Fantasy Baseball Draft 2014: Top 10 Second Basemen (2B)
Taking a Look at the Top 10 Second Basemen in the 2014 Fantasy Draft
February 18, 2014
This week, we’ve been welcoming in the fantasy baseball draft season by taking a look at the projected top 10 names at each position. Today it’s time for second base, which will be a hot commodity come draft day. The talent pool here isn’t quite as deep as other places, so you may end up with an unproven prospect or a lottery ticket. That said, let’s glance at the top-tier names you should be looking at first.
1. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners: The undisputed No. 1 pick at second base this season is Cano, and he’s likely to land in the overall top five in your league. There’s a huge drop-off in talent after Cano, so you might want to reach if you have to get him. Look for numbers north of a .300 BA, 100 RBI and 25 homers this season in Seattle.
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2. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox: The poor man’s Cano is Pedroia, who will likely land somewhere around the 20 spot overall. He had thumb surgery this off-season, but everything looks to be on track. Pedroia’s highlights will be a .290 or so BA, around 90-something runs and mid-teens in steals. Not too shabby.
3. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians: We really like Kipnis this year, and think he’ll provide some excellent value for where he’ll go in drafts. He’ll deliver across-the-board stats and should be solid in just about every category. Kipnis will get you high-teens in homers and 80 or so in RBI and runs, but his specialty will be the 30 or so stolen bases he’s apt to nab.
4. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals: Very close to Kipnis in overall value comes Carpenter, who has his own specialties. We’d be surprised if his average is under .300, which holds some great fantasy appeal. He’ll produce best in runs, however, and should flirt with 110-120 by season’s end. Carpenter is a very nice pickup if you need production in that area.
5. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers: Kinsler already has some high expectations attached to him, and he hasn’t even played a single inning in Detroit yet. The best thing we’ve heard about him this off-season is that he plans on stealing more bases. If successful, that will pump up the appeal on an already well-rounded stat-line.
6. Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks: Depending on your league, Prado may show up solely as a 3B, but he’s got 2B eligibility in some places as well. If that’s the case, he fits right in here as a nice mid-level starter. Prado won’t go nuts in any category, but he’ll be solid. .290-ish BA, 80 RBI, 80 runs or so.
7. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds: Phillips had a pretty good year in 2013, but most people expect him to take a bit of a step back this summer. We’re a little more on the optimistic side with him and think he’ll make a fine mid-to-lower-end starter. We’re comfortable spotting Phillips around 90 RBI and 85 runs.
8. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays: Zobrist’s RBI production has fallen both years since he hit 90 in 2011, but we’re giving him the benefit of the doubt here. We think he’ll outdo last year’s 71, if only by a handful of RBI. Couple that with 80 runs and around 10 steals, and you’ve got a decent fantasy starter.
9. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros: We had some very high hopes for Altuve last season, but he didn’t quite reach the heights we thought he would. Still, we think he’s a great pickup in 2014, and should treat owners well. If you’re looking for power, go elsewhere, but his mid-30s steals should help inflate his value.
10. Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks: If you can’t fit Prado into the 2B spot, Hill is the Diamondback to go after. He missed some time last season, but still came away with decent stats. If he can stay healthy, Hill should produce 20-plus homers and around 90 runs.
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