The baseball world is quiet. Only the All-Stars are stirring, and even that action puts many baseball fans to sleep. 90% of the game is on a three-day vacation — but not the gang here at RotoGraphs headquarters. Given the fact that all the teams have played more than half their games, it’s time to update the consensus ranks for the rest of the season. These are built for 12-team mixed leagues with traditional 5×5 stats, but we extended the rankings as far down as we could in order to give managers of all types a reference for the second half.
You’ll disagree with the placement of some of the names on this list — we disagreed with ourselves. And that was the point. You add your opinion to the three shown on this list, and you’re more likely to understand the different ways a player is valued and how best to take advantage of those different valuations.
Like most of our rankings, the top three haven’t changed much at second base. Well, one important player has dropped like a rock — Dustin Pedroia just can’t stay healthy. And while we always liked Jason Kipnis and Jose Altuve here at RotoGraphs, it’s Kipnis’ sustained speed and Altuve’s health and consistency that have helped them rise above the fallers in the field.
If you’re like us, you’ll disagree on Michael Cuddyer and Michael Young the most — these two veterans have upset saberists at times and aren’t having great years, but they still have the skill set to make the top ten at a tough position. Aaron Hill’s re-break-out confounds, and is worth a second and third look as the season progresses. Everybody wants Omar Infante to get a better ranking, but there’s no reason to believe he’s found power at his age. Speaking of finding power, Trevor Plouffe is number one with a bullet but you’ll find plenty of disagreement about the sustainability of that skill.
It’s a tough position. If I told you I had a second baseman with a rest-of-season projection of oh, about a .265 batting average with seven homers and five steals, you might have to go through ten or so names before you guessed my player. That’s pretty mediocre.
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