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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Second Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Phillips has averaged 87.1 runs, 20.3 home runs, 80.4 RBI and 21.4 stolen bases over the past seven years while hitting .280. He won’t give you elite numbers in any category, but he’s solid across the board.
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2. Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks
Hill put his nightmare 2011 season behind him and hit 26 home runs last year, giving him at least that many long balls in three of the past four seasons. Hill’s .302-93-26-86-14 was one of the best among second basemen.
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3. Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
Batting average isn’t his strength, but the .230 that Weeks hit was, well, weak. He should hit about 20 point higher and produce around a .250-85-20-60-15 line.
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4. Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves
With Uggla you have to deal with a poor average, but he’ll provide solid numbers in runs, home runs and runs batted in.
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5. Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals
Espinosa is a career .239 hitter so you’ll have to live with that liability. He has averaged 19 home runs and 18.5 stolen bases the past two seasons so he’s rock solid in those two categories.
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6. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
Walker is a solid little player. Over the past three seasons he has averaged a .282-65-13-73-6 line. He doesn’t stand out in a particular category, but he’s a steady performer.
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7. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Once upon a time Utley was the best second baseman in all of baseball. He’s been on the decline for the past three seasons. He’s good for double-digit home runs and stolen bases if he can stay healthy. He’s averaged just 100 games over the past three seasons.
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8. Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants
Scutaro is 37 so the upside is minimal. He should contribute in the batting average, runs and RBI categories. He doesn’t offer much power and speed, but is a decent middle infielder option
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9. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Prado is a versatile option to target if you’re looking more for batting average than power. He tends to provide decent run and RBI totals. Last year he stole 17 bases after stealing just 13 in his first 227 games. I’d figure on a .300-80-12-65-10 line.
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Second Base Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
Cano was tops among second basemen in runs, home runs, RBI and batting average. He has as much of a stranglehold on the position as any player in the league.
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2. Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
Kinsler has averaged 156 games the past two seasons and has played in at least 144 games in three of the past four years. His batting average has become the biggest issue rather than his health. Kinsler delivers an elite amount of runs and home runs, as well as a solid amount of RBI and stolen bases.
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3. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Pedroia took a step back last year with a .290-81-15-65-20 line in 141 games. He’s a strong bet to be among the leaders in all five categories once again.
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4. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Zobrist can be used at second base, shortstop, and outfield, which gives him great versatility. He isn’t a big average guy, but his .270 mark last year was solid. Over the past four seasons he has averaged 88.8 runs, 19.3 HRs, 82.8 RBI and 18.5 stolen bases.
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5. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
Kipnis had a solid first half, hitting 11 home runs with a .764 OPS. His dismal second half (three home runs, .650 OPS) soiled his first full season. Still, Kipnis finished with 86 runs, 76 RBI and 31 stolen bases.
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6. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
You’ll have to look elsewhere for power, but Altuve should provide a solid average, along with an ample amount of runs and stolen bases.
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7. Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels
There is nothing flashy about Kendrick, but he should be a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories. The Angels should have a potent lineup in 2013 so a solid year should be in the cards.
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8. Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners
Ackley will turn 25 this week. He nearly doubled his at bats last year and his run, home run, RBI and stolen base totals nearly matched that same proportion. Unfortunately his average fell from .273 to .226. His BABIP was .265, which was 74 points lower than his 2011 mark. He should see improvement in that category, which should help his average and his counting stats.
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9. Emilio Bonifacio, Toronto Blue Jays
Bonifacio plays all over the place so his positional flexibility may be his primary benefit. That and his ability to steal bases.
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10. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
Seager plays third base, but played second in 18 games last year which gives him flexibility. He also quietly posted a modest .259-62-20-86-13 line. He has some decent pop and should benefit from the changes made to Safeco Field.
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11. Omar Infante, Detroit Tigers
Infante does not excel in any category, but he’s solid across the board.
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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 10 fantasy baseball second basemen for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your second base slot to address other positions. Alternatively, many leagues offer middle infield slots, which put these options on your radar.
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Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners
Ackley will turn 25 this week. He nearly doubled his at bats last year and his run, home run, RBI and stolen base totals nearly matched that same proportion. Unfortunately his average fell from .273 to .226. His BABIP was .265, which was 74 points lower than his 2011 mark. He should see improvement in that category, which should help his average and his counting stats.
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Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals
Espinosa is a career .239 hitter so you’ll have to live with that liability. He has averaged 19 home runs and 18.5 stolen bases the past two seasons so he’s rock solid in those two categories.
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Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels
There is nothing flashy about Kendrick, but he should be a solid contributor in all five 5×5 categories. The Angels should have a potent lineup in 2013 so a solid year should be in the cards.
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Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants
Scutaro is 37 so the upside is minimal. He should contribute in the batting average, runs and RBI categories. He doesn’t offer much power and speed, but is a decent middle infielder option.
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Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Once upon a time Utley was the best second baseman in all of baseball. He’s been on the decline for the past three seasons. He’s good for double-digit home runs and stolen bases if he can stay healthy. He’s averaged just 100 games over the past three seasons.
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Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
Walker is a solid little player. Over the past three seasons he has averaged a .282-65-13-73-6 line. He doesn’t stand out in a particular category, but he’s a steady performer.
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Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
Weeks reached the 20-HR mark for the third straight season, but hit just .230. He’s a solid contributor in the runs and stolen bases categories. He’s still a solid fantasy option.
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Here’s the first look at the 2013 LestersLegends Second Base Rankings.
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1. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
Cano was tops among second basemen in runs, home runs, RBI and batting average. He has as much of a stranglehold on the position as any player in the league.
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2. Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
Kinsler has averaged 156 games the past two seasons and has played in at least 144 games in three of the past four years. His batting average has become the biggest issue rather than his health. Kinsler delivers an elite amount of runs and home runs, as well as a solid amount of RBI and stolen bases.
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3. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Phillips has averaged 87.1 runs, 20.3 home runs, 80.4 RBI and 21.4 stolen bases over the past seven years while hitting .280. He won’t give you elite numbers in any category, but he’s solid across the board.
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4. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Pedroia took a step back last year with a .290-81-15-65-20 line in 141 games. He’s a strong bet to be among the leaders in all five categories once again.
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5. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Zobrist can be used at second base, shortstop, and outfield, which gives him great versatility. He isn’t a big average guy, but his .270 mark last year was solid. Over the past four seasons he has averaged 88.8 runs, 19.3 HRs, 82.8 RBI and 18.5 stolen bases.
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6. Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks
Hill put his nightmare 2011 season behind him and hit 26 home runs last year, giving him at least that many long balls in three of the past four seasons. Hill’s .302-93-26-86-14 was one of the best among second basemen.
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7. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
Kipnis had a solid first half, hitting 11 home runs with a .764 OPS. His dismal second half (three home runs, .650 OPS) soiled his first full season. Still, Kipnis finished with 86 runs, 76 RBI and 31 stolen bases.
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8. Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers
Batting average isn’t his strength, but the .230 that Weeks hit was, well, weak. He should hit about 20 point higher and produce around a .250-85-20-60-15 line.
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9. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
You’ll have to look elsewhere for power, but Altuve should provide a solid average, along with an ample amount of runs and stolen bases.
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10. Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves
With Uggla you have to deal with a poor average, but he’ll provide solid numbers in runs, home runs and runs batted in.
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