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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Mixed - Second basemen

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Mixed - Second basemen

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1 Chase Utley, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies
2 Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas Rangers
3 Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox
4 Brian Roberts, 2B, Baltimore Orioles
5 Brandon Phillips, 2B, Cincinnati Reds
6 Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays
7 Robinson Cano, 2B, New York Yankees
8 Aaron Hill, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays
9 Gordon Beckham, 2B, Chicago White Sox
10 Dan Uggla, 2B, Florida Marlins
11 Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
12 Chone Figgins, 3B, Seattle Mariners
13 Howie Kendrick, 2B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
14 Kelly Johnson, 2B, Arizona Diamondbacks
15 Martin Prado, 1B/2B/3B, Atlanta Braves
16 Orlando Hudson, 2B, Minnesota Twins
17 Clint Barmes, 2B/SS, Colorado Rockies
18 Skip Schumaker, 2B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals
19 Luis Castillo, 2B, New York Mets
20 Felipe Lopez, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
21 Mark Ellis, 2B, Oakland Athletics
22 Chris Getz, 2B, Kansas City Royals
23 Luis Valbuena, 2B/SS, Cleveland Indians
24 Adam Kennedy, 2B, Washington Nationals
25 Mark Teahen, 3B/OF, Chicago White Sox
26 Freddy Sanchez, 2B, San Francisco Giants
27 Scott Sizemore, 2B, Detroit Tigers
28 Mike Fontenot, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs
29 Juan Uribe, 2B/SS/3B, San Francisco Giants
30 Jeff Baker, 2B/3B, Chicago Cubs

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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


Mark Teahen, 3B/OF, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

At least Mark Teahen won't have to count on numerous injuries for at-bats, but can he cut it at the hot corner full-time? His new ambience raises the intrigue, but Teahen's peripherals don't support power growth despite his age (28); he dents worms too much. Yawn.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.