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June Second Baseman Rankings

Friday, June 15, 2012

Welcome to the June second baseman 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 soon find a fully updated top 250 list.

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Second Baseman Rankings

Dropping off: Freddy Sanchez (29th), Johnny Giavotella (30th)

  • Jason Kipnis has a .279/.337/.446 line that matches up pretty well with my .265/.337/.440 projection, but he's been a far more valuable fantasy second baseman than I expected. I projected him to steal 13 bases; he has 15 already. I dropped his run and RBI projections late in the spring because the plan was to hit him eighth initially; he ended up spending all of six games there and has mostly hit second ever since. I imagine Kipnis will slow down a bit, especially as a basestealer, but he should continue to rank among the top second basemen in the power categories.


  • I would have liked to have moved Chase Utley up, but we just don't know what kind of Utley we'll be getting once he rejoins the Phillies, presumably at the end of the month. My guess is that he won't flash All-Star form anytime soon.


  • Rickie Weeks' huge strikeout rate makes one wonder if he will be able to get his average up. Of course, he's not going to bat .164 all year, but there's also no sign that he's about to return to being the .270 hitter he was each of the previous three years. Maybe last month's hand injury is a factor, but he was slumping for five weeks before he got hit by a Lendy Castillo fastball. I'm dropping him a few slots here; given his history, he's just as likely to get hurt as he is to bust out anyway.

Rank Second Baseman Team April
1 Robinson Cano Yankees 1
2 Ian Kinsler Rangers 2
3 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 3
4 Jason Kipnis Indians 14
5 Brandon Phillips Reds 4
6 Dan Uggla Braves 11
7 Ben Zobrist Rays 6
8 Jose Altuve Astros 17
9 Chase Utley Phillies 8
10 Kyle Seager Mariners 31 3B
11 Howie Kendrick Angels 5
12 Rickie Weeks Brewers 7
13 Danny Espinosa Nationals 15
14 Aaron Hill Diamondbacks 12
15 Neil Walker Pirates 13
16 Dustin Ackley Mariners 10
17 Kelly Johnson Blue Jays 16
18 Gordon Beckham White Sox 19
19 Brian Roberts Orioles 21
20 Jemile Weeks Athletics 9
21 Omar Infante Marlins 23
22 Darwin Barney Cubs 25
23 Daniel Murphy Mets 20
24 Jerry Hairston Jr. Dodgers 34
25 Ryan Roberts Diamondbacks 24
26 Steve Lombardozzi Nationals 35
27 Jose Lopez Indians 40
28 Elian Herrera Dodgers NR
29 Taylor Green Brewers 37
30 Ryan Raburn Tigers 22
31 Logan Forsythe Padres 53
32 Daniel Descalso Cardinals 30 3B
33 Mark Ellis Dodgers 27
34 Orlando Hudson White Sox 26
35 Maicer Izturis Angels 28

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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