After examining the fantasy baseball options at second base in the AL Central, I have come to the conclusion that there might not be a less exciting group of players in any other division. Outside of the Cleveland Indians Jason Kipnis, most of these guys might not even be drafted in many leagues.
Kipnis’s 2012 season was the story of two players: the first half Kipnis who was on fire and looking to be a fantasy stud at a thin position for years to come, and the second half Kipnis who seemed to have his 2013 draft value dropping further and further every day. Look for Kipnis to put up 91 runs, 17 HRs, 80 RBIs, 22 SB, and a .271 AVG.
The Chicago White Sox Gordon Beckham excited many in 2009 when he was called up a few months into the season and hit 14 HRs with a .270 AVG. Since then, Beckham has been disappointing fantasy owners internationally. Expect more of the same in 2013 where Beckham will put up 59 runs, 15 HRs, 57 RBIs, 5 SB, and a .247 AVG.
The Detroit Tigers traded for Omar Infante last season, which tells you how weak the Tigers second base position was before the trade. There’s nothing exciting about Infante as he will put up 60 runs, 8 HRs, 50 RBIs, 10 SB, and a .280 AVG.
Why do the Kansas City Royals keep sticking with Chris Getz at second? Yes, I have owned Johnny Giavotella for years in a dynasty league, and all I have learned from the Royals is to make other plans long term at second, as Giavotella must not be much of an option. Look for the man they won’t be calling Johnny Baseball to put up 58 runs, 7 HRs, 53 RBIs, 9 SB, and a .278 AVG — should he secure the full time job.
The rumor is the Minnesota Twins want to give the second base job to Brian Dozier, making Jamey Carroll a utility player. I am fine with it either way, as neither Dozier nor Carroll are much of an option in mixed leagues. Dozier could be a nice middle infielder option in deep AL Only leagues. Look for Dozier to put up 63 runs, 8 HRs, 52 RBIs, 12 SB, and a .250 AVG.
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