What a rough year for second basemen! As if fantasy owners didn't have enough trouble working around Chase Utley, Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler injuries–now Martin Prado, one of the years best runs producers, goes down with a broken knuckle on his pinkie. So assuming you were playing Prado at second and not third, who are the waiver wire options to replace all those wonderful runs and sweet batting average? Let's take a look…
Year: 44 R / 2 HR / 25 RBI / 4 SB / .276
Last Month: 8 R / 1 HR / 4 RBI / 1 SB / .206
Aquired from Washington, Guzman can hit for average and even has the ability to score around 80 runs in a season. Last month he had a poor showing of his talented bat, but hopefully the new team will inspire him.
Year: 36 R / 6 HR / 31 RBI / 7 SB / .259
Last Month: 8 R / 1 HR / 3 RBI / .246
Rodriguez had a 15-game hitting streak at the end of May and even had a spectacular week at the end of June (multi-hit games in six of seven), but has cooled off since. Currently, Sean is riding a five game streak, although all are one-hit games.
Year: 47 R / 3 HR / 26 RBI / 5 SB / .259
Last Month: 8 R / 1 HR / 7 RBI / 1 SB / .259
Things haven't exactly gone Skippy's way this year, but there's no denying that he can hit for average and score runs. The past two years he has averaged 86 runs and batted .303.
Year: 41 R / 7 HR / 42 RBI / 8 SB / .251
Last Month: 15 R / 2 HR / 12 RBI / 3 SB / .277
The man of a million teams and positions, Hairston had the sixth most runs for a second baseman this past month. Jerry is on his way to having his best season ever, mostly because he usually only gets 200-300 total at bats in a whole season. He is currently on a five-game hitting streak.
Year: 38 R / 7 HR / 45 RBI / 9 SB / .257
Last Month: 11 R / 6 HR / 18 RBI / .282
In his second season, Desmond has youth on his side. In the past six games, three have been multi-hits. Season numbers are pretty much on par with Hairston.
Year: 43 R / 5 HR / 36 R / 3 SB / .291
Last Month: 13 R / 4 HR / 8 RBI / 1 SB / .350
For the first time in his career, Keppinger is actually getting a chance to play a full season. The season numbers aren't jaw-dropping but he is batting .291 and has been hot, hot, hot the past month!
Year: 45 R / 1 HR / 21 RBI / 16 SB / .281
Last Month: 8 R / 1 HR / 4 RBI / 1 SB / .289
Theriot brings something to the table that none of these other guys do: speed. He has sixteen stolen bases so far and a very good chance to steal 25 plus. He's hitting right around his lifetime average of .287, so no worries there.
Year: 44 R / 8 HR / 47 RBI / 3 SB / .277
Last Month: 7 R / 1 HR / 11 RBI / .292
In 2009, Alberto rigged up 79 runs and 73 RBIs. This year he is on pace for similar numbers and has a chance to surpass those now that he has joined a team that can actually score runs and win.
Year: 26 R / 5 HR / 27 RBI / 2 SB / .301
Last Month: 11 R / 2 HR / 14 RBI / .309
Walker is having an amazing rookie season. One thing is for sure, he can hit. In 52 games since being called up, 18 have been multi-hit games. From the stats right now, if Walker were to play a full season, he would end up with around 15 homers, 80 runs and 80 RBIs.
Year: 43 R / 5 HR / 33 RBI / 4 SB / .245
Last Month: 12 R / 3 HR / 13 RBI / .359
People have been waiting for Beckham to break out of his shell all season long and it looks like he is slowly getting there. The past month has shown he can hit for power and average too. Yes, his ownership is high at 60%, so he is only available in smaller leagues - but this is the guy you want the most right now.
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