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Fantasy Baseball: NL Second Base-The New Power Position

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A few weeks ago, I wrote an article stating that 3B will be a scarce position in NL-only lagues in 2010. Well, it appears that 2B is the new power position in the NL. There are currently 3 second baseman with a SLG % over .500, and 12 with an OPS over .780.

Player AB R H 2B HR RBI BB KO SB BA OBP SLG OPS
Utley, Chase 2B PHI 527 105 155 27 31 91 85 102 22 0.294 0.411 0.533 0.945
McGehee, Casey 3B MIL 320 53 97 17 15 61 33 59 0 0.303 0.366 0.503 0.869
Weeks, Rickie 2B MIL 147 28 40 5 9 24 12 39 2 0.272 0.34 0.517 0.857
Uribe, Juan 2B SF 354 45 103 24 13 47 22 72 3 0.291 0.33 0.492 0.821
Lopez, Felipe 2B MIL 561 81 175 35 9 53 63 96 6 0.312 0.382 0.433 0.815
Uggla, Dan 2B FLA 520 79 125 24 29 81 87 138 1 0.24 0.353 0.458 0.811
Prado, Martin 3B ATL 404 55 122 32 10 48 30 52 0 0.302 0.349 0.455 0.804
Stewart, Ian 3B COL 395 71 91 19 24 69 51 126 7 0.23 0.322 0.476 0.798
Phillips, Brandon 2B CIN 534 70 149 28 20 90 42 70 24 0.279 0.333 0.459 0.792
Roberts, Ryan 3B ARI 281 40 79 15 7 24 39 53 7 0.281 0.374 0.416 0.79
Baker, Jeff 2B CHC 181 22 55 10 3 20 14 43 1 0.304 0.357 0.431 0.788
Lugo, Julio SS STL 231 34 67 13 3 19 25 43 7 0.29 0.358 0.429 0.786
DeRosa, Mark 2B STL 483 76 124 23 23 76 46 111 3 0.257 0.326 0.451 0.777
Hudson, Orlando 2B LA 525 70 151 33 9 60 53 93 8 0.288 0.354 0.417 0.771
Schumaker, Skip CF STL 499 82 153 33 4 34 47 66 2 0.307 0.366 0.401 0.766
Counsell, Craig 3B MIL 379 54 107 21 4 35 38 50 3 0.282 0.354 0.412 0.765
Castillo, Luis 2B NYM 450 76 140 12 1 36 67 54 17 0.311 0.399 0.358 0.756
Velez, Eugenio 2B SF 231 31 63 12 5 28 15 43 8 0.273 0.321 0.433 0.754
Harris, Willie LF WAS 286 44 64 17 7 24 54 53 10 0.224 0.363 0.385 0.748
Sanchez, Freddy 2B SF 457 56 134 29 7 41 22 76 5 0.293 0.326 0.416 0.742



I have sorted this list by OPS, and in all there are 5 second baseman with 20+ homers lead by Chase Utley's 31 bombs and Dan Uggla who slugged his 30th last night. And another "hidden" source of power is the Braves Martin Prado who has 32 doubles and 10 HRs in 400+ ABs. He should get an addition 100 ABs next season for the Braves, and should turn a few of those doubles into HRs in 2010.

Another guy I have my eye on is Diamondbacks 2010 second baseman Ryan Roberts. In just under 300 ABs, he has 7 HRs and 7 SBs, to go along with a .281-.374-.416-.790 slash stats. He has an excellent eye at the plate judging by his 53/39 K/BB ratio. You will see him on sleeper lists by 2010 draft day.

A couple things to keep in mind is that the Brewers will get Rickie Weeks back at 2B in 2010, meaning 2009 breakout Casey McGehee should move over to 3B, but will still be eligible to be drafted at 2B.

Also, the Marlins Dan Uggla will more than likely be traded in the offseason, and given the Dodgers lack of pop in the infield, I could see them dealing for Uggla with Orlando Hudson a free agent at the end of the season. Everyone knows he has 30 HR power, but he also walks alot, which Joe Torre and Don Mattingly love to see in a hitter.

By the way, what happened to Felipe Lopez stealing a base every now and then? Six stolen bases???