January 26, 2017
Dynasty League Positional Rankings
The Top 50 Second Basemen
We, at Baseball Prospectus, have been talking about keystoners for a while now (three days and change to be exact, depending on when you are reading this) and the party continues to rage on. Yet before we rage, we shall calibrate—since rankings aren’t useful without knowing what you’re reading. The list you are about to read here presupposes a 16-team standard (read: 5x5 roto) dynasty format, in which there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever, and owners have minor-league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2017 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or -only formats.
It’s been discussed at length this week, but this is really a position in flux. The depth at the major league level is better than it has been in a long time, and there’s even a little more youth than we tend to expect, given its placement on the defensive spectrum. That said, the power surge overall at the position was intense and is unlikely to be replicated as a group—though that’s not to say individuals can’t do it. A quick scan down this group of 50 yields few players who are unlikely to stay at the position, or picked up eligibility as a one-year fluke, so the depth can be arbitraged in at least the medium-term. That means if you have one of the breakouts here, trading them and grabbing a good option from the teens or 20s inexpensively could yield an overall improvement to your team.
And to prove that great things come in small packages, we start in Houston: