Fantasy Baseball: Preseason Second Base Projections and Rankings

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Preseason Top 30 Second Basemen

Preseason
Otto Gruele Jr/Getty Images

Robinson Cano stands alone at the top of what is a pretty desolate class of second basemen. Among the top 30 second basemen only four are projected to reach the 20-home run mark, none of them are projected to hit 30 (Cano led all second baseman with 27 bombs last season), only four are projected to steal 20 or more bases and only five are projected to have a batting average north of .290. Cano is a clear first round pick, and if you want a top 10 first baseman, chances are you're going to have to draft him ahead of where his production (not related to position) says he should be drafted.

This causes a dilemma for fantasy owners: Do you draft a top second baseman with an early round pick and risk losing out on a player who is likely to produce at a higher rate across the board? Or do you wait on second base, draft better players at more plentiful positions and hope you can get lightning in a bottle on an up and coming prospect?

Before I dive into the second base rankings I wanted to give some insight as to how the rankings process actually works (if you want more info on how projections work I provided a brief glimpse into the process in my catcher rankings). There is more to ranking players than just me personally feeling that one player is better than another. It is my belief that if you understand how the process works then in turn the rankings will make even more sense.

After I develop all of my projections for a certain position (in this case second base) I take all the players and compare them against each other. First, for each roto category (runs, RBI, home runs, steals and batting average) I find the average and standard deviation. Next, I find out how far away each player is from the average in each category. Then, using standard deviation, I get a score for each player in all five categories. Then, I add up all five scores to get an overall value for each player.

Once I get that value I get a general sense of where that player ranks compared to his peers, but I'm not quite done yet. As I alluded to in my first base rankings, different positions affect some categories more than others. For example, in the last three seasons first basemen have accounted for 19.72 percent of all home runs hit in MLB compared to second basemen who have accounted for just 9.75 percent of the home runs hit over that period. Second basemen as a whole contribute half the home runs that first basemen do, and that needs to be taken into account when comparing them to their position-mates. It isn't as imperative that you find a second baseman with power (however it is quite valuable if you can get 20+ home runs out of second base) because they don't boast a whole lot of power as a group, making it easier to make up for a lack of home runs from second base than it is to make up for a lack of steals or runs. Once I get a weighted value for each category I add those up to give me a final value, and that's the number that determines where a player ends up within their position.

Billy Moy is a Fantasy Sports writer at RantSports.com. If you have any questions or comments about rankings, projections or fantasy baseball in general you can find him on twitter @william_moy6, "Like" him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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30. Eric Sogard

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Sogard, Oakland Athletics

2013 Statistics: 410 Plate Appearances, 45 Runs, 2 Home Runs, 35 RBI, 10 Steals, .266 AVG

2014 Projection: 570 Plate Appearances, 58 Runs, 6 Home Runs, 44 RBI, 12 Steals, .245 AVG

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29. Scooter Gennett

a
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Scooter Gennett, Milwaukee Brewers

2013 Statistics: 230 Plate Appearances, 29 Runs, 6 Home Runs, 21 RBI, 2 Steals, .324 AVG

2014 Projection: 510 Plate Appearances, 49 Runs, 11 Home Runs, 49 RBI, 4 Steals, .263 AVG

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28. Alexander Guerrero

a
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Guerrero, Los Angeles Dodgers

2013 Statistics: Rookie From Cuba

2014 Projection: 550 Plate Appearances, 60 Runs, 10 Home Runs, 52 RBI, 9 Steals, .253 AVG

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27. Dustin Ackley

a
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners

2013 Statistics: 427 Plate Appearances, 40 Runs, 4 Home Runs, 31 RBI, 2 Steals, .253 AVG

2014 Projection: 600 Plate Appearances, 66 Runs, 9 Home Runs, 48 RBI, 9 Steals, .254 AVG

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26. Kolten Wong

a
Eileen Blass- USA TODAY Sports

Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals

2013 Statistics: 62 Plate Appearances, 6 Runs, 0 Home Runs, 0 RBI, 3 Steals, .153 AVG

2014 Projection: 500 Plate Appearances, 51 Runs, 7 Home Runs, 49 RBI, 18 Steals, .254 AVG

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25. Jurickson Profar

a
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers

2013 Statistics: 324 Plate Appearances, 30 Runs, 6 Home Runs, 26 RBI, 2 Steals, .234 AVG

2014 Projection: 600 Plate Appearances, 56 Runs, 13 Home Runs, 48 RBI, 9 Steals, .244 AVG

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24. Anthony Rendon

a
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

2013 Statistics: 394 Plate Appearances, 40 Runs, 7 Home Runs, 35 RBI, 1 Steal, .265 AVG

2014 Projection: 600 Plate Appearances, 61 Runs, 13 Home Runs, 53 RBI, 2 Steals, .271 AVG

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23. Marco Scutaro

a
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants

2013 Statistics: 547 Plate Appearances, 57 Runs, 2 Home Runs, 31 RBI, 2 Steals, .297 AVG

2014 Projection: 558 Plate Appearances, 68 Runs, 6 Home Runs, 53 RBI, 5 Steals, .286 AVG

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22. Emilio Bonifacio

a
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Emilio Bonifacio, Kansas City Royals

2013 Statistics: 461 Plate Appearances, 54 Runs, 3 Home Runs, 31 RBI, 28 Steals, .243 AVG

2014 Projection: 450 Plate Appearances, 53 Runs, 2 Home Runs, 26 RBI, 32 Steals, .263 AVG

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21. Omar Infante

a
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Omar Infante, Kansas City Royals

2013 Statistics: 476 Plate Appearances, 54 Runs, 10 Home Runs, 51 RBI, 5 Steals, .318 AVG

2014 Projection: 568 Plate Appearances, 59 Runs, 10 Home Runs, 51 RBI, 9 Steals, .291 AVG

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20. Howie Kendrick

a
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels

2013 Statistics: 513 Plate Appearances, 55 Runs, 13 Home Runs, 54 RBI, 6 Steals, .297 AVG

2014 Projection: 563 Plate Appearances, 66 Runs, 11 Home Runs, 61 RBI, 11 Steals, .287 AVG

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19. Kelly Johnson

a
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kelly Johnson, New York Yankees

2013 Statistics: 407 Plate Appearances, 41 Runs, 16 Home Runs, 52 RBI, 7 Steals, .235 AVG

2014 Projections: 534 Plate Appearances, 59 Runs, 17 Home Runs, 55 RBI, 12 Steals, .226 AVG

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18. Neil Walker

a
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates

2013 Statistics: 551 Plate Appearances, 62 Runs, 16 Home Runs, 53 RBI, 1 Steal, .251 AVG

2014 Projection: 581 Plate Appearances, 67 Runs, 14 Home Runs, 68 RBI, 6 Steals, .273 AVG

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17. Jed Lowrie

a
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics

2013 Statistics: 662 Plate Appearances, 80 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 75 RBI, 1 Steal, .290 AVG

2014 Projection: 600 Plate Appearances, 70 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 66 RBI, 2 Steals, .265 AVG

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16. Brian Dozier

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Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins

2013 Statistics: 623 Plate Appearances, 72 Runs, 18 Home Runs, 66 RBI, 14 Steals, .244 AVG

2014 Projection: 600 Plate Appearances, 65 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 62 RBI, 14 Steals, .240 AVG

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15. Daniel Murphy

a
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Murphy, New York Mets

2013 Statistics: 697 Plate Appearances, 92 Runs, 13 Home Runs, 78 RBI, 23 Steals, .286 AVG

2014 Projection: 600 Plate Appearances, 70 Runs, 10 Home Runs, 67 RBI, 13 Steals, .289 AVG

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14. Chase Utley

a
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

2013 Statistics: 531 Plate Appearances, 73 Runs, 18 Home Runs, 69 RBI, 8 Steals, .284 AVG

2014 Projection: 509 Plate Appearances, 66 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 60 RBI, 12 Steals, .264 AVG

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13. Martin Prado

a
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks

2013 Statistics: 664 Plate Appearances, 70 Runs, 14 Home Runs, 82 RBI, 3 Steals, .282 AVG

2014 Projection: 648 Plate Appearances, 72 Runs, 13 Home Runs, 70 RBI, 8 Steals, .299 AVG

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12. Josh Rutledge

a
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies

2013 Statistics: 314 Plate Appearances, 45 Runs, 7 Home Runs, 19 RBI, 12 Steals, .235 AVG

2014 Projection: 575 Plate Appearances, 78 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 53 RBI, 15 Steals, .256 AVG

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11. Jose Altuve

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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

2013 Statistics: 672 Plate Appearances, 64 Runs, 5 Home Runs, 52 RBI, 35 Steals, .283 AVG

2014 Projection: 651 Plate Appearances, 72 Runs, 6 Home Runs, 45 RBI, 34 Steals, .286 AVG

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10. Matt Carpenter

a
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

2013 Statistics: 717 Plate Appearances, 126 Runs, 11 Home Runs, 78 RBI, 3 Steals, .318 AVG

2014 Projection: 685 Plate Appearances, 114 Runs, 11 Home Runs, 72 RBI, 3 Steals, .298 AVG

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9. Ben Zobrist

a
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

2013 Statistics: 698 Plate Appearances, 77 Runs, 12 Home Runs, 71 RBI, 11 Steals, .275 AVG

2014 Projection: 680 Plate Appearances, 80 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 71 RBI, 13 Steals, .271 AVG

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8. Dan Uggla

a
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves

2013 Statistics: 537 Plate Appearances, 60 Runs, 22 Home Runs, 55 RBI, 2 Steals, .179 AVG

2014 Projection: 613 Plate Appearances, 66 Runs, 24 Home Runs, 69 RBI, 2 Steals, .202 AVG

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7. Dustin Pedroia

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Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

2013 Statistics: 724 Plate Appearances, 91 Runs, 9 Home Runs, 84 RBI, 17 Steals, .301 AVG

2014 Projection: 693 Plate Appearances, 91 Runs, 12 Home Runs, 80 RBI, 21 Steals, .297 AVG

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6. Ian Kinsler

a
Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers

2013 Statistics: 614 Plate Appearances, 85 Runs, 13 Home Runs, 72 RBI, 15 Steals, .277 AVG

2014 Projection: 671 Plate Appearances, 101 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 72 RBI, 17 Steals, .265 AVG

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5. Aaron Hill

a
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks

2013 Statistics: 362 Plate Appearances, 45 Runs, 11 Home Runs, 41 RBI, 1 Steal, .291 AVG

2014 Projection: 583 Plate Appearances, 72 Runs, 20 Home Runs, 68 RBI, 13 Steals, .284 AVG

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4. Brandon Phillips

a
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds

2013 Statistics: 666 Plate Appearances, 80 Runs, 18 Home Runs, 103 RBI, 5 Steals, .261 AVG

2014 Projection: 655 Plate Appearances, 87 Runs, 18 Home Runs, 87 RBI, 11 Steals, .274 AVG

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3. Jason Kipnis

a
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians

2013 Statistics: 658 Plate Appearances, 86 Runs, 17 Home Runs, 84 RBI, 30 Steals, .284 AVG

2014 Projection: 665 Plate Appearances, 88 Runs, 16 Home Runs, 80 RBI, 30 Steals, .271 AVG

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2. Jedd Gyorko

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Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres

2013 Statistics: 525 Plate Appearances, 62 Runs, 23 Home Runs, 63 RBI, 1 Steal, .249 AVG

2014 Projections: 600 Plate Appearances, 71 Runs, 26 Home Runs, 72 RBI, 1 Steal, .256 AVG

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1. Robinson Cano

a
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

2013 Statistics: 681 Plate Appearances, 81 Runs, 27 Home Runs, 107 RBI, 7 Steals, .314 AVG

2014 Projection: 686 Plate Appearances, 78 Runs, 27 Home Runs, 96 RBI, 6 Steals, .308 AVG

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Preseason Top 30 Second Basemen

Preseason
Otto Gruele Jr/Getty Images

Robinson Cano stands alone at the top of what is a pretty desolate class of second basemen. Among the top 30 second basemen only four are projected to reach the 20-home run mark, none of them are projected to hit 30 (Cano led all second baseman with 27 bombs last season), only four are projected to steal 20 or more bases and only five are projected to have a batting average north of .290. Cano is a clear first round pick, and if you want a top 10 first baseman, chances are you're going to have to draft him ahead of where his production (not related to position) says he should be drafted.

This causes a dilemma for fantasy owners: Do you draft a top second baseman with an early round pick and risk losing out on a player who is likely to produce at a higher rate across the board? Or do you wait on second base, draft better players at more plentiful positions and hope you can get lightning in a bottle on an up and coming prospect?

Before I dive into the second base rankings I wanted to give some insight as to how the rankings process actually works (if you want more info on how projections work I provided a brief glimpse into the process in my catcher rankings). There is more to ranking players than just me personally feeling that one player is better than another. It is my belief that if you understand how the process works then in turn the rankings will make even more sense.

After I develop all of my projections for a certain position (in this case second base) I take all the players and compare them against each other. First, for each roto category (runs, RBI, home runs, steals and batting average) I find the average and standard deviation. Next, I find out how far away each player is from the average in each category. Then, using standard deviation, I get a score for each player in all five categories. Then, I add up all five scores to get an overall value for each player.

Once I get that value I get a general sense of where that player ranks compared to his peers, but I'm not quite done yet. As I alluded to in my first base rankings, different positions affect some categories more than others. For example, in the last three seasons first basemen have accounted for 19.72 percent of all home runs hit in MLB compared to second basemen who have accounted for just 9.75 percent of the home runs hit over that period. Second basemen as a whole contribute half the home runs that first basemen do, and that needs to be taken into account when comparing them to their position-mates. It isn't as imperative that you find a second baseman with power (however it is quite valuable if you can get 20+ home runs out of second base) because they don't boast a whole lot of power as a group, making it easier to make up for a lack of home runs from second base than it is to make up for a lack of steals or runs. Once I get a weighted value for each category I add those up to give me a final value, and that's the number that determines where a player ends up within their position.

Billy Moy is a Fantasy Sports writer at RantSports.com. If you have any questions or comments about rankings, projections or fantasy baseball in general you can find him on twitter @william_moy6, "Like" him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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30. Eric Sogard

a
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Sogard, Oakland Athletics

2013 Statistics: 410 Plate Appearances, 45 Runs, 2 Home Runs, 35 RBI, 10 Steals, .266 AVG

2014 Projection: 570 Plate Appearances, 58 Runs, 6 Home Runs, 44 RBI, 12 Steals, .245 AVG

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29. Scooter Gennett

a
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Scooter Gennett, Milwaukee Brewers

2013 Statistics: 230 Plate Appearances, 29 Runs, 6 Home Runs, 21 RBI, 2 Steals, .324 AVG

2014 Projection: 510 Plate Appearances, 49 Runs, 11 Home Runs, 49 RBI, 4 Steals, .263 AVG

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28. Alexander Guerrero

a
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Alexander Guerrero, Los Angeles Dodgers

2013 Statistics: Rookie From Cuba

2014 Projection: 550 Plate Appearances, 60 Runs, 10 Home Runs, 52 RBI, 9 Steals, .253 AVG

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27. Dustin Ackley

a
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners

2013 Statistics: 427 Plate Appearances, 40 Runs, 4 Home Runs, 31 RBI, 2 Steals, .253 AVG

2014 Projection: 600 Plate Appearances, 66 Runs, 9 Home Runs, 48 RBI, 9 Steals, .254 AVG

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26. Kolten Wong

a
Eileen Blass- USA TODAY Sports

Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals

2013 Statistics: 62 Plate Appearances, 6 Runs, 0 Home Runs, 0 RBI, 3 Steals, .153 AVG

2014 Projection: 500 Plate Appearances, 51 Runs, 7 Home Runs, 49 RBI, 18 Steals, .254 AVG

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25. Jurickson Profar

a
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers

2013 Statistics: 324 Plate Appearances, 30 Runs, 6 Home Runs, 26 RBI, 2 Steals, .234 AVG

2014 Projection: 600 Plate Appearances, 56 Runs, 13 Home Runs, 48 RBI, 9 Steals, .244 AVG

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24. Anthony Rendon

a
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

2013 Statistics: 394 Plate Appearances, 40 Runs, 7 Home Runs, 35 RBI, 1 Steal, .265 AVG

2014 Projection: 600 Plate Appearances, 61 Runs, 13 Home Runs, 53 RBI, 2 Steals, .271 AVG

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23. Marco Scutaro

a
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants

2013 Statistics: 547 Plate Appearances, 57 Runs, 2 Home Runs, 31 RBI, 2 Steals, .297 AVG

2014 Projection: 558 Plate Appearances, 68 Runs, 6 Home Runs, 53 RBI, 5 Steals, .286 AVG

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22. Emilio Bonifacio

a
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Emilio Bonifacio, Kansas City Royals

2013 Statistics: 461 Plate Appearances, 54 Runs, 3 Home Runs, 31 RBI, 28 Steals, .243 AVG

2014 Projection: 450 Plate Appearances, 53 Runs, 2 Home Runs, 26 RBI, 32 Steals, .263 AVG

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21. Omar Infante

a
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Omar Infante, Kansas City Royals

2013 Statistics: 476 Plate Appearances, 54 Runs, 10 Home Runs, 51 RBI, 5 Steals, .318 AVG

2014 Projection: 568 Plate Appearances, 59 Runs, 10 Home Runs, 51 RBI, 9 Steals, .291 AVG

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20. Howie Kendrick

a
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels

2013 Statistics: 513 Plate Appearances, 55 Runs, 13 Home Runs, 54 RBI, 6 Steals, .297 AVG

2014 Projection: 563 Plate Appearances, 66 Runs, 11 Home Runs, 61 RBI, 11 Steals, .287 AVG

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19. Kelly Johnson

a
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kelly Johnson, New York Yankees

2013 Statistics: 407 Plate Appearances, 41 Runs, 16 Home Runs, 52 RBI, 7 Steals, .235 AVG

2014 Projections: 534 Plate Appearances, 59 Runs, 17 Home Runs, 55 RBI, 12 Steals, .226 AVG

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18. Neil Walker

a
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates

2013 Statistics: 551 Plate Appearances, 62 Runs, 16 Home Runs, 53 RBI, 1 Steal, .251 AVG

2014 Projection: 581 Plate Appearances, 67 Runs, 14 Home Runs, 68 RBI, 6 Steals, .273 AVG

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17. Jed Lowrie

a
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics

2013 Statistics: 662 Plate Appearances, 80 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 75 RBI, 1 Steal, .290 AVG

2014 Projection: 600 Plate Appearances, 70 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 66 RBI, 2 Steals, .265 AVG

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16. Brian Dozier

a
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins

2013 Statistics: 623 Plate Appearances, 72 Runs, 18 Home Runs, 66 RBI, 14 Steals, .244 AVG

2014 Projection: 600 Plate Appearances, 65 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 62 RBI, 14 Steals, .240 AVG

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15. Daniel Murphy

a
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Murphy, New York Mets

2013 Statistics: 697 Plate Appearances, 92 Runs, 13 Home Runs, 78 RBI, 23 Steals, .286 AVG

2014 Projection: 600 Plate Appearances, 70 Runs, 10 Home Runs, 67 RBI, 13 Steals, .289 AVG

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14. Chase Utley

a
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

2013 Statistics: 531 Plate Appearances, 73 Runs, 18 Home Runs, 69 RBI, 8 Steals, .284 AVG

2014 Projection: 509 Plate Appearances, 66 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 60 RBI, 12 Steals, .264 AVG

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13. Martin Prado

a
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks

2013 Statistics: 664 Plate Appearances, 70 Runs, 14 Home Runs, 82 RBI, 3 Steals, .282 AVG

2014 Projection: 648 Plate Appearances, 72 Runs, 13 Home Runs, 70 RBI, 8 Steals, .299 AVG

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12. Josh Rutledge

a
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies

2013 Statistics: 314 Plate Appearances, 45 Runs, 7 Home Runs, 19 RBI, 12 Steals, .235 AVG

2014 Projection: 575 Plate Appearances, 78 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 53 RBI, 15 Steals, .256 AVG

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11. Jose Altuve

a
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

2013 Statistics: 672 Plate Appearances, 64 Runs, 5 Home Runs, 52 RBI, 35 Steals, .283 AVG

2014 Projection: 651 Plate Appearances, 72 Runs, 6 Home Runs, 45 RBI, 34 Steals, .286 AVG

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10. Matt Carpenter

a
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

2013 Statistics: 717 Plate Appearances, 126 Runs, 11 Home Runs, 78 RBI, 3 Steals, .318 AVG

2014 Projection: 685 Plate Appearances, 114 Runs, 11 Home Runs, 72 RBI, 3 Steals, .298 AVG

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9. Ben Zobrist

a
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

2013 Statistics: 698 Plate Appearances, 77 Runs, 12 Home Runs, 71 RBI, 11 Steals, .275 AVG

2014 Projection: 680 Plate Appearances, 80 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 71 RBI, 13 Steals, .271 AVG

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8. Dan Uggla

a
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves

2013 Statistics: 537 Plate Appearances, 60 Runs, 22 Home Runs, 55 RBI, 2 Steals, .179 AVG

2014 Projection: 613 Plate Appearances, 66 Runs, 24 Home Runs, 69 RBI, 2 Steals, .202 AVG

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7. Dustin Pedroia

a
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

2013 Statistics: 724 Plate Appearances, 91 Runs, 9 Home Runs, 84 RBI, 17 Steals, .301 AVG

2014 Projection: 693 Plate Appearances, 91 Runs, 12 Home Runs, 80 RBI, 21 Steals, .297 AVG

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6. Ian Kinsler

a
Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers

2013 Statistics: 614 Plate Appearances, 85 Runs, 13 Home Runs, 72 RBI, 15 Steals, .277 AVG

2014 Projection: 671 Plate Appearances, 101 Runs, 15 Home Runs, 72 RBI, 17 Steals, .265 AVG

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5. Aaron Hill

a
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks

2013 Statistics: 362 Plate Appearances, 45 Runs, 11 Home Runs, 41 RBI, 1 Steal, .291 AVG

2014 Projection: 583 Plate Appearances, 72 Runs, 20 Home Runs, 68 RBI, 13 Steals, .284 AVG

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4. Brandon Phillips

a
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds

2013 Statistics: 666 Plate Appearances, 80 Runs, 18 Home Runs, 103 RBI, 5 Steals, .261 AVG

2014 Projection: 655 Plate Appearances, 87 Runs, 18 Home Runs, 87 RBI, 11 Steals, .274 AVG

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3. Jason Kipnis

a
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians

2013 Statistics: 658 Plate Appearances, 86 Runs, 17 Home Runs, 84 RBI, 30 Steals, .284 AVG

2014 Projection: 665 Plate Appearances, 88 Runs, 16 Home Runs, 80 RBI, 30 Steals, .271 AVG

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2. Jedd Gyorko

a
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres

2013 Statistics: 525 Plate Appearances, 62 Runs, 23 Home Runs, 63 RBI, 1 Steal, .249 AVG

2014 Projections: 600 Plate Appearances, 71 Runs, 26 Home Runs, 72 RBI, 1 Steal, .256 AVG

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1. Robinson Cano

a
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners

2013 Statistics: 681 Plate Appearances, 81 Runs, 27 Home Runs, 107 RBI, 7 Steals, .314 AVG

2014 Projection: 686 Plate Appearances, 78 Runs, 27 Home Runs, 96 RBI, 6 Steals, .308 AVG

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