by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
There are a lot of young, emerging second baseman who make it easy to ignore some of the “elder” statesman. You’ll notice that players like Brandon Phillips (34-years old), Ben Zobrist (34-years old) and Howie Kendrick (32-years old) all fall short of the list, despite being potential Top 15 options in 2016. Who are the players who join the fray in their place? Let’s take a look:
1) Jose Altuve – Houston Astros (25-years old)
2) Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals (25-years old)
3) Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins (27-years old)
4) Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians (28-years old)
5) Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners (33-years old)
6) Rougned Odor – Texas Rangers (22-years old)
7) Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins (28-years old)
8) Logan Forsythe – Tampa Bay Rays (29-years old)
9) Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs (22-years old)
10) Kolten Wong – St. Louis Cardinals (25-years old)
11) Brett Lawrie – Chicago White Sox (26-years old)
12) Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers (33-years old)
13) Yoan Moncado – Boston Red Sox
14) Devon Travis – Toronto Blue Jays (25-years old)
15) Starlin Castro – New York Yankees (26-years old)
16) Joe Panik – San Francisco Giants (25-years old)
17) Neil Walker – New York Mets (30-years old)
18) Jonathan Schoop – Baltimore Orioles (24-years old)
19) Josh Harrison – Pittsburgh Pirates (28-years old)
20) D.J. LeMahieu – Colorado Rockies (27-years old)
- Seeing Anthony Rendon over Dee Gordon may surprise some people, but players who rely solely on their speed could regress quickly. Of course Rendon isn’t likely to maintain eligibility at second base, but he’s still a better bet to maintain his success over the long haul.
- We’ve talked about Addison Russell, and a lot of the concerns focus on the short-term (click here for the article) not the long-term. There’s obviously a lot to like, it’s just going to take him time to adjust and cut down on the strikeouts (13.7% SwStr% in ’15). Stay patient and reap the rewards, just don’t expect to see them in ’16.
- Devon Travis presented himself well in ’15, hitting .304 with 8 HR, 35 RBI and 38 R over 238 PA. Maybe he’s not that good (.347 BABIP, 21.6% line drive rate), but the bigger concern is the injuries. He missed significant time last season and will see his 2016 start late due to shoulder surgery. If he can get himself healthy he has the upside of a Top 10 option, so he’s definitely worth the “risk”.
- It was a breakout 2015 for Logan Forsythe and there’s every reason to think that he can maintain the production. For an in-depth look at Forsythe and his outlook, click here.
- Yoan Moncada is one of the premier prospects in the game, though we’ll have to wait and see how long it takes him to arrive in the Majors. That said he’s the type of player you want to draft and stash because it may not take long for him to rise to a Top 5 option.
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