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2014 Second Baseman Rankings

Monday, July 22, 2013


Here are some very preliminary 2014 second baseman rankings for your perusal. Try not to take the lists all too seriously; I haven't actually done projections for any of these players and many, many changes will be in store for the first official rankings in January.

 

These aren't true keeper rankings, since only the 2014 season is being taken into consideration here. But if you're looking to make trades in keeper leagues in the coming weeks, I hope this piece will help you along.

 

 

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Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

 

 

 

2014 Second Baseman Rankings

 

 

 

  • Second base looks awfully deep next year. After the big four, it's a pretty big scramble for the next 15 or so spots. The new additions of Lawrie and Rondon help, plus it doesn't look like Zobrist, Profar, Franklin and Scutaro will have shortstop eligibility next year. One question mark in the middle of the list is Johnson; he currently has 11 games in at both second and third. If he can't get to 20 at either spot, then he'd only have OF eligibility next year, hurting his cause.

 

  • We also have a wave of decent second base prospects coming up, none of whom are guaranteed jobs next year. Green would seem to have the best chance of starting on Opening Day, though that's far from a given. Schoop probably has the most fantasy upside of the bunch and the Orioles could have second base open, but injuries have held him back and he might need more minor league time. Wong in St. Louis now has what seemed to be a clear path to the majors blocked by Carpenter. He could turn into trade bait. The Cardinals could instead trade David Freese and move Carpenter back to third, but Carpenter has been plenty good enough defensively at his new position. Culberson could overtake LeMahieu and Josh Rutledge in Colorado next year, making him quite the sleeper. Flores would be an option for the Mets if Daniel Murphy gets traded or goes down with another injury. Eddie Rosario in Minnesota might get a look later in the season. The White Sox's Carlos Sanchez was supposed to be ready next year, but he's disappointed this season and Beckham has been terrific while healthy. Across town with the Cubs, Arismendy Alcantara could supplant Barney come June or July.

 

  • Second base could also be a big position in free agency if the Yankees fail to reach a quick agreement with Cano after the World Series. It's not like them to be outbid, but things could get chaotic if it happens. Utley will be out there, too. The free-spending Dodgers will have second base open if they decline Ellis' $5.75 million option, and given his age and injury history, they should try to upgrade. However, besides Cano, the only second baseman in free agency that seems like a good bet to start 130-140 games next year is Infante.

 

 

2014Second BaseTeam2013July
1 Robinson Cano   1 1
2 Jason Kipnis Indians 4 2
3 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 3 3
4 Ian Kinsler Rangers 2 4
5 Brandon Phillips Reds 5 5
6 Howie Kendrick Angels 8 7
7 Aaron Hill Diamondbacks 6 9
8 Chase Utley   10 10
9 Matt Carpenter Cardinals 21 3B 8
10 Jose Altuve Astros 7 6
11 Ben Zobrist Rays 9 SS 7 SS
12 Brett Lawrie Blue Jays 10 3B 19 3B
13 Anthony Rendon Nationals 56 3B 13
14 Jurickson Profar Rangers 19 16
15 Nick Franklin Mariners 59 SS 18 SS
16 Martin Prado Diamondbacks 8 3B 12
17 Rickie Weeks Brewers 9 11
18 Jedd Gyorko Padres 16 17
19 Gordon Beckham White Sox 14 19
20 Neil Walker Pirates 11 14
21 Dan Uggla Braves 13 18
22 Daniel Murphy Mets 17 15
23 Dustin Ackley Mariners 12 29
24 Marco Scutaro Giants 17 SS 22 SS
25 Kelly Johnson   18 20
26 Omar Infante   22 21
27 Grant Green Athletics 156 NR
28 Derek Dietrich Marlins 92 SS 30 SS
29 Emilio Bonifacio Blue Jays 79 OF 24
30 Danny Espinosa Nationals 20 SS 47 SS
31 Brian Dozier Twins 29 SS 29 SS
32 Brian Roberts   21 26
33 Jemile Weeks Athletics 28 40
34 D.J. LeMahieu Rockies 42 23
35 Charlie Culberson Rockies 85 NR
36 Alexi Amarista Padres 29 32
37 Logan Forsythe Padres 27 27
38 Freddy Galvis Phillies 46 NR
39 Jonathan Schoop Orioles 43 NR
40 Jeff Keppinger White Sox 15 22
41 Ryan Flaherty Orioles 32 31
42 Darwin Barney Cubs 23 30
43 Mark Ellis * 24 25
44 Kolten Wong Cardinals 89 NR
45 Wilmer Flores Mets 79 3B NR
46 Jordany Valdespin Mets 90 OF 34
47 Eddie Rosario Twins NR NR
48 Johnny Giavotella Royals 41 28
49 Donovan Solano Marlins 26 39
50 Chris Getz Royals 25 NR


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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