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July Second Baseman Rankings

Friday, July 01, 2011


Up this week are the July rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.

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Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

Second Baseman Rankings

Falling off: Eric Young Jr. (No. 29), Jonathan Herrera (No. 39), Adam Rosales (No. 44)

  • The Ellis trade shook up the rankings a bit. I was probably going to place Jemile Weeks 18th anyway, but now I feel more comfortable about it. Ellis, who would have been listed in the high-30s, moves up to a season-high 24th. At least a modest turnaround should be expected, and it looks like the Rockies are going to hit him second, giving him plenty of at-bats and chances to score runs if he can get on base.

  • As a result of Ellis' arrival, both Young and Herrera fell from the rankings. Nelson, who was going to be ranked in the 27-30 range, is now No. 43. I wouldn't be surprised if the Rockies send him down to allow him to play every day.

  • There's a good argument to be made that Keppinger should be ranked a few spots higher, but I expect the Astros to trade him and he may well become a utilityman elsewhere. Once the Astros do move Keppinger, Downs is likely looking at an enhanced role.

  • With a .329 average and seven homers in 18 games since his demotion to Triple-A, Aviles is making a case to rejoin the Royals. Still, it probably won't happen until the team trades Wilson Betemit. I think that move will come by the conclusion of the All-Star break.


  • RankSecond basemanTeam2011MayJun
    1 Robinson Cano Yankees 1 1 1
    2 Chase Utley Phillies 6 7 3
    3 Rickie Weeks Brewers 10 5 4
    4 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 3 3 5
    5 Ian Kinsler Rangers 2 2 2
    6 Michael Young Rangers 9 3B 8 3B 7
    7 Brandon Phillips Reds 4 4 6
    8 Howie Kendrick Angels 7 6 8
    9 Ben Zobrist Rays 14 9 12
    10 Dan Uggla Braves 5 8 9
    11 Kelly Johnson Diamondbacks 9 11 10
    12 Danny Espinosa Nationals 19 19 14
    13 Michael Cuddyer Twins 57 OF 17 15
    14 Neil Walker Pirates 16 14 13
    15 Martin Prado Braves 11 12 11
    16 Dustin Ackley Mariners 29 32 24
    17 Ty Wigginton Rockies 23 29 23
    18 Jemile Weeks Athletics 78 NR 41
    19 Gordon Beckham White Sox 12 13 16
    20 Aaron Hill Blue Jays 13 16 17
    21 Brian Roberts Orioles 8 10 19
    22 Orlando Hudson Padres 22 22 30
    23 Daniel Murphy Mets 35 1B 23 25
    24 Mark Ellis Rockies 26 30 34
    25 Jeff Keppinger Astros 39 39 31
    26 Omar Infante Marlins 17 20 20
    27 Scott Sizemore Athletics 43 38 42
    28 Brent Lillibridge White Sox 60 37 27
    29 Chris Getz Royals 32 34 38
    30 Chone Figgins Mariners 15 15 18
    31 Ryan Raburn Tigers 81 OF 21 22
    32 Justin Turner Mets 52 NR 33
    33 Skip Schumaker Cardinals 31 36 37
    34 Cord Phelps Indians NR NR NR
    35 Allen Craig Cardinals 122 OF 116 OF 28
    36 Adam Kennedy Mariners 48 35 32
    37 Jeff Baker Cubs 33 27 35
    38 Freddy Sanchez Giants 24 25 26
    39 Carlos Guillen Tigers 27 33 45
    40 Luke Hughes Twins 60 3B NR NR
    41 Mike Aviles Royals 18 18 21
    42 Matt Downs Astros 55 NR NR
    43 Chris Nelson Rockies 58 NR 43
    44 Jose Lopez Marlins 14 3B 24 40
    45 Bill Hall Giants 20 28 36


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