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05-23

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9

Updating the Tiers: Second Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-29

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4

The -Only League Landscape: American League Second Basemen
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Mike Gianella

01-29

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4

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Second Base
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-28

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5

Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Second Basemen on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-28

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4

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Dilson Herrera vs. Forrest Wall
by
Greg Wellemeyer

01-27

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6

The -Only League Landscape: National League Second Basemen
by
Mike Gianella

01-27

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12

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Base
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J.J. Jansons

01-26

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14

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base
by
Mike Gianella

01-26

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8

The Adjuster: Second Base
by
Wilson Karaman

01-26

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2

Tale of the Tape: Ian Kinsler vs. Jason Kipnis
by
Matt Collins

01-25

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7

State of the Position: Second Base
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J.P. Breen

01-25

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Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-26

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11

Player Profile: Jedd Gyorko
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Keith Cromer

01-23

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Player Profile: Arismendy Alcantara
by
Nick Shlain

01-23

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10

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Second Base
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-23

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6

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Second Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-22

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4

The -Only League Landscape: National League Second Basemen
by
Keith Cromer

01-22

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27

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Second Basemen
by
Bret Sayre

01-22

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4

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Nick Franklin vs. Marcus Semien
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Craig Goldstein

01-22

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Player Profile: Aaron Hill
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J.P. Breen

01-21

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8

The Adjuster: Second Base
by
Wilson Karaman

01-21

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14

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Base
by
Ben Carsley

01-21

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5

Fantasy Infographic: Second Base
by
Mauricio Rubio

01-21

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2

The -Only League Landscape: American League Second Basemen
by
Nick Shlain

01-20

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11

Get to Know: Second Base Prospects
by
Craig Goldstein

01-20

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Tale of the Tape: Brian Dozier vs. Ian Kinsler
by
Matt Collins

01-20

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16

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base
by
Mike Gianella

01-19

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The Quinton: Middle Infielders, Expectations, and Weaknesses
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Jeff Quinton

01-19

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12

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen
by
BP Fantasy Staff

01-19

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3

State of the Position: Second Base
by
J.P. Breen

01-29

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14

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Second Basemen
by
Mauricio Rubio

01-29

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10

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Basemen
by
Ben Carsley

01-28

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28

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Basemen
by
Craig Goldstein

01-27

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13

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen
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Baseball Prospectus

09-11

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5

Fantasy Fool's Gold: Second Base Prospects
by
Ben Carsley

05-22

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6

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight
by
Josh Shepardson

03-08

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9

Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: Second Basemen
by
Derek Carty

01-27

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25

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Heavyweight Infield
by
Jay Jaffe

01-13

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61

Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

12-21

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36

Spinning Yarn: Hit-and-Run Success is No Accident
by
Mike Fast

12-19

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9

Wezen-Ball: The Greatest Comic Ever
by
Larry Granillo

11-03

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24

Wezen-Ball: Take Me Out to the Holosuite: A Star Trek DS9 Breakdown
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Larry Granillo

10-28

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54

World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling
by
Jay Jaffe

08-18

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26

The Lineup Card: 11 Memorable Breakdowns, Antics, and Tirades
by
Baseball Prospectus

08-04

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6

Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense
by
Mike Fast

05-19

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4

The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball in 1864
by
Clay Davenport

05-02

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6

Prospectus Hit and Run: Bautista's Enduring Young Charms
by
Jay Jaffe

04-14

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4

Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part III
by
David Laurila

04-13

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17

Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part II
by
David Laurila

02-17

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Fantasy Focus: Second Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

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May 23, 2016 6:00 am

Updating the Tiers: Second Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Robbie Cano returns to the keystone's elite ranks, among other changes in this mid-season reranking.

Welcome, to Baseball Prospectus’ first (or at least first time in a long time) in-season rankings update to our preseason positional tiers article. As we did during the preseason, players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating. In addition, unlike with the preseason “star” ratings, these lists can also be viewed as a straight ranking.

Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players who will provide first or second round draft value and will be worth $30 or more in auction formats. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will earn more than $20 in auction formats. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are the types of players who provide back end roster value. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of what has happened year-to-date but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen the rest of 2016.

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January 29, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Second Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Scanning the menu of keystone fantasy options in the junior circuit.

Welcome back to Baseball Prospectus’ position-by-position look at AL-only players. After tackling catchers and first basemen the last two weeks, today we’ll take a look at second basemen.

One of the most significant differences between AL- and NL-only leagues has been at second base, particularly with how power shakes out in each league. In the NL, Neil Walker and Jedd Gyorko were the only second basemen who hit 15 home runs or more in 2015. Contrast this with the AL, where 11 second-base-eligible players hit at least 15. It is odd to think of second base as a power position, but that’s exactly what fantasy managers should be targeting in AL-only, particularly since Jose Altuve is the only player at the position who runs. Altuve had 38 steals in 2015; Brian Dozier and Jason Kipnis were next with 12 apiece. This lack of all-around production at second means that while there are several good players at the position, the only superstar is Altuve, who earned $39 in 2015 and has now put up a whopping $84 in earnings since 2014.

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January 29, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Second Base

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to let someone else draft or buy these players in your leagues this spring.

In the seminal Simpsons episode “Homer vs. Dignity” (season 12, episode 5), Marge Simpson advises us to “Avoid The Noid. He ruins pizzas.” Here are six second basemen our staff recommends you avoid in your upcoming drafts or auctions.

Logan Forsythe, Rays
A funny thing has happened in the last few years. Second base, traditionally a bastion of paucity (that works right? No? Let me have this), has actually accrued some depth. Enough for our esteemed leader to rank a guy like Dustin Pedroia 15th in his dynasty rankings. That being the case, I come to you with the advice to avoid Logan Forsythe, for a couple reasons.


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Going beyond the top 50 to identify under-the-radar keystone prospects.

Welcome down to the depths below the positional top 50, which for second basemen is so low it bends back like a limbo tree. As another popular destination on the positional spectrum for players who fail to stick higher up in the pecking order, second-base prospect lists tend to be on the shallower side. That certainly doesn’t mean true second-base talent can’t exist outside the top tiers, however, and while the cupboard closest to the big leagues is pretty bare, the 2016 domestic and international classes in particular both feature strong rosters of incoming talent at the position. In case you missed it this morning, here is Bret Sayre’s full Dynasty League Top 50 for the position, and here are the links to my looks at first base and catcher, covered previously.

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Should you favor the close-to-the-majors Met or the far-away Rockie who could one day enjoy the thrill of hitting in Coors Field?

As you probably know by now, Thursday is dynasty day in our positional coverage. In addition to the top-50 rankings by Bret Sayre and the supplemental pieces by Wilson Karaman, Alaska enthusiast J.J. Jansons and I are taking turns giving you a head-to-head comparison of two closely ranked up-and-comers. I took Jacob Nottingham over Jorge Alfaro in the first segment, while J.J. opted for Bobby Bradley over Trey Mancini last week. Today it’s a matchup between a 22-year-old with a bit of major-league experience and a 2014 draftee who is still in the early stages of his development.

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January 27, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Second Basemen

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Mike Gianella

Examining the senior-circuit's keystone menu.

One of the reasons I focus on player valuation as much as I do is because it is a good way to separate myths and facts. The mythology in fantasy baseball is that “position scarcity makes it harder to find a good second baseman.” The reality is that in NL-only leagues the top 10 second basemen earned nearly as much ($212) as the top 10 first basemen did ($216) in 2015.

Some of this misperception comes from how misunderstood stolen-base value is, specifically when it comes to the best player at the position. Dee Gordon earned $41 in NL-only 5x5 last year, or two cents fewer than what Paul Goldschmidt did. Gordon could slip somewhat if his batting average drops as expected, but even if he had “only” hit .289 in 2015, he would have earned $34, or good for fifth overall in the National League. In mixed leagues you might be able to discount speed, but in -only leagues you do so at your own peril.

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January 27, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Base

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J.J. Jansons

Sizing up the position from now through the end of the 2018 season.

As was pointed out in previous editions, positional three-year rankings are perhaps most useful for keeper-league owners, but they can serve a number of purposes for dynasty-league owners as well, particularly those who are in (or approaching) contention and not knee-deep in the perpetual rebuild that many owners seem to enjoy. If your contention window is now and you’re wondering who to keep and who to deal, the three-year rankings are for you, as they won’t feature any prospects who are just legally able to donate blood.

It’s especially important to note that these rankings are decidedly not the consensus rankings of the BP Fantasy Staff; they are the rankings of the selected author.

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January 26, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base

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Mike Gianella

Breaking down the second sackers into fantasy-value-based bins.

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January 26, 2016 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Second Base

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Wilson Karaman

Examining keystoners who see their values rise and fall in OBP and points formats.

Well, that was fast. A week after surveying the view from the mountaintop while discussing the wonder and might of the first basemen in your league, we trudge back down into the valley where we started in our look at catchers two weeks ago. Second baseman actually had something of a renaissance last year, running up an extra 27 collective points of slugging relative to 2014, while also getting on base at a marginally better clip and hitting a somewhat staggering 93 more homers. Still, those rates and totals were good for just fourth, fourth, and fifth, respectively, among the six positional groupings. Keystoners were more valuable contributors, in other words, but in most cases they still weren’t going to be mistaken for the straws stirring your lineup’s drink.

In case you missed it, please check out Mike Gianella’s tiered rankings for the position before reading, as all of the valuation notes below are based off of those standard league rankings.

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In this neck-and-neck fantasy showdown, context determines the winner.

The BP fantasy team is on to second-base week, and with that comes another Tale of the Tape. In the last two weeks, we’ve seen Jonathan Lucroy edge out Travis D’Arnaud behind the plate, and Jose Abreu overtaking Edwin Encarnacion in a close battle at first base. In this edition, we have a couple of AL Central foes taking each other on at the keystone position. They both find themselves in the four-star tier on the positional rankings, and have been mainstays at the position over the last couple of years. It’s Jason Kipnis vs. Ian Kinsler.

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January 25, 2016 6:00 am

State of the Position: Second Base

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J.P. Breen

An overview of the fantasy offerings at the keystone.

Over the past half-decade, the second-base position has lost its offensive potency. It has become a premium fantasy position, in many ways, as top-tier options seemingly have gotten an extra ADP boost in recent years due to the dearth of intriguing players at the third and fourth level.

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January 25, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen

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BP Fantasy Staff

The staff suggests a handful of keystoners to keep in mind as value plays in your drafts and auctions this spring.

Looking for bargains in your fantasy drafts? These six second basemen could fit the bill. Our staff weighs in on a few key players at the keystone.

Javier Baez, Cubs

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