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July Second Baseman Rankings

Monday, June 30, 2014


Here are the July Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.

 

Click to see other July rankings:

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

 

 

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Second Baseman Rankings

 

JulySecond BaseTeam2014MayJune
1 Robinson Cano Mariners 2 1 2
2 Jason Kipnis Indians 1 3 1
3 Ian Kinsler Tigers 4 4 4
4 Jose Altuve Astros 7 6 6
5 Brian Dozier Twins 15 9 7
6 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 3 2 3
7 Matt Carpenter Cardinals 5 5 5
8 Anthony Rendon Nationals 19 8 9
9 Howie Kendrick Angels 10 7 8
10 Daniel Murphy Mets 12 13 13
11 Chase Utley Phillies 13 11 10
12 Neil Walker Pirates 18 15 14
13 Martin Prado Diamondbacks 6 10 12
14 Brandon Phillips Reds 9 14 15
15 Mookie Betts Red Sox NR NR NR
16 Aaron Hill Diamondbacks 8 12 16
17 Gordon Beckham White Sox 17 18 17
18 Omar Infante Royals 25 21 22
19 Scooter Gennett Brewers 36 35 39
20 Dustin Ackley Mariners 14 19 20
21 Brett Lawrie Blue Jays 15 3B 14 3B 14 3B
22 Kolten Wong Cardinals 11 25 11
23 Josh Harrison Pirates 134 OF NR 102 OF
24 Emilio Bonifacio Cubs 26 16 21
25 Jedd Gyorko Padres 16 20 19
26 Grant Green Angels 41 23 24
27 Yangervis Solarte Yankees 63 34 18
28 Tommy La Stella Braves 52 48 32
29 Kelly Johnson Yankees 21 24 26
30 Alberto Callaspo Athletics 37 31 33
31 Rougned Odor Rangers 62 NR 31
32 Rickie Weeks Brewers 24 33 25
33 Brian Roberts Yankees 28 30 30
34 D.J. LeMahieu Rockies 22 26 27
35 Derek Dietrich Marlins 44 29 23
36 Jonathan Schoop Orioles 32 32 28
37 Logan Forsythe Rays 29 37 38
38 Joe Panik Giants NR NR NR
39 Danny Espinosa Nationals 42 28 29
40 Alexander Guerrero Dodgers 34 39 40
41 Sean Rodriguez Rays 138 OF 104 OF 37
42 Steven Tolleson Blue Jays 56 3B NR 41
43 Mark Ellis Cardinals 49 42 48
44 Marcus Semien White Sox 26 3B 22 36
45 Alexi Amarista Padres 39 41 45
46 Jeff Baker Marlins 125 OF NR 44
47 Eric Sogard Athletics 31 36 42
48 Skip Schumaker Reds 48 NR 47
49 Marco Scutaro Giants 27 40 49
50 Dan Uggla Braves 23 27 34

 

Dropping off: Jurickson Profar (35th), Ryan Flaherty (46th), Scott Sizemore (50th)

 

  • For all of the reasons Eno Sarris recently wrote about, I’m not really down on Kipnis, even if he has gone all month without hitting a homer. There just isn’t all that much reason to think it will last, and he’s still in as good of a position to rack up runs and RBI as any second baseman.

 

  • Pedroia’s woes are a little more discouraging, since not only is he not hitting for power, but his singles stroke hasn’t really been there, he’s been a non-factor on the basepaths and he’s not getting nearly as much production around him in the Boston lineup as anticipated. Still, he is Dustin Pedroia and I wouldn’t write him off.

 

  • I really should have waited until after Altuve’s .424-hitting, 16-steal month of June to recommend selling high on him.

 

  • Betts debuts at No. 15. Of course, the Red Sox won’t be looking for him to play any second base at all, but they also didn’t call him up to sit on the bench. Ideally, he’ll keep lining singles and doubles to the outfield and turn into a perfect No. 2 hitter in between Brock Holt and Pedroia, though he figures to start off lower in the lineup. He’s also a fine basestealer, but it’s harder to tell whether he’ll make much of an impact early on there. I think he’s worth a try in mixed leagues, but since he’s probably not going to do much in homers or RBI, his value will greatly depend on how many steals he attempts.

 

  • Gennett has had the month of his life in June, and since everyone else who would threaten for a spot in the 15-20 range is hurt (or has a manager with a ridiculous amount of faith in David Freese), he moves up to No. 19. I’m not really buying the power, but Gennett has eliminated any possibility of Weeks reclaiming the job.

 

  • As for Green, I’d like to rate him higher. I think he should be starting at third base over Freese in Anaheim, but he had seven at-bats in his first 10 days back in the majors.


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 @matthewpouliot.
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