2013 Fantasy Baseball NL West Second Basemen
There are some interesting options at second base in the NL West. The player that seems to be skyrocketing up fantasy baseball draft boards is the San Diego Padres Jedd Gyorko. Rumor has it that Gyorko has taken the lead to be the every day second baseman for the Padres.
What’s not to like about Gyorko, as he will have second and third base eligibility and give you some nice pop. Look for the potential Rookie of the Year candidate to put up 71 runs, 16 HR, 71 RBI, 4 SB and a .265 AVG.
If the Colorado Rockies Troy Tulowitzki can actually stay healthy, that would move Josh Rutledge over to second. Rutledge burst onto the scene while filling in for Tulowitzki last season, and will have the oh-so-important second base and shortstop eligibility. Look for Rutledge to put up 74 runs, 14 HR, 64 RBI, 16 SB and a .278 AVG, and look for him to keep his shortstop eligibility as he will fill in for Tulo when he inevitably gets hurt.
One of the players I won’t have on any of my rosters in any league is the Arizona Diamondbacks Aaron Hill. Hey, I have owned him in the 2010 season when his average disappeared and then again in 2011, when his power vanished. Hill has had massive fantasy seasons in 2009 and in 2012, seasons where I haven’t touched him. Look for Hill to put up 82 runs, 17 HR, 74 RBI, 10 SB and a .268 AVG, and be one of the most over valued players on draft day.
There’s nothing exciting about the Los Angeles Dodgers Mark Ellis. He will go undrafted in most fantasy leagues, and should only be touched in deep NL Only leagues. Expect 50 runs, 7 HR, 45 RBI, 5 SB and a .248 AVG.
Another player that will be over valued on draft day is the San Francisco Giants Marco Scutaro. Most older players don’t get better offensively by leaving Coors Field. Although Marco Polo is my favorite past time, Marco Scutaro just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Look for the guy who must have been tortured as a youth at the pool to put up 75 runs, 6 HR, 53 RBI, 5 SB and a .272 AVG.
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