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2015 Second Baseman Rankings

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


As has become an All-Star break tradition, here’s a peek ahead at some very, very preliminary 2015 player rankings. I’m only concerned with next year here, so these aren’t true keeper rankings; if I were factoring in 2016 and beyond, some younger players would be listed quite a bit higher. As always, I’m going position by position (trying to account for next year’s position eligibility) and including a top 300 overall.

 

This winter’s free agents are listed without teams. Players facing option years are listed as “opt” in the team column.

 

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

 

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2015 Second Baseman Rankings

 

2015Second BaseTeam2014
1 Jason Kipnis Indians 1
2 Robinson Cano Mariners 2
3 Anthony Rendon Nationals 19
4 Jose Altuve Astros 7
5 Ian Kinsler Tigers 4
6 Dee Gordon Dodgers 25 SS
7 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 3
8 Brian Dozier Twins 15
9 Kolten Wong Cardinals 11
10 Howie Kendrick Angels 10
11 Arismendy Alcantara Cubs 45 SS
12 Daniel Murphy Mets 12
13 Jurickson Profar Rangers 20
14 Aaron Hill Diamondbacks 8
15 Neil Walker Pirates 18
16 Chase Utley Phillies 13
17 Brett Lawrie Blue Jays 15 3B
18 Jedd Gyorko Padres 16
19 Brandon Phillips Reds 9
20 Jonathan Schoop Orioles 32
21 Scooter Gennett Brewers 36
22 Gordon Beckham White Sox 17
23 Derek Dietrich Marlins 44
24 Rougned Odor Rangers 62
25 Omar Infante Royals 25
26 Luis Valbuena Cubs 32 3B
27 Rickie Weeks   24
28 Alex Guerrero Dodgers 34
29 Logan Forsythe Rays 29
30 Emilio Bonifacio   26
31 D.J. LeMahieu Rockies 22
32 Danny Espinosa Nationals 42
33 Joe Panik Giants NR
34 Marcus Semien White Sox 26 3B
35 Josh Harrison Pirates 134 OF
36 Tommy La Stella Braves 52
37 Micah Johnson White Sox 73
38 Alberto Callaspo   37
39 Brian Roberts   28
40 Jose Peraza Braves NR
41 Luis Sardinas Rangers 109 SS
42 Dan Uggla Braves 23
43 Ryan Brett Rays NR
44 Sean Rodriguez Rays 138 OF
45 Taylor Lindsey Angels 84
46 Jose Pirela Yankees NR
47 Marco Scutaro Giants 27
48 Jeff Baker Marlins 125 OF
49 Mark Ellis   49
50 Darwin Barney Cubs 40

 

Second Basemen

 

  • There’s a nice collection of young second basemen here, and it doesn’t even count one of the best of the bunch, Mookie Betts. Unless Pedroia is forced to the DL for a spell in the second half of the year, Betts will likely open 2015 with only outfield eligibility.

 

  • The Braves will likely enter next season with either La Stella or Phil Gosselin as their starter at second base, but Peraza appears primed to become their long-term fix. A natural shortstop moved off the position because of Andrelton Simmons’s presence, he’s been a very pleasant surprise offensively this year, hitting .342 in 284 at-bats at high-A Lynchburg and .365 in 85 at-bats since moving up to Double-A. He’s also swiped 42 bases in 54 attempts.

 

  • It’ll also be very interesting to see what the Rangers do. The 20-year-old Odor has more than held his own despite being rushed up from Double-A, hitting .260/.296/.391, and while the Rangers could send him back down for more seasoning next year, planning for a future with Profar at shortstop and Odor at second base seems more realistic now that the team is looking to rebuild on the fly.

 

  • On the free agent side, there aren’t any sure things. I’m reasonably sure Weeks can still be a useful regular, but I think he might be better off in the outfield. Bonifacio and Callaspo are likely to be regarded more as utilitymen than everyday options at second, which bodes well for Roberts landing another starting job.


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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