Before I start ranking players for 2011, I'd like to take a look back at my rankings for 2010. Here is my article ranking second baseman for 2010.
You can see that my second base rankings weren't too good, whether it was due to under-performing hitters, or guys getting injured like Chase Utley, Brian Roberts, Ian Kinsler and Dustin Pedroia.
Here are a few excerpts from my pre-season ranking article where my prediction was wrong:
One guy who could make a statement in 2010 is the White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham. He did not play second base in 2009, but he will be the White Sox starter at second in 2010. If I had ranked him as a second baseman, I would have ranked him third behind Utley and the Rangers Ian Kinsler.
I can see Ian Kinsler improving his BA in 2010 and going 25-25 for fantasy owners.
Not only did Kinsler not go 25-25 in 2010, he only went 9-45-73-15-.286-.382-.412. Injuries affected his power and speed stats in 2010, but he maintained a solid BA and OBP. I am not sure he can repeat his 2009 season where he hit 31 HRs and stole 31 bases, but I think he can improve upon his 2010 season in 2011.
My prediction for Gordon Beckham was horrific as he wasn't even in the top 20 second baseman in 2011. Beckham went 9-49-4-.252-.317-.378 in 444 at bats.
Even though I made some bad predictions on Kinsler and Beckham, I was happy with my take on Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks and Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist. Here is what I said about them back in March:
I am curious if Ben Zobrist 2009 season was a one year wonder or if he can build upon his breakout season.
Another guy I am curious about is the Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks. He is coming off yet another wrist injury, but should he prove healthy he could move up these rankings real fast as he has a solid power/speed profile.
Zobrist was not able to duplicate his 2009 season where he went 27-91-91-17-.297-.405-.543. Zobrist hit just .238-.348-.353 with 10 HRs, 75 RBIs, 77 runs scored and 24 SBs in 2010.
Weeks finally had the breakout season in 2010 many had predicted he would have the past several years. The reason? He stayed healthy. Weeks went 29-83-112-11-.269-.366-.464 in 2010, and will definitely move up my 2B rankings in 2011.