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Second Baseman Keeper Rankings

Thursday, August 18, 2011

This year's final set of Strike Zone player rankings focuses strictly on 2012 and beyond. I'm looking mostly at the next two years in these keeper rankings, though I am providing a little credit for 2014 and '15. As always, there are position rankings with notes and an overall top 250 list.

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

  • I think the top three is pretty clear cut. Utley's playing well enough since returning from his knee injury to stay ahead of the next group. Some will take issue with me placing Kinsler at the top of the second tier, but even with his disappointing batting average this year, he leads all second basemen in runs scored and he has 18 homers and 21 steals.

  • I had a pretty difficult time separating the guys ranked between Nos. 10 and 22. In regards to the newcomers, I'm going with the power of Kipnis over the batting average and steal potential of Altuve and Giavotella. I still believe in Beckham enough to place above the latter duo, but I'm not as confident in a rebound as I was a year ago. A change of scenery might be necessary for him. Hill is another due for a change, though I wonder if it will really do him any good. Toronto would seem to be a very good situation for him.

  • There isn't much in the way of young second basemen after Giavotella. Neither of the Rockies listed, Young and Nelson, is a sure bet to turn into a regular. In fact, the Rockies will probably make a bid to re-sign Ellis for 2012. Young, with his huge steal potential, had to be ranked in the top 30 anyway. He could be an asset in NL-only leagues playing once or twice per week. Phelps got the last spot. He's probably going to be more of a utilityman than a regular, but he could be a very good one.

  • RankPlayer NameTeam
    1 Robinson Cano Yankees
    2 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox
    3 Chase Utley Phillies
    4 Ian Kinsler Rangers
    5 Rickie Weeks Brewers
    6 Dustin Ackley Mariners
    7 Ben Zobrist Rays
    8 Brandon Phillips Reds
    9 Dan Uggla Braves
    10 Jason Kipnis Indians
    11 Howie Kendrick Angels
    12 Neil Walker Pirates
    13 Danny Espinosa Nationals
    14 Jemile Weeks Athletics
    15 Brian Roberts Orioles
    16 Gordon Beckham White Sox
    17 Jose Altuve Astros
    18 Michael Cuddyer Twins
    19 Kelly Johnson Diamondbacks
    20 Aaron Hill Blue Jays
    21 Johnny Giavotella Royals
    22 Daniel Murphy Mets
    23 Orlando Hudson Padres
    24 Mark Ellis Rockies
    25 Maicer Izturis Angels
    26 Freddy Sanchez Giants
    27 Omar Infante Marlins
    28 Eric Young Jr. Rockies
    29 Jeff Keppinger Giants
    30 Mike Aviles Red Sox
    31 Jose Lopez Marlins
    32 Carlos Guillen Tigers
    33 Darwin Barney Cubs
    34 Ryan Raburn Tigers
    35 Chris Nelson Rockies
    36 Justin Turner Mets
    37 Felipe Lopez Brewers
    38 Bill Hall Giants
    39 Jeff Baker Cubs
    40 Cord Phelps Indians

    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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