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September Second Baseman Ranks

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Welcome to the September rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed at the position at which they’re most valuable.

 

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

 

 

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Second Baseman Rankings

 

SeptSecond BaseTeam2017JulyAug
1 Jose Altuve Astros 1 1 1
2 Anthony Rizzo Cubs 4 1B 2 2
3 Daniel Murphy Nationals 5 4 3
4 Rougned Odor Rangers 2 5 5
5 Dee Gordon Marlins 6 6 6
6 Robinson Cano Mariners 3 3 4
7 DJ LeMahieu Rockies 4 7 7
8 Jonathan Schoop Orioles 15 13 9
9 Brian Dozier Twins 7 9 10
10 Jose Ramirez Indians 11 3B 8 8
11 Matt Carpenter Cardinals 10 12 12
12 Ian Kinsler Tigers 12 14 13
13 Whit Merrifield Royals 32 19 16
14 Cesar Hernandez Phillies 17 29 15
15 Starlin Castro Yankees 13 15 19
16 Howie Kendrick Nationals 14 20 29
17 Ian Happ Cubs 57 11 20
18 Neil Walker Brewers 20 28 23
19 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 11 16 17
20 Kolten Wong Cardinals 21 36 33
21 Derek Dietrich Marlins 24 34 27
22 Logan Forsythe Dodgers 16 17 21
23 Scooter Gennett Reds 38 23 25
24 Josh Harrison Pirates 25 18 22
25 Jason Kipnis Indians 8 10 11
26 Yoan Moncada White Sox 27 3B 18 3B 14
27 Jose Pirela Padres 69 27 30
28 Ben Zobrist Cubs 18 26 28
29 Brandon Drury Diamondbacks 28 3B 22 24
30 Jed Lowrie Athletics 29 30 31
31 Cory Spangenberg Padres 30 37 37
32 Joe Panik Giants 22 33 36
33 Willie Calhoun Rangers 59 NR 38
34 Brandon Phillips Braves 23 25 26
35 Adam Frazier Pirates 102 OF 31 34
36 Yolmer Sanchez White Sox 47 44 43
37 Carlos Asuaje Padres 48 49 39
38 Raul Mondesi Royals 26 NR NR
39 Devon Travis Blue Jays 9 32 35
40 Scott Kingery Phillies 74 43 NR
41 Kaleb Cowart Angels 58 3B NR 40
42 Chase Utley Dodgers 37 41 41
43 Alen Hanson White Sox 31 39 42
44 Rob Refsnyder Blue Jays 207 OF NR 115 OF
45 Kelby Tomlinson Giants 44 NR NR

 

Dropping off: Eric Sogard (44th), Arismendy Alcantara (45th)

 

  • I’m not expecting a whole lot from either Willie Calhoun or Scott Kingery next month, mostly due to playing time issues. Calhoun is playing left field in Triple-A since coming over from the Dodgers, but the Rangers seem pretty happy with Delino DeShields Jr. there and they still have Shin-Soo Choo logging outfield time, too. Kingery, who might not get a callup at all, has only started getting playing time at positions other than second this last week, and he’d have to contend with J.P. Crawford for whatever starts don’t go to Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco and Freddy Galvis. Kingery’s bat is more interesting than Crawford’s right now, but it scarcely matters if neither would start more than twice per week.

 

  • Even though Brandon Phillips keeps plugging along just fine, I imagine he’s in for a reduced role next month after both Johan Camargo and Adonis Garcia come off the disabled list. The Braves shouldn’t be too worried about getting Garcia at-bats, but Camargo has proven worthy of significant playing time and not much of it is going to come at Dansby Swanson’s expense this time around. What could save Phillips is a very late trade.

 

  • The Royals picked a 21-year-old Raul Mondesi over Whit Merrifield at second base this spring, even though Merrifield was a quality player last year. What they’ve thus far been afraid to do is pick Mondesi over Alcides Escobar at short, even though Escobar has been one of the game’s worst regulars this year. After quickly flaming out in the majors in April, Mondesi has been surprisingly good in Triple-A, hitting .304/.340/.542 with 13 homers and 20 steals in 312 at-bats. He’s continued to spend most of his time at shortstop, too. If the Royals were to give him a shot next month, he’d be interesting in AL-only leagues and maybe deeper mixed leagues with his speed. He had five steals in just 15 games with the Royals earlier this season. All the Royals need to do is to let go of their tattered security blanket at short.


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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