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August Second Baseman Rankings

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Up this week are the August 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.

Click to see other August rankings:
Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

Second Baseman Rankings

Falling off: Cord Phelps (No. 34), Freddy Sanchez (No. 38), Luke Hughes (No. 40), Jose Lopez (No. 44), Bill Hall (No. 45)

  • I thought about bumping the scorching-hot Pedroia up to No. 2, but Utley did come through with five homers and six steals last month.

  • There are three Astros in the list following Keppinger's departure and Chris Johnson's demotion. Altuve should have second base all to himself, while Paredes and Downs could battle it out for time at third. Paredes was hitting .270/.300/.426 with 29 steals in Double-A, but it came with an 84/15 K/BB ratio in 385 at-bats. I expect that he'll prove overmatched, yet he could be a source of some cheap steals. As for Altuve, well, it's hard not to like what he's shown so far. Still, runs and RBI are going to be very difficult to come by in Houston's lineup.

  • Mike Aviles doesn't get much of a bump here after getting traded out of Kansas City. He isn't going to get his wish to be an everyday player in Boston, and he might find himself back in the minors if Jed Lowrie can return this month as hoped.


  • RankSecond basemanTeamAprMayJunJul
    1 Robinson Cano Yankees 1 1 1 1
    2 Chase Utley Phillies 6 7 3 2
    3 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 3 3 5 4
    4 Ian Kinsler Rangers 2 2 2 5
    5 Michael Young Rangers 9 3B 8 3B 7 6
    6 Dan Uggla Braves 5 8 9 10
    7 Ben Zobrist Rays 14 9 12 9
    8 Brandon Phillips Reds 4 4 6 7
    9 Michael Cuddyer Twins 57 OF 17 15 13
    10 Howie Kendrick Angels 7 6 8 8
    11 Kelly Johnson Diamondbacks 9 11 10 11
    12 Neil Walker Pirates 16 14 13 14
    13 Dustin Ackley Mariners 29 32 24 16
    14 Danny Espinosa Nationals 19 19 14 12
    15 Rickie Weeks Brewers 10 5 4 3
    16 Martin Prado Braves 11 12 11 15
    17 Jemile Weeks Athletics 78 NR 41 18
    18 Daniel Murphy Mets 35 1B 23 25 23
    19 Gordon Beckham White Sox 12 13 16 19
    20 Aaron Hill Blue Jays 13 16 17 20
    21 Orlando Hudson Padres 22 22 30 22
    22 Mark Ellis Rockies 26 30 34 24
    23 Jeff Keppinger Giants 39 39 31 25
    24 Scott Sizemore Athletics 43 38 42 27
    25 Jason Kipnis Indians 50 NR NR NR
    26 Jose Altuve Astros NR NR NR NR
    27 Ty Wigginton Rockies 23 29 23 17
    28 Carlos Guillen Tigers 27 33 45 39
    29 Omar Infante Marlins 17 20 20 26
    30 Chris Getz Royals 32 34 38 29
    31 Brian Roberts Orioles 8 10 19 21
    32 Justin Turner Mets 52 NR 33 32
    33 Ryan Raburn Tigers 81 OF 21 22 31
    34 Chone Figgins Mariners 15 15 18 30
    35 Allen Craig Cardinals 122 OF 116 OF 28 35
    36 Skip Schumaker Cardinals 31 36 37 33
    37 Mike Aviles Red Sox 18 18 21 41
    38 Jeff Baker Cubs 33 27 35 37
    39 Adam Kennedy Mariners 48 35 32 36
    40 Jimmy Paredes Astros NR NR NR NR
    41 Aaron Miles Dodgers 54 NR NR NR
    42 Brent Lillibridge White Sox 60 37 27 28
    43 Matt Downs Astros 55 NR NR 42
    44 Michael Martinez Phillies 65 NR NR NR
    45 Chris Nelson Rockies 58 NR 43 43


    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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