The 2012 AL Central Position Analysis - Second Base

Kyle Rivas

A review of the position in 2012 down to the A ball level for all of the AL Central franchises.

Rotating around the diamond, we move to second base. After the stability of the first two positions, this position looks to be very weak overall. Kipnis had a very productive season. Beckham showed power, but had little on base presence. The Tigers, Royals and Twins all had very poor contributions from their ragtag personnel. Infante and Santiago are both signed for 2013, so I doubt much change is in store this year. Getz is signed through 2014, but Falu and Giovatella had good AAA numbers and might be worth a look this year with Getz moving to a bench role. With Casilla claimed by the Orioles and LGFT Carroll better suited as a utility guy, the Twins may default to Eduardo Escobar, whether he is ready or not.

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cleveland

Jason Kipnis

MLB

Pre-Arb 2

25

672

14

76

335

379

714

Jason Donald

MLB:AAA

CIN

27

296

6

31

365

441

807

Brent Lillibridge

MLB

Pre-Arb-3

28

123

3

8

276

342

619

Chicago

Gordon Beckham

MLB

Arb-1

25

582

16

60

296

371

668

Orlando Hudson

MLB

FA

34

152

2

17

262

307

568

Detroit

Omar Infante

MLB

2013

30

241

4

20

283

385

668

Ramon Santiago

MLB

2013

32

259

2

17

283

272

555

Ryan Raburn

MLB:AAA

FA

31

222

1

12

226

254

480

Danny Worth

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-2

26

255

5

24

364

421

785

Kansas City

Chris Getz

MLB:AAA

2014

28

210

0

17

312

360

672

Yuniesky Betancourt

MLB

FA

30

228

7

36

256

400

656

Johnny Giavotella

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-1

24

418

10

71

404

472

877

Irving Falu

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-1

29

406

7

50

375

463

838

Minnesota

Alexi Casilla

MLB

BAL

27

326

1

30

282

321

603

Jamey Carroll

MLB

2013, 2014 team option

38

537

1

40

343

317

660

Eduardo Escobar

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-2

23

151

1

9

259

304

563

Onto the minor league assessments ...

Cleveland

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Cord Phelps

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-3

25

582

16

62

368

451

820

Ryan Rohlinger

AAA:AA:A+

FA

28

439

8

52

336

342

678

Justin Toole

AAA:AA

2009 aFA

25

339

1

21

272

284

556

Matt Lawson

AA

2011 mFA

26

232

1

23

408

459

867

Davis Stoneburner

AA

2012 mFA

27

351

0

26

268

272

540

Tony Wolters

A+

2010 aFA

20

537

8

58

320

404

724

Ronny Rodriguez

A+

2011 aFA

20

483

19

66

300

452

752

Todd Hankins

A+:A

2011-15

21

397

5

37

328

358

687

Jose Ramirez

A:A-

2011 aFA

19

326

3

27

404

465

869

Robel Garcia

A:A-

2010 aFA

19

473

3

39

304

302

606

Yhoxian Medina

A

2011-38

22

112

0

6

336

222

559

Phelps looks like he is ready for the majors, so with Donald off to the Reds, he should end up as the bench guy this year. Matt Antonelli was recently signed and likely will be in AAA. Lawson looked a little promising albeit in limited playing time. Both Wolters and Jose Ramirez might also be useful at some point. But Ronny Rodriguez is likely the best potential player of the group.

Chicago

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Ray Olmedo

MLB:AAA

FA/MIN

31

310

0

19

340

355

674

Drew Garcia

AAA:AA

2008-21

26

559

6

75

314

368

682

Tyler Kuhn

AAA

2008-15

25

449

4

36

309

384

692

Jose Castro

AAA:AA

2012 mFA

25

104

0

2

235

221

456

Carlos Sanchez

AAA:AA:A+

2009 aFA

20

588

1

56

378

403

781

Erik Morrison

AA

2012 mFA

26

322

6

42

324

373

697

Daniel Wagner

AA:A+

2009-16

23

436

2

41

327

327

654

Greg Paiml

AA

2007-15

27

94

0

9

287

337

624

David Herbek

A+:A

2011-15

23

347

5

32

358

394

752

Kyle Eveland

A+:A

2011 mFA

25

19

0

1

211

118

328

Michael Johnson

A+:A:Rk

2011-31

23

293

2

19

322

293

614

Kyle Shelton

AAA:A+

2008 aFA

26

57

3

8

222

538

872

Ross Wilson

A+:A

2010-10

23

399

7

39

382

393

775

Joey DeMichele

A:Rk

2012-3

21

308

7

38

334

479

813

Joe De Pinto

A:Rk

2011-21

23

317

0

27

318

313

631

Lots of players got playing time at second last year for the White Sox. Drew Garcia was okay, but Carlos Sanchez might be the best of the lot. He needs a tad more power moving forward. Joey DeMichele might be an option as well as he is the highest draft pick here.

Detroit

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Brandon Inge

MLB:AAA

OAK/FA

35

20

1

2

100

300

400

Matt Young

MLB:AAA

LAA

29

369

1

24

363

276

640

Hernan Perez

MLB:A+

Pre-Arb-1

21

479

5

44

298

338

636

Cale Iorg

AAA:A+

2007-6

26

170

1

7

207

244

451

Justin Henry

AAA

2007-9

27

543

1

38

372

357

729

Brent Dlugach

AAA:AA

2012 mFA

29

106

2

8

287

307

594

Brandon Douglas

AAA

FA

29

267

2

23

365

317

681

Corey Jones

AA:A+

2010-7

24

277

3

21

286

343

628

Carlos De Los Santos

AA:A:Rk

2010 aFA

21

112

0

8

284

267

552

Marcus Lemon

A+

2012 mFA

24

319

3

29

388

445

833

Ryan Soares

A+

2010-36

24

11

0

0

182

100

282

Brandon Loy

A

2011-5

22

566

2

39

301

315

616

As bad as Infante and Santiago were last year, there does not seem to be much help down on the farm for the Tigers. Raburn was released, Inge and Young are both long gone and AAA will likely be held by Kevin Russo. Hernan Perez is on the 40 man roster and is still very young, but his numbers need a decent boost. Justin Henry is past the age cutoff and Lemon is a bit old for A+/AA as well. The future looks a bit bleak here.

Kansas City

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Tony Abreu

MLB:AAA

Pre-Arb-3

27

453

9

73

347

492

839

Anthony Seratelli

AAA

2007 mFA

29

439

17

66

374

492

866

Rey Navarro

AAA:AA

2010 mFA

22

519

4

48

316

333

649

Kurt Mertins

AAA:AA

2006-13

26

145

2

11

278

298

575

Christian Colon

AAA:AA:Rk

2010-1

23

363

6

36

376

413

790

Whit Merrifield

AA:A+

2010-9

23

546

9

44

329

378

707

Sharlon Schoop

AA

2012 mFA

25

186

7

19

341

436

777

Yowill Espinal

AA:A

2008 aFA

21

88

0

4

329

250

579

Angel Franco

A+

2007 aFA

22

410

3

35

332

353

685

Luis Piterson

A+

2008 aFA

22

167

0

13

306

320

626

Justin Trapp

A

2009-34

21

530

12

50

352

430

783

Daniel Mateo

A

2009 aFA

20

568

8

61

325

386

711

I expect Giovatella to push Getz on the major league roster this year, with Abreu in AAA. Seratelli had a great 2012, but will be 30 this year. He might be worth a shot if Getz/Giavatella struggle. There is a lot of youth at the lower levels and Trapp might be the guy with the initial edge.

Minnesota

Level

Status

Age

PA

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

OPS

Tsuyoshi Nishioka

MLB:AAA

FA

27

431

2

34

315

324

639

Luke Hughes

MLB

FA/TOR

27

11

0

2

182

200

382

Ray Chang

AAA

2011 mFA

28

297

0

17

304

271

574

Joe Thurston

AAA

FA

32

49

1

2

184

163

346

James Beresford

AA

2007 aFA

23

413

0

25

330

314

644

Nathan Hanson

AA

2008-28

25

382

7

50

311

387

698

Shawn Roof

AA

2012 mFA

27

127

0

7

264

239

503

Estarlin De Los Santos

AA

2006 aFA

25

315

2

24

277

275

552

Levi Michael

A+

2011-1

21

512

2

38

339

311

650

Andy Leer

A+

2010 aFA

24

322

3

27

297

253

549

Daniel Santana

A+

2008 aFA

21

547

8

60

329

410

739

Eddie Rosario

A:Rk

2010-4

20

449

13

74

347

499

846

Adam Pettersen

A

2011-25

23

368

2

35

312

320

632

Adam Bryant

A

2011-9

23

318

1

32

279

301

580

Stephen Wickens

A

2011-33

23

252

2

30

425

416

841

All of the AAA players are gone except for Chang. The Twins have signed Ray Olmedo for AAA this season, but he is a third baseman mainly. Other than Eddie Rosario, not much else looks plausible going forward. They might have to make a few deals or sign a free agent in 2014, especially if Escobar struggles and Carroll ages poorly.

After the Tribe finished near the bottom at catcher and first base, they clearly have the best options moving forward at second base. Kipnis projects well, Phelps is a good trade chip and Wolters, Rodriguez and Ramirez all have a chance. The White Sox might be ok with DeMichele and the Twins with Rosario, but the Tigers and Royals don't seem to have many internal options.

This series attempts to review how each position fared within the AL Central last year and what holds for the future. The first chart reviews how the position fared in the majors between the five teams. The subsequent charts track each position through each team's farm system. Status is not always correct as some of the info was culled a few weeks ago. For players not on the 40-man roster, I have taken my best guess as when/how they were acquired. Not every player who played the position in the minors has been identified as again, I have tried to identify core players at the position only. Some identified as minor league free agents, could have been trade acquisitions. I also only reviewed down to the A level as players at A- or in the rookie leagues are still quite volatile.

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