Fantasy Ruckus 2011 & New York Yankees: The Keystone
Second base is definitely a thin position, but this season seems to offer halfway decent options throughout the middle rounds of the draft. Decent enough options so that you don’t have to jump on a second baseman in the first three rounds.
The No. 2 spot – The top spot among second baseman is accounted for in 2011 and hopefully for years to come. There is a solid battle for silver though. Ian Kinsler has the speed, power and patience to be No. 1 on this list, but hasn’t had the health. Dustin Pedroia, as much as we may hate him, is rock solid and will contribute across the board. His ceiling doesn’t offer much upside, but he has one of the safest floors in the game. Chase Utley has held the top spot for several years, but injuries have dropped his production and value.
If you don’t get a first tier guy, you can always take a stab at Dan Uggla or Rickie Weeks. Uggla is the most powerful 2B in the game, but I don’t expect a repeat of his .330 BABIP which would preclude a repeat of his .287 batting average. A .260 average with solid OBP and elite power is still nice though. Weeks is kind of a poor man’s Ian Kinsler with the same injury risks.
Bouncing Back in 2011…Gordon Beckham and Aaron Hill will reward those for forgiving their poor 2010 campaigns. The young and talented Beckham started to turn things around in the second half but a wrist injury put a cap on his mid-season revival. Hill suffered through terrible luck (.196 BABIP), but still knocked out 26 HR. Each will earn a profit this season.
If you’re desperate, take a shot on the Rays’ Sean Rodriguez, the Tigers’ Ryan Raburn or the Nationals’ Danny Espinosa.
New York Yankee Spotlight
Robinson Cano is the No. 1 second baseman in the game – fantasy and reality. He’s not going to steal bases, but who cares? He’s going to rake, he’s going to hit for power, he’s not going to strike out a lot and (knock on wood) he’s shown solid durability over the past few seasons. I’m not even sure we’ve seen the best from Robinson Cano yet. Even if we have, that is still Hall of Fame level production from a middle infielder.
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