by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Obviously there are a lot of things that are going to change between today and when we complete our fantasy drafts, whether it’s free agent signings, trades or just a reevaluation of a player and his potential upside. That said it’s never too early to start preparing for the coming year, is it? Keep in mind that these rankings are going to be changed (something we can say without a shadow of a doubt), but let’s take a first glimpse at our extremely early 2017 second base rankings (keep in mind these will also be expanded as we grow closer to draft day as well):
1. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
2. Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
3. Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
4. Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
5. Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
6. Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals
7. Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins
8. Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
9. Rougned Odor – Texas Rangers
10. Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
- The placement of both Daniel Murphy & Brian Dozier are going to bring a lot of discussion, and both will continue to be reevaluated as the offseason progresses. That said, they both carry significant risk of being overdrafted headed into 2017. For Murphy it could be an across the board regression (9 HR in the second half, .348 BABIP overall) and for Dozier it obviously is focused solely on his power (28 HR after the All-Star Break). That said, Murphy could still easily be a .300/20 HR hitter so don’t necessarily take his placement here as a knock against his ability. The risk of regression can’t be overlooked, though.
- Matt Carpenter battled injuries in ’16 but when he was on the field he backed up his power explosion while continuing to hit the ball with authority. Throw in his positional flexibility and it’s easy to label him as a must own fantasy option.
- It’s easy to overlook someone like Jason Kipnis, who hasn’t emerged as one of the elite as we had hoped. That said his power did return last season and he was a consistent performer throughout the season. Maybe he’s not Top 5, but he’s definitely good enough to utilize as your starter considering his 15/15 type potential.
- Just how much upside is there for Rougned Odor? He could be the premier power hitting second baseman, and he also should chip in 10-15 SB. The question is going to be his plate discipline, and if he can improve upon that we have a Top 3 option. While his ranking is modest entering the season, there’s significantly more upside than this.
Source – Fangraphs
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Make sure to check out our other Early 2017 Rankings: