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May Second Baseman Rankings

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Welcome to the May second baseman rankings update. Up this week are all of May's rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Remember that players are listed where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see someone you’re looking for, check another position. Designated hitters are listed with the first basemen. 


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Second Baseman Rankings



May Second Base Team 2016
1 Jose Altuve Astros 1
2 Robinson Cano Mariners 3
3 Rougned Odor Rangers 4
4 Anthony Rendon Nationals 5
5 Jason Kipnis Indians 6
6 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox 9
7 Brian Dozier Twins 8
8 Ian Kinsler Tigers 10
9 Ben Zobrist Cubs 11
10 Joe Panik Giants 12
11 Logan Forsythe Rays 15
12 Daniel Murphy Nationals 14
13 Josh Harrison Pirates 16
14 Howie Kendrick Dodgers 13
15 Javier Baez Cubs 24
16 Kolten Wong Cardinals 7
17 Neil Walker Mets 19
18 Jonathan Schoop Orioles 17
19 D.J. LeMahieu Rockies 18
20 Dee Gordon Marlins 2
21 Brett Lawrie White Sox 21
22 Devon Travis Blue Jays 23
23 Brandon Phillips Reds 20
24 Trea Turner Nationals 25
25 Scooter Gennett Brewers 26
26 Brock Holt Red Sox 27
27 Jed Lowrie Athletics 28 3B
28 Cesar Hernandez Phillies 22
29 Chase Utley Dodgers 35
30 Jose Fernandez   36
31 Enrique Hernandez Dodgers 32
32 Jose Peraza Reds 29
33 Cory Spangenberg Padres 28
34 Chris Coghlan Athletics 104 OF
35 Aaron Hill Brewers 34
36 Johnny Giavotella Angels 30
37 Tommy La Stella Cubs 46
38 Kelly Johnson Braves 37
39 Jurickson Profar Rangers 40
40 Ryan Flaherty Orioles 38


Dropping off: Jace Peterson (31st), Arismendy Alcantara (39th)


  • The Cubs haven’t been hesitant at all to play Kris Bryant in the outfield, giving Baez a larger role than expected since he came off the disabled list. Of course, everything they’ve tried has worked thus far, and if Baez produces, the Cubs are undoubtedly a better defensive team with him at third and Bryant in left than with Jorge Soler in the outfield (or with Baez at second and Zobrist in the outfield, for that matter). I’d take Soler’s bat over Baez’s, but Baez’s upside is pretty exceptional, too.


  • Wong has never been one of Mike Matheny’s favorites, and he spent a good chunk of last week on the bench as a result of his slow start. I’m still pretty sure he’ll be a top-10 second baseman if he plays, but that’s in enough doubt right now that there was little choice other than to drop him.


  • Walker’s nine homers have made him a top second baseman to date, and he could continue to exceed his usual pace, given that he’s gone from a really tough park for homers in Pittsburgh to one that’s played pretty neutral since its most recent reconfiguration. Citi Field, though, is still a dreadful place for offense overall, and Walker isn’t hitting the ball very hard apart from his homers (he has just one double this year). I don’t think he’s any better of a bet than he was a month ago.


  • It was tempting to move Trea Turner up in the hopes that the Nationals will give him a chance soon, but he’s cooled off in Triple-A (he’s still at .309/.393/.443, but he was hitting .400 two weeks ago) and Danny Espinosa is starting to pick it up ever so slightly. Plus, the Nationals don’t really need to make any changes with the way they’re playing. It could be a while.

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