Ranking The Second Basemen of The AL East
The American League East is made up of five teams: the Blue Jays, Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, and the Orioles. Each of these teams have one thing in common: they have All-Star caliber Second Basemen.
Roberts is in the O's, Cano in the Bronx, '08 MVP Pedroia in Boston, Hill on the northside of the border, and Zobrist down in Tampa. These players are great players, that contribute to their team. So, who's the best?
5. Brian Roberts
Doubles and Stolen Bases are his specialty as he had 56 doubles and 30 SBs in 2009. He continues to produce at age 33, and also scores plenty of runs.
With Markakis and Wieters behind him, he will score even more runs this season. He performs consistently. Who wouldn't want to have him as their 2B in their starting lineup?
4. Ben Zobrist
He started '09 as a utility player until injuries hit the Rays. No problem, as Zobrist had his breakout year in 2009.
He hit 27 HRs and drove in 91 RBIs, which are pretty decent numbers. Has he shown he can start? Yes. But has he shown us he can perform consistently throughout years? No.
Even though he ranks No. 4 on my list, he is a very solid player.
3. Robinson Cano
I am a Yankees fan, but I have to say Cano is the third best 2B in the AL East. Even though he can hit for average and power, and has a great glove, he can not hit with runners in scoring position.
If it wasn't for the power bats in front of him such as A-Rod and Teixiera giving him many opportunities, he would not have 85 RBIs. If he was somewhere else, he probably would have drove in around 65 to 70 RBIs.
2. Aaron Hill
Very surprising season, yet not that much noticed. Because of the fact that his name was so little known and playing for one of the worst teams in the Majors.
This year though, he has caught some attention of baseball fans and fantasy baseball team owners. He quietly put up a 30 HR 100 RBI season, and also stole six bags, adding a bit to his resume.
He can field too with a .991 fielding percentage. Will it be hard to put up the same numbers in 2010? Who knows, he is still in his 20s.
1. Dustin Pedroia
Dustin might have had his down year, but that was compared to his MVP season in 2008. He has shown baseball fans that he can hit, score plenty of runs (around 100,110), and run. Pedroia also showed why he won a gold glove. And finally, he can surprise pitchers with his pop.