Normally, when I am drafting my fantasy team I like to take a top 2nd baseman early because there are so few good ones out there. That strategy has been blown out of the water this year because it is looking like 2009 will be the year of the 2nd baseman. Has anyone else noticed the depth of the 2nd base position this year? There are 15 to 16 2nd baseman right now who are having legit fantasy seasons and that doesn’t even include 4 other 2nd baseman who have the potential to be in the top 10 at the position.
Look at these fantasy numbers put up by 2nd baseman so far in 2009….
Aaron Hill – .357/9/30
Orlando Hudson – .343/3/20/.424 and 4 sb’s
Felipe Lopez – .328/4/9/.390 and 4 sb’s
Alberto Callaspo – .327/2/12
Ian Kinsler – .326/9/28 with 8 sb’s
Dustin Pedroia – .320/1/12 with 4 sb’s
Luis Castillo – .318/0/11/.392
Asdrubal Cabrera – .318/1/17 with 6 sb’s
Freddy Sanchez – .317/3/11
Robinson Cano – .313/6/18
Chase Utley – .294/10/23/.419
Brian Roberts – .281/4/13 with 4 sb’s
Akinori Iwamura – .277/0/12 with 7 sb’s
Rickie Weeks – .274/8/22
Brandon Phillips – .265/6/22 with 4 sb’s
Those are some pretty impressive stats through the 1st month and a half of the season. How about the performance of Aaron Hill so far? He has carried the Blue Jays and it looks like the side effects of the concussion he suffered last year have seized. Do I think he can keep up this pace? Probably not. I mean, he is on pace for Ruthian 50 Hr’s and about 163 RBI. I can see the average being there at the end but, it’s more likely Hill will end up with 25 HR’s and 80-85 RBI.
That list doesn’t even include 4 guys who are off to slow starts and have the ability to be a top 2nd baseman…
Howie Kendrick – .241/4/19
Kelly Johnson – .235/3/11
Dan Uggla – .193/4/20/.310
Jose Lopez – .248/3/19
Poor Dan Uggla, he really hasn’t been the same since that disastrous All-Star Game performance last year at Yankee Stadium. He hit .226 in the 2nd half last year and is off to a .193 start this year. I wonder if that game did permanent damage to Uggla mentally? It would be a shame if it did.
As you can see, you should have no excuse finding a quality 2nd baseman this year for your fantasy team.
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