A list of the top second basemen to draft for 2014 fantasy baseball.
1. Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners
It was more of the same for Cano for 2013, as he put up his fifth consecutive season with a batting average over .300 and a slugging percentage over .500. At age 31, Cano is showing absolutely no signs of decline, and he remains the no-doubt top second baseman out there. The Mariners made a big splash in free agency by signing Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract in December, a pact that could take him through the rest of his big league career. Although Cano's new home park in Seattle has traditionally limited right-handed power hitters, Safeco Field typically plays below average for left-handed power as well. As a result, there is legitimate concern that some of Cano's home runs could turn into doubles, which has been the case throughout his career away from Yankee Stadium.
2. Jose Altuve Houston Astros
Altuve logged a career-high 152 games for the Astros last season and delivered statistics that were roughly on par with projections. While his overall line (.283/.316/.363), run total (64) and batting average against lefties (.287) regressed from the previous season, Altuve remained an elite source of stolen bases (35). Still, his poor plate discipline (4.8% walk rate) combined with the lack of talent behind him in the Astros' batting order limits his upside for the 2014 season. It's still very early in Altuve's career, with plenty of room left for improvement as he will only turn 24 in May, but he will need help in certain areas to make a bigger impact on fantasy teams.
3. Brian Dozier Minnesota Twins
Dozier revived his career by moving to second base last season, resulting in improved defense to go with good power at the plate. He disappointed in 2012 as a rookie as he hit just .234/.271/.332 and struggled with his defense at shortstop where his range was inadequate. The move to second base improved his defense as he made just six errors and was 11th in UZR among regular second basemen. He also improved at the plate by hitting .244/.312/.414 with 18 home runs. Dozier improved his walk rate (eight percent of plate appearances) which was more in line with his minor league career. He hit for some power in the minors, so his 18 home runs were not a fluke, and he also has decent speed with 14 stolen bases. He'll enter his prime next season at age 26 as Minnesota's starting second baseman and offers a valuable power-speed combination for a middle infielder.
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