2012 Fantasy Baseball Second Base Rankings

Jan 31, 2012

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Robinson Cano was my top rated second baseman last year. The view hasn’t changed from the top of the Lester’s Legends 2012 fantasy baseball Second Base rankings. Here’s the initial list.
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1. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees:  No way he’s moving from the top of the class after posting a .302-104-28-118-8 line. Not getting the stolen bases you need from a second basemen? Make it up elsewhere.
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2. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox:  If Cano wasn’t sooo good, Pedroia could have a shot at number one. There is nothing to be ashamed of his .307-102-21-91-26 line. He was good for everything last year.
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3.  Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers:  The ultimate Risk/Reward option. When he can stay healthy he delivers. His .255 average makes you cringe, but his 121 runs, 32 HRs, 77 RBI, and 30 SBs more than make up for it.
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4.  Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds:  Phillips was Dustin Pedroia lite. His .300-94-18-82-14 line is solid across the board. Nothing elite, but he doesn’t harm you anywhere.
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5.  Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves:  Uggla was ugly for the Braves hitting .233. He did score 88 runs, slug 36 HRs, and drive in 82 runs though. He also hit .296 with a .948 OPS after the All-Star Break. Things are going to get better.
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6.  Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays:  Zobrist bounced back from an ugly .238-77-10-75-24 2010 to a solid .269-99-20-91-19 2011 season. As long as he isn’t one of those players that alternates good and bad year, you should be fine.
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7.  Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies:  Utley is 33 and has missed 106 games in the past two seasons. His health is clearly a concern. So is the fact that his OPS has decreased every year since 2007.
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8.  Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers:  Losing Prince Fielder puts a damper on Milwaukee’s offense, but at least Ryan Braun avoided suspension. Weeks posted a .269-77-20-49-9 line. He’ll likely be in line to drive in more runs this year.
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9.  Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners:  Ackley had some high expectations and delivered for the most part. Despite a .219 September he finished with a .273-39-6-36-6 line in 90 games.
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10.  Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angeles:  His .285-86-18-63-14 was solid. Add Albert Pujols to the mix and he should be even better in 2012.
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11.  Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians:  Kipnis’ cup of coffee went very well as he hit .272 with 24 runs, seven HRs, 19 RBI, and five stolen bases in 136 at bats.
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12.  Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates:   Walker proved his .296-57-12-66-2 2010 line wasn’t a fluke by posting a .273-76-12-83-9 line last year.
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13.  Jemile Weeks, Oakland A’s:  Weeks is your stolen base specialist. In 97 games he swiped 22 bases in 97 games. He didn’t just steal bases though as he hit .303 with 50 runs. He’ll basically be a three category player, but there is value in that.
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14.  Omar Infante, Miami Marlins:  The re-made Marlins feature Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez. He had a down year by his recent standards, but should post solid numbers, especially in the batting average category.
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15.  Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals:  Granted his .236 average isn’t making anybody happy, but he was one of five second basemen with 20 HRs and 15 stolen bases last year.
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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rotoprofessor
    January 31st, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    I may be in the minority, but I think the hype on Ackley is a little high at this point. He doesn’t hit for much power, doesn’t steal many bases and is in an extremely weak lineup (meaning limited upside in R/RBI). Among young 2B, I’d rather own Kipnis or J. Weeks for 2012 as they at least bring more to the table offensively.

    Long-term may be a different story, but this year Ackley may bring a big average (doesn’t this sound familiar to Howie Kendrick a few years ago) and not much else.

  2. LestersLegends
    January 31st, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    I hear you. I think he’s a low-end starting fantasy second baseman. He hit five HRs in his first 131 at bats. At that pace he would have 23 in 600 ABs. At his year-end pace he would have 11 HRs. I think he’s somewhere in the middle with 15-17 HRs. He had the same amount of stolen bases. I could see him picking up 12+.

    A .290-75-15-65-12 line would not be too far fetched. Not spectacular, but solid.

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