 games as a rookie and 3 straight 20+ SB seasons going back to 2012. Seems a bit low to me.

      • Rotoprofessor says:

        “10/10” type was more of a generic term. I have him projected as 11 HR/23 SB so I agree with your assessment and I do have him more valuable than Kendrick. His value is capped, though, and he’s not going to be among the “top” options.

  3. CJ says:

    If Hanley departs, wouldn’t that open up SS for Gordon and have Guerrero play 2nd?

  4. Jim says:

    I like the aggressive ranking on Neil Walker. I don’t think he’ll get a ton of love in 2015 drafts, but I believe he’ll be a strong producer again in all categories except steals. He hits in a good lineup and is very consistent at the plate.

    • Ray Kuhn says:

      Yep – he is a very solid 4 category contributor, that will likely be a good value. And with Polanco and Marte continuing to improve, that will only help Walker’s production in that lineup.

      Ray

  5. Mike says:

    I expect Gordon will get more at bats in Miami, with more chances for steals. I would take Gordon or Dozier at 68 or 73 my fifth or 6th round pick.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Gordon’s going to be in the leadoff spot, so not sure he’s going to get a significantly more AB (I have him at 600 AB). The SB are going to be there for sure, and he should score plenty of runs), but he’s limited in AVG and won’t provide any RBI. That’s going to limit his overall appeal.

  6. Braden says:

    Mookie Betts is 2B eligible in my league. Where would you have him on this list?

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