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I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball second baseman rankings.
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1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
2. Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
3. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
4. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
5. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
6. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
7. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
8. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
9. DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
10. Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs
11. Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals
12. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
13. Neil Walker, New York Mets
14. Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
15. Logan Forsythe, Tampa Bay Rays
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Here’s an early look at the N.L. only 2011 Second Base rankings.
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1. Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves:  Uggla is a model of consistency hitting between 31 and 33 HRs in each of the past four seasons. He stayed in the N.L. East, which should help his transition with his new team.
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2.  Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds:  A hand injury sapped him of his power, but he gutted it out to play in 155 games. He still managed to hit .275 with 100 runs, 18 HRs, 59 RBIs, and 16 SBs. He remains one of the best HR/SB options at the position.
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3.  Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies:  Utley’s knee issue knocks him out of the top spot in N.L. Only leagues. He’s too big of a risk to take when Uggla and Phillips are safer rock solid options.
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4. Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers:  Weeks had a great season, but like the A.L.’s Ian Kinsler, his talent comes with a big injury risk.
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5.  Martin Prado, Atlanta Braves:  Prado gives you a solid average, a little pop, and positional flexibility. If you missed out on the big four, he’s a decent value pick.
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6.  Kelly Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks:  Johnson was a disaster in 2009, but bounced back in a big way last year for the D-backs. He’s been rock solid in three of his past four years, and shouldn’t disappoint this year..lent to take his game to the next level, assuming last year was just a sophomore slump.
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7.  Omar Infante, Florida Marlins:  He does little besides hitting for average, but his positional flexibility give him a little additional value.
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8.  Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers:  Uribe also has multiple position eligibility. He also offers some pop, even if his ballpark isn’t ideal.
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9.  Ty Wigginton, Colorado Rockies:  He doesn’t have a starting gig, but should get enough ABs at first base, second base, third base, and DH (interleague games) to make him a decent N.L. Only third basemen.
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10.  Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates:  It’s really pick your poison time. The good news is you get Walker late and Pittsburgh is coming around with Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Walker.
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Here’s an early look at the A.L. only 2011 Second Base rankings.
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1. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees:  Cano doesn’t steal bases, but he makes up for it with his brilliant average/power combo. He’s clearly the best of the best at second base, not only in the A.L., but in all of baseball.
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2.  Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox:  Pedroia missed a good chunk of time to injury last year, but is a strong bet to bounce back. The additions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez only make the Red Sox stronger.
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3.  Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers:  You know what Kinsler brings to the table. He’s a terrific power/speed combo player, but has a long history of injuries. The dropoff after Kinsler is greater than in mixed leagues so if you like to gamble, Kinsler is your guy.
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4.  Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays:  Hill gives you plenty of power at second base. With a BABIP of just .196, he is a virtual lock to bounce back. Nobody can be that unlucky two years in a row.
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5.  Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles:  Roberts was limited to 59 games last year. He’s a good bet to bounce back thanks to the additions the O’s made on offense (Mark Reynolds, Derrek Lee, J.J. Hardy).
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6.  Chone Figgins, Seattle Mariners:  Chone led all second basemen with 42 stolen bases last year, and it wasn’t even close. He’s switching back to third base this year, which could help him return to form. The positional eligibility will be a bonus.
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7.  Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays:  Zobrist hit just .238 with ten HRs, but he still managed to score 77 runs and drive in 75 more. He has the potential to post 90+ runs, 20+HR, and 90+ RBIs with multiple position eligibility.
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8.   Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox:  Beckham regressed in 2010 posting a .252-58-9-49-4 line after a solid .270-58-14-63-7 debut in 2009. He’s expected to hit second for the White Sox, with Alex Rios, Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, and Carlos Quentin hitting behind him and Juan Pierre leading off. He has huge upside.
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9.  Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels:  Don’t expect a huge season, but he could hit near .300 with double-digit HRs and SBs.
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10.  Mike Aviles, Kansas City Royal:  Aviles has shown that he can hit around .300. He also is capable of posting double-digit HRs and SBs.
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Here’s an updatd and expanded look at the 2011 Second Base rankings.
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1. Robinson Cano, New York Yankees:  Last year I ranked Cano at #2. All he did was go out and hit .319 with 103 runs, 29 HRs, and 109 RBIs. He still doesn’t have the SBs that the other elite second basemen possess, but that can be made up elsewhere.
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2.  Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox:  Pedroia is another guy that missed a good chunk of time to injury last year. The additions of Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez only make the Red Sox stronger, which almost assures us that Pedroia will bounce back nicely.
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3. Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves:  Uggla is a model of consistency hitting between 31 and 33 HRs in each of the past four seasons. Last year he set career highs with 105 RBIs and a .287 average. The move to Atlanta should not hurt his productions since it’s within the division.
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4.  Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds:  A hand injury sapped him of his power, but he gutted it out to play in 155 games. He still managed to hit .275 with 100 runs, 18 HRs, 59 RBIs, and 16 SBs.
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5.  Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies:  Utley’s knee issues are becoming worrisome. Pedroia, Uggla, and Phillips seem like safer choices right now. I’ll keep him ahead of Kinsler for now because Kinsler carries injury concerns as well.
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6.  Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers:  Maybe I should rank Kinsler higher, but his injury history is weighing on me. Perhaps because I had him last year. He had a magical 2009 season when he was able to stay healthy for 144 games. He put up monster numbers with 101 runs, 31 HRs, 86 RBIs, and 31 SBs. His next highest games played total is 130. He’s the ultimate risk/reward player. This year, I’m bearish on Kinsler.
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7.  Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers:  Weeks was able to stay healthy, and he flourished with 112 runs, 29 HRs, 83 RBIs, and 11 SBs. The big question is whether he can repeat.
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8.  Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays:  Hill regressed in 2010 from 103 runs and 108 RBIs to 70 runs and 68 RBIs thanks in part to a .205 average. He also saw his HR total dip by ten, but you can’t complain when your second basement hits 26. Even if his average bounces back to .250 (he’s a career .270 hitter), he should see his runs and RBIs back in the 80s.
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9.  Kelly Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks:  Johnson excelled in his first season with Arizona hitting .284 with 93 runs, 26 HRs, and 71 RBIs. He was awful in 2009, but averaged 88.5 runs, 14 HRs, and 68.5 RBIs in 2007 & 2008. He stole a career high 13 bases last year, which helps elevate him into a top ten position.
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10.  Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles:  2010 was a lost season for Roberts.Can he bounce back at 33? There’s a good chance given he averaged 106.7 runs and 40 SBs from 2007-2009.
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11.  Martin Prado, Atlanta Braves:  Did Prado play over his head in 2010? At first glance I would say yes, but his average, OBP, Slugging Percentage, and OPS were nearly identical to 2009. He just had 149 more ABs.
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12.  Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox:  Beckham regress in 2010 posting a .252-58-9-49-4 line after a solid .270-58-14-63-7 debut in 2009. He has the talent to take his game to the next level, assuming last year was just a sophomore slump.
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13.  Chone Figgins, Seattle Mariners:  Chone led all second basemen with 42 stolen bases last year, and it wasn’t even close. He’s switching back to third base this year, which could help him return to form.
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14.  Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays:  Zobrist had somewhat of a disastrous season hitting .238 with ten HRs. He still managed to score 77 runs and drive in 75 more. He has the potential to post 90+ runs, 20+HR, and 90+ RBIs with multiple position eligibility.
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15.  Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels:  Despite 242 more at bats in 2010, he only increased six runs, 14 RBIs, and three stolen bases from 2009. He remains a good bet to post a solid average with a decent RBI total.
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16.  Omar Infante, Florida Marlins:  He does little besides hitting for average, but his positional flexibility give him a little additional value.
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17.  Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers:  Uribe also has multiple position eligibility. He also offers some pop, even if his ballpark isn’t ideal.
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18.  Ty Wigginton, Colorado Rockies:  He doesn’t have a starting gig, but should get enough ABs at first base, second base, third base, and DH (interleague games) to make him a decent N.L. Only third basemen.
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19.  Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates:  It’s really pick your poison time. The good news is you get Walker late and Pittsburgh is coming around with Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, and Walker.
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20.  Mike Aviles, Kansas City Royal:  Aviles has shown that he can hit around .300. He also is capable of posting double-digit HRs and SBs.
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Time for my second look at my second base rankings.

1.  Chase Utley:  Accept no substitutes.

2.  Robinson Cano:  He’s not going to give you SBs, but he could easily lead all 2Bs in average and challenge for HRs as well.

3.   Ian Kinsler:  Health concerns are the only thing that keeps him from #2.


4 .  Dustin Pedroia:  The little big man continues to be a force at second base. Will likely pace all 2Bs in runs and possibly average.

5.  Brandon Phillips:  A great HR-SB threat.

6.  Brian Roberts:  Not the threat he once was, but could score 110 runs with 30 SBs.

7. Ben Zobrist:  Love the flexibility he brings. Without a second productive season under his belt, he assumes some risk.

8.  Aaron Hill:  Has another solid year (2007) on record. Should be productive once again.

9.  Dan Uggla:  Best power threat for someone not named Chase Utley.

10.  Gordon Beckham:  The transition to 2B better suits his numbers. continue reading »

Here’s an early look at the 2010 Second Base rankings.

1. Chase Utley – The most sure thing at Second Base.

2. Robinson Cano – He doesn’t give you the speed Kinsler does, but his average makes up for it. Plus, he’s Kinsler comes with a ton more risk.

3. Ian Kinsler – Not enough risk to move him past #3 though.

4. Dustin Pedroia – He’ll likely lead all Second Basemen in Runs again. He showed his SB production of 2008 wasn’t a fluke by matching those 20 SBs.

5. Brandon Phillips – His lack of runs keep him from being ranked higher. He’s good for 25 HRs and 25 SBs though.

6. Brian Roberts – He quietly keeps churning out 100+ run seasons. His SBs have gone down the past few years, but he’s still a good bet for 30.

7. Aaron Hill – The fluke factor is relatively high on Hill, but his 2008 year was too big to ignore.
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