by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Second base is a position that clearly is undergoing a transformation. There’s a group of “elder statesmen”, like Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Phillips and Chase Utley, who can soon see their fantasy viability come to an end. However, there’s also a promising group of youngsters who have both reached the Majors (i.e. Jose Altuve) or are closing in (i.e. Jose Peraza), giving fantasy owners ample options to choose from. Whose the best options? Let’s take a look:
1. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals (24-years old)
2. Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners (32-years old)
3. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros (24-years old)
4. Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians (27-years old)
5. Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins (27-years old)
6. Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins (26-years old)
7. Kolten Wong – St. Louis Cardinals (24-years old)
8. Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers (32-years old)
9. Neil Walker – Pittsburgh Pirates (29-years old)
10. Daniel Murphy – New York Mets (30-years old)
11. Jedd Gyorko – San Diego Padres (26-years old)
12. Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs (22-years old)
13. Brett Lawrie – Oakland A’s (25-years old)
14. Jose Peraza – Atlanta Braves (20-years old)
15. Jurickson Profar – Texas Rangers (22-years old)
- Anthony Rendon is expected to be moved to 3B full-time this season, but you never really know. He’s the best option in the league, and is obviously a great target regardless of where he plays, just know this may be his last year with 2B eligibility.
- We all know that Kipnis is coming off a disastrous season (.240, 6 HR, 41 RBI, 61 R, 22 SB), but it’s easy to forget that he was also plagued by an oblique injury that helped decimate his power. That, in turn, helped to limit his average upside (as did a little bit of poor luck, with a 22.6% line drive rate and .288 BABIP). A healthy Kipnis is going to be one of the top options in the league and certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. A year ago he would’ve been ranked #2 on this list and this time next year he easily could be back there once again.
- Surprised to see Kolten Wong ranked ahead of Ian Kinsler? The thing is that the two could be close this season, outside of Kinsler scoring more runs since he’s going to hit atop the lineup, and Wong is eight years younger. If he moves up to the leadoff spot at some point in the next year or two, which is extremely realistic, he’s going to be the better option for years to come.
- No one is going to argue that Javier Baez has more upside than Jedd Gyorko, but he also needs to significantly improve his strikeout rates if he wants to be a productive fantasy option. Gyorko is young, brings some power (despite playing in Petco Park) and could easily hit in the .250+ range. What’s not to like about that?
- Remember Profar? Long considered one of the elite prospects in the game lost all of 2014, but he’s going to be back and still has the upside.
- It’s not that Dustin Pedroia is a poor option, but he’s certainly not the player that he used to be. The same thing can be said for Chase Utley and Brandon Phillips. In the short-term they have value, possibly, but long-term you are going to be better off with a younger, high-upside option.
Make sure to check out all of our early 2015 rankings:
- First Basemen
- Second Basemen
- Third Basemen
- Starting Pitchers
- Relief Pitchers
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