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2010 Fantasy Projections - NL Second Basemen | February
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Chase Utley and Brandon Phillips Time for a look at the top second basemen in the National League. All dollar values are based on a 12-Team 5×5 format, $260 budget, and are for this season only. (Here are earlier rankings for 1B and C.)
Player AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG $
Utley, C - PHI 577 109 31 99 19 .289 .370 .525 30
Phillips, B - CIN 622 82 22 90 23 .275 .320 .445 27
Two players are at the top of the position rankings at second base - Chase Utley and Brandon Phillips. Utley has had five consecutive seasons around .290-30 HR-100 RBI-100 Runs, and is a safe bet to do it again.  Utley even throws in double figures in Stolen Bases too. Phillips is just a notch below in 4 of the 5 categories, but has averaged 26 SB for the last 4 years. That's good enough to make Phillips a strong number two at the position.
Player AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG $
Uggla, D - FLA 553 86 26 84 3 .253 .353 .450 17
Stewart, I - COL 478 81 24 77 5 .257 .331 .469 16
Johnson, K - ARI 511 85 15 66 8 .276 .346 .446 16
Prado, M - ATL 588 77 14 65 4 .301 .353 .435 15
Weeks, R - MIL 451 81 13 52 21 .266 .355 .421 15
Polanco, P - PHI 585 83 10 68 6 .289 .332 .409 14
Lopez, F - STL 541 76 9 55 5 .279 .350 .396 14
Matsui, K - HOU 502 62 7 45 21 .287 .338 .386 14
The next group of players all make contributions in a few categories, but just not in all five. Dan Uggla and Ian Stewart should provide good power numbers, but with a low batting avergage and little speed.  Placido Polanco and Martin Prado will hit for average and should score and drive in some runs, but won't help much in HR or SB.  Two second basemen should exceed 20 SB, Rickie Weeks and Kaz Matsui. Kelly Johnson is one player that could provide decent numbers across the board. He has had seasons with 16 HR, 91 Runs Scored, 11 SB, and a .287 AVG, but just not all in the same season.  After last year's disastrous .224-8 HR-29 RBI, Johnson is looking to bounce back with the Diamondbacks in 2010.  Felipe Lopez has had even more impressive totals in the past - 23 HR, 44 SB, 98 Runs, and a.310 AVG, but the big power and speed totals are four or five seasons in the past. Lopez is also moving into a crowded Cardinals infield with Skip Schumaker, Brendan Ryan, David Freese, and Julio Lugo.
Player AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG $
Iwamura, A - PIT 471 71 7 45 11 .285 .351 .395 12
Castillo, L - NYM 488 72 1 38 17 .287 .366 .330 12
McGehee, C - MIL 471 61 14 66 0 .280 .338 .427 11
Kennedy, A - WAS 465 62 8 51 12 .273 .329 .383 11
Belliard, R - LA 339 45 10 46 3 .268 .321 .413 10
Barmes, C - COL 499 61 14 61 8 .253 .288 .411 9
Sanchez, F - SF 477 59 6 46 3 .279 .319 .398 9
Ryan, B - STL 375 52 2 36 13 .285 .340 .395 7
Fontenot, M - CHC 341 41 8 40 3 .273 .333 .422 6
Eckstein, D - SD 478 62 2 46 2 .266 .324 .343 5
This next group of players should at least get regular playing time. Akinori Iwamura and Luis Castillo should provide some runs, steals and batting average help, but with few HR and RBI. Over the last eight seasons, Castillo has hit between .291 and .314 seven times.  He only managed 22 HR in those seasons combined, but did steal 181 bases. He should still be able to get on base and score some runs. Casey McGehee is a bit of a wild card, coming off last year's .301/.360/.499 season. But McGehee had never hit .300 in the minors, and had a career .410 SLG in AAA after 286 games for Iowa. Adam Kennedy is another player who surprised in 2009, stealing 20 bases while hitting 11 HR and batting .289. I expect both McGehee and Kennedy to regress back a little.  Ronnie Belliard was discarded by the Nationals in September, and ended up batting .351 with 5 HR in 24 games with the Dodgers. He should be the starter in 2010, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him revert back to his usual .270/.330/.420 performance. Clint Barmes did hit 23 HR with 76 RBI in 2009, but only had a .245 AVG and a .294 OBP. He was much worse in the second half of the season, batting only .205, and away from Coors Field, his average slipped down to .207 for the year, with 67 K and only 12 BBs. Freddy Sanchez should continue doing what he usually does - solid batting average, but not much else. In 2006 and 2007, Sanchez added 40+ doubles and 80+ RBI, but the last two seasons haven't had enough of that.  Although eligible at 2B, Brendan Ryan will likely be the starting shortstop for the Cardinals, and should contribute in the stolen base category. Mike Fontenot slumped to a .236/.301/.377 season in 2009, and now has to hold off Jeff Baker for playing time.  Fontenot's superior defense should give him the playing time edge, but he needs to get his bat closer to his 2008 (.305/.395/.514) stats.  David Eckstein is expected to start at 2B for the Padres, and will probably bat in the second slot.  He'll score some runs, but don't expect much more.

Player

AB

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

SLG

$$

Uribe, J - SF

295

35

10

36

2

.261

.308

.424

4

Infante, O - ATL

240

36

3

35

3

.275

.320

.388

3

Schumaker, S - STL

323

44

3

26

3

.279

.332

.344

3

Hairston, J - SD

300

45

4

33

7

.257

.320

.373

3

Baker, J - CHC

243

32

6

31

1

.255

.325

.407

3

Velez, E - CHC

223

28

3

25

12

.256

.305

.377

3

Roberts, R - ARI

185

30

5

23

4

.276

.353

.438

2

Young Jr., E - COL

153

30

2

12

10

.288

.347

.392

2

Carroll, J - LA

195

31

1

22

3

.267

.347

.359

1

DeWitt, B - LA

155

23

3

21

1

.252

.326

.381

1

Counsell, C - MIL

211

26

1

19

2

.270

.353

.355

1

Abreu, T - ARI

112

17

2

18

2

.295

.325

.464

1

Burriss, E - SF

81

12

0

7

4

.259

.318

.383

0

This group includes several players who will probably be utility players, but will be battling for additional playing time. Juan Uribe can provide good power, but doesn't have a place to play with Sandoval, Renteria, Sanchez, and Huff in the Giants infield.  Omar Infante will fill a similar utility role in Atlanta, and the addition of Felipe Lopez may move Skip Schumaker out of the starting lineup in St. Louis.  Jerry Hairston will play all over the infield and outfield for San Diego, and Jeff Baker will try to win the 2nd base start over Mike Fontenot. Eugenio Velez and Eric Young Jr. should provide stolen bases, even if they aren't starters. Both Jamey Carroll and Blake DeWitt are options in LA if Ronnie Belliard falters. In Arizona, both Ryan Roberts and Tony Abreu could make offensive contributions if they get an opportunity. Craig Counsell will be an option in Milwaukee if Alcides Escobar struggles or Rickie Weeks gets injured again.