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:
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