2013 MLB Preview: Fantasy Baseball NL-Only Second Base Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 10, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 07:  Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds hits an RBI double in the eighth inning driving in Drew Stubbs #6 in Game Two of the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on October 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Second Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.

1. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds

Phillips has averaged 87.1 runs, 20.3 home runs, 80.4 RBI and 21.4 stolen bases over the past seven years while hitting .280. He won’t give you elite numbers in any category, but he’s solid across the board.

2. Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks

Hill put his nightmare 2011 season behind him and hit 26 home runs last year, giving him at least that many long balls in three of the past four seasons. Hill’s .302-93-26-86-14 was one of the best among second basemen.

3. Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers

Batting average isn’t his strength, but the .230 that Weeks hit was, well, weak. He should hit about 20 points higher and produce around a .250-85-20-60-15 line.

4. Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves

With Uggla, you have to deal with a poor average, but he’ll provide solid numbers in runs, home runs and runs batted in.

5. Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals

Espinosa is a career .239 hitter, so you’ll have to live with that liability. He has averaged 19 home runs and 18.5 stolen bases the past two seasons, so he’s rock solid in those two categories.

6. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates

Walker is a solid little player. Over the past three seasons, he has averaged a .282-65-13-73-6 line. He doesn’t stand out in a particular category, but he’s a steady performer.

7. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

Once upon a time, Utley was the best second baseman in all of baseball. He’s been on the decline for the past three seasons. He’s good for double-digit home runs and stolen bases if he can stay healthy. He’s averaged just 100 games over the past three seasons.

8. Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants

Scutaro is 37 so the upside is minimal. He should contribute in the batting average, runs and RBI categories. He doesn’t offer much power and speed but is a decent middle infielder option

9. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks

Prado is a versatile option to target if you’re looking more for batting average than power. He tends to provide decent run and RBI totals. Last year, he stole 17 bases after stealing just 13 in his first 227 games. I’d figure on a .300-80-12-65-10 line.

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