Pre-Draft Player Rankings

7 Robinson Cano (Sea - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 8.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 160 605 81 27 107 7 .314
2014 Projections 158 611 83 24 86 5 .275
3 Year Average 160 618 97 29 106 6 .309
Outlook: It was more of the same for Cano for 2013, as he put up his fifth consecutive season with a batting average over .300 and a slugging percentage over .500. At age 31, Cano is showing absolutely no signs of decline, and he remains the no-doubt top second baseman out there. The Mariners made a big splash in free agency by signing Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract in December, a pact that could take him through the rest of his big league career. Although Cano's new home park in Seattle has traditionally limited right-handed power hitters, Safeco Field typically plays below average for left-handed power as well. As a result, there is legitimate concern that some of Cano's home runs could turn into doubles, which has been the case throughout his career away from Yankee Stadium.
27 Jason Kipnis (Cle - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 31.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 149 564 86 17 84 30 .284
2014 Projections 114 428 65 12 58 23 .276
3 Year Average 112 430 65 13 60 22 .270
Outlook: It's hard to find much to complain about in a season that saw Kipnis match or set career highs in runs (86), homers (17), RBI (84) and average (.284), while he added 30 steals for good measure. Another second-half slump (.261 average, four homers, 27 RBI, nine steals) was certainly a puzzling development following his elite level of production in the first half. Kipnis actually fared better against southpaws on the season, but the second-half power slump has to be of some concern. He'll be back as the team's everyday second baseman and remains one of the fantasy elite at the keystone with his combination of power and speed.
31 Dustin Pedroia (Bos - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 32.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 160 641 91 9 84 17 .301
2014 Projections 160 609 94 14 73 19 .305
3 Year Average 153 613 91 15 80 21 .300
Outlook: Pedroia is Boston's unquestioned leader. David Ortiz may be the face of the franchise, but Pedroia is its heart. He suffered a ulnar collateral ligament tear in his left thumb on Opening Day and played 176 regular-season and postseason games with the injury. He led the league in plate appearances and ranked third among second basemen in batting average, on-base percentage and RBI. He's been remarkably durable, given the abandon with which he plays, and has averaged 141 games played the last seven seasons. Offseason surgery on the thumb was deemed successful and he should be ready to go when spring training rolls around. He primarily hit third in the batting order, but that could change, depending on how the Red Sox choose to cover the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury.
48 Ian Kinsler (Det - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 51.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 136 545 85 13 72 15 .277
2014 Projections 162 625 96 17 59 18 .227
3 Year Average 149 607 104 21 74 22 .262
Outlook: Kinsler's fade continued in 2013, as he hit just 13 homers and stole 15 bases. His road numbers (.263/.317/.418) continue to be problematic, something that is even more of an issue after he was traded to the Tigers in November. Where he fits into the Detroit lineup remains to be seen, as Kinsler doesn't offer the protypical skills of an above-average leadoff hitter. Further, he may see a similarly reduced amount of power across the board now that he's playing half of his games in the more spacious Comerica Park rather than the hitter-friendly confines of The Ballpark in Arlington.
61 Matt Carpenter (StL - 2B, 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 56.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 157 626 126 11 78 3 .318
2014 Projections 84 313 61 6 43 1 .339
3 Year Average 93 312 57 6 41 1 .308
Outlook: The Cardinals got a lot more than they were expecting from Carpenter when the 28-year-old utility man excelled in his first year at second base, hitting .318 in 717 plate appearances. He's not a prototypical leadoff hitter in that he does not offer great speed, but most of his advanced stats suggest that his 2013 season was not a fluke. As long as he's hitting near the top of the Cardinals' stacked lineup, he should be good for 100-plus runs again in 2014. Even with a move to third base following the trade of David Freese to Anaheim, Carpenter will offer fantasy owners flexibility by qualifying at second base as well this season.
74 Jose Altuve (Hou - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 86.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 152 626 64 5 52 35 .283
2014 Projections 125 498 61 4 32 25 .295
3 Year Average 119 474 57 5 34 25 .285
Outlook: Altuve logged a career-high 152 games for the Astros last season and delivered statistics that were roughly on par with projections. While his overall line (.283/.316/.363), run total (64) and batting average against lefties (.287) regressed from the previous season, Altuve remained an elite source of stolen bases (35). Still, his poor plate discipline (4.8% walk rate) combined with the lack of talent behind him in the Astros' batting order limits his upside for the 2014 season. It's still very early in Altuve's career, with plenty of room left for improvement as he will only turn 24 in May, but he will need help in certain areas to make a bigger impact on fantasy teams.
90 Ben Zobrist (TB - 2B, SS, LF, RF)
Healthy
ADP: 84.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 157 612 77 12 71 11 .275
2014 Projections 161 597 87 17 73 15 .258
3 Year Average 157 587 88 17 79 15 .271
Outlook: The Rays may shuffle pieces around the field with frequency, but the one constant fixture in the lineup is Zobrist. Though he bounced around in some matchups, the switch-hitter mostly played second base in 2013 for a total of 117 starts and was a finalist for the Gold Glove Award at the keystone position. He hit .275/.354/.402 with 12 home runs and 71 RBI and was selected to the All-Star Game. His stolen base total dipped to 11, but his 14 attempts were his lowest total since 2008. He remains the ultimate utility man who can play almost any position in the infield or outfield, which adds to his fantasy value as well. He cut down his strikeout rate, though his power numbers decreased also. Despite the decreases in some categories, he remains a well-rounded offensive player who is durable and logs a high volume of at-bats in the Rays' offense. He is a mainstay in the top few spots of the batting order, and with Evan Longoria and Wil Myers expected to bat nearby, Zobrist could see an increase in his run production. He has great value at second base for fantasy teams in 2014 with his consistent balance of power, speed, and versatility.
93 Brandon Phillips (Cin - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 95.4
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 151 606 80 18 103 5 .261
2014 Projections 159 625 94 19 87 11 .288
3 Year Average 149 599 87 18 87 11 .280
Outlook: With the caveat that players don't improve nor decline in linear fashion, Phillips has entered the decline phase of his career. He's hitting for less power, making slightly less contact and running less frequently. And he's only got four more years left on his contract, a contract he's somehow unhappy with! What a bargain! Don't let the 103 RBI fool you - those were largely the byproduct of batting behind not one but two .400+ OBP guys, a circumstance that's unlikely to repeat in his career. We hate to bash Phillips - he's perennially been a top-10 second baseman - but don't let his reputation, his RBI count or positional scarcity persuade you to take him among the top-75 players in the draft.
108 Martin Prado (NYY - 3B, 2B, LF)
Healthy
ADP: 102.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 155 609 70 14 82 3 .282
2014 Projections 159 624 73 12 68 7 .277
3 Year Average 147 592 72 12 70 8 .282
Outlook: Prado ended up having a nice season in Arizona following the trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta. He had a rough first half, but really came on late in the season, hitting .374 in August. There is talk of a positional change for Prado, possibly to make room for Matt Davidson at third, but his multiple position eligibility should remain, making him very valuable. Regardless of how the D-Backs decide to make all of the pieces fit, Prado should see an everyday supply of at-bats again in 2014.
110 Aaron Hill (Ari - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 130.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 87 327 45 11 41 1 .291
2014 Projections 131 509 69 16 61 13 .283
3 Year Average 127 485 66 15 62 12 .280
Outlook: Despite playing just 87 games because of a pesky hand injury, Hill was effective when he was healthy in 2013. His .291 average and .356 OBP are evidence he is still an elite fantasy option at his position as long the injury bug doesn't bite. Even with the glut of young infielders Arizona has in their system, Hill's contract should guarantee him plenty of playing time going forward, making him a good bounce-back candidate in 2014, although his rebound potential would likely take a slight hit if he's traded away from the hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field to a club looking for a proven veteran to man the keystone.
118 Chase Utley (Phi - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 140.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 131 476 73 18 69 8 .284
2014 Projections 98 366 54 12 47 10 .268
3 Year Average 106 392 58 13 53 11 .268
Outlook: Utley surpassed 450 at-bats last season for the first time since 2009. He managed to avoid missing time because of his degenerative knee condition, but he did miss a few games with an oblique strain. Utley also had a bit of a resurgance at the plate with his highest batting average, home run and RBI totals since 2009, his last season of elite production. He has not returned to an elite level and will not produce at that type of level again now that he is moving into the latter years of his career, but Utley has re-established himself as one of the better fantasy options at second base. Given his recent history, however, it's very difficult to bet on Utley staying healthy for an entire season, and owning him typically requires the acquistion of a well-planned fallback option.
126 Jedd Gyorko (SD - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 152.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 125 486 62 23 63 1 .249
2014 Projections 124 489 66 25 60 1 .264
3 Year Average 125 486 62 23 63 1 .249
Outlook: There was seemingly no place for Gyorko as he rose through the ranks of the Padres' farm system, with Chase Headley entrenched at third base. However, multiple injuries to infielders opened up second base late in spring training, and Gyorko took full advantage, quickly assimilating himself at the position and forming a steady double-play combination with Everth Cabrera. Gyorko turned in a superb showing in the field, committing just four errors en route to a .992 fielding percentage, and he further exhibited his other tools, leading all rookies with 23 home runs. His plate discipline requires ample work following 33 walks versus 123 strikeouts, but as he grows accustomed to major league pitching, his batting line could resemble his time in the minors, when he developed at every stop. Considering position scarcity, he'll garner added recognition heading into draft season.
130 Asdrubal Cabrera (Was - SS, 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 151.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 136 508 66 14 64 9 .242
2014 Projections 146 572 72 18 69 12 .267
3 Year Average 143 556 74 18 75 12 .263
Outlook: Cabrera's offensive slide continued again last season, as he hit just .242 with 14 homers, after dealing with nagging back, wrist and quadriceps injuries. He'll make $10 million in 2014 and is getting to the point where the Indians might decide to move him in a trade, if they think some of their middle-infield prospects are ready. Cabrera still offers above-average power from the shortstop spot but needs to turn around the downward trend. By all indications, he'll return as the Opening Day shortstop for Cleveland in 2014, but it's becoming easier to wonder if 2011 will go down as the most productive season of his career.
132 Daniel Murphy (NYM - 2B)
DTD
ADP: 172.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 161 658 92 13 78 23 .286
2014 Projections 138 554 70 8 62 13 .298
3 Year Average 142 540 68 8 64 13 .296
Outlook: Murphy set career highs in runs, runs batted in and stolen bases, capped by a big September, and had another solid season at the plate. The main negative was a sharp drop in his walk rate, which adversely impacted his on-base percentage. In addition, his BABIP fell for the second straight year, which caused a slight drop in his batting average. Murphy has become a passable second baseman, but his main value is in his offense and durability. Now arbitration-eligible, there is a growing chance that the Mets will shop Murphy's services.
137 Brett Lawrie (Tor - 3B, 2B)
DL15
ADP: 172.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 107 401 41 11 46 9 .254
2014 Projections 89 350 45 10 39 9 .277
3 Year Average 92 348 47 10 40 10 .270
Outlook: While he's mostly lauded for his work with the glove, Lawrie has also shown signs that he can become a very good major league hitter. His .254/.315/.397 slash line in 2013 wasn't particularly impressive, but he continues to make contact (15.4% strikeout rate) and draw a decent number of walks (6.8% walk rate). More disappointing than anything else is the fact that he's hit only 11 home runs in each of the last two seasons, after smashing nine in just 171 plate appearances in 2011. Lawrie still has a chance to find that power, and 20-plus homers would really take his game to the next level. As is, he's one of the better defensive third basemen in the league, with a good enough bat to easily justify a starting spot. There's some serious breakout potential here, and it doesn't hurt that Lawrie will continue to slot into a strong Toronto lineup.
174 Howie Kendrick (LAA - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 200.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 122 478 55 13 54 6 .297
2014 Projections 130 520 65 12 59 12 .285
3 Year Average 136 522 66 13 61 11 .289
Outlook: Kendrick came into 2013 with the profile of a solid, if unspectacular player at a shallow second base position, and he did his best to shatter those perceptions early in the season, posting OPS marks of .844 and .919 in May and June, respectively. The productivity was halted there, however, as nagging injuries in July were followed by a hyperextended knee in August, which kept him out of action for over a month. Kendrick finished 2013 with an extremely low walk rate (4.5%), but he makes enough contact and has enough power that he is able to compensate. His final line of .297/.335/.439 in 2013 should keep him in the mix to continue providing steady value at the keystone this season.
180 Jed Lowrie (Oak - SS, 2B)
DL15
ADP: 175.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 154 603 80 15 75 1 .290
2014 Projections 108 415 51 11 45 1 .258
3 Year Average 113 417 54 12 51 1 .269
Outlook: Oakland acquired Lowrie in an offseason trade with the Astros. The deal paid immediate benefits for the A's as Lowrie turned in his first full healthy season in the majors, hitting .290 with 15 homers. Lowrie's .319 BABIP topped his career average, so his average may dip some in 2014, but Lowrie provides excellent pop from a middle-infield spot and will continue to be productive for the A's and fantasy squads as long as he can avoid the injuries that have plagued his career. At least until Addison Russell is ready to take over as the starting shortstop in Oakland, Lowrie's role with the A's should be stable, and he could simply move to second base upon Russell's arrival.
187 Jurickson Profar (Tex - 2B)
DL60
ADP: 206.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 85 286 30 6 26 2 .234
2014 Projections 135 515 61 13 51 3 .254
3 Year Average 47 152 16 4 14 1 .230
Outlook: Profar was called up in early May with the injury to Ian Kinsler and remained in the majors, largely in a utility role, for the rest of the season. He hit poorly in that role, slashing just .234/.308/.336 and fanning 63 times in 286 at-bats. The winter trade of Kinsler to Detroit throws the second base door wide open, and it's expected that Profar will be the heavy favorite to begin the 2014 season as the everyday second baseman. With regular at-bats and without having to learn a new position, Profar should be able to deliver much better results the second time around.
197 Brian Dozier (Min - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 214.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 147 558 72 18 66 14 .244
2014 Projections 115 452 54 12 45 12 .241
3 Year Average 116 437 52 12 50 12 .240
Outlook: Dozier revived his career by moving to second base last season, resulting in improved defense to go with good power at the plate. He disappointed in 2012 as a rookie as he hit just .234/.271/.332 and struggled with his defense at shortstop where his range was inadequate. The move to second base improved his defense as he made just six errors and was 11th in UZR among regular second basemen. He also improved at the plate by hitting .244/.312/.414 with 18 home runs. Dozier improved his walk rate (eight percent of plate appearances) which was more in line with his minor league career. He hit for some power in the minors, so his 18 home runs were not a fluke, and he also has decent speed with 14 stolen bases. He'll enter his prime next season at age 26 as Minnesota's starting second baseman and offers a valuable power-speed combination for a middle infielder.
212 Neil Walker (Pit - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 217.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 133 478 62 16 53 1 .251
2014 Projections 142 543 69 15 68 5 .265
3 Year Average 140 515 67 14 68 6 .268
Outlook: Walker hit .251/.339/.418 in 478 at-bats for Pittsburgh in 2013. He belted a career-high 16 homers, but saw his numbers continue to decline against southpaws. The Pittsburgh Kid hit just .225 with a .518 OPS in 80 at-bats against lefties and struggled so mightily that the Bucs benched him on occasion. As a left-handed batter, Walker hit all 16 of his longballs and compiled an impressive .805 OPS. Overall, his 50:85 BB:K ratio was the best of his five-year career. Given that Walker entered 2013 as a question mark because of a herniated disc injury, his season wasn't too shabby. He made $3.3 million last year and that price tag could force him out of the Pirates' plans at some point. For now, though, he figures to serve as Pittsburgh's primary second baseman yet again in 2014.
217 Anthony Rendon (Was - 2B, 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 218.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 98 351 40 7 35 1 .265
2014 Projections 125 476 56 11 47 1 .286
3 Year Average 98 351 40 7 35 1 .265
Outlook: As with Bryce Harper before him, the Nationals didn't require much convincing to find a regular spot for Rendon on the major league roster, but the results were far less impressive. He doesn't have Harper's upside (who does?) but at second base Rendon doesn't have to break any records to have fantasy value. That .319/.461/.603 Double-A line last year looks mighty fine, but he's more of a line drive machine than a middle-of-the-order monster and realistically the batting average is the only one of those numbers that might be sustainable in the majors.
237 Omar Infante (KC - 2B)
DTD
ADP: 219.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 118 453 54 10 51 5 .318
2014 Projections 134 543 58 9 47 8 .285
3 Year Average 138 529 59 10 51 9 .287
Outlook: Despite being limited to 118 games due to a midseason ankle injury, Infante managed to put together one of the best seasons of his career. The 32-year-old second baseman hit .318 while posting a career-high .795 OPS. He reached double-digits in home runs for the third time in his career while improving his HR/FB ratio to 6.5 percent. While Infante rarely takes a free pass (4.3 percent walk rate), he also does a great job limiting strikeouts (9.2 percent strikeout rate) and making contact (90 percent contact rate). The lone area he took a step back was on the basepaths, as Infante dropped from a career-high 17 steals in 2012 to just five steals last season. As a career .279 hitter, Infante should remain a decent contributor in batting average while offering modest production in the power and speed categories and warranting a roster spot in most formats. He'll handle the starting job at second base in Kansas City after signing a four-year deal with the Royals in December.
258 Kolten Wong (StL - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 215.4
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 32 59 6 0 0 3 .153
2014 Projections 156 615 83 18 84 10 .276
3 Year Average 32 59 6 0 0 3 .153
Outlook: Wong finally got the call in mid-August but totaled just 62 plate appearances while with the Cardinals, hardly enough time to give any concern to his .153/.194/.169 line. The second baseman had a terrific year at Triple-A posting a .303/.369/.466 line while striking out just 60 times in 412 at-bats, a solid showing for the 23-year-old. With David Freese out of the picture, Matt Carpenter will shift to third and all signs point to the Cardinals giving Wong at least 400 at-bats as their primary second baseman in 2014. There's plenty of promise with the youngster and while he might not an elite hitter at his position, he has the skills to put up good numbers in a terrific Cardinals lineup.
259 Kelly Johnson (Bos - LF, 1B, 2B, 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 218.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 118 366 41 16 52 7 .235
2014 Projections 130 497 65 19 58 12 .233
3 Year Average 136 473 59 18 55 12 .226
Outlook: Johnson put together a rollar coaster season of hot and cold at the plate. After a slow start to the season, he was fantastic in May, hitting .330 with a 1.022 OPS in 25 games that included seven of his 16 home runs on the season and 26 RBI. He cooled off in June before heating up again in July and then seeing his role diminish toward the end of the season. He offers solid power and hits left-handers quite well as a left-handed bat. He offers versatility defensively with his ability to play left field as well as multiple infield spots. His days as an everyday starter may be over, but he offers solid pop in the right situations and matchups, and he'll be a top utillity man for the Yankees this year.
284 Stephen Drew (NYY - SS, 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2013 Season 124 442 57 13 67 6 .253
2014 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 96 350 46 8 47 4 .246
Outlook: Drew had a nice bounce-back season in 2013 that should get him a multi-year offer. His percentages don't jump out, but his 13 homers and 67 RBI were among the best at his position, and his glove played well all year long. In between a dreadful April (.154) and his epic struggles in the postseason (6-for-54, 19 strikeouts), Drew was a pretty competent hitter in the lower third of Boston's order. An average hitter with good pop for a shortstop, Drew should be a safe selection in fantasy leagues as long as a finds a home.
1 2 3 4 5
of
7
a d v e r t i s e m e n t