2013 Fantasy Baseball: Don’t Forget About Howie Kendrick
2B Howie Kendrick, however, has been very reliable for fantasy owners over the last couple years. The second base position is always one of the thinnest in fantasy, so to find a value like Kendrick is an utter rarity.
Kendrick hit a very respectable .287 in 2012, and his average has sat around that mark for the last four years. He may not be a threat to .320, but it is nice to find a consistent source of hits from a second baseman that isn’t named Robinson Cano.
He also stole 14 bases, which is shocking from a 205-pound infielder. He may have been thrown out six other times, but at least he moves on the base path. Kendrick won’t lead the position in steals anytime soon, but he can easily rack up between 12-18 stolen bases this year.
Kendrick did strikeout 115 times last year and at times can be a little aggressive between the chalk, but he knows his role in the offense. The veteran will get plenty of hittable pitches in the Angels’ All-Star lineup, so Kendrick could be in for the season of his life.
Kendrick will be one of the best values at second this season. He won’t be drafted inside the top-50 players, but he can still prove to be a very reliable starter in leagues with more than eight owners.