1. Robinson Cano (SEA)
  2. Jose Altuve (HOU)
  3. Anthony Rendon (WSH)
  4. Jason Kipnis (CLE)
  5. Ian Kinsler (DET)
  6. Ben Zobrist (OAK)
  7. Brian Dozier (MIN)
  8. Dee Gordon (MIA)
  9. Dustin Pedrioa (BOS)
  10. Brett Lawrie (OAK)
  11. Neil Walker (PIT)
  12. Josh Harrison (PIT)
  13. Martin Prado (MIA)
  14. Chris Owings (AZ)
  15. Howie Kendrick (LAD)
  16. Kolten Wong (StL)
  17. Mookie Betts (BOS)
  18. Asdrubal Cabrera (TB)

 

Notables:

Robert Refsnyder (NYY)
Jose Peraza (ATL)
Johnny Giavotella (LAA)

 

Second base has plenty of options for 10 or 12 team leagues this season. It sure isn’t as shallow as years past. However outside of the top 10 or 12 it gets shallow very fast. Leagues with MI spots may find themselves scrambling for talent if they wait to long. Also with the high number of players projected to lose eligibility at 2B after 2015, in favor of playing other positions, this year figures to be the last year of a bull market at 2B for the time being.

Cano and Altuve really separate themselves into the top tier. Both battled for the AL batting title until Cano gave way late into the year. I see no reason they both cannot repeat their 2014 seasons and am optimistic Cano will see a small resurgence in power.

Rendon took a big step forward in 2014 and really forced Washington’s hand. We expect to see him full time at 3B with Ryan Zimmerman moving to the OF. Enjoy Rendon at 2B this year at is likely his last for the near future. The same goes for Ben Zobrist who I personally see staying at SS full time.

Personally I am a fan of Brett Lawrie. The hope is that he can stay healthy, which he has yet to demonstrate he can do. His 162 game average thus far is .265 BA with 20 HR 14 SBs and 74 RBIs. If given a full season of health I could easily see these numbers more in range with .270/25/20/90.

I’m similarly optimistic of Chris Owings and from what I’ve heard I might be the only one. His minor league numbers in 2013 were impressive. In his first crack at a full season he too struggled through injury. With Didi Gregorious out of town Owings has a clear path to the SS job and will likely see his 2B eligibility fall off after 2015. He is a guy who can knock out 200 hits a season while hitting north of .300 and has enough power speed to be a legit 20/20 threat.

Some notable outliers include Robert Refsnyder who doesn’t have much blocking him in his path to the Bronx. He is a sure option to be a midseason call up with an outside shot of cracking the team out of spring training. His number last season split between AA and AAA — .337 BA 14 HR 9 SB and 90 BB — are sure impressive.

Jose Peraza of the Braves also figures to start the season turning two with Andrelton Simmons. Steamers projects Peraza to hit .251 and steal 40 bases. If you can stand his BA he can surely be a cheap source of speed later in your draft.

Digging deep, Johnny Giavotella could be another midseason call up for the Angels. Giavotella never really got a fair shake in Kansas City. Johnny may really be a AAAA guy, but Ned Yost and Dayton Moore never gave him consistent enough at-bats to find out. His career minor league numbers are seriously impressive. He has shown a legit skill in getting on base. The Angels’ 2B options aren’t solidified in cement and Giavotella could find his way to playing time with a strong spring but may require a hot start in April to shed his AAAA reputation.

 

As always, please reserve all death threats and hate mail to my twitter @TheFantasyPronk, all comments and feedback and discussion is welcome.

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