Psst!  This post is gonna list 2nd basemen that you should target in your 2015 fantasy baseball drafts. I’m whispering because you don’t want everyone to see this post.  No, I can’t whisper louder, then it WOULDN’T BE WHISPERING!  Okay, gig’s up (or maybe that’s jig’s up), the love I’m about to reiterately (Made Up Word of the Day!) confirm are guys I love later in drafts.  I’m not going to mention Kolten Wong other than this one mention of him where I say I’m not going to mention him.  I love Wong.  Tis is true.  Come here, let Grey massage your balls…The balls of your feet, silly!  Oh, that feels good on my hands.  Can I tickle your toes with my mustache?  Weird?  Okay.  I’m not mentioning Wong other than this mention of not mentioning him because these are players that you’re looking at later and all of them have ADPs after 200.  Some could be the 2nd baseman on your team, they are more than likely MIs.  This is a (legal-in-all-countries-except-Spanish-speaking-ones) supplement to the top 20 2nd basemen for 2015 fantasy baseball. Click on the player’s name where applicable to read more and see their 2015 projections.  Anyway, here’s some 2nd basemen to target for 2015 fantasy baseball:

Jedd Gyorko (Yahoo 230, ESPN 220) I know you were burned by Gyorko last year, but I have it on good authority that he feels absolutely terrible about that.  We have to forgive him or we’re no worse than him.  Of course, last year he started the first year of a $35 million contract while you were figuring out how to make a box of Rice-a-Roni last for two meals, but without forgiveness from you, someone Gyorko has never met, he’d feel terrible.  So, let’s be the bigger, if extremely poorer, men and give Gyorko another chance.  He deserves it.  Though, if he disappoints again this year, I will forever call him Wadd Jerko.

Javier Baez (Yahoo 222) Yes, I think there’s a good chance Baez may only hit .190 this year and lose his starting job.  But — and this is a Nicki Minaj-sized Anaconda but — the Steamer projections for him are 22 homers and 11 steals.  The same Steamer projections that the world thinks are the best preseason projections.

Brett Lawrie (Yahoo 220, ESPN 295) Lawrie’s about to breakout.  I can feel it in my bones.  I’m not talking my hand-rolled doobie bones.  I mean deep in my chocolate milk-enriched bones.  You hear the latest craze with working out?  That chocolate milk is supposed to be great to drink after a hard workout.  You know what this sounds to me like?  After years and years of the fat community being besieged with negative obesity publicity, they’ve taken matters into their own chubby hands and hired a PR firm to get the word out that you should drink more chocolate milk.  Next thing you know, there’s going to be commercials saying Doritos are high in nutrients from the Doritos Health Council.  The DHC to you and me.  Any the hoo!  I don’t only want Lawrie on all my teams, but I think I’m gonna own him too.  He is going so routinely low it’s crazy.  He’s ranked 60 spots after Arismendy at ESPN and Arismendy has nowhere to play.  Y’all realize Lawrie’s only 25 years old, right?  Get your shizz together and draft him!

Nick Franklin (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 338)  It’s weird how the fantasy community rallies behind certain players and ignores other players.  Of course, it’s much weirder how the fantasy community smells like a mixture of Cheez Doodles and Drakkar, but we’re not talking about that right now.  Why doesn’t anyone want anything to do with Nick Franklin?  Not to answer, but to ruminate.  To give you a little taste of something besides the aforementioned Cheez-Drakkar smell, Franklin hit 23 homers and stole 25 bases while batting .281 in Single-A, then did versions of that each stop of the minor leagues until the M’s traded him to the Rays.  If you think the M’s trading him away is a reason to worry, I’d say the exact opposite is more accurate.  If the M’s trade away a prospect, I’m suddenly interested.

Emilio Bonifacio (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 374) Emily Boneface is the only one in this post that I know will platoon from the jump.  I do think it’s possible that Boneface becomes the strong side of a platoon in the infield or gets five days a week between the outfield and the infield and accumulates 450 ABs, but, as of right now, Boneface is a bench player.  In deep leagues, he will still be worth drafting since he’s always a platoon player and still steals around 30 bases.

Marcus Semien (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 363) As the world meant for it to be, Semien follows Boneface.  For some reason, I always think of Semien as someone with 40-steal speed.  Maybe I’m saying more about myself by thinking Semien is quick like a jackrabbit.  Semien’s got more power than speed, and Steamer is much higher on his power than I am.  If it were late, I’d give Semien a shot.  Ew…

Rougned Odor – (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 252) Seeing Odor follow Boneface and Semien, I’m reminded of Alec Baldwin saying Schweddy balls.  On a related note, the Rangers recently signed Rougned Odor’s younger brother.  His name?  Rougned Odor.  Yes, he has the same name.  I wonder how long their parents considered names.  You think they have three dogs named Spot?  What would’ve happened if they had a daughter?  Could Rougned’s younger brother really have a different name, but he used his older brother’s fake ID so much that he just started going by it?  Any hoo!  Like a cheese, the older Odor is the better one, and worth drafting late.

Chris Owings (Yahoo 250+)  Someone should make a graph.  On the X-axis, how good a team is.  On the Y-axis, how good a player is.  A good player on a bad team?  Their value is hurt (See Freddie Freeman).  A good player on a good team?  Their value is helped.  But a bad player on a bad team is also helped because the team will allow them to play every day.  Enter Owings.

Jose Peraza – (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 501)  I don’t even rank Peraza, though I would if the Braves shock the world and make him their Opening Day 2nd baseman, or I’ll be touting that you should pick him up on the quick-fast once he is called up in June.  Here’s what Prospect Mike said about him, “It’s not just that he’s a talented player with plus speed and a good bat.  He’s also close to the majors and plays a position at which the Braves could use a spark.  A midseason call-up is definitely in the cards and he could be up even sooner than that.  The Braves struggled to find a capable leadoff hitter last season, calling upon Jason Heyward to fill the role at times.  Peraza could be that guy.  He has 70 speed on the 20-80 scale and while there’s no power to speak of, he makes good contact.  Peraza held his own as a 20-year-old in Double-A, slashing .335/.363/.422 with 25 stolen bases in 195 plate appearances.  Scouts also rave he’s as smart a player as Grey Albright is dumb.” What?  Scouts say that?  Mike also puts him in his top 30 fantasy baseball prospects.

Yangervis Solarte (Yahoo unranked, ESPN 583) This ranking by ESPN feels like one of those situations where if you were to ask them if they think Solarte will leadoff, they’d say yes.  Then if you asked them if Solarte is going to play on most days, they’d also say yes.  Then if you asked them if the Padres will be better this year, they’d also say yes.  Then if you asked them why do they have Solarte ranked 583rd after guys like Ryan Flaherty, Eric Sogard and Tuffy Gosewich, they’d say they have no idea.  If you’re in a league where you’re actually drafting Yangervis (NL-Only, very deep mixed leagues), then he’s got huge value because of his chance to play often and leadoff.  He’s not flashy or exciting, but 500 picks into a draft there’s rarely anyone flashy or exciting.

Scooter Gennett (Yahoo 280, ESPN 266) Brewers manager, Ron Roenicke, said that Scooter could get a shot at being the starting 2nd baseman in 2015.  Um, dur.  He better.  You finally get rid of that albatross Weeks, you have to be half a stunod to now platoon Gennett with Luis Jimenez or Luis Sardinas or Luis Guzman.

 
  1. Harry says:
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    2nd base, who’s on 1st? And for that matter how did we skip 1st base and end up at 2nd, Grey?

    Enough of the funnies, enjoyed your article, but I have a quick question to ask and it is for leagues that do not have MI / CI positions and instead use normal “baseball” positions (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF). What is the cutoff for guys according to your rankings where a player is better suited as a CI or MI option rather than a starter at 1B, 2B, 3B, SS?

    • Tanaka's UCL says:
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      @Harry: How many teams are in your league? The player ranked that number +1 at his position is CI/MI material.

      • Harry says:
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        @Tanaka’s UCL:

        12 team league, so your saying that the 13th ranked player – per – position is CI / MI material if I understand correctly?

        Thanks for your response!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s not accurate… There’s no set answer for where MI or CI begins… If one team has a 2B, SS and MI by the first ten picks, then your MI might be the 20th middle infielder off the board…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harry: Thanks! I don’t do sleeper 1st basemen, you should draft a top one… There’s no set cutoff for CI and MI

      • Harry says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks for the response, I guess I just might have to feel around for other positions and draft a first baseman.

        Thanks for your time, Grey, mucho appreciated!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Harry: the same ones he advised me to grab in my 30 man league, Smoak and mini donkey (fatt adams, now called bitch tits by me, is fat and will get hurt)

  2. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team 6×6 h2h dynasty league, I was offered Travis d’Arnaud and Jake Marisnick for Austin Jackson and Dalton Pompey. I could really use the upgrade at catcher, but I am not sure if it’s worth losing all this speed. Also I would be forced to play semien in my util until bryant gets called up. Should I counter or accept this deal? I have included his team below if you may have any counter suggestions.

    c mike zunino

    1b cj cron

    2b brian dozier

    3b david wright

    ss javier baez

    lf dayan viciedo

    cf denard span

    rf oswaldo arcia

    util rusney castillo

    bn travis d’arnaud

    bn jake marisnick

    bn clint frazier

    bn miguel sano

    sp trevor bauer

    sp kevin gausman

    sp joe kelly

    p zack wheeler

    p shelby miller

    p michael pineda

    pdrew pomeranz

    c kurt suzuki
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    3b evan longoria
    ss ian desmond
    lf justin upton
    cf adam jones
    rf alex rios
    util austin jackson
    bn kris bryant bn bryon buxton bn marcus semien bn dalton pompey bn jose peraza

    sp garret richards
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    rp jacob degrom
    rp jordan walden

    rp bret cecil
    p hyun jin ryu p jake odorizzi bn tanner roark bn wily peralta

    • Cram It says:
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      @Ryan: Whatever his answer is, I’ll give you $10 if you don’t ask “Are you sure?”

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wake Up: Ah, you blew it for him. No $10.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Cram It: Read it too fast…thought you said the first one got the $10…

  3. Miles says:
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    Grey have you seen Yahoo’s projections for Jon Singleton?
    458 at bats
    98 hits (.214 avg, about right)
    81 walks (?!)
    168 strikeouts(!)

    • Grey

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      @Miles: A true three outcome guy there

  4. Slick says:
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    Grey,

    Other than your own projections, what other projections system would you take most seriously: Steamer, Composite, Rotochamp, CBS, ZIPS, Cairo, or Davenport?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slick: I’d take any serious

  5. Strolg says:
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    Comment from yesterday’s Big Magoo’s article- “It’s good to read a post on razzball that just has great info rather than feeling the need to start making references to porn or whacking off.” – Just like to say it’s nice to see you right the ship.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Strolg: I’ll have to talk to Magoo about upping his whack off quotient

      • J-FOL says:
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        @Grey: that explains the porn hub link in the email you sent us.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re confusing my correspondence with yours with Cockcroft

          • J-FOL says:
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            @Grey: you’ll never let this one go.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @J-FOL: If you hadn’t squeezed his butt when saying goodbye, Grey probably would’ve let you alone.

              • J-FOL says:
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                @Sky: don’t be mad he didn’t want to talk to you

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You’re sleeping with the enemy!

              • J-FOL says:
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                @Grey: diplomat

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Someone is asking below about your RCL

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: If you count my junior high and high school years retroactively, I should be covered…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or uncovered, as the case may have been

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: I had enough decency to drape a sheet or a blanket over the task at hand *pinkie to mouth*…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              C’mon, a sock… Pun intended…

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: But a sock makes it look like a grotesque puppet show, while a sheet makes it look like you’re reenacting the alien chestburster scene. I’m all about the classics!

                • Grey

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                  HA… You need to get new socks!

                • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                  @Big Magoo: they tell ya in college to “write what you know”

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ha!

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice stuff, I have KWong at 2B in 2 leagues and Rendon in a 3rd. If either of them get injured (God forbid) then will seek out some of the above.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    PS Loved the podcast. If that’s you w/ a hangover I’d hate to hear how fantastic it could be if you had no hangover. Really insightful information.

  7. pff123 says:
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    Any feelings towards Micah Johnson, Grey? I assume you’re seeing Micah loss in some of Bonifacio’s 450 ABs?

    • Grey

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      @pff123: I haven’t seen him placed in as a starting guy

      • pff123 says:
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        @Grey: Seems to be a lot of chatter in the CHI papers about him vs. Sanchez for the starting job. Which is, of course, no guarantee that he ends up with the gig.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I’ve heard the chatter too

  8. Mark says:
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    Hey, Grey: can I request a points-only league post? (Actually, I know I can request it, but will you HONOR it…?)

    Anyway, 12 team, mixed, keeper, points-only league here. Mostly standard scoring, but I should say that W= 10 and L=-5 so wins are pretty valuable.

    We can keep up to five players for the first five rounds of our snake draft. I’m keeping four: Cutch, Goldy, Adam Jones and Kluber. We can keep two rookies as our 24th and 25th picks: I’m keeping Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano ( and throwing back Javier Baez, who strikes out too much for me.

    My question (yes, I have one). In a year long, points- only league, who would YOU target and where?

    Thanks as always for your invaluable advice peppered with wry punnery (I just made that word up, I think.)
    Mark

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Mark: Rox players

  9. Bryan says:
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    Grey, I want to draft Rendon in the late first rd and Harper in the third rd. Is it unwise to take two guys on the same team this early?

    • AdamH says:
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      @Bryan: @Bryan: No, it is fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bryan: Agree with AdamH

  10. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Grey,our draft is tonight. its a 12 team 5×5 roto keeper. We keep 8 players. I have the 3rd and 13th overall picks (roughly rounds 9 and 10) and was wondering who to target. Here are my keepers : Cutch, Goldy, Rizzo, J Upton, Hanley, Bautista, MadBum, Cole
    Theres no MI/CI slots and we have two Util slots. 1 catcher league. Which of these guys should I take at 3rd overall tonight? Can you rank them since two of them will likely be off the board, thanks! Im considering Yelich since my team could be a little light on speed, and I know how accurate you are with your first Post of the new year (Soler).

    AVAILABLE : Soler, Yelich, Betts, Ortiz, Myers, Dozier, Kimbrel, Cobb, Iwakuma, Wood, Corrasco

    I think I could land Myers at 13th since Yahoo hates him, The other guys all look like first rounders to me.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Oppo Taco: So Batista, Upton, Cutch are you’re OF Rizzo 1st base, Goldly UTI or 2 1st base slots? I’d want a 3rd baseman if there’s anyone available.

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      @Oppo Taco: tomas is there too

  11. Bye Felicia says:
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    Some (dummy) dropped Kipnis so I grabbed him faster than you’d grab Wong! Now I have a backup for Rendon! haha

  12. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    12 team mix, H2H
    Keepers: Stanton, Rizzo, and Kluber

    I usually don’t keep a SP for keeper but last year, for the championship run, I traded in different trades my Rd. 5, Rd, 12, 13, and 14. I made the mistake, and did not notice I traded consecutive rounds (stupid of me). Still finish 3rd with some good money.

    I usually pick my Tier 3 Sp in rd. 12-15, and seeing as if I don’t have them, is it OK to keep Kluber?
    My other option is to keep Arenado, but knowing the other teams keepers, and preferences from playing the same league last 8 years, I forsee Arenado will be available when my pick arrives, and Kluber won’t.

    If Arenado is not available, Dickerson, Freeman, Longoria, Frazier, Brantley would be available, and Desmond if he falls. Though I prefer Arenado.

    I want a solid Ace since between rd. 6 and 11, I only project to take 1 or 2 additional SP, leaving the bulk of my pitching staff, after round 16.

    Is this a good strategy? What would be your recommendation.

    Many thanks!

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris: Adding to the above, If I don’t keep Kluber, my other keeper options are Freeman (which would play in UTL with RIzzo at 1B), and Arenado.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Sure keep Kluber and draft Arenado

  13. The Situation says:
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    @Grey: 12 team, H2H, 6×6 (BB/Holds), 10 keeper, keep forever league. I have the opportunity to add Goldy for Puig and Wong. I’m thinking about going for it, but I know you love Wong, although he would only be my MI (I have Cano already). And I know you don’t love Puig in H2H. Plus, the addition of BBs makes Goldy even more valuable. Take the deal and grab Goldy or stick with Puig/Wong?

  14. The forgiving is for you…not them…

    Wow, getting deep for a Muesday!

  15. Two questions:
    Wong and Jerko, then Semien…

    Their older sister is named Worsened…

    OK, no questions…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Tis better to give than receive…