Today, I am continuing my Top 10 series where I run down the top baseball players based on their offense, defense, and how they are as players today. Last time I looked at the Top 15 outfielders in the American League, today I will look at the top second basemen in the AL.
The second base position require less talent then playing the outfield because there are three separate positions for the outfield. If you do not completely agree with my picks or if I may have forgotten somebody, let me know and I will consider putting them in. Enjoy the show!
I was initially really hesitant for Lopez to make this list, and I'm still wondering about this choice. Though Lopez was an All Star in 2006, he has been pretty disappointing throughout his career. He has not done much to make us remember him, and he is yet to impress me this year.
Lopez is currently hitting .248 with 3 home runs and 19 runs batted in. Though these are below decent numbers, but I feel that he contributes to an otherwise pretty bad Mariners ball club (though they have shown some chances of competing this year).
Another player who just barely made this list, Scutaro is a decent player even if he is mostly on the bench. He is currently hitting a respectable .270 while having 5 home runs and 18 RBI.
I have always seen potential in Scutaro, but I feel he has yet to unveil it. He is plays good defense and is a pretty consistent hitter. I'm still wondering about this placement though.
Though I think he should be a lot higher on the list, there is now a lot more competition for the spots now. Palanco is a former All Star, Silver Slugger, and Golden Glove winner from back in 2006, and still shows excellent glove work though his power numbers have been mediocre this season.
He has hit a consistent .270, but he is yet to hit a home run or break 20 RBI this year. He is still very valuable as a defensive second baseman, but if you were to choose a guy for a fantasy team based on power, I would rather take Scutaro.
This young and exciting Angel's second baseman is a very valuable part of their lineup. Though at the age of 26 Kendrick has yet to be awarded with an All Star nomination or a Golden Glove, he is definitely a star in the making.
Kendrick is currently slumping at .241 with 19 runs knocked in, but I do see him bringing his average up and producing for the team at the bottom of the order. He has a lot of potential, but for now I would not rank him the top second baseman.
Iwamura might deserve to a better ranking, but I feel that he is not really an astounding second baseman. He has hit a consistent .270 batting average, but is still waiting on his first home run of the year. He has stolen 7 bases so far this season though, and has yet to be caught.
Now coming at the age of 30, Iwamura is entering the midst of his prime years. I have noticed a decrease in his power, but I see him being kind of like Ichiro where he'll steal a lot of bases and play great defense. When it boils down to it, he is more of a consistent batter than a clutch hitter.
Iwamura was a big part of the Rays last year and I do see him having a few more good years. I wonder if #7 spot is suitable for him?
Only 27 years old, Cano has been one of the best and most consistent players in the Yankees lineup for quite some time. Cano has never hit below .295 (before the 2008 season) in his career and has a great glove and a powerful bat.
Although he was a 2006 Silver Slugger, Cano struggled in 2008. It appears that he is not having any problems this year though. He is currently hitting .313 and has 6 home runs and 18 runs batted in. He is extremely valuable in the field as he has a great glove. Cano is just entering the prime of his already great career.
Also some may disagree with his placement, I find Hill one if the most exciting second basemen in the game today. He is only 27, and in his five—year major league career, his lowest batting average was .274 (his rookie season).
Hill is already on track to have the best season of his career this year, already hitting 9 home runs and knocking in 30 guys. His defense is also very solid.
This kid is amazing and has such a bright future in baseball.
Though he has admitted to taking performance—enhancing drugs in the past, you can’t deny his ability today. He is currently hitting .281 with 4 home runs and 13 runs batted in.
This two time All Star is also known for his great speed and his defense. Roberts is still young as well and is already a leader in the Orioles' clubhouse. In conclusion, this kid is extremely valuable to the Orioles, and is an all around excellent player.
In the future, I do see Roberts leading a resurgence of a young Orioles team much like the Rays of 2008 season. With young and honest kids like Roberts in the game, we prove two things.
1. Anyone can be on steroids. Who would have thought Roberts had taken them.
2. If you can admit it, you still have a chance of redeeming yourself as a player. He is still beloved in Baltimore.
This may have been the toughest decision I made in this list. Kinsler is just amazing because he has all the tools to lead the Texas Rangers at such a young age.
There is no limit to this guy's greatness. He is already hitting .326 with 9 home runs and 28 runs batted in. Not to mention his great speed and his very valuable glove.
Kinsler is in a situation much like Brian Roberts. They are both the franchise players who lead their young teams. Kinsler has so much promise, and he falls just short of being #1.
How could you not consider this man #1 among all American League second basemen?
His career has always been so successful though. In April 2007, Pedroia was so bad that Red Sox management was thinking of giving Alex Cora the starting job, yet they decided to keep him in, and thank God for that decision. Pedroia stepped his game up in the second half of the season, leading Boston to their second World Series this decade and winning Rookie of the Year.
In 2008, Pedroia improved by winning a Silver Slugger, a Gold Glove, an All Star appearance, and above all of that an MVP award. Though he has yet to truly shine this year, he has not been bad with a .320 batting average and 12 runs batted in. Pedroia will only improve and I see a bright future for him.
Anyone else deserve to be here that wasn't? Anyone who made the list that you disagree with their placement? Do you agree with the number one selection? Comment and let me know!
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