Top 10 2B and SS for 2012

Hey guys,

Today, we continued our 2012 positional previews with a look at our top-10 second basemen and shortstops. Here are our rankings:

SECOND BASE

1. Robinson Cano
2. Dustin Pedroia
3. Ian Kinsler
4. Chase Utley
5. Dan Uggla
6. Ben Zobrist
7. Rickie Weeks
8. Brandon Phillips
9. Dustin Ackley
10. Danny Espinosa

Honorable Mentions: Howard Kendrick, Neil Walker

SHORTSTOP

1. Troy Tulowitzki
2. Jose Reyes
3. Hanley Ramirez
4. Asdrubal Cabrera
5. Jimmy Rollins
6. Starlin Castro
7. Elvis Andrus
8. J.J. Hardy
9. Jhonny Peralta
10. Alexei Ramirez

Honorable Mentions: Erick Aybar, Derek Jeter

***NOTE  On Friday, we’ll move to catcher and outfield. We’d love to see your top-10 catchers and top-15 outfielders lists, so comment away! We’re planning on including some of your responses on Friday’s show.

-Zach

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Catchers
1. Joe Mauer
2. Brian McCann
3.Carlos Santana
4. Mike Napoli
5. Yadier Molina
6.. Devin Mesaroco
7. Miguel Montero
8. JP Arencibia
9. AJ Pierzynski
10. Matt Wieters
Honorable Mention- Geovany Soto, Wilson Ramos
Outfielders
1. Ryan Braun
2. Jose Bautista
3. Curtis Granderson
4. Matt Kemp
5. Jacoby Ellsbury
6. Mike Stanton
7. Jay Bruce
8. Justin Upton
9. Andrew McCutchen
10. Josh Hamilton
11.Matt Holiday
12. Nelson Cruz
13. Adam Jones
14. Carlos Gonzalez
15. Brett Gardner
Honorable Mention- Corey Hart, Tori Hunter, Hunter Pence, Nyjer Morgan/T-plush

Catcher
1.Brain McCann
2.Buster Posey
3.Joe Mauer
4.Victor Matinez
5.Mike Napoli
6.Alex Avila
7.Miguel Montero
8.Jonathan Lacroy
9.Carlos Santana
10.Matt Wieters

Honorable Mention: Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Yadier Molina, Kurt Suzuki, Jesus Montero, Miguel Olivo

Outfield
1.Curtis Grandserson(Been the best player in the MLB)
2.Matt Kemp(NL MVP)
3.Jacoby Ellisbury(This guy has helped me so much this year, almost ranked him number 1)
4.Ryan Braun(How scary are the Brewers)
5.Justin Upton(These two can flip-flop)
6.Carlos Gonzalez(A bit of a disappoinatment, in terms of a 1st round pick)
7.Josh Hamilton(Stay healthy and only play at night)
8.Shin-Soo Choo(I think next year he will have a big year)
9.Hunter Pence(Same here)
10.Nelson Cruz(would have numbers like Ryan Braun if stays heathly)
11.Alex Gordon
12.Mike Slanton
13.Jay Bruce
14.Andrew McCutchen
15.Adam Jones

Honoable Mention:There were three KC OF in the top 55 of yahoo leagues, Brett Garnder, Corey Hart

BTW Bautista is already one list and I don’t want to put him on another

Jon from Texas

Why no love for Howie Kendrick? I’d place him 5th on your list. He’s going to hit for a great avg and could go 20/20 if he were to stay healthy the entire season, like he did last season. I find it surprising he’s below someone like Ackley who hasn’t proven anything.

C
1. Victor Martinez
2. Brian McCann
3. Buster Posey
4. Joe Mauer
5. Mike Napoli
6. Alex Avila
7. Miguel Montero
8. Carlos Santana
9. Matt Weiters
10. Yadier Molina
Honorable Mentions: Russell Martin, JP Arencibia, Miguel Olivo

OF
1. Ryan Braun
2. Matt Kemp
3. Jose Bautista
4. Matt Holliday
5. Hunter Pence
6. Justin Upton
7. Carlos Gonzalez
8. Shane Victorino
9. Nelson Cruz
10. Michael Bourn
11. Ichiro Suzuki
12. Carl Crawford
13. Curtis Granderson
14. Andrew McCutchen
15. Michael Cuddyer
Honorable Mentions: Jayson Werth, Ben Zobrist, Adam Jones
Dan from Los Angeles

Catcher
1) McCann
2) Posey
3) V-Mart
4) Napoli
5) Avila
6) Montero
7) Santana
8) Wieters
9) Arencibia
10) Lucroy

Outfield
1) Braun
2) Kemp
3) Ellsbury
4) Justin Upton
5) Bautista
6) Granderson
7) Pence
8) Cargo
9) McCutchen
10) Victorino
11) Bourn
12) Hamilton
13) Mike Morse
14) Choo
15) Stanton

Jennings seems to be fading fast and im thinking about making a move. Im in semifinals this week and I need every possible run/rbi i can get. Would you swap Carlos Lee/ Bj Upton for Jennings right now ??

Anthony,

At this point in the year, there’s really no time for patience, so I’m OK with you sitting Jennings for one of those guys, depending on which categories you need most, but no way am I dropping him.

Zach

Top 10 Catchers for 2012
1. Brian McCann
2. Victor Martinez
3. Carlos Santana
4. Buster Posey
5. Joe Mauer
6. Alex Avila
7. Matt Weiters
8. Mike Napoli
9. Jesus Montero
10. JP Arencibia
Honorable Mentions: Russell Martin, Wilson Ramos, Jonathan Lucroy

Top 15 Outfielders for 2012
1. Ryan Braun
2. Matt Kemp
3. Jacoby Ellsbury
4. Curtis Granderson
5. Justin Upton
6. Carlos Gonzalez
7. Josh Hamilton
8. Matt Holliday
9. Andrew McCutchen
10. Mike Stanton
11. Hunter Pence
12. Nelson Cruz
13. Jay Bruce
14. Alex Gordon
15. Shane Victorino

Honorable Mentions: Desmond Jennings, Michael Bourn, Carl Crawford

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