Hitters are ranked for their expected performance from this point forward for this season in standard 5x5 leagues, not for statistics that have already been accrued. For other positional rankings check out:
Top 35 Second Baseman:
1. Robinson Cano, NYY
2. Ian Kinsler, TEX—Currently sporting a .254 BABIP (career .290) to drag his average down to .250 (career .280). An increase in BABIP to the mean means better AVG, more R, RBI and SBs.
3. Ben Zobrist, TB—Zobrist circa 2009! Though he is legit, and Longo's return only helps him, he will not sustain his ridiculous pace of .290/125/32/109/20. I think he trades some power for speed and ends the year around .270/110/25/90/25, which are numbers that will even give Cano a run for his money.
4. Dustin Pedroia, BOS
5. Rickie Weeks, MIL
6. Brandon Phillips, CIN - Wins the award of strangest cleanup hitter this season. The funny thing is that it's working. "Joke's on you" says Dusty Baker. He's on pace for 20 HR, 100 R, 100 RBI, though only 7 SB. Over the last 3 seasons hes averaged 21 SB per season, so if he continues to run like that he could easily pass Pedroia and Weeks.
7. Michael Young, TEX
8. Dan Uggla, ATL
9. Martin Prado, ATL
10. Howard Kendrick, ANA—15-20 HR power we had hoped for finally developing, making him a .300 15/15 threat.
10.5. This is where I would put Dustin Ackley, SEA if he was up right now.
11. Kelly Johnson, ARI—See Kinsler above, but with less talent, a weaker lineup around him and a more unforgiving park.
12. Mike Aviles, KC—He's for real. .293 career AVG. Expect his .252 mark to rise considerably. For a more in-depth look at why it's a good time to buy Avila look here.
13. Neil Walker, PIT
14. Brian Roberts, BAL—AVG will return. Don't expect 35+ SB though, think more along the lines of 20-25.
15. Aaron Hill, TOR—wishful thinking?
16. Chase Utley, PHI
17. Michael Cuddyer, MIN—wishful thinking part deux?
18. Danny Espinosa, WAS—AVG will kill you, but he's a legit 20/20 threat.
19. This is where I put Dustin Ackley, SEA for the rest of the season
- He's not raking at AAA this season, but that's partially because they have asked him to work on his power stroke at the plate. On top of the fact that the job is his from the day he gets promoted with little to no competition, he's got great plate discipline, an amazing eye, has solid contact, some power and some speed. Whether it's fair or not, he's being heralded as the next Chase Utley. I think he's got a legitimate shot to be a perennial .300+ AVG, 18-25 HR, 18-25 SB threat, but what worries me are those pesky counting stats. Does Seattle have enough talent to manufacture enough runs for Ackley. Only time will tell. But right now, over a full season, I think Ackley has the potential to go .290/80/18/70/20, which gives him immediate top-10 2B Fantasy appeal.
20. Ryan Raburn, DET—barring playing time, of course. But with Magglio out he should see more ABs.
21. Jed Lowrie, BOS
22. Ryan Theriot, STL
23. Orlando Cabrera, CLE—due for a considerable regression, but will remain rosterable.
24. Chone Figgins, SEA—wishful thinking part tres?
25. Gordon Beckham, CHW
26. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, MIN
27. Maicer Izturis, ANA
28. Orlando Hudson, SD—If he keeps running like he was, he will come up in the ranks.
29. Scott Sizemore, DET
30. Omar Infante, FLA
31. Jamey Carrol, LAD
32. Freddy Sanchez, SF
33. Darwin Barney, CHC—not a believer. Unsustainable .358 BABIP. His AVG will level out, and he may be a .300 hitter, but he has very, very little pop and speed and won't score many runs or tally many RBIs.
34. Jonathan Herrera, COL
35. Juan Uribe, LAD
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