Top 15 Second Basemen For 2011: An Extremely Early Look

Let’s continue to look at our early 2011 rankings by turning our attention to second base.  It’s certainly not a deep position, after the first seven names or so, but there certainly some interesting names on the list:

  1. Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Robinson Cano – New York Yankees
  3. Ian Kinsler – Texas Rangers
  4. Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds
  5. Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox
  6. Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
  7. Dan Uggla – Florida Marlins
  8. Martin Prado – Atlanta Braves
  9. Aaron Hill – Toronto Blue Jays
  10. Juan Uribe – San Francisco Giants
  11. Chone Figgins – Seattle Mariners      
  12. Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Angels
  13. Kelly Johnson – Arizona Diamondbacks
  14. Brian Roberts – Baltimore Orioles
  15. Rickie Weeks – Milwaukee Brewers

Thoughts:

  • I know Chase Utley has not been good this season.  There’s really no argument against that.  I mean, through Sunday he was hitting .256 with just 26 RBI.  Still, it’s Chase Utley.  It’s possible the hip injury has plagued him, so if these struggles continue throughout the season these rankings could change.  For now, I have to believe he’s going to turn things around at some point and continue to be the best offensive 2B in the league.
  • Casey McGehee clearly would have a spot on this list, but he has not yet played a game at 2B.  At this point, he’s likely to lose his eligibility for next year.  The same thing can be said for Ian Stewart.
  • There’s a chance that Placido Polanco finds his way onto this list at year’s end, but it is going to depend.  At this point he has played three games at 2B, so for now I’m leaving him off. 
  • Martin Prado has benefited from the struggles of Nate McLouth and the hot streak of Troy Glaus.  Still, it appears he’s entrenched himself at the top of the Braves lineup and with Jason Heyward hitting behind him, he should continue to score runs by the bushel full.
  • April was quite the renaissance for Kelly Johnson, wasn’t it?  Yes, he’s slumped since, but he’s done enough to justify considering him a low-end starting option and usable in all formats that require a middle infielder.
  • Does anyone have any faith in Brian Roberts right now?  Once he returns and proves he can perform, he’s likely going to move back up into the Top 12.  For now, however, I have to leave him on the outside looking in.  He has to be considered a major injury risk, which has to weight into his ranking as well.
  • Assuming Juan Uribe plays four more games at 2B (he’s played 16 thus far), he has proven that he has the bat to be a starting 2B in all formats.  Yes, there’s a chance he loses some playing time once Edgar Renteria returns from the DL, but with the lack of punch the Giants offense has, how could they put him on the bench?  His problem has always been not getting regular at bats.  With those, he’s a very good option.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who is being overvalued?  Who is being undervalued?

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19 comments

  1. Nick Tenaglia says:

    Ummm, Utley is not the #1 2B. He is on his way out. Since 2007, his numbers have been consistently decreasing across the board.

    07: .332 avg / .976 ops / 5.95 AB per K
    08: .292 avg / .915 ops / 5.83 AB per K
    09: .282 avg / .905 ops / 5.19 AB per K
    10: .260 avg / .838 ops / 6.63 AB per K

    2010 #’s are still early but he will probably end up around .275 / .880 / 5.0

    For next season, he is 3rd at best….

  2. Rotoprofessor says:

    Nick, by year’s end I very well may agree with you. For now, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt, given the type of numbers he’s capable of.

    Just curious, who are the two you would put ahead of him, Cano & Kinsler? Kinsler is an interesting player to look at because, hitting third, he hasn’t really produced yet with 1 HR and 4 SB. I think one could make an argument that Kinsler is actually too high on this list as well (though, I have to believe he’ll turn things around, which is why I slotted him there for now).

  3. Frank Kim says:

    I would put Cano first, Pedroia second. Unfortunately I own Utley and Kinsler. 🙂

  4. Michael Keneski says:

    hey Nick do you live in Philadelphia? I used to know a Nick Tenaglia.

  5. Nick Tenaglia says:

    Roto – actually my list goes Cano, Zobrist, Utley, Kinsler, Phillips, Pedroia, Prado, Uggla, Kendrick

    The 2B spot has never been an area for big RBI or HR production. This position is used for Runs, Avg, and SB. So I look for the players with the most balanced stats, keying in on high Runs and Avg. This is why Zobrist is better than Kinsler and why Prado is better than Uggla

    Frank Kim – no I live in Boston

  6. Nick Tenaglia says:

    Top 15 2B in 2012: An Astronomically Early Look
    #1 Brett Lawrie

    In 2011, he will have as much hype as Mike Stanton or Steven Strasburg did this year – absolute stud in the making

  7. Keith says:

    If we’re looking at next year I’m assuming we’re looking at keepers (because otherwise who’d care before January?).

    Utley is 32. He’s injury prone and like Nick said, he’s slowing down.

    Kinsler has done NOTHING this year. Cano should be #1 because he’s a solid young 2B that happens to be playing in a phenomenal offense that provides him dozens of extra RBI and Run opportunities.

    Cano, Phillips, Utley, Kinsler are my top 4 in that order. After that everyone at the position is weak.

  8. Chuck says:

    Quick question, what do you guys think about this trade:

    Getting:
    Nolasco
    Zobrist
    Valverde

    Giving up:
    Kershaw
    Daniel Bard

    We count holds just like saves in our league…the extra stat on offense is BB…thanks for your thoughts

  9. Rotoprofessor says:

    Chuck, a lot of it would depend on your need for Zobrist, since you are giving up the best player in the deal? Who would he be replacing in your offense?

  10. EW says:

    My reason why Utley should no longer be #1 (although still a top 5).

    “The scout was also adamant that there really could be something to the “cheating accusations” that surfaced in Denver.

    “I’m very intrigued by that,” the scout said. “Check what the Phillies’ numbers are since that binocular game in Colorado . They’ve been accused of doing that stuff for years and one manager (the Rockies’ Jim Tracy) had the guts to challenge them. I saw Chase Utley off balance more in three games recently than I have in the last three years. That gets your attention.”

  11. Chuck says:

    Thanks Rotoprof,
    Essentially he’d be replacing Angel Pagan at this point. I have Utley and Reyes and my outfield is Vlad/Josh Hamilton/Franklin Gutierrez/Pagan at the moment, with Ellsbury on the DL…

  12. Rotoprofessor says:

    I’m not sure that I’d do it, because I am that high on Kershaw (he is the best player in the deal). It doesn’t seem to me that you absolutely Zobrist, especially with Ellsbury expected back sooner rather then later (and Pagan playing extremely well for the time being). I think you are buying extremely high on Valverde as well. A 0.64 ERA and 0.78 WHIP?! There’s no way that continues.

  13. Keith says:

    How is Phillips not #2?

    The only 2nd baseman better THIS year is Cano. Utley is on his way out like Nick said and Kinsler has 4 HR?! Pedroia is better in the real world (chemistry, defense, hustle) but not 1 of those stats matters in fantasy.

    1. Cano
    2. Phillips
    3. Kinsler
    4. Utley
    5. Uggla
    6. Pedroia

  14. OS says:

    This is horrible

    Rickie Weeks #15!

    He leads all 2nd baseman in homers and is on pace to get over 100RBI’s…..and he leads off!!!! Put him 4th in the line up and he gets 140 RBI’s!!!

    You sir are retarded

  15. Rotoprofessor says:

    OS, this list was posted on June 18, when Weeks was hitting .251. Since then he has raised his average to .276, along with hitting 12 HR and picking up 33 RBI. Quite the difference.

    He will obviously move up on this list when it is republished, but there are still concerns. He has always been injury prone and, from a leadoff hitter, you can’t anticipate so many RBI.

    He’s turned himself into a Top 10 option, though, that’s for sure.

  16. RY says:

    Has anyone looked at Pedroia’s stats before he broke his foot?
    He was on pace for: .290ba, 100r, 20(+)hr, 80rbi, 20sb …
    think about that for 2011…
    also, he’s younger than Utley, Cano, Kinsler, and Phillips..
    and shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same conversation as Uggla

  17. Will Overton says:

    I think Pedroia is in the discussion with those other second baseman, but all of them can and do post similar or better stats than what Pedroia was projected for andhave done so for a longer period of time.

    I do agree its a bigger gap between Pedroia and what comes after him than what comes before him, but I don’t think he has jumped any of the top 4 yet.

  18. Matt says:

    Uribe has no business on this list. I’d put Walker on the list instead. Walker is looking like he could be a top 10 2B if he continues to improve. And no way in hell should Weeks be outside the top 10.

  19. kurt says:

    Utley will be top five MVP in 11

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