2014 Rankings: Second Base

Rankings are based on a standard 5×5 rotisserie league.

Name – R / RBI / HR / SB / BA

  1. Robinson Cano – 90 / 93 / 30 / 4 / .315
  2. Dustin Pedroia – 97 / 85 / 16 / 18 / .296
  3. Jason Kipnis – 87 / 79 / 18 / 30 / .270
  4. Ian Kinsler – 98 / 71 / 19 / 23 / .270
  5. Matt Carpenter – 105 / 81 / 11 / 2 / .296
  6. Brandon Phillips – 86 / 82 / 18 / 10 / .274
  7. Ben Zobrist – 88 / 83 / 17 / 10 / .270
  8. Martin Prado – 80 / 69 / 15 / 6 / .300
  9. Daniel Murphy – 81 / 76 / 10 / 11 / .287
  10. Jose Altuve – 82 / 49 / 7 / 32 / .286
  11. Aaron Hill – 73 / 68 / 20 / 9 / .282
  12. Howie Kendrick – 69 / 65 / 11 / 12 / .289
  13. Chase Utley – 62 / 59 / 15 / 6 / .286
  14. Brian Dozier – 70 / 66 / 16 / 15 / .244
  15. Jedd Gyorko – 71 / 72 / 22 / 1 / .245
  16. Jurickson Profar – 77 / 67 / 12 / 4 / .260

Thoughts:

  • Carpenter’s run total is a bit high, although he is likely to do it again with the help of that Cardinals offense. To expect him to hit .300 again is also asking a lot. Even double-digit homers might be a stretch. An average in a .270.-280 range would drop him down to No. 7 on this list. Still, he has proven himself a valuable asset.
  • Will Murphy keep stealing bases or was it just a one-time gig? Will Hill stay healthy?
  • Clearly my projection system thinks Gyorko strikes out a bit too much. Perhaps Petco Park isn’t a great place for a power hitter, either.
  • Profar may be better than what I have projected, but I won’t be targeting him anyway — I’ve got other prospects and potential bargains on my radar — so it’s no skin off my back.
  • Cano has hit to the tune of .307/.350/.486 at Safeco Field during his career. Not bad — except when you consider he has hit only four home runs in 152 at-bats, or the equivalent of 17 home runs for a full season. Even a quarter of a season of at-bats is a small sample size, but it’s something to keep in mind considering Safeco’s reputation to stifle power.
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