Consolidated Keeper Rankings for Second Baseman

Each week, the Assembly will put together their positional rankings for keeper leagues. We are looking at player values for 2014, 2015 and 2016. These rankings are more of a middle ground between Jim’s 2014 Rankings  and Kevin’s Dynasty Rankings, which represent the next 5-7 years. For your standard keeper leagues, these are your best rankings to gauge your Second Base values.

Our 6 experts, with 135 years combined fantasy baseball experience, each ranked the Second Base position, and here is the results:

 

Rank Player Jim Tommy Kevin Peter Jimi Paul
1  R.Cano 1 1 1 1 1 1
2  J.Kipnis 2 2 2 2 2 4
3  D.Pedroia 3 3 3 5 3 2
4  M.Carpenter 5 4 7 4 4 3
5  I.Kinsler 4 5 4 6 6 13
6  A.Hill 6 9 5 11 7 7
7  J.Altuve 8 7 11 3 10 11
8  B.Phillips 12 8 8 9 5 10
9  J.Gyorko 11 6 15 8 9 6
10  D.Murphy 10 11 6 12 8 9
11  J.Profar 9 14 10 13 15 5
12  B.Zobrist 16 10 17 7 11 15
13  A.Rendon 7 15 14 18 18 8
14  N.Walker NR 17 13 10 12 14
15  C.Utley 20 13 16 14 17 12
16  B.Dozier 15 12 19 20 14 17
17  O.Infante NR 16 9 NR 13 20
18  H.Kendrick 14 NR 12 17 NR 18
19  N.Franklin 13 NR NR NR 16 19
20  K.Wong 17 20 NR NR NR 16
21  J.Rutledge 18 19 18 NR 19 NR
22  R.Weeks NR NR NR 15 20 NR
23  S.Gennett 19 18 NR NR NR NR
24  D.LeMahieu NR NR NR 16 NR NR

 

1. Robinson Cano, NYY

KEVIN: Still the champ, unless he ends up in SD, and even then I bet the HR will come.

JIMI: Top second baseman for years to come

2. Jason Kipnis, CLE

JIM: A Younger version of Pedroia and is still improving.

TOMMY: Kipnis is entering his prime (will be 27 in April) and he has more category juice than any other player at 2B. His BA may fall a little next year, but the power/speed combo along with a prime line-up spot in an up and coming offense will make him highly sought after.

3. Dustin Pedroia, BOS

TOMMY: Pedroia is a great pure hitter in a strong line-up. He does not offer much category juice compared to other players who get drafted in the same neighborhood, but he will give you an excellent BA and strong run production when he is healthy. At 30 years old, he still has a few good years left.

KEVIN: If he really excelled in even one stat, he’d be #2, but he’s only just okay at everything.

4. Matt Carpenter, StL

PAUL: I’m buying. I love the extra base hits and the low K%. I’m not expecting a repeat of 2013, but 100R ,40 2B, and a .300 AVG makes him #3 for me.

KEVIN: Great LD%, ct% means BA here to stay; great leadoff hitter, but big HR/SB lacking.

5. Ian Kinsler, TEX

JIM: He’s an injury risk, but still a five category player that can help everywhere.

PAUL: I think the bottom’s falling out fast. Both defensively and with the bat, to the point where his ISO is the same as Daniel Murphy. He’s also 3 years older, with poor defense and someone knocking at the door behind him.

6. Aaron Hill, ARIZ

KEVIN: Injury capped his counting stats; don’t expect 20 SB again, but power and BA solid.

PETER:  He was only able to play in 87 games in 2013, but he produced 11 homers and a near 0.300 average.  He is probably not the player who hit 36 homers in 2009, but he should deliver 15 homers with decent peripheral numbers.

7. Jose Altuve, HOU

PETER: The Houston Astros will not be as bad in 2014 as they were in 2013, and Altuve stands to be the benefactor of this improvement.  In 2 seasons in Houston he has stolen more than 30 bases, and should see an uptick in runs scored, and he will probably hit about 0.280.

JIMI: Batting average and steals keep him this high in the rankings.

8. Brandon Phillips, CIN

JIMI: Still has power with 100+ RBI. Home games in Cincy is a plus.

JIM: Still a solid player but on the decline.

9. Jedd Gyorko. SD

TOMMY: Gyorko’s 23 HRs were second most among all 2Bs in 2013. Impressive, right? What if I told you that he didn’t hit his first long ball until May 1 and that he missed another entire month due to injury? Gyorko needs to cut down on the Ks, but he has legitimate 30 HR pop.

KEVIN: Power evident, but plate discipline needs work before he jumps into top 10.

10. Daniel Murphy, NYM

KEVIN: Snuck his way into top-5 for some leagues; repeat possible, only weakness is BB%.

TOMMY: Murphy was unbelievable in 2013. Is the category juice for real? I don’t know, but I will never pay for a career year. If he goes anywhere before pick 140 or so, I will let somebody else find out.

11. Jurickson Profar, TEX

PAUL: This ranking too high for 2014, but if there was a time to acquire Profar in keeper leagues, it is now. Could pay off like Machado in 2013. You have to take some chances…this is a good one.

JIMI: Young talent who needs a position. If he gets one, could be a top 10 2B.

12. Ben Zobrist, TB

PETER: He showed a drop in power and a drop in steals in 2013, so a return to 15+ homers and steals would be a nice surprise for the savvy owner.

JIM: Steady numbers on the decline, but are enough to keep him relevant for another three years.

13. Anthony Rendon, WASH

JIM: Will suffer growing pains but will have earned this rank in a few years.

PETER: Rendon has to stay healthy (this appears to be trend in this list) and he has a chance to be a very productive 2B, in a very productive offense.

14. Neil Walker, PIT

JIMI: Good pop in his bat but needs full season of AB’s to move up in rank.

TOMMY: More upside than Infante, but not nearly as safe. He has some decent pop, but he has failed to take advantage of a prime line-up spot batting between Marte and McCutchen. His numbers have been disappointing so far.

15. Chase Utley. PHI

TOMMY: Utley is still productive enough to be a mixed league starter, but given his age (35 on opening day) and injury history, you probably don’t want him in a keeper league.

PETER: A return to 20 homers is certainly possible, and if the Phillies allow him to run, he could get 15 steals, maybe a few more.  He is no longer an MVP, but he can be a serviceable 2B/MI for another couple seasons.

16. Brian Dozier, MIN

JIMI: Ranked this high because of HR power. Not so sure he will do it again?

KEVIN: The new Rickie Weeks: good HR/SB, poor BA; HR rate may not hold up, though.

17. Omar Infante, DET

KEVIN: Great BA, 10+ HR repeatable; biggest loss is SB because DET doesn’t run.

TOMMY: Doesn’t do anything great, but won’t hurt you either. You could do a lot worse.

18. Howie Kendrick, ANA

JIM: Not a sexy pick, but he’ll get the job done.

PETER: He doesn’t have enough power or steal enough bases to make ownership in most 12-team leagues worthwhile as a 2B.  As a MI you could do worse, but you could probably try to hit on a sleeper and end up doing the same, or better.

19. Nick Franklin, SEA

JIM: Numbers limited by home park and team, but potentially good option.

JIMI: Came up as SS, now at 2B. Has earned starting job for 2014.

20. Kolten Wong, StL

JIM: Will have to wait a year for the Cardinals to make room, but his future is bright.

TOMMY: Wong is one of the top prospect around, and he could be the Cards opening day 2B in 2014. He could take Freese’s spot in the order which would move Carpenter over to third.

21. Josh Rutledge, COL

KEVIN: Strong finish gives him another chance at sleeper value for 2014.

JIM: Given his minor league numbers I’m not giving up hope just yet.

22. Rickie Weeks, MIL

Peter: The Brewers lineup should be productive in 2014, and if Weeks is out there for 140 games, he can deliver a 20/20 season.  But you have to wonder if health is going to be more of an issue as the 31-year old ages.

JIMI: On downside of career. Made top 20 because of HR power.

23. Scooter Gennett, MIL

JIMI: Only Rickie Weeks stands in his way, and that’s not much.

TOMMY: As Weeks begins to fall out of favor in MIL, the door opens up for Gennett. Scooter’s impressive 2013 audition has many people projecting him as the opening day starter. While he is not likely to hit .324 for a full season, he has some pop and a little speed too.

24. DJ.LeMahieu, COL

PETER: In 136 games with the Rockies, the 25-year old showed some speed with 18 steals, so there is some utility in roto-style leagues.

Be sure to check out the rest of our consolidated keeper rankings

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6 thoughts on “Consolidated Keeper Rankings for Second Baseman”

  1. Yep, I’d imagine Altuve will have some good value on draft day.
    I love this list, even with the obvious variances…this could be my favourite list to date.

  2. This is a really cool list. I am disappointed in Hill’s ranking though. I don’t disagree with it, but I was hoping the injury would make him a lot cheaper next year. It looks like that might not be the case. I think he is a great 2B target if he falls to the 7th or 8th round, and a solid keeper choice for leagues who retain 10 or more players.

    My Hill ranking might have been more hopeful than it is reflective of how I feel about the player.

  3. I agree Kyle. Altuve could be another good value. It is easy for me to envision a scenario where he is a top 3 2B by the end of 2016.

    1. I gotta disagree on Altuve, but that’s the beauty of six different minds/opinions. Even with a BABIP above league average, he hasn’t hit .300 the last two years. He has zero pop in his bat. His speed is okay, but it’s not elite like Bourn or Andrus; Houston simply gives him a green light, and if that changes with a change in manager, the SB total drops quickly. In 5×5 he’s going to be a decent help for BA, SB, and R, but he’s certainly not elite in any of them. You’re drafting him for the SB value, and you can get that stat on the waiver wire and at the end of the draft.

      Of course, in my rankings if he’s taken out of the top-10 at 2B, then it’s an okay investment. I just wouldn’t reach for him within the first 12 rounds myself.

      1. I wish I could get a hold of Marty McFly’s copy of Grays Sports Almanac to help me decide what to do with Altuve in my keeper league (along with Brett Lawrie).

        1. The difference between 7 and 10 in this list is nominal at best. Not sure I’d consider keeping the 10th best 2B. That’s how I’d look at it. As far as Lawrie, it’ll be interesting to see how he is ranked. (I’m only partially done that table) His awesome August was followed up by a lousy September, or I might be more inclined to be optimistic. Actually, his .243 avg and .304 obp in September were his 2nd best marks of each for the year. Ouch….I need to remove him from my top 25 under 25 now that I look closer 🙂 Plus I missed Wacha Wacha! I started list in early September…Lawrie looking good, Wacha just getting out of pen, and I wasn’t as “sold” as what one can’t help but be at this point.

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