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Fantasy baseball player profiles: NL - Second basemen

Fantasy baseball player profiles: NL - Second basemen

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1 Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies
2 Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cincinnati Reds
3 Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
4 Dan Uggla, 2B, Florida Marlins
5 Martin Prado, 1B/2B/3B, Atlanta Braves
6 Kelly Johnson, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks
7 Luis Castillo, 2B, New York Mets
8 Skip Schumaker, 2B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals
9 Clint Barmes, 2B/SS, Colorado Rockies
10 Kazuo Matsui, 2B, Houston Astros
11 Felipe Lopez, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
12 Freddy Sanchez, 2B, San Francisco Giants
13 Adam Kennedy, 2B, Washington Nationals
14 Akinori Iwamura, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
15 Mike Fontenot, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs
16 Jeff Baker, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs
17 Juan Uribe, 2B/SS/3B, San Francisco Giants

Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
50078137197511.274.347.458.805

Not unsurprisingly, Chase Utley's power appears to be in slow decline. Above all, contact remains steady. Hip was a problem in 2008, so was there anything to 2009 injury whispers? Postseason says no, but concerns can remain thanks to his all-out style. Still, tougher to find a surer bet, and at this position?


Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cincinnati Reds
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5708115817829.277.323.419.742

Brandon Phillips' batting average skills took a step forward, but his liner rate didn't keep up. Thumb and wrist injuries probably played a part in that and flyball production, which is ever so slowly trending south. You'll have to pay for his tried and true consistency, but there's little risk.


Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
317417711348.243.338.416.754

Scorching start derailed by another injury - medical chart slices Rickie Weeks' price. Flyball, line-drive spikes might be outdone by downward-trending batting eye, but you pay for power-steals combo, not batting average. Can tab middle-infield price on him in mixed leagues; worth an extra dollar for boom potential, but make sure you employ a backup plan, especially in NLs.


Dan Uggla, 2B, Florida Marlins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
428539220562.215.342.404.746

Very slowly, Dan Uggla's batting average and power indicators are moving in opposite directions. Improvement in BB/K and contact rate won't push Uggla's BA ceiling much higher than it already is. He's running out of years we can expect 30 home runs, barring beneficial change of scenery. Still a very good single-year investment for undervalued power at this position, though.


Martin Prado, 1B/2B/3B, Atlanta Braves
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5997117212757.287.339.421.760

Martin Prado's skills held up, with interesting gains in HR/FB and flyball percentage. The batting average should stay high thanks to things like his high contact rate. But outside that and his versatility, there is little else to bank on. Don't reach for him expecting a similar rate of power growth. He's considerably more valuable in NL leagues.


Kelly Johnson, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
44855110216310.246.322.438.760

Minor injuries, inexplicable struggles versus righties and some bad breaks ruined Kelly Johnson's 2009. Did Atlanta Braves stifle his patience, or did Johnson take steps backward? Regardless, change of scenery, rising flyball rate and no glaring skills deficiency spell definite potential money earner.


Luis Castillo, 2B, New York Mets
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Creaky Luis Castillo walked often again, but whiff rate keeps climbing. Batting eye deteriorated noticeably in second half. Instability in that area isn't uncommon for Castillo, but high line drive rate and hit percentage have to be flukes. Speed slowly eroding, too, but at least Mets are healthy - to start.


Skip Schumaker, 2B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
21623561211.259.328.338.666

Skip Schumaker's value comes from his runs scored in Cardinals lineup and his .300 average. Many hope for double-digit steals, but that's far from certain. He's best used as an NL-only starter at the keystone for his two-category stability.


Clint Barmes, 2B/SS, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
19013433150.226.264.321.585

Clint Barmes struck out more and made less contact than in previous years. His HR/FB and isolated power both went up, though. It's tough to think he can rebound in batting average; his batting eye is consistently subpar. You don't have to risk much to get him, but any gain is likely going to be miniscule. Beware his dual eligibility adding a few bucks to his deep-league price tag.


Kazuo Matsui, 2B, Houston Astros
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Kazuo Matsui offers 20-plus stolen bases if he can stay healthy; the last part has been an issue. His shaky batting eye keeps his batting average in flux. He's a low-end second base commodity in mixed and mono leagues because of his shaky contributions outside of steals.


Felipe Lopez, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Hard to put stock in such a large BB/K improvement, but Felipe Lopez's walk and strikeout percentages both have been trending positively. Contact rate? Not so much. He hasn't run for two straight years, and 2005 homer rate was called out long ago. There isn't much upside here, and .300 is exception, not rule. He might see occasional time at several positions for St. Louis, though. You're settling if he's your mixed MI.


Freddy Sanchez, 2B, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Recovery from shoulder surgery puts Freddy Sanchez's Opening Day status in jeopardy. Injuries spring up often. Sanchez's batting eye has dropped in each of the last four years, but his contact rate has remained acceptable. He can be left out of mixed processes and should be avoided as a NL-only second baseman. He's a better investment as a middle infielder if possible.


Adam Kennedy, 2B, Washington Nationals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Regaining stolen bases wasn't a huge surprise; Adam Kennedy had done that before. What came out of nowhere was his bloated HR/FB, which shouldn't be expected again from this light stick. Even in meager lineup, Kennedy should contribute double-digit swipes with regular playing time, but nothing else is safe. He's draftable strictly NL-only, but with not much else to offer, there isn't anything but downside.


Akinori Iwamura, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Walk rate high, but unfortunately batting eye isn't. Akinori Iwamura is valuable for double-digit steals potential and high run totals. However, the latter will take a hit with the Bucs. He's a last-resort second baseman in NLs but would be an optimal middle infielder in those setups.


Mike Fontenot, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Mike Fontenot isn't locked into the starting job at second; Jeff Baker will compete with him for it. This may even wind up as a platoon, which would favor Fontenot. His batting average should bounce back, to an extent, but since his skills don't look like they'll grow much, try not to make him your NL-only starter at second.


Jeff Baker, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
294347810404.265.326.429.755

Jeff Baker will compete with Mike Fontenot for the second base job. Baker's versatility should see him start a few games at other spots around the diamond. He doesn't have a great eye and doesn't make much contact, but Baker has shown some power in part-time work. NL drafters are best to make him a middle infielder, not their starting second baseman.


Juan Uribe, 2B/SS/3B, San Francisco Giants
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
364448811464.242.297.401.698

Admirable injury fill-in last year who stuck in the lineup. Regained positive AB/HR rates. Don't buy Juan Uribe's average: An unreal BABIP dwarfed his career pattern. PT indeed drives his value: He'll probably fill in as long as Freddy Sanchez is sidelined. Count Uribe as a valuable mono-league utility man that could step in and be handy in deep mixed.