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01-23

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Player Profile: Arismendy Alcantara
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Nick Shlain

01-23

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

01-23

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Second Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-22

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

01-22

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Second Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-22

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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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13

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Base
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Ben Carsley

01-21

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Fantasy Infographic: Second Base
by
Mauricio Rubio

01-21

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

01-20

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Get to Know: Second Base Prospects
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Craig Goldstein

01-20

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Tale of the Tape: Brian Dozier vs. Ian Kinsler
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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
by
Jeff Quinton

01-19

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10

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-19

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

01-29

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14

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Second Basemen
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Mauricio Rubio

01-29

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10

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Basemen
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Ben Carsley

01-28

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28

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Basemen
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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
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Ben Carsley

05-22

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6

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight
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Josh Shepardson

03-08

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9

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

01-27

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25

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Heavyweight Infield
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Jay Jaffe

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
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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
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Larry Granillo

11-03

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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
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Baseball Prospectus

08-04

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Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense
by
Mike Fast

05-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball in 1864
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Clay Davenport

05-02

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

04-14

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

04-13

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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

01-11

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41

Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-22

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57

Future Shock: New York Mets Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-19

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Future Shock: Kansas City Royals Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-10

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Future Shock: Seattle Mariners Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-14

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17

Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Preview: Rangers vs. Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees
by
Jay Jaffe

08-27

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43

Ahead in the Count: The Clutch and The Shifted
by
Matt Swartz

08-13

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Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and Whitaker
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David Laurila

08-01

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9

Transaction Analysis: Deadline Day Outcomes in the NL
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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

07-16

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Big Gains Afield
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Jay Jaffe

07-02

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7

Transaction Action: Dealing and Decapitating
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Christina Kahrl

06-30

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Transaction Action: Disorderly Conduct
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Christina Kahrl

06-10

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Transaction Action: Central Preoccupations
by
Christina Kahrl

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January 20, 2015 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Brian Dozier vs. Ian Kinsler

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Matt Collins

Which of these AL Central second basemen should you choose for your fantasy squads in 2015?

Another week, another edition of Tale of the Tape. In the first two weeks, we saw Salvador Perez take down Russell Martin, followed by Anthony Rizzo defeating Victor Martinez. This time around, the matchup includes a couple of division rivals at the keystone position. It’s one player who is an established star at the position, and another who broke out in 2014, and is looking to catapult himself into the national conversation in 2015. It’s Ian Kinsler vs. Brian Dozier.

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January 20, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Base

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Mike Gianella

Breaking down the position into value-based bins.

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January 19, 2015 6:00 am

The Quinton: Middle Infielders, Expectations, and Weaknesses

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Jeff Quinton

How to handle the reality that many second basemen (and shortstops) perform poorly in most fantasy categories.

Easily gleaned from the title is that while this is Second Base Week™ for the Baseball Prospectus fantasy squad, this article will pertain to both the keystone and shortstop position (one could argue that it will be even more relevant to the latter).

But enough with the qualifiers; let us get to it. Second basemen and shortstops do not compile as much, let us call them “fantasy stats,” as players at other offensive positions with the exception of catcher. Put differently, middle infielders hit fewer home runs, accumulate less total bases, walk less, score fewer runs, and drive in fewer runs than their counterparts. Sure they might hit for a better average and definitely steal more bases than the corner infielders, but all in all it is a less prolific package than the corner infielders and outfielders provide.

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January 19, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to consider picking up these keystoners in your fantasy drafts and auctions this spring.

Previous articles in this series:

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January 19, 2015 6:00 am

State of the Position: Second Base

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J.P. Breen

The keystone might be deeper than you think.

Although the league-average second baseman only hit .250/.307/.364 in 2014, the position was rather deep. Seven second basemen finished the season as top-50 fantasy players in ESPN leagues, including a few breakout stars such as Josh Harrison, Dee Gordon, and Brian Dozier. Ultimately, it proved to be a crazy season in which cheap options on draft day provided some of the best value—as five of the top-10 second baseman were, on average, drafted outside the top 15.

Perhaps it’s a changing of the guard. Dustin Pedroia, Brandon Phillips, and Chase Utley continue to age and are no longer elite options. Guys like Anthony Rendon and Jose Altuve now lead the charge. That doesn’t even include the massive number of second-base prospects who are poised to jump into the mix in 2015—such as Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, Kolten Wong, and the forgotten Jurickson Profar, among others. The position has the potential to be crazy deep.

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January 29, 2014 6:07 am

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Second Basemen

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Mauricio Rubio

A visual breakdown of the tiers at the keystone and the areas in which each player could help or hurt your team.

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My colleague Paul Sporer put it best in the opening paragraph of his “State of the Position” column regarding the depth at 2B. No, this is not a sexy position full of robust offensive options and guys who can hit 30 bombs. What the keystone has become in my mind is a position that keeps your team going. The average top-30 2B will hit around .262 with around 10 bombs, 10 SB, 54 R, and 47 RBI. There’s nothing spectacular about that 5x5 line, but what it showcases is a type of positional depth that’s difficult to appreciate.

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January 29, 2014 12:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Second Basemen

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Ben Carsley

Ranking the position based on how players are expected to perform between now and 2016.

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January 28, 2014 8:38 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Second Basemen

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Craig Goldstein

First-year Mariner Robinson Cano sits alone at the top in this year's breakdown of the top 25 at the position.

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Catchers
Fantasy Tier Rankings: First Base


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January 27, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Second Basemen

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Baseball Prospectus

A look at the value picks at the keystone for your drafts and auctions this spring.

Once viewed as one of fantasy’s most shallow positions, second base has enjoyed a multi-year run as a fantasy-friendlier position thanks to a mix of established stars and new young talent creeping into the game. That’s reflected in the staff choices below, as a nice mix of players young and old comprise this collection of second baseman we think you should target in 2014.

Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
Matt Carptenter is an interesting case in that he's likely to regress some next year but I doubt that his numbers will fall off drastically enough to drop him below guys like Ben Zobrist and Ian Kinsler in 2B rankings. I doubt he scores 126 runs again but Carpenter holds a very solid 10 percent walk rate and he did put up 73 extra-base hits in 2013. The lineup behind him is very solid as well, and he has the opportunity to tease 100 runs scored again. He's not above Cano, Pedroia, or Kipnis, but he should be a very valuable 2B again this year. —Mauricio Rubio


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September 11, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Fool's Gold: Second Base Prospects

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Ben Carsley

A look at several future keystoners and what they might offer from a fantasy perspective.

Our first two editions of Fantasy Fool’s Gold made much ado about power. Covering the catcher, first base and third base positions, a common critique of the players profiled in our first two installments revolved around a lack of pop.

Thankfully, such expectations are not foisted upon men who occupy the keystone. That’s good, because with the players listed below, power is once again in short supply.

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May 22, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight

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Josh Shepardson

As his 50-game suspension comes to an end, Yasmani Grandal finds himself among this week's list of senior-circuit players worthy of your waiver-wire attention.

Erik Kratz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Ownership: ESPN: 0% Yahoo!: 1% CBS: 2%
2013 Stats: 11 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB, .209 AVG

Carlos Ruiz was placed on the disabled list on Monday with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, and he's expected to be out three to four weeks. While he is on the DL, Kratz will handle the starting catcher duties with Humberto Quintero serving as his backup. The 33-year-old backstop didn't do much with Ruiz serving a 25-game suspension to open the season, but he did hit three homers in just 92 plate appearances. He hits the ball in the air regularly (34.8 percent outfield fly-ball rate), and that will help his home-run power play up. He's not a catcher that should be rostered in most mixed leagues, even those in which teams start two catchers, but his steady playing time for the next month or so coupled with enough power to reach the seats a few times is reason enough to own him in larger NL-only formats.



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March 8, 2012 3:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Tier Rankings: Second Basemen

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Derek Carty

Who should be manning the keystone in your fantasy league?

These are the second base fantasy rankings for 2012. Check out our previous closer, catcher, and first base installments.

I know a lot of you are worried about these being released later than usual this year, but we should have them all done within a week’s time. Today: second basemen.

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