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Ben Zobrist is being overlooked on draft day.
Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays—Fifth second baseman taken
Zobrist knows how to fill up a stat line. Last year, he hit .270 with 20 home runs, 74 RBI, 88 runs and 14 stolen bases. While none of those numbers are spectacular, it's very nice to get above-average contributions across the board. He's been very consistent over the last two years, so you should expect another valuable season from Zobrist in 2013.
Second basemen taken before Zobrist who shouldn't be: Jason Kipnis
Projected stats: .270 BA, 18 HR, 80 RBI, 85 R, 15 SB
Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks—11th second baseman taken
Prado had a very good season last year, and for the most part, it went overlooked. He ended up hitting .301 with 10 homers, 70 RBI, 81 runs and 17 steals. His overall line compares very favorably to Zobrist's, just with a higher average and less power. Prado is also valuable because he'll have 2B, SS, 3B and OF eligibility. That's huge. Expect a regression in 2013, but he'll still have a solid season.
Second basemen taken before Prado who shouldn't be: Neil Walker, Danny Espinosa
Projected stats: .295 BA, 11 HR, 65 RBI, 80 R, 10 SB
Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels—15th second baseman taken
In 2011, Kendrick had a breakout season. He hit .285 and belted 18 home runs. Last year was a different story, thogh. He hit .287, but he only managed to blast eight home runs. Despite the power outage, he still remains fantasy relevant. His stolen bases are key, and last season, Kendrick was one of six second basemen who hit .280 or higher with 10-plus stolen bases.
Second basemen taken before Kendrick who shouldn't be: Dan Uggla, Dustin Ackley
Projected stats: .280 BA, 12 HR, 70 RBI, 65 R, 12 SB
Daniel Murphy, New York Mets—17th second baseman taken
Murphy certainly isn't the sexiest pick, but if you want to find a second baseman who won't kill you, then he's your man. Obviously, he can't compete with the elite players at the position (Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler), but he's a solid pick for the 17th-best second baseman. Last year, he hit .291 with six home runs and 10 stolen bases. He has the potential to hit .300 with 10 homers and 10 steals, and Aaron Hill was the only second baseman last year to reach that plateau.
Second basemen taken before Murphy who shouldn't be: Kelly Johnson, Dan Uggla
Projected stats: .295 BA, 9 HR, 70 RBI, 65 R, 8 SB
Omar Infante, Detroit Tigers—19th second baseman taken
Hopefully, you're catching on to a trend here. Infante follows in the same pattern as the three names mentioned before him. They aren't going to hit a ton of home runs, but they provide value with batting average, stolen bases and runs scored. A year ago, Infante hit .274 with 12 homers and 17 stolen bases. I expect the home runs to come down a little, but I also anticipate a rise in average as well.
Second basemen taken before Infante who shouldn't be: Dustin Ackley
Projected stats: .285 BA, 10 HR, 55 RBI, 65 R, 10 SB