MLB Position Rankings: Second Base

D.A.Senior Writer IJune 12, 2008


1. Chase Utley, Phillies: Obvious choice as he leads all second basemen in home runs (21), RBI (56), batting average (.311), on-base percentage (.398) and slugging (.649) and comes second in runs (51) and hits (78).

2. Ian Kinsler, Rangers: Leads second basemen in runs (55) and hits (83), second in stolen bases (17), and third in RBI (36) and batting average (.307). He's also slugging .475 with eight home runs.

3. Dan Uggla, Marlins: He's second among second basemen in home runs (18), RBI (44), and slugging (.637) and is third in runs (50). He's also batting .299.

4. Mark DeRosa, Cubs: He's second among second basemen in batting average (.309) and on-base percentage (.397) and third in slugging (.490). He also has 35 RBI.

5. Brandon Phillips, Reds: He's third among second basemen in home runs (12) and slugging (.490) with 35 RBI and 11 stolen bases.



6. Orlando Hudson, Diamondbacks: He's batting .292 and slugging .488 with 33 RBI and seven home runs.

7. Jose Lopez, Mariners: Third among second basemen in hits (77) while batting .297 with 32 RBI.

8. Kelly Johnson, Braves: Slugging .470 with 26 RBI and six home runs, while batting .290.

9. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: Has 29 RBI and four home runs with six stolen bases.

10. Brian Roberts, Orioles: Leads second basemen in stolen bases (18) while slugging .450 with 24 RBI.

11. Placido Polanco, Tigers: Batting .297 with 20 RBI and almost .400 slugging.

12. Jeff Kent, Dodgers: Slugging over .410 with 29 RBI, but only batting .250.

13. Luis Castillo, Mets: Has 21 RBI and 11 stolen bases.

14. Mark Ellis, A's: Slugging over .400 with 23 RBI and six stolen bases.

15. Freddy Sanchez, Pirates: 26 RBI but only batting .240.

16. Ray Durham, Giants: Batting .300 with 19 RBI and slugging .420.

17. Akinori Iwamura, Rays: Batting .270 with 17 RBI.

18. Mark Grudzielanek, Royals: Batting .290 but only seven RBI.

19. Kaz Matsui, Astros: Batting .280 with 13 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

20. Aaron Hill, Blue Jays: Has 20 RBI and batting .260.

21. Tadahito Iguchi, Padres: Has 20 RBI and batting .260.

22. Robinson Cano, Yankees: Has 20 RBI and batting .230.

23. Rickie Weeks, Brewers: Has 20 RBI and batting .210.

24. Alexi Casilla, Twins: Has 18 RBI and batting .333, but only 88 at-bats, should move up really quickly.

25. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox: Has 17 RBI and batting .300, but only has 130 at-bats, should move up really quickly.



26. Felipe Lopez, Nationals: Has 17 RBI and batting .240.

27. Aaron Miles, Cardinals: Splits playing time with two other people. He has 10 RBI but is batting .300. If he gets more time, he'll move up quickly.

28. Jeff Baker, Rockies: Splits playing time. He has 14 RBI and is batting .260.

29. Howie Kendrick, Angels: He lacks at-bats (78) but once he gets more, he'll move up quickly; he's batting .333.

30. Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians: Batting .184 with 14 RBI.

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