The AL West offers some intriguing options at second base. The top option is the Texas Rangers Ian Kinsler. Once a big time injury risk, Kinsler has managed to get through the past two seasons healthy. Should he make it a trifecta, look for him to put up 102 runs, 22 HR, 74 RBI, 23 SB and a .265 AVG.
I keep having to remind myself that the Houston Astros are now in the AL West. The team that could very well lose over a 100 games doesn’t offer a lot of fantasy baseball options, but they do at second. Jose Altuve burst on to the fantasy scene last season, and is climbing up draft boards. Look for Altuve to put up 80 runs, 88 HR, 52 RBI, 31 SB and a .293 AVG.
For years, baseball experts have been saying that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Howie Kendrick will one day win a batting title. As someone who seems to end up with Kendrick on one of my teams every year, I am still waiting for that day to come. Hitting in the Angels loaded lineup last season, Kendrick was a disappointment. With the addition of Josh Hamilton the lineup will be even more loaded, but I doubt it will help Kendrick. Look for 67 runs, 11 HR, 69 RBI, 12 SB and a .279 AVG.
A big sleeper heading into the 2012 season was the Seattle Mariner’s Dustin Ackley. Well, he is still sleeping. Ackley ended up on most league’s waiver wires. Even with the fences being moved in at Safeco Field, expect modest numbers out of Ackley making him more of a middle infield option. Look for 83 runs, 13 HR, 59 RBI, 12 SB and a .250 AVG.
The Oakland A’s second base situation is a mess, and has been filled with injuries this Spring Training. Look for it to be a platoon situation with Scott Sizemore and Jemile Weeks with who ever can stay healthy getting the majority of the playing time. Sizemore should put up 51 runs, 11 HR, 48 RBI, 4 SB and a .247 AVG. Weeks will put up 43 runs, 2 SB, 31 RBI, 15 RBI and a .262 AVG.
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