Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ second base rankings for AL-only fantasy baseball leagues.
1. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano left Yankee Stadium for Safeco Field, 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 territory as a second baseman after posting a .284-86-17-84-30 line. It was his second straight year with at least 30 stolen bases. His speed and power combo make him a top choice.
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. Pedroia has a long track record as one of the elite second basemen in the game.
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 has some injury concerns.
5. 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 any one category, but he’s solid across the board.
6. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Jose Altuve brings speed. He swiped 35 bases last year while hitting .283. He had 33 steals in 2012. Altuve won't help in the power categories, but he can give you a leg up in the stolen base category.
7. Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers
Jurickson Profar takes over second base for the Rangers following the Kinsler trade. Profar has struggled in his 303 big league at-bats, hitting .231, but he has a .816 OPS in the minors. He provides potential for double-digit home runs and stolen bases.
8. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
Brian Dozier hit just .244, but he scored 72 runs with 18 home runs, 66 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He gives you a solid power-speed combo.
9. Howie Kendrick, Anaheim Angels
Howie Kendrick has averaged only 56 runs over the past two seasons, which is low for a second baseman, but he did average .292 with 10.5 home runs, 60.5 RBI and 10 stolen bases. He doesn’t excel in any one area, but he’s solid in four of the five standard batting categories.
10. Jed Lowrie, Oakland A’s
Jed Lowrie has shortstop and second base eligibility, which helps his value. He had a .290-80-15-75-1 line last year. He’s a .264 career hitter, though, so regression in his batting average is likely.
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