Second base was a position that had the potential to be completely forgotten coming into the offseason with no major free agents on the market. However, thanks to an extremely active winter meeting we saw two top 10 second basemen in all formats last season change team. Those trades saw Dee Gordon head home to Miami and Howie Kendrick cross the city of LA to go from the Angels to the Dodgers. So what does that mean for those two players next year?
Well for Gordon he is sure to be the number one middle infielder for the Marlins and is likely to bat in front of Giancarlo Stanton so that should give him a great opportunity to be a top 10 second baseman next year.
Kendrick moves into a completely vacated middle infield for the Dodgers with both Hanley and Gordon gone. The Dodgers gave up a pretty nice piece to acquire Kendrick so I would be stunned if he isn’t the full time player at second base for them this season. Justin Turner is the other guy in the mix there but he has capability to play SS that Howie doesn’t.
Before we bury any deeper into the upcoming season let’s take a whirlwind tour of the leaders from last season across my roto ranking system, the ESPN player rater and points total according to CBS fantasy.
|Roto||ESPN Player Rater (Roto)||Points Leagues|
|Anthony Rendon||25||Jose Altuve||14.56||Jose Altuve||560|
|Brian Dozier||23||Dee Gordon||11.12||Anthony Rendon||526|
|Ian Kinsler||23||Anthony Rendon||9.93||Brian Dozier||500|
|Jose Altuve||21||Ian Kinsler||8.53||Ian Kinsler||499|
|Robinson Cano||21||Robinson Cano||8.33||Robinson Cano||479|
|Josh Harrison||20||Josh Harrison||7.85||Dee Gordon||446|
|Howie Kendrick||18||Brian Dozier||7.83||Matt Carpenter||435|
|Dee Gordon||15||Howie Kendrick||6.93||Chase Utley||434|
|Neil Walker||15||Daniel Murphy||5.88||Howie Kendrick||425|
|Asdrubal Cabrera||14||Neil Walker||5.72||Ben Zobrist||409|
The immediate stand out here is that Jose Altuve who tops the CBS and ESPN rankings sits fourth in my system. This is due to the relatively low number of runs scored, home runs and RBI that he accrued this season. Yes he dominated in steals getting nearly three times as many as most but he also hit three times less home runs, scored nearly 30 less runs and had 10 less RBI than the guy who ranks second in Dozier (Altuve had a SIGNIFCANTLY better average than the swing happy Dozier).
Seven players appeared in all three lists but there was a little more variation in the lower places than for other positions with Carpenter, Utley and Zobrist all appearing in point’s leagues only.
Speaking of Zobrist, he has also changed teams this year moving over to Oakland where he fits the philosophy perfectly with his multi positional ability and as always this eligibility means he will probably end up being drafted higher than his production actually merits.
My Immediate stand outs:
- Dozier was a 20/20 player last season and was drafted in the later rounds of virtually every draft
- Rendon broke out in spectacular fashion and was in the top three in runs scored, home runs and RBI. He was also top 10 in steals and average making him the ideal five category player at the position.
- Cano wasn’t the titan at the position he was in New York but he was still a great option at the position scoring top ten in four categories.
- Kinsler put a hold to the talk he was done also placing in the top 10 in four categories in a powerful Detroit line up.
- Jacob Turner, who I mentioned above, hit for a stunning average and could be a big threat for more player time for the Dodgers
- Josh Harrison came on strong last year but possibly won’t start the year with second base eligibility depending on your league rules.
My early 2015 rankings:
- Anthony Rendon, WSH
- Robinson Cano, SEA
- Jose Altuve, HOU
- Ian Kinsler, DET
- Brian Dozier, MIN
- Dee Gordon, MIA
- Jason Kipnis, CLE
- Neil Walker, PIT
- Howie Kendrick, LAD
- Dustin Pedroia, BOS
- Kolten Wong, STL
- Daniel Murphy, NYM
- Ben Zobrist, OAK
- Jedd Gyorko, SD
- Chase Utley, PHI
- Aaron Hill, ARI
- Brandon Phillips, CIN
- Javier Baez, CHC
- Marin Prado, NYY
- Eric Young, NYM
- Roughned Odor, TEX
- Jurickson Profar, TEX
- Brett Lawrie, OAK
- Scooter Gennett, MIL
- Josh Rutledge, LAA