May Second Baseman RankingsMonday, May 05, 2014
Welcome to the May second baseman rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300 list. I try to list players at the positions at which they're most valuable, so if you can't find that second baseman you're looking for, check shortstop instead.
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Second Baseman Rankings
Dropping off: Ryan Goins (35th), Darwin Barney (40th), Steve Lombardozzi (46th), Donovan Solano (47th), Skip Schumaker (48th)
- With an unbelievable eight homers and nine steals, Dozier is on pace for a 40-40 season. Last year, he did well enough in both categories, finishing with 18 homers and 14 steals, but obviously, this is completely new territory for him. Dozier, though, is hitting just .246. He’s striking out more than he did last year. He has just one double and no triples in 114 at-bats. We wouldn’t be looking at his current performance as much of a breakthrough if his extra-base hits were more proportioned like they were last year: say five doubles, one triple and three homers.
So, I did move him into the top 10 here, but only to No. 9. The Twins offense is better than expected, giving him more chances for runs scored than I imagined, and he has a realistic chance of going on to steal 25-30 bases. He’s less likely to end up in similar territory in homers.
- The Brewers probably aren’t going to mess with what’s working, but Gennett is already down to .265/.301/.347 after his hot start. He is quite a bit better defensively than Weeks and he’s also a rare lefty presence in a righty dominated lineup, so the Brewers will likely stick with him. Weeks’ slow start in limited playing time makes it an easier call, but the Brewers should have known they’d get nothing from Weeks using him in such a fashion.
- Guerrero is hitting .306/.386/.565 with three homers and just five strikeouts in 19 games since joining Triple-A Albuquerque’s lineup, and the Dodgers will soon have to weigh whether it makes sense to promote him to take over Justin Turner’s utility role. He’s not going to replace Dee Gordon as a starting second baseman, but he could start there against lefties.