Minnesota Twins vs AL Central at Second Base
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Chicago White Sox: Newly-acquired Brett Lawrie has spent most of his career at third base but is currently listed as the starting second baseman due to All-Star Todd Frazier joining the Sox this past offseason.
Cleveland Indians: A breakout performer in 2015, Jason Kipnis hit a career-high .823 OPS while making the All-Star team.
Detroit Tigers: The oldest and most experienced team in the Central features perhaps the most prolific player in Ian Kinsler. Kinsler’s glory days may be behind him but he is still a consistent producer after hitting .770 OPS with 11 homers.
Kansas City Royals: There weren’t many weaknesses with the reigning World Series champions last season but second base clearly was one of them as Omar Infante hit just .552 OPS with two home runs 44 RBI’s in 124 games.
1. Detroit Tigers
Kinsler’s days of 30+ home runs may be long gone but that hasn’t prevented him from remaining a constant threat for extra base hits or really becoming a better overall hitter. Defensively, Kinsler also remains one of the steadiest at the position and brings plenty of experience with several postseason appearances including two trips to the World Series. It was close between our No. 1 and No. 2 teams but Kinsler remains a steady force at the position and takes this spot.
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2. Minnesota Twins
It really was a bit of a toss-up between Kipnis and Dozier but the deciding factor was Dozier’s power and run production. Dozier solidified his spot as one of the top second baseman, not only in the Central, but the majors. Sure, his OBP was low (.307) but you can’t argue with his slugging, RBIs and defensive production.
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