June Second Baseman RankingsMonday, June 06, 2011
Welcome to the June rankings. Players are ranked based on how much value I believe they'll provide in 5x5 leagues over the rest of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.
Click to see other June rankings: Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DHSecond basemenFalling off: Jayson Nix
I've expanded the list from 40 to 45, so only Nix drops from the rankings this month. There are seven newcomers, with Young coming over from third base and Craig moving in from the outfield. Sean Rodriguez is gone to the shortstop rankings.Once past the teens, it was difficult weighing the upside players versus the solid regulars. I don't believe in Ackley's bat quite as much as Brett Lawrie's, but since I think he will get an opportunity soon, I decided to place him 24th. Lawrie would have ranked 20th had I left him at second. Young could swipe 30 bases for the Rockies if given a full-time job.It's not just the youngsters with upside, either. Aviles had five homers and eight steals through May 6, making him a top-10 second baseman for a month. Now he's doing so terribly against right-handers that the Royals appear better off with Getz at second base most of the time. But he could be a solid mixed-league play against at some point. Playing in Coors Field, Wigginton has a pretty high ceiling. If he can seize third base for himself, he'd probably be a top-15 second baseman the rest of the way. And then there's Lillibridge, whom I compared to Zobrist in a HardballTalk article last week. I don't think he really has that much pop in his bat, but seven homers isn't a complete fluke and he'll steal bases too if the White Sox opt to play him. I'm not at all convinced that the A's will replace Ellis, but Weeks had to be on here somewhere, just in case. The A's would take a defensive hit if they made the switch, but they need to consider it anyway. I also have Sizemore in the rankings, but the A's are looking at him as a third baseman after picking him up from the Tigers. Unless Kevin Kouzmanoff can get hot in a hurry, I think Sizemore will get a look before the end of the month. Adam Rosales, who also figures to see time at third base after returning from ankle surgery this week, debuts.