Here’s the first look at the 2013 LestersLegends Second Base Rankings.
1. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
Cano was tops among second basemen in runs, home runs, RBI and batting average. He has as much of a stranglehold on the position as any player in the league.
2. Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
Kinsler has averaged 156 games the past two seasons and has played in at least 144 games in three of the past four years. His batting average has become the biggest issue rather than his health. Kinsler delivers an elite amount of runs and home runs, as well as a solid amount of RBI and stolen bases.
3. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Phillips has averaged 87.1 runs, 20.3 home runs, 80.4 RBI and 21.4 stolen bases over the past seven years while hitting .280. He won’t give you elite numbers in any category, but he’s solid across the board.
4. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Pedroia took a step back last year with a .290/81/15/65/20 line in 141 games. He’s a strong bet to be among the leaders in all five categories once again.
5. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Zobrist can be used at second base, shortstop and outfield, which gives him great versatility. He isn’t a big average guy, but his .270 mark last year was solid. Over the past four seasons, he has averaged 88.8 runs, 19.3 home runs, 82.8 RBI and 18.5 stolen bases.
6. Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks
Hill put his nightmare 2011 season behind him and hit 26 home runs last year, giving him at least that many long balls in three of the past four seasons. Hill’s .302/93/26/86/14 line was one of the best among second basemen.
7. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
Kipnis had a solid first half, hitting 11 home runs with a .764 OPS. His dismal second half (three home runs, .650 OPS) soiled his first full season. Still, Kipnis finished with 86 runs, 76 RBI and 31 stolen bases.
8. Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
Batting average isn’t his strength, but the .230 average that Weeks hit was, well, weak. He should hit about 20 points higher and produce around a .250/85/20/60/15 line.
9. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
You’ll have to look elsewhere for power, but Altuve should provide a solid average, along with an ample amount of runs and stolen bases.
10. Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves
With Uggla, you have to deal with a poor average, but he’ll provide a solid numbers in runs, home runs and runs batted in.
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