Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/8/12
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There are few positions in the American League West with as much upside as second base. The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels have established stars at second in Ian Kinsler and Howie Kendrick. The duo has combined for three trips to the All-Star Game. Seattle and Oakland don't boast All-Stars at second, but both teams have former first-round picks that are coming off solid rookie seasons. Here's a breakdown of second base in the West with the rankings. 1. Texas Imagine what kind of season Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler can have if he feels good for an entire year. He was a 30-30 performer last season despite still be bothered by an ankle he sprained in spring training of 2011. Kinsler had a procedure on the ankle in the offseason and has more mobility now. Kinsler is a rare blend of leadoff hitter, providing speed and power. He has the club record for leadoff home runs and added to that total with seven last season. Kinsler did not hit for average in 2011 (.255) but was ...
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