This is the first post of what hopefully will be many from the H2H Amigo, he is my brother-in-law and we have been good friends since our college days together. Well without further adieu here are his rankings for Second baseman this season.
1. Robinson Cano (NYY-2B)– One thing struck me when looking at Cano’s numbers from 2011 – The only difference between his numbers and Pujol’s was about 10 HR’s. The combination of production, power and average make RC the only second baseman 1st-round worthy. If I have the 7-12 pick in my draft, I’m not hesitating to pull the trigger on this guy.
2012 projection: .301 avg – 99 runs, 30 HR, 108 rbi, 6 sb
2. Dustin Pedroia (Bos-2B)– Now, if I didn’t grab Cano in the first round, and I’m intent on having an elite 2B on my team, Pedroia is the guy to grab. His numbers last year were outstanding, posting a 102-21-91 line with a .300 avg and 26 SB’s. While I expect comparable numbers, the one area I look for Pedroia to drop off a bit is in the power department. I expect closer to the 15 HR’s that he’s averaged over the last 5 years.
2012 projection: .310 avg – 86 runs, 18 HR, 94 rbi, 25 sb
3. Ian Kinsler (Tex-2B)– The man. The myth. The semi-present. While Kinsler plays for the most prolific offense in baseball, the question is how much will he be playing for the most prolific offense in baseball? His games-played total over the last 4 years are as follows: 121-144-103-155. While you should be cautious about drafting Ian, you can also grab a late-round flyer like Ryan Roberts or Jason Kipnis as an insurance policy.
2012 projection: .288 avg – 97 runs, 29 HR, 99 rbi, 23 sb
4. Ben Zobrist (TB-2B, OF)– Think Pedroia, minus the .300 average. He should be a solid producer, with the versatility to stay on the field in Tampa Bay. Zobrist is a guy I haven’t hesitated to grab in the 4th and 5th rounds of fantasy drafts, looking forward to have a potential 20-20 guy slotted in at 2B for my team.
2012 projection: .249 avg – 87 runs, 21 HR, 90 rbi, 22 sb
5. Dan Uggla (Atl-2B)– I’ll rank him 5th on my list of 2B, but I probably won’t draft him. Last season’s Jekyll and Hyde approach terrified just enough think “Ehh… I’ll pass on him and wait for Utley to come up in a round or two.” That being said, Uggla has been a great source of Runs, HR’s and RBI’s over the last 5 years. The average may have a negative impact on your team, but the combination of the other three may well be worth the risk.
2012 projection: .254 avg – 87 runs, 29 HR, 94 rbi, 3 sb
6. Brandon Phillips (Cin-2B)– The experts will tell you how wonderfully consistent Brandon Phillips is. I’ll tell you how consistently OK Brandon Phillips is. Phillips is a safe choice, averaging about 150 games played over the last 6 years. He will probably throw down an 85-17-85 type of line, which is absolutely serviceable. While no one will blame you for drafting him, don’t expect any pat on the back at the end of the year for stealing a top 30 player in the 6th or 7th round.
2012 projection: .281 avg – 79 runs, 17 HR, 84 rbi, 14 sb
7. Rickie Weeks (Mil-2B)– Productive when healthy, draft Weeks at your own risk. This guy’s career stats read like a roller-coaster. Although, if we’re following that logic, last year was a down year, so maybe this year will be up?
2012 projection: .274 avg – 88 runs, 24 HR, 64 rbi, 12 sb
8. Chase Utley (Phi-2B)– Ah, Chutley. Only two years ago I remember taking you with the 9th pick overall… But no more. When Utley came back last year he was fairly mediocre. This is a risk/reward type of pick. If Utley returns to form, or even close to form, he’ll be a great 2B for you. If he doesn’t, well, there’s always next year.
2012 projection: .292 avg – 84 runs, 16 HR, 67 rbi, 15 sb
9. Howard Kendrick (LAA-1B, 2B, OF)– The artist formerly known as Howie is a 2B that I feel caustiously optimistic about. If he can figure out a way to weasel his way into a top of the lineup roll, that means he’ll be hitting in front of some guy named Pujols. Sign me up.
2012 projection: .290 avg – 75 runs, 15 HR, 66 rbi, 15 sb
10. Michael Young (Tex- 1B, 2B, 3B) (doesn’t qualify at 2B in ESPN leagues)- While Michael Young may not be 2B eligible in all formats, if he is, he’ll be an invaluable piece of your teams puzzle. He’s growing a bit long-of-tooth (he’s old) he is hitting in a great lineup at a great hitters field.
2012 projection: .300 avg – 79 runs, 12 HR, 70 rbi, 5 sb
Sleeper: Marco Scutaro (Col-2B, SS)– If I’m taking Miguel Cabrera first overall, it’s so he can play 3B for me. And if I’m taking Marco Scutaro at all, it’s so he can play 2B for me. The Rockies traded for Scutaro not to replace Tulo (shocking, I know) but to put an end to what has been years of watching the rotating door on the right side of the infield. Scutaro has been fantasy-relevant off and on over the last few years, but his new home at Coors Field could provide some top ten 2B production.
2012 projection: .287 avg – 79 runs, 13 HR, 68 rbi, 8 sb
Bust: Dustin Ackley (Sea-2B)– Maybe it’s unfair of me to label Ackley as a “bust” but I believe it is a reaction to the hype from his emergence in the Big Leagues last year. Ackely will be a decent 2B for the Mariners, but that offense-starved team needs more than this guy to put some runs on the board. I think Ackley will put up a line similar to the following: 70 runs, 13 HR’s, 65 RBI’s with 15 SB’s while batting .276. Decent numbers, but numbers I’m willing to bet I can find on the waiver wire at some point during the year.
2012 projection: .276 avg – 70 runs, 13 HR, 65 rbi, 15 sb
|Sleeper: Marco Scutaro||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Bust: Dustin Ackley||12||12||12|
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