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Top 20 Second Baseman for 2016: Veterans dominate

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Ray publishes his early 2016 top 20 second base rankings and wonders if we have seen the best from a former #1 at the position.

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I published my early Top 20 Shortstop Rankings for 2016 yesterday, so today we move over to the keystone, second base. You can find my top 20 Third Base Rankings for 2016 here.

Before I started ranking them, I felt that the position would be weak, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The position is definitely deeper than I thought, especially when you consider that the former perennial #1 second baseman, Robinson Cano, is ranked fifth in my early rankings. Cano will be 33 to begin the 2016 season, and appears to be in the decline phase of his career. I don't want to think about how bad the back end of his contract will look like in a few seasons.

Leading my second base rankings for the second year in a row is Nationals second/third baseman Anthony Rendon. We learned over the weekend that Rendon will only play third base next season, but he will be eligible at second and third base. He was hurt for the majority of the season, but I am not going to ding him for that. I like Twins second baseman Brian Dozier quite a bit, but will stick with Rendon for now. But, I admit, I could easily switch these two later in the offseason.

I ranked Astros second baseman Jose Altuve at #3 ahead of Ian Kinsler mainly due to age. That may sound silly, but Altuve is younger and they are about the same player. Kinsler may score a few more runs and drive in more runs, but Altuve easily triples Kinsler's stolen base total.

Who predicted a 4 WAR season from Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon? I wonder if Dodgers President Andrew Friedman had one mulligan to reverse any trade from last offseason if he would reverse the Gordon deal? Gordon has almost doubled Howie Kendrick's WAR total this season.

I might be a little low on Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor. In just over 100 games, Odor has hit .270 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI, and he's not even 22 years of age yet. He will get strong consideration for a higher ranking later this offseason.

With the exception of Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong, my second baseman ranked 11-17 are seasoned veterans who are still productive, so you can probably wait to draft your second baseman till the later rounds of drafts next season.

Onto my early Top 20 Second Baseman for 2016:

Rank

Name

G

PA

HR

R

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

SLG

wRC+

WAR

1

Anthony Rendon

68

303

5

40

23

1

0.278

0.360

0.380

107

1.1

2

Brian Dozier

145

652

27

97

70

11

0.236

0.311

0.452

107

3.2

3

Jose Altuve

142

631

12

74

59

37

0.311

0.352

0.434

114

3.6

4

Ian Kinsler

144

635

11

91

70

10

0.304

0.353

0.443

118

4.5

5

Robinson Cano

144

621

17

74

69

2

0.281

0.332

0.433

112

1.8

6

Jason Kipnis

130

594

8

80

49

11

0.303

0.374

0.446

126

4.6

7

Dee Gordon

133

597

3

78

41

53

0.332

0.356

0.413

110

4.1

8

Dustin Pedroia

83

378

12

42

42

2

0.296

0.355

0.460

120

2.5

9

Rougned Odor

107

419

14

47

55

5

0.270

0.328

0.474

111

2.3

10

Addison Russell

129

481

13

55

49

2

0.239

0.300

0.392

88

2.2

11

DJ LeMahieu

140

578

6

79

56

23

0.307

0.368

0.401

96

2.3

12

Kolten Wong

140

577

11

69

58

15

0.264

0.326

0.390

98

2.1

13

Javier Baez

17

57

1

3

3

1

0.296

0.333

0.407

99

0.3

14

Ben Zobrist

114

479

12

70

53

2

0.285

0.370

0.463

131

2.6

15

Howie Kendrick

107

455

9

57

50

6

0.295

0.339

0.415

111

2.1

16

Brandon Phillips

136

573

12

66

65

21

0.293

0.329

0.396

97

2.5

17

Neil Walker

139

562

14

65

62

3

0.270

0.331

0.427

108

2.3

18

Joe Panik

100

432

8

59

37

3

0.312

0.378

0.455

137

4.1

19

Jedd Gyorko

116

409

16

29

53

0

0.243

0.293

0.410

95

0.7

20

Wilmer Flores

132

496

16

55

59

0

0.264

0.298

0.414

97

2.1

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