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May Second Baseman Rankings

Monday, 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.

 

Click to see other May rankings:

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

 

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Second Baseman Rankings

 

MaySecond BaseTeam2014
1 Robinson Cano Mariners 2
2 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 3
3 Jason Kipnis Indians 1
4 Ian Kinsler Tigers 4
5 Matt Carpenter Cardinals 5
6 Jose Altuve Astros 7
7 Howie Kendrick Angels 10
8 Anthony Rendon Nationals 19
9 Brian Dozier Twins 15
10 Martin Prado Diamondbacks 6
11 Chase Utley Phillies 13
12 Aaron Hill Diamondbacks 8
13 Daniel Murphy Mets 12
14 Brandon Phillips Reds 9
15 Neil Walker Pirates 18
16 Emilio Bonifacio Cubs 26
17 Jurickson Profar Rangers 20
18 Gordon Beckham White Sox 17
19 Dustin Ackley Mariners 14
20 Jedd Gyorko Padres 16
21 Omar Infante Royals 25
22 Marcus Semien White Sox 26 3B
23 Grant Green Angels 41
24 Kelly Johnson Yankees 21
25 Kolten Wong Cardinals 11
26 D.J. LeMahieu Rockies 22
27 Dan Uggla Braves 23
28 Danny Espinosa Nationals 42
29 Derek Dietrich Marlins 44
30 Brian Roberts Yankees 28
31 Alberto Callaspo Athletics 37
32 Jonathan Schoop Orioles 32
33 Rickie Weeks Brewers 24
34 Yangervis Solarte Yankees 63
35 Scooter Gennett Brewers 36
36 Eric Sogard Athletics 31
37 Logan Forsythe Rays 29
38 Nick Franklin Mariners 30
39 Alexander Guerrero Dodgers 34
40 Marco Scutaro Giants 27
41 Alexi Amarista Padres 39
42 Mark Ellis Cardinals 49
43 Chris Getz Blue Jays 61
44 Ryan Flaherty Orioles 33
45 Willie Bloomquist Mariners 58
46 Jemile Weeks Orioles 50
47 Scott Sizemore Yankees 45
48 Tommy La Stella Braves 52
49 Josh Rutledge Rockies 38
50 Jeff Keppinger White Sox 43

 

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.


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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