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2016 Second Baseman Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Time for some All-Star break fun: here are my very, very preliminary 2016 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options are likely to be exercised.

 

Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2016. Click to see other preliminary 2016 rankings:

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

 

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2016 Second Baseman Rankings

 

 

2016 Second Base Team 2015 July
1 Jose Altuve Astros 1 1
2 Anthony Rendon Nationals 4 7
3 Dee Gordon Marlins 3 4
4 Jason Kipnis Indians 6 2
5 Robinson Cano Mariners 2 3
6 Kolten Wong Cardinals 5 5
7 Brian Dozier Twins 9 6
8 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 7 10
9 Devon Travis Blue Jays 28 11
10 Rougned Odor Rangers 11 13
11 Ian Kinsler Tigers 10 9
12 Howie Kendrick   8 8
13 Ben Zobrist   7 SS 8 SS
14 Addison Russell Cubs 50 SS 20 SS
15 Joe Panik Giants 23 18
16 Brandon Phillips Reds 14 12
17 Josh Harrison Pirates 16 3B 15
18 Jonathan Schoop Orioles 21 34
19 Neil Walker Pirates 13 17
20 Daniel Murphy   15 19
21 Logan Forsythe Rays 30 16
22 Jace Peterson Braves 35 22
23 D.J. LeMahieu Rockies 25 21
24 Chase Utley   16 27
25 Arismendy Alcantara Cubs 12 37
26 Scooter Gennett Brewers 19 26
27 Jedd Gyorko Padres 20 36
28 Cesar Hernandez Phillies 46 3B 45
29 Micah Johnson White Sox 26 44
30 Brock Holt Red Sox 34 3B 17 SS
31 Chris Owings Diamondbacks 21 SS 34 SS
32 Danny Espinosa Nationals 46 30
33 Jurickson Profar Rangers NR NR
34 Steve Pearce   29 1B 24
35 Jose Peraza Braves 43 NR
36 Aaron Hill Diamondbacks 27 35
37 Dilson Herrera Mets 53 NR
38 Ryan Flaherty Orioles 38 SS 35 SS
39 Cory Spangenberg Padres 61 3B 40
40 Nick Franklin Rays 31 NR
41 Robert Refsnyder Yankees 48 NR
42 Gordon Beckham   42 39
43 Johnny Giavotella Angels 40 29
44 Tommy La Stella Cubs 37 NR
45 Yangervis Solarte Padres 50 41
46 Ryan Brett Rays 74 NR
47 Omar Infante Royals 36 38
48 Emilio Bonifacio   32 42
49 Tony Kemp Astros 83 NR
50 Eric Sogard Athletics 54 48
51 Chad Pinder Athletics 89 NR
52 Carlos Sanchez White Sox 57 43
53 Darnell Sweeney Dodgers 92 NR
54 Hernan Perez Brewers 65 NR
55 Alen Hanson Pirates 71 SS NR

 

Second Basemen

 

o Second base is looking stronger than usual, and it could get a little better if Hector Olivera qualifies (he would have been ranked 11th, but I decided to place him at third base).

 

o I rearranged the 2-through-6 guys a few times; I just don’t see much of a gap there. Obviously, Rendon’s placement hinges on him getting healthy and putting together a strong second half, but if that happens, I think I’d take my chances with him over Gordon and Kipnis. Really, all six of these guys could deserve to go in the second and third rounds of mixed-league drafts next year, an unusual abundance for the position. Some will champion Dozier going that early, too, but I don’t think he’s quite that trustworthy.

 

o Peraza rates the highest of the prospects, even though he’s been something of a disappointment this year (.280/.306/.359 as a 21-year-old in Triple-A). What helps his case a bunch, besides the steal ability, is that he could also be a candidate to take over in center field for the Braves if Peterson sticks at second. I’m not sold on Refsnyder as a regular, largely because of his defense, but he’d have top-20 upside if he convinces the Yankees he’s a starter. Brett is ranked 46th more because of the opportunity available in Tampa Bay than his modest talent. Kemp is intriguing, but he’s probably going to need a trade out of Houston. Sweeney has quietly hit .296/.352/.462 with 26 steals while playing second, center and left for Triple-A Oklahoma City. If he gets traded in one of the Dodgers’ deals this month, he could become quite the sleeper next year.

Matthew Pouliot
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.