Second base is a position that has numerous youngsters who could make their presence felt as soon as 2011. Jason Kipnis, Dustin Ackley & Brett Lawrie could all eventually join the elite at the position, but first they need to make their MLB debuts. How should they be ranked by fantasy owners in keeper leagues? Let’s take a look:
- Robinson Cano – New York Yankees
- Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox
- Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies
- Ian Kinsler – Texas Rangers
- Dan Uggla – Atlanta Braves
- Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds
- Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
- Rickie Weeks – Milwaukee Brewers
- Gordon Beckham – Chicago White Sox
- Aaron Hill – Toronto Blue Jays
- Kelly Johnson – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Danny Espinosa – Washington Nationals
- Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
- Dustin Ackley – Seattle Mariners
- Brett Lawrie – Toronto Blue Jays
- Dustin Pedroia over Chase Utley? I know it may seem a bit odd, but Pedroia is five years younger than Utley, who many people believe could be on the decline. It’s hard to read too much into his 2010 struggles (.275, 16 HR, 65 RBI in 425 AB) as they easily could have been due to hip problems. Of course, Pedroia and Ian Kinsler also have had injury concerns, but at his age you have to wonder how long Utley will be able to hold up. His tremendous upside keeps him in the Top 3, but there is cause for concern.
- Martin Prado belongs on this list, but with Dan Uggla in town now it appears unlikely that he maintains 2B eligibility after 2011. If you draft him keep in mind that he could regain the eligibility down the line at some point, but it’s hard to depend on it.
- Looking for Brian Roberts? Considering his recent decline and age (33-years old), he falls just short for me.
- Unlike many other positions, there is a potential influx of talent coming to 2B. We got a taste of what Danny Espinosa can bring to the table in 2010, and he is just the tip of the iceberg. Jason Kipnis, Dustin Ackley & Brett Lawrie are a few of the names who could make their presence felt as soon as 2011 (though you don’t want to be drafting them as your starting option). I may be in the minority, but I love the potential that Kipnis brings to the table. Between Double and Triple-A in 2010 he had 32 doubles, 8 triples and 16 HR to go along with a .307 average and 9 SB. He has the potential to overtake Jason Donald quickly and brings tremendous upside.
- At this point Howie Kendrick has become a tremendous disappointment for fantasy owners. Since he really doesn’t bring power or speed to the table, I ultimately decided to drop him out of the Top 15. At this point, I’d rather the upside of one of the up-and-coming options over a disappointing player we already know.
- Will Gordon Beckham finally realize his potential? You have to love the power he could bring to the table from a position that you can’t always find it.
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