February 18, 2013
Pre-Season Positional Rankings
Top 15 Fantasy Second Basemen
In the coming weeks, the fantasy team here at Baseball Prospectus will be rolling out our positional rankings. Each team member assigned to cover a position will create an initial top 15 (more for outfielders and starting pitchers) on his own. He will then send that list to the rest of the team for discussion, at which point we will debate the rankings, both in terms of each player’s specific placement and the merits on which he was included in the top 15. This back-and-forth debate will yield the final list, which will be presented by the original author with notes on the pertinent players. We encourage you to bring your opinions into the fray using the comment section below.
Today, we continue the rankings with a look at our top 15 second basemen.
Second base may be the most top-heavy position this year, with three players likely to be selected in the first two rounds of most drafts, and plenty of room for debate beyond them. Established veterans are well represented in the top 10 of our rankings, but a few youngsters snuck in, as well, highlighting the fluidity of the rankings.
Given the relative dearth of across-the-board contributors at the keystone, most gamers will be forced to decide which gambles and statistical deficiencies they are willing to accept. For example, many of the top power hitters carry batting-average risk, and some of the highest-upside second basemen are coming off of injuries or down years. The players that offer a little bit of everything offer just that—modest performance in every department, but no category in which they project to make a significant impact.
Here is the list…
1. Robinson Cano, NYY