Second base is deep…very deep. I’ve actually never seen it this deep before. Wait on it. The following is my personal top 20 list:

  1. Robinson Cano (NYY)
  2. Chase Utley (PHI)
  3. Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
  4. Dan Uggla (ATL)
  5. Ian Kinsler (TEX)
  6. Brian Roberts (BAL)
  7. Gordon Beckham (CWS)
  8. Neil Walker (PIT)
  9. Tsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN)
  10. Rickie Weeks (MIL)
  11. Ryan Raburn (DET)
  12. Danny Espinosa (WAS)
  13. Brandon Phillips (CIN)
  14. Martin Prado (ATL)
  15. Sean Rodriguez (TB)
  16. Mike Aviles (KC)
  17. Aaron Hill (TOR)
  18. Chone Figgins (SEA)
  19. Bill Hall (HOU)
  20. Kelly Johnson (ARI)

Close calls were Juan Uribe, Reid Brignac, Placido Polanco, and Ryan Theriot. Guys who are ranked high but didn’t even make my list include Ben Zobrist, Howie Kendrick, and Omar Infante.

Cano is a good 1st round pick. But I personally won’t take him because of how good the guys are in later rounds. Utley and Pedroia still have value but they cost too much for me. Uggla is a good option if your in position to get him where he’s ranked. Don’t jump early on him or any other 2B. Kinsler can’t stay healthy or he would be #2 on the list. Roberts is a great value considering how high he’s gone every other year. Health is a concern with him as well, but he typically is not an injury prone player. I’d be happy to have him in Round 10. Weeks is drafted much higher than most of the guys above him, but falls all the way to #10 on my list as a fantasy bust.

The next group of guys is where all the value is really at. Gordon Beckham finished great down the stretch and has tons of upside. Target him. One round later you can get Neil Walker who has slightly less power than Beckham but will put up a very nice average and hit total. Tsuyoshi Nishioka is a japanese rookie who is currently going in Round 21 of most drafts. He will bat 1st or 2nd in a good Twins lineup, hit at or near 300, and steal 20-30 bases. I will be drafting him in most of my drafts this year. Raburn is a 30 HR threat and a big sleeper this year. Espinosa could be a breakout star capable of 20 HR and 20 SB. He is undrafted in most drafts.

Phillips and Prado are being drafted much higher than my rankings. I wouldn’t touch them. Phillips has declined pretty rapidly, has limited power, low speed, and a terrible average. Rodriguez and Aviles are good young options capable of breaking out.

Hill and Figgins come at a cheaper bargain than ever before, but I don’t recommend either. Bill Hall should get the opportunity to start and will hit at least 15 HR. Thats all your going to get from Brandon Phillips who is drafted 15 rounds earlier. Kelly Johnson is dead last on my list for a reason. He was recently ranked my biggest bust of the season and is a fluke.

Basically you need to wait and get Beckham/Walker/Nishikoka/Raburn/Espinosa. Nishioka qualifies at SS so i recommend him there more. Just don’t waste a high pick when any of those guys I mentioned (except Nishioka) can hit 20 HR+ just as easily as Utley or Kinsler. Nishioka will steal you 20+ bases. All can hit for average too.

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