Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Fantasy Man's 2008 Second Base Rankings

The Fantasy Man's 2008 Second Base 2B Rankings Updated 2.17.08

Tier 1

Chase Utley, PHI - Still the best, safest option at 2B despite the 30/30 from Phillips
Brandon Phillips, CIN - Where did this guy come from? Crazy thing....he still has room to improve, .290/30/30 again
B.J. Upton, TB - He's only going to get better, 30/30 anyone? I thinkhe keeps his AVG above .290 in '08

Tier 2
Brian Roberts, BAL - Speed, average, runs, some power great for H2H, even better if he's shipped to Chicago

Robinson Cano, NYY - Bad 1st half held his '07' stats back, intrigued to see what a consistent year would bring

Tier 3

Rickie Weeks, MIL - Is this the year? Steal of the '08 draft? 25 SB in 409 AB means 30+ possible
Ian Kinsler, TEX - Great start, terrible mid-season, strong finish makes him a repeat 20/20 guy

Howie Kendrick, LAA - 600+ AB has a potential of 100+ R, 10-15 HR, 80 RBI, 10-15 SB, .300+
Dan Uggla, FLA - He has "Adam Dunn-idis", great power and run scoring potential at 2B but AVG is a killer , slips past 10th round in some drafts
Placido Polanco, DET - Contact hitter, expect the high average again and 100+ runs if he bats 2nd in Detroit
Dustin Pedroia, BOS - A career .300+ hitter in the minors, each stat category will get better in 2008

Tier 4
Felipe Lopez, WAS -
2B/SS eligible, not listed as a starter but will be more productive than both Belliard and Guzman at age 27
Kelly Johnson, ATL - Extremely inconsistent in '07', he's a crap shoot in 2008 and he also bulked up a bit in the off-season
Aaron Hill, TOR - Better than expected in '07 and still young enough to get better in 2008

Akinori Iwamura, TB - may not qualify yet in some drafts but will move to 2B to make room for Longoria
Orlando Hudson, ARI - "Mr. Fantasy Consistent", expect much of the same - a solid, serviceable, everyday 2B

Jeff Kent, LAD - Better than expected in 2007 but its possible power will continue its decline
Freddie Sanchez, PIT - I love this guy, versatility made him a lifesaver this year as expected and perennial .300+
Kaz Matsui, HOU - "Steal of the Draft in '07", "Sleeper of the Year in '07" - Can he keep it up in Houston & stay healthy in '08?
Luis Castillo, NYM - Great for .300+ AVG, runs and at least 15 SB but constant leg problems is a problem

Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE - Came out of nowhere and proved he should be the next everyday 2B in Cleveland
Yuniel Escobar, ATL - If KJ falters, Escobar is ready, can be a .300+ hitter and comes with 3B/SS versatility
Matt Antonelli, SD - A 5 tool player in the minors expected to compete with Iguchi at 2B but could end up playing LF to make room for both
Ian Stewart, COL - prospect is a favorite to win the job in COL but he'll have to beat out veteran Marcus Giles
Jose Lopez, SEA - Still young but 3rd full year could be a candidate to break out
Danny Richar, CWS - Shows RBI promise at 2B. I'm sure Sox cut Iguchi because they knew what they had

The Rest
Macier Izturis, LAA - Serviceable, solid as a MI

Mark DeRosa, CHC - Did not meet expectations but finished strong. He's a .280+/10-15HR type of guy
Ryan Theriot, CHC - Has 20+ SB speed, no power but proved he should be the everyday SS
Brendan Harris, TB - Has a bit of power and good overall hitter, serviceable with upside

Alexi Casilla, MIN - Young contact hitter with at least 30+ SB speed with 500+ AB
Mark Ellis, OAK - Solid, Serviceable, AL-Only type of fantasy player
Mark Grudzielanek, KC - Solid, Serviceable, AL-Only
Rafael Belliard, WAS - Not sold on his 2007 season, average was a bit higher than we should expect, will have to stage off Lopez
Marcus Giles, COL - He's finished ...but could steal some at bats in Colorado

Ray Durham, SF - No excitement here, look for Kevin Fransden or Eugenio Velez to eventually take over
Nick Punto, MIN - Maybe he'll get you 15-20 steals but that's about it
Aaron Miles, STL - Serviceable, I guess
Kevin Fransden, SF - Should take over at 2B in San Fran and could have some sleeper potential
Mark Loretta, HOU - He's good for .290+ average and versatility
Ruben Gotay, NYM - A back up but has potential
if an injury to Castillo occurs

Juan Uribe, CWS - currently listed as a reserve but 450 AB could get you 20+ HR with a super low average
Tadahito Iguchi, SD - Will have to battle with prospect Matt Antonelli

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