I don’t find second base to be very fun this year. I have my doubts about almost all of them. It’s hard to rely on these guys. Second base is in a transitional period where the ones who have been good for years are starting to fall off, and the ones who are supposed to be the next generation haven’t really proven anything yet.
2012 Fantasy Second Base Rankings
1. Robinson Cano (NYY)
2. Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3. Dan Uggla (ATL)
4. Ian Kinsler (TEX)
5. Michael Cuddyer (COL)
6. Michael Young (TEX)
7. Ben Zobrist (TB)
8. Dustin Ackley (SEA)
9. Brandon Phillips (CIN)
10. Rickie Weeks (MIL)
11. Howie Kendrick (LAA)
12. Gordon Beckham (CWS)
13. Jemile Weeks (OAK)
14. Jason Kipnis (CLE)
15. Danny Espinosa (WAS)
16. Ryan Roberts (ARI)
17. Chase Utley (PHI)
18. Daniel Murphy (NYM)
19. Neil Walker (PIT)
20. Kelly Johnson (TOR)
21. Brian Roberts (BAL)
22. Ryan Raburn (DET)
23. Allen Craig (STL)
24. Darwin Barney (CHC)
25. Mike Aviles (BOS)
26. Jose Altuve (HOU)
27. Ruben Tejada (NYM)
28. Sean Rodriguez (TB)
29. Aaron Hill (ARI)
30. Robert Andino (BAL)
There’s really only 3 guys on this list that I think are good values. Cano, Uggla, and Cuddyer. Cano is far and beyond the best 2B in baseball. He is miles away from everyone else. If you have a mid to late 1st round pick, it might be smart to take him. Then you don’t have to worry about the position. Pedroia puts up solid numbers, but he’s a little expensive in round 2. His injury risk and those numbers just don’t seem worth it to me. Uggla is fine in round 3 because of his high power. No 2B has his power. He’s can hit anywhere from 30-40 HR. His average will improve drastically from last year. I believe he can hit near .280. Kinsler is too injury prone to take a chance on. No thanks. Cuddyer has great numbers for a 2B. He’s going from a gigantic ballpark in Minnesota to the best hitters park there is in Colorado. That means his numbers improve. If he reaches 25 HR he puts up great numbers for the 2B spot. If you target Cuddyer you have to use him at 2B. His numbers are mediocre for an outfield spot. His value comes from position scarcity at 2B.
Michael Young has no power anymore. He will give you a very good average though. Zobrist is inconsistent year to year and a bit pricey for his mediocre numbers. Ackley is a decent mid round guy to target if you miss out on the 3 I like. He’s risky to break out, but he at least has potential. Rickie Weeks will get injured at some point. He always does. Howie Kendrick is pretty injury prone too. He’s also never reached potential.
I have Gordon Beckham ranked much higher than anyone else. He’s a guy you can get in the last round. If you don’t get a good 2B you might as well wait until the end and get him. He’s a high upside guy who hasn’t broken out the last few seasons. I like his situation this year with Ozzie Guillen being gone. He has the chance to tap into his potential finally. He has a .280 25/20 ceiling. Jemile Weeks and Kipnis also have potential. 2B is such a weak position that even if they do have nice seasons their numbers won’t be that high.
Espinosa and Roberts have good power, but will kill your average. Chase Utley will likely start on the DL and could a nice chunk of the season again. He’s not the same guy anymore. Daniel Murphy hit for a nice average last year. The rest of the guys aren’t worth drafting. Brian Roberts has potential to produce if he ever plays again.
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Would you reach for Cuddyer in the 5th?
Yes. That’s not really a reach either. But only if he’s available at 2B in your league. He has only above average value as a 2B.
Uggla .280 is bold but I’m with you on this one. He looks amazing this spring and a hot start to 1st half and bam. Great read
Thanks. Uggla hit .280 2 seasons ago so it’s possible. .270 is more realistic. Regardless he will see a big average jump from last season. He’s an elite hitter.
Should I trade Kinsler for Uggla?
That’s tough to do because you probably drafted Kinsler ahead of Uggla, but I would. I see Uggla’s numbers being better overall. Kinsler is due to get injured again and miss games. Uggla will hit for a better average with great power in an improved offensive lineup. Because of the round of ADP difference you may be able to get another piece along with Uggla.
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