While second base is not as shallow of a position as it once was, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t questions that we need to have answered.
Can Chase Utley return to form? Which young second baseman is the best option for 2012? Is there any chance that Robinson Cano is not the top choice?
Let’s take a look:
- Robinson Cano – New York Yankees
- Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox
- Ian Kinsler – Texas Rangers
- Dan Uggla – Atlanta Braves
- Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
- Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds
- Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies
- Rickie Weeks – Milwaukee Brewers
- Jemile Weeks – Oakland Athletics
- Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
- Dustin Ackley – Seattle Mariners
- Kelly Johnson – Toronto Blue Jays
- Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Angels
- Neil Walker – Pittsburgh Pirates
- Aaron Hill – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Dustin Ackley is a player that gets a lot of attention, but he also is one that fantasy owners don’t want to overreach to acquire. We’ll talk about him a lot more in the coming weeks, but there are a lot of reasons to be skeptical heading into 2012. In short, the acquisition of Jesus Montero is hardly enough to strengthen a weak lineup and he isn’t a source of speed and likely won’t be a source of power. Don’t overvalue him based on the name and potential.
- Can Chase Utley return to the player that he once was? That is one of the biggest questions facing fantasy owners as we head towards 2012. He hit .259 with 11 HR and 44 RBI in 398 AB in 2011 (in part due to injuries). If he can get over his hip injury, maybe he can return to form, but I wouldn’t go into the season expecting it. There’s a good chance that he never gets back up to the elite levels he once enjoyed.
- Jemile Weeks showed the type of impact he could make with his legs in 2011, stealing 22 bases in 33 attempts. That’s where his value solely lies, as he isn’t going to hit for power. However, if he can hit .280 (and with his speed that’s realistic) and steal 30-plus bases, there is going to be more than enough value as a low-end option at the position.
- I’ve already discussed why I am not a believer in Neil Walker was a starting second baseman this season, so if you want to read more about it click here.
- Howie Kendrick had an impressive season in 2011 hitting .285 with 18 HR and 14 SB. However, can we really believe his power surge? He still failed to put the ball in the air, with a 51.6 percent groundball rate (and a 16.5 percent HR/FB rate). Chances are his power regresses back to his previous levels (around 10 HR).
- Is there any question who the best option at the position is heading into 2012? While some people may want to go with Dustin Pedroia, it is hard to argue against Robinson Cano and his likely .300/25/100/100 line. In fact, he should definitely be a first-round selection in my book. Want to know why? Click here for more.
What are your thoughts of these rankings? Who’s too high? Who’s too low?
Make sure to check out the rest of our 2012 rankings: