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Several seasons ago, I would have put Chase Utley on the “on track” section because he really was on track. Since then though, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy. Utley has been arguably the National League’s best all-around second baseman over the last half-decade, and he pretty much does everything you could want from a ballplayer.
He's a .290 career hitter who hits for power (five 20-home run seasons) and runs well (an unbelievable 89.4 stolen base rate). He’s a top-notch defender who should have a slew of Gold Gloves to his name.
He’s a perennial leader in hit by pitches, he hits lefties (.870 OPS) and righties (.887 OPS) well and he’s got an incredible postseason resume—a World Series ring, five home runs in a single Fall Classic and he’s got a higher lifetime OPS in the postseason than the regular season (.902 to .882).
And check out this fact: Since 2005, the only player in major league baseball to have a greater total WAR than Utley is Albert Pujols.
If Utley can somehow resurrect his career and give the Philadelphia Phillies a few more seasons, he’s got a legitimate case.