2016 End of Season Rankings: Second Base

It’s time to slide over to second base in our 2016 End of Season Rankings series. In case you missed the first two installments, check out catchers and first basemen. You can also dive straight into the auction calculator. It’s an easy way to estimate player value for your league.

For these articles, I’m going to assume a 12 team, 5×5, standard deep roster with a pitching cap of 1475 innings (most leagues are 1450 or 1500, I split the difference). I set the batter split at 65% because that produces what I consider to be the most realistic position adjustments.

2016 End of Season Rankings: Second Base
Rank Name G PA HR R RBI SB AVG $$
1 Jose Altuve 161 717 24 108 96 30 0.338 $34.70
2 Brian Dozier 155 691 42 104 99 18 0.268 $27.00
3 Robinson Cano 161 715 39 107 103 0 0.298 $26.20
4 Daniel Murphy 142 582 25 88 104 5 0.347 $25.40
5 Jean Segura 153 694 20 102 64 33 0.319 $24.90
6 Ian Kinsler 153 679 28 117 83 14 0.288 $23.70
7 DJ LeMahieu 146 635 11 104 66 11 0.348 $19.90
8 Rougned Odor 150 632 33 89 88 14 0.271 $19.30
9 Dustin Pedroia 154 698 15 105 74 7 0.318 $18.40
10 Jason Kipnis 156 688 23 91 82 15 0.275 $16.40
11 Ben Zobrist 147 631 18 94 76 6 0.272 $11.20
12 Trea Turner 73 324 13 53 40 33 0.342 $10.70
13 Jonathan Schoop 162 647 25 82 82 1 0.267 $10.40
14 Brandon Phillips 141 584 11 74 64 14 0.291 $8.80
15 Matt Carpenter 129 566 21 81 68 0 0.271 $7.20
16 Starlin Castro 151 610 21 63 70 4 0.27 $5.70
17 Logan Forsythe 127 567 20 76 52 6 0.264 $4.70
18 Neil Walker 113 458 23 57 55 3 0.282 $4.10
19 Cesar Hernandez 155 622 6 67 39 17 0.294 $3.60
20 Josh Harrison 131 522 4 57 59 19 0.283 $3.50
21 Jedd Gyorko 128 438 30 58 59 0 0.243 $2.20
22 Javier Baez 142 450 14 50 59 12 0.273 $2.00
23 Devon Travis 101 432 11 54 50 4 0.3 $1.00
24 Scooter Gennett 136 542 14 58 56 8 0.263 $1.00
25 Chase Utley 138 565 14 79 52 2 0.252 $0.60
26 Joe Panik 127 526 10 67 62 5 0.239 -$1.30
27 Ryan Schimpf 89 330 20 48 51 1 0.217 -$3.60
28 Dee Gordon 79 345 1 47 14 30 0.268 -$4.00
29 Tyler Saladino 93 319 8 33 38 11 0.282 -$5.80
30 Derek Dietrich 128 412 7 39 42 1 0.279 -$6.70
31 Whit Merrifield 81 332 2 44 29 8 0.283 -$7.20
32 Brett Lawrie 94 384 12 35 36 7 0.248 -$7.30
33 Johnny Giavotella 99 367 6 44 31 4 0.26 -$8.50
34 Jace Peterson 115 408 7 45 29 5 0.254 -$8.50
35 Adam Rosales 105 248 13 37 35 4 0.229 -$8.70
36 Kelly Johnson 131 333 10 25 34 4 0.247 -$10.50
37 Kolten Wong 121 361 5 39 23 7 0.24 -$11.20
38 Darwin Barney 104 306 4 35 19 2 0.269 -$13.00
39 Jed Lowrie 87 369 2 30 27 0 0.263 -$13.40
40 Stephen Drew 70 165 8 24 21 0 0.266 -$13.60
41 Greg Garcia 99 257 3 33 17 1 0.276 -$13.80
42 Adam Frazier 66 160 2 21 11 4 0.301 -$14.30
43 Phil Gosselin 122 240 2 26 13 3 0.277 -$14.30
44 Andres Blanco 90 209 4 26 21 2 0.253 -$14.70
45 Tim Beckham 64 215 5 25 16 2 0.247 -$15.60
46 T.J. Rivera 33 113 3 10 16 0 0.333 -$15.60
47 Gordon Beckham 88 279 5 25 31 1 0.212 -$15.80
48 Ivan De Jesus 104 243 1 21 20 3 0.253 -$16.40
49 Miguel Rojas 123 214 1 27 14 2 0.247 -$16.80
50 Gregorio Petit 89 223 2 21 17 1 0.245 -$17.40
51 Carlos Sanchez 53 163 4 15 21 0 0.208 -$17.50
52 Alexi Amarista 65 150 0 9 11 9 0.257 -$17.70
53 Raul Mondesi 47 149 2 16 13 9 0.185 -$17.90
54 Kelby Tomlinson 52 120 0 13 6 5 0.292 -$18.00
55 Joey Wendle 28 104 1 11 11 2 0.26 -$18.00
56 Ramiro Pena 30 91 1 9 10 0 0.299 -$18.20
57 Wilmer Difo 31 66 1 14 7 3 0.276 -$18.40
58 Marco Hernandez 40 56 1 11 5 1 0.294 -$18.60
59 Omar Infante 39 149 0 16 11 0 0.239 -$18.90
60 Christian Colon 54 161 1 13 13 0 0.231 -$19.10
61 Grant Green 18 50 1 7 7 0 0.261 -$19.60
62 Cory Spangenberg 14 53 1 6 8 1 0.229 -$19.70
63 Cliff Pennington 74 188 3 18 10 1 0.209 -$19.80
64 Hernan Iribarren 24 45 0 6 2 1 0.311 -$20.00
65 Charlie Culberson 34 68 1 6 7 1 0.284 -$20.10
66 Max Muncy 51 133 2 13 8 0 0.186 -$20.30
67 Michael Martinez 63 106 1 16 4 0 0.238 -$20.30
68 Munenori Kawasaki 14 26 0 3 1 2 0.333 -$20.50
69 Ehire Adrianza 40 71 2 3 7 0 0.254 -$21.00
70 Chris Taylor 36 65 1 8 7 0 0.213 -$21.10
71 Yadiel Rivera 35 71 0 12 3 0 0.212 -$21.40
72 Ryan Goins 77 196 3 13 12 1 0.186 -$21.40

And now, a few general comments

In 12 team leagues with a middle infield slot, replacement level was right around Utley. Of the sub-replacement level players (per these calculations), Schimpf, Gordon, Dietrich, and Frazier were legitimately useful – assuming you leveraged them correctly. Overall, 25 second basemen had positive values.

The calculator believes second base was as important as first base – both positions had an identical adjustment value of $9.50. The best players at the position were iron men – seven of the top 10 had 679 or more plate appearances with Altuve and Cano crossing the 700 plate appearance threshold. Only nine players achieved that particular feat. The calculator tends to reward players with many plate appearances.

In this year of the home run, Dozier’s shocking 42 homer campaign was deceptively unimportant. He produced $6.60 from home runs. By comparison, Altuve’s average was worth $9 and Villar’s stolen bases carried a $15.40 value. If you didn’t own Dozier, you probably still got 20 or more home runs out of your second baseman (and a boost elsewhere). The median values in batting average and stolen bases were much lower.

Surprise performances include Villar, Murphy, Segura, Nunez, and Ramirez. One of those names is not like the others. The former backup to Derek Jeter, Nunez somehow hit 16 home runs and stole 40 bases. His power output tumbled dramatically upon his trade to the Giants – no surprise since AT&T Park is hitter’s hell. Stolen bases are important so Nunez may well be a good bargain target in 2017.

If you scroll down the plate appearance column, you’ll notice Turner stands out as having the fewest among the positive value crowd. He was more valuable than Schoop in half the plate appearances. Turner is primed to become a fantasy monster after developing 20 home run power this season. The only “issue” in his profile is a propensity to whiff. You can look at him as a poor man’s Altuve or a rich man’s Segura. There’s a decent chance he’ll outperform them both in 2017.

Gordon was by far the most disappointing player at the position. A slow start, PED suspension, and an indifferent return torpedoed the season. He still stole 30 bases, but his owners bled out of the ears in RBI, HR, and AVG. Honorable mention goes to Wong who went from a consistent 15/15 threat to unrosterable nightmare.

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Larry Bernandez

You discussed Villar, but he’s not on the list. Where would he fit in?

He didn’t pick up 2B eligibility until the last month of the season, so I’m guessing that’s the reason for the omission. Love his position flexibility going into next season.