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Utley will still have that sweet stroke at the plate.
Chase Utley still has one of the quickest, most compact swings in the MLB.
Utley has been riddled with injuries in the past two seasons. He played in just 115 games in 2010 and then only 103 in 2011. With this said, Utley is still one of the game's best second baseman.
He might be getting older, but I think he still has a couple of dominant years ahead of him.
Utley, who just celebrated his 33rd birthday in December, will still be batting third in a pretty potent Phillies lineup.
Don't be worried that Ryan Howard won't be protecting Utley for the first half of the season. I project that Hunter Pence will fill in at the cleanup spot, and he's a solid .300/20-HR guy. Don't let the last two injury-plagued seasons completely erase your memory.
In 2009, when he was healthy, Utley hit .282 with 31 home runs and 23 stolen bases.
Utley isn't at the top of the second baseman list any more, but he's still in the top five or six. Take the risk with him: He has the ability to still hit 20-plus home runs and steal 15 bags.
There were only six second baseman who hit more than 20 home runs last year, and he'll be playing in the hitting-friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park.