We continue our look around the diamond and the division with second base. Again, this is based off mlbdepthcharts.com. Is Howard Kendrick the best second baseman in the division? Let’s take a look and find out.
Sep 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howard Kendrick (47) leads off of first base during the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. The Angels beat the Rangers 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Sizemore missed all of 2012 with injury. He has a pretty good eye and knows how to take a walk, but you have to see how he does after missing a whole year. Weeks was a bit of a disappointment for the A’s and was benched down the stretch for Cliff Pennington. After hitting .303 in his rookie year of 2011, he hit just .221 last year. Jed Lowrie could get a look here as well.
- Seattle Mariners- Dustin Ackley
Ackley, like Weeks, suffered a bit of the sophomore slump. In 90 games during his rookie year he had a .273/.348/.417 line. In 2012 he had a .226/.294/.328 line. I think he’ll be more of the guy who hit .273 than last year’s performance and he could be a major key in helping the Seattle Mariners improve
- Houston Astros- Jose Altuve
Altuve is quite the contact hitter and is just 22 years old. The lone all-star for the Astros was seventh in the NL in steals. Hitting .290 in your first full season in the big leagues isn’t too bad. He’s someone that can help the Astros in their rebuild (unless they decide to trade him too)
- Los Angeles Angels- Howard Kendrick
To me, Kendrick is one of the most underrated players in the game. He may not be the batting champion that he was pegged to be, however, he stays healthy. He consistently hits anywhere between .280 and .300. He’s going to get you a lot of doubles and drive in about 70 runs every year. He’s not flashy, but he gets the job done.
- Texas Rangers- Ian Kinsler
Kinsler is a top five second baseman in the game today. He’s got all the tools and he plays the game the right way. The only question is, how much longer will he be at second? With Jurickson Profar coming up, will Kinsler get moved to first or the outfield?
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