Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Second Base Rankings.
1. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano left Yankee Stadium for Safeco, but he is still the premier second baseman in the league. He has hit better than .300 in each of the past five seasons while averaging 99.2 runs, 28.4 home runs and 102.6 RBI. His numbers will likely dip, but he’s still in a class of his own.
2. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
Jason Kipnis took a step into elite second baseman territory after posting a .284-86-17-84-30 line. It was his second straight year with at least 30 stolen bases.
3. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia hit .301 with 91 runs, 84 RBI and 17 stolen bases. His power dipped, but he continues to deliver across the board.
4. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
Ian Kinsler makes the move to the Motor City. He remains in a potent offense. He is a nice power-speed combo player, averaging 19.5 home runs and 21.5 stolen bases during his career, but he has some injury concerns.
5. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Carpenter posted a .318-126-11-78-3 line. His eligibility at third base makes him a versatile option.
6. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips just continues to produce. Last year, he posted a .261-80-18-103-5 line. Over the past eight years, he has averaged 20 home runs, 83.3 RBI and 19.4 stolen bases.
7. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays
Ben Zobrist is another guy with added versatility, as he is also eligible at shortstop and outfield. He posted a .275-77-12-71-11 line. He doesn’t excel in one category, but he’s solid across the board.
8. Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks
Aaron Hill was limited to 87 games last year, but he still hit .291 with 11 home runs. He posted a .302-93-26-85-14 line in 2012.
9. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Jose Altuve brings speed. He swiped 35 bases last year while hitting .283. He had 33 steals in 2012.
10. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Chase Utley managed to stay healthy enough to play 131 games and post a .284-73-18-69-8 line. Just be sure to have a solid backup given his age and injury risk.
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