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June Second Baseman Rankings

Monday, June 6, 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.

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Second basemen

Falling off: Jayson Nix (No. 40)

  • 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.

  • RankSecond BasemanTeam2011May
    1 Robinson Cano Yankees 1 1
    2 Ian Kinsler Rangers 2 2
    3 Chase Utley Phillies 6 7
    4 Rickie Weeks Brewers 10 5
    5 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 3 3
    6 Brandon Phillips Reds 4 4
    7 Michael Young Rangers 9 3B 8 3B
    8 Howie Kendrick Angels 7 6
    9 Dan Uggla Braves 5 8
    10 Kelly Johnson Diamondbacks 9 11
    11 Martin Prado Braves 11 12
    12 Ben Zobrist Rays 14 9
    13 Neil Walker Pirates 16 14
    14 Danny Espinosa Nationals 19 19
    15 Michael Cuddyer Twins 57 OF 17
    16 Gordon Beckham White Sox 12 13
    17 Aaron Hill Blue Jays 13 16
    18 Chone Figgins Mariners 15 15
    19 Brian Roberts Orioles 8 10
    20 Omar Infante Marlins 17 20
    21 Mike Aviles Royals 18 18
    22 Ryan Raburn Tigers 81 OF 21
    23 Ty Wigginton Rockies 23 29
    24 Dustin Ackley Mariners 29 32
    25 Daniel Murphy Mets 35 1B 23
    26 Freddy Sanchez Giants 24 25
    27 Brent Lillibridge White Sox 60 37
    28 Allen Craig Cardinals 122 OF 116 OF
    29 Eric Young Jr. Rockies 28 NR
    30 Orlando Hudson Padres 22 22
    31 Jeff Keppinger Astros 39 39
    32 Adam Kennedy Mariners 48 35
    33 Justin Turner Mets 52 NR
    34 Mark Ellis Athletics 26 30
    35 Jeff Baker Cubs 33 27
    36 Bill Hall FA 20 28
    37 Skip Schumaker Cardinals 31 36
    38 Chris Getz Royals 32 34
    39 Jonathan Herrera Rockies 36 31
    40 Jose Lopez Rockies 14 3B 24
    41 Jemile Weeks Athletics 78 NR
    42 Scott Sizemore Athletics 43 38
    43 Chris Nelson Rockies 58 NR
    44 Adam Rosales Athletics 46 NR
    45 Carlos Guillen Tigers 27 33

    Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.
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