Final 2011 Second Base Rankings

There is some decent depth at second this season and some nice sleeper picks that could emerge late in the draft.

1 Robinson Cano $27
2 Chase Utley $25
3 Ian Kinsler $23
4 Dustin Pedroia $22
5 Dan Uggla $17
6 Brandon Phillips $16
7 Martin Prado $15
8 Ben Zobrist $14
9 Aaron Hill $14
10 Rickie Weeks $10
11 Kelly Johnson $8
12 Gordon Beckham $8
13 Mike Aviles $7
14 Brian Roberts $6
15 Howie Kendrick $6
16 Ryan Raburn $5
17 Niel Walker $5
18 Bill Hall $5
19 Omar Infante $4
20 Tsuyoshi Nishioka $3
21 Chone Figgins $3
22 Ryan Theriot $3
23 Juan Uribe $3
24 Rodriguez Sean $1
25 Clint Barmes $1
26 Lowrie Jed $1
27 Eric Young Jr. $1
28 Skip Schumaker $1
29 Espinosa Danny $1
30 Sanchez Freddy $1
31 Wigginton Ty $1
32 Hudson Orlando $1
33 Izturis Maicer $1
34 Ellis Mark $1
35 Ackley Dustin $1
36 Callaspo Alberto $1
37 Jaso John $1
38 Sizemore Scott $1
39 Hairston Jerry $1
40 Nix Jayson $1
41 Casilla Alexi $1
42 Guillen Carlos $1
43 Getz Chris $1
44 Castillo Luis $1
45 Will Rhymes $1

I’ve downgraded Chase Utley from #1 and $28 to #2 and $25. Given his health issues last season and his knee troubles this spring, there’s too much risk in ranking him first. This also pushes Utley out of my first round.

Obviously, based on my rankings, I see comeback seasons from both Ben Zobrist and Aaron Hill, though I’m not expecting them to reach the heights they did two seasons ago.

Rickie Weeks is a health risk. I’m sure you’ve heard this before.

I think Ryan Raburn and Bill Hall could be nice sleepers for power numbers, but I don’t expect much AVG wise from either.

I like Tusyoshi Nishikoa as a sleeper for decent AVG and 25-35 stolen bases. He should score a good amount of runs as well.
Everyone, it seems, likes Jed Lowrie, but he’s going to have a tough time getting at-bats at least for the first month or two.

Danny Espinosa has had some sleeper buzz, but I’m concerned about the hand injury he suffered during winter ball. His power game is going to play a huge role in his fantasy value and hand injuries tend to sap a hitters power for about a full year. I’ll continue to monitor him this spring.