Second base is a position that, if selected correctly, can give you a leg up on the competition.
Before, second base was considered a place for your “dirt guys.” The hustle guys, the ones with so much heart and effort they almost make the character of your team. While the spirit of the second basement hasn’t changed, the production sure has.
Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler are two guys who fit this mold. They also fit everything you need in a second basemen as a league manager.
Cano comes into this season as the number one second basemen in baseball. Pedroia is nestled in at number two but should he be? You can ill afford to make a mistake when choosing so lets look at both.
Dustin Pedroia by the numbers:
- 21 Home Runs
- 91 RBI
- .307 Batting Average
Analysis: Pedroia has everything you need for elite production when looking at his on the surface. A closer look tells us more of the same. His OBP of .387 ranked him in the top-10 of the American League, while his OPS (.861) places him among the games best in that category. Not only does his production at the plate make him elite, but he adds value while on the bases. He stole 26 bases last season and scored over 100 runs for the third time in the last four seasons.
Ian Kinsler by the numbers:
- 32 Home Runs
- 72 RBI
- .255 Batting Average