|Connelly’s Top Ten: Bruins Lose, Jerry Jones Rich, We Have Heroes – Not Looking||Bruins Messy in Season Opener Against Jets||Patriots Sign RB Dion Lewis to 2-Year Contract Extension||The Yankees Lost, Ellsbury Got Benched, and I’m Still Giddy|
Second base is arguably the shallowest of all the positions in fantasy baseball. The majority of these men will not be your source of power, but more likely your reservoir of average and decent speed. With so few elite names in this category, you may want to hold back on drafting one. According to my vast amount of wisdom, I can see only one 2B possibly going in the first round. Other than that, I advise you to wait until a “run” starts. Only question is: Who is going to start it?
The best 2B for the 2009 season…
No “Hey, Don’t Forget About…” this week. Instead, we take a look at a risky draft day decision. Chase Utley has been the king of 2B for the past several seasons and this season he is slated to be #2 off the board behind Ian Kinsler. Honestly, it is a toss up to me.
Kinsler had a career season last year and that included the fact that it was cut short by injury. In 121 games he hit .319 with 18 HR, 71 RBI, 102 runs, and 26 SB. If only he had played every game. My problem with Kinsler is his durability. In his three full seasons, he has never played in more than 130 games. Is he really worth spending a first round pick on (where he is predicted to go) if you know he will get injured?
The reason Chase Utley suddenly dropped in the rankings was due to off-season hip surgery. However, all indications point to him being ready for opening day even though Philadelphia won’t set a date for his first spring training game. Utley is the ideal 2B. He has scored over 100 runs in three out of four seasons since 2005. Also in three of the last four seasons, he has 28+ HR and has 100+ RBI seasons in four straight years. The only blemish on his durability record was in 2007 when he missed 30 games while battling a broken hand, but that was due to getting hit by a pitch which was not Utley’s fault.
Frankly, if Utley is good to go for opening day, then he is above Ian Kinsler on the depth chart. As for now, Kinsler just barely gets the go-ahead…but not by much.