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Fantasy baseball player profiles: AL - Second basemen

Fantasy baseball player profiles: AL - Second basemen

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1 Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas Rangers
2 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox
3 Brian Roberts, 2B, Baltimore Orioles
4 Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays
5 Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees
6 Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
7 Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox
8 Chone Figgins, 3B, Seattle Mariners
9 Howie Kendrick, 2B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
10 Orlando Hudson, 2B, Minnesota Twins
11 Chris Getz, 2B, Kansas City Royals
12 Mark Ellis, 2B, Oakland Athletics
13 Scott Sizemore, 2B, Detroit Tigers
14 Luis Valbuena, 2B/SS, Cleveland Indians

Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas Rangers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
61596161147220.262.328.403.731

Early signs point to Ian Kinsler batting fifth; dock some swipes. One gander at that clip - plus his medical chart - might send many packing. Look past it: His .245 BABIP screams rebound; his power growth led to a 31-31 season and kept him in the elite realm through his struggles.


Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
59884178126917.298.366.431.797

Dustin Pedroia's batting eye was topped only by Albert Pujols. However, Pedroia's brief move to leadoff coincided with a big skid, and his average faltered even as his walk and contact rates increased. Even if he sustains his flyball climb, you should expect recoveries in his BABIP and clip.


Brian Roberts, 2B, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
349399010475.258.317.393.710

Brian Roberts turned to his best power year since '05 while sacrificing some steals (and basepath aggressiveness). His consistently elite contact rate is preventing some glaring warning signs from rearing their heads - the increasing strikeout percentage and declining walk rate among them. Roberts, 32, isn't near the precipice yet, but keep a look out.


Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
56979156147213.274.358.427.785

In Ben Zobrist's first season as a starter, Zobrist was more aggressive on the base paths and made another big batting eye jump. He posted a homer-to-flyball rate similar to his part-time duty in '08, and his second-half normalization didn't send him off the cliff. His BABIP and batting average will probably re-enter reality, but elsewhere this looks like the start of a late growth based on increased PT. Take advantage of skepticism-lowered prices, as long as you minimize risk.


Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5828017921945.308.378.498.876

A putrid April '08 unfairly cursed Robinson Cano's '09 draft stock. Work on his stance last offseason contributed to a career season, including 25 bombs and a booming 13.0 percent HR/FB. Makes more contact than Jodie Foster, even if he hits the ground a lot. The .320 clip is a much safer bet than the boom, but his locale splits don't point to a strict Bronx Effect, either.


Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
56990156237811.274.335.490.825

Using a heavier bat, Aaron Hill paid off on his '07 doubles growth. Upward-trending flyball and HR/FB rates back his power boom, but that was a bit lofty. Sacrificed BABIP for homers, so he may drop in average if he's changing his approach; already has shaky batting eye. Power from second base will keep his price relatively high; pay for 20 homers, not 30. 


Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
448541139435.252.316.371.687

You'll have to wait a bit to slot Gordon Beckham at the roto keystone. The ChiSox, however, didn't hesitate to bring their top 2008 pick to the bigs. The fast-tracked masher held his own for a rook against righties despite big platoon split. Many will overspend for his expected positional transition.


Chone Figgins, 3B, Seattle Mariners
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
901018172.200.302.289.591

Chone Figgins has seen a flyball increase for two straight years; his lofts aren't productive. Figgins' high-level contact rate should cement top-10 value among mixed third basemen, and his possible full-time move to second would once again give him beneficial roster flexibility. You should spend a little more in AL-only leagues considering the drop-off at third this year.


Howie Kendrick, 2B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
53260155136811.291.332.434.766

Howie Kendrick's demotion to Triple-A sparked him; Kendrick worked counts better and raked after his call-up in early July. Sure, his walks went up, but not enough to excite us. His immense ground-ball rate helps his clip, which is his most certain contribution. Call Kendrick, 26, a midrange option with some upside, but his uninspiring contact and injury-proneness gives him a slim margin for error.


Orlando Hudson, 2B, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Hitting No. 2 ahead of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau spells an increase in runs scored. Orlando Hudson's skills set is stable: average around .290 with a mediocre batting eye while approaching double-digit homers and steals. His peripherals don't offer much upside but make him a steady middle infield selection in mixed, or a midrange AL-only starter.


Chris Getz, 2B, Kansas City Royals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
851121075.247.304.306.610

The Royals might squeeze in Alberto Callaspo and others, but fact Chris Getz was acquired in trade probably locks in starting gig. Steals are his best contribution - will he carry his aggression from the South Side? Has high-level contact background, so an uptick in average possible. He's a replaceable middie in deep mixed and a low-end AL starter.


Mark Ellis, 2B, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
25530674242.263.321.349.670

Mark Ellis' skills are stabilizing, but it amounts to barely double-digit homers and steals and a hurtful clip. Consistency flies more in AL-only setups, where he could pass as a low-end keystoner.


Scott Sizemore, 2B, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
23235586312.250.336.397.733

Scott Sizemore can do a little bit of everything, but is Detroit asking him to do it too soon as their starter at second? His recovery from his broken left ankle he sustained in the Arizona Fall League puts him on track for Spring Training play. He made hard contact in the minors. While he's a suitable backup plan for an AL-only starting second baseman, don't make him one in mixed; the return is much greater as a middle infielder there.


Luis Valbuena, 2B/SS, Cleveland Indians
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
348358010381.230.333.376.709

Luis Valbuena's leash probably isn't extensive, but he has the inside track to start. He'll probably sit occasionally against left-handers. Valbuena's line-drive prowess carried over from Triple-A - a good sign of growth for his first full season. Double-digit steals aren't out of range. A low-level AL-only and mixed investment could earn you a few bucks.