Today we move on to the Top 20 second baseman for 2010 fantasy drafts. Chase Utley continues to dominate the second base position for fantasy owners, but someday that will come to an end. 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.
Here are the Top 20 second baseman for 2010, with their 2009 stats:
Scott Sizemore is listed with no stats as he did not play in the majors in 2009, but he is expected to be the Tigers second baseman in 2010. He hit 17 HRs, drove in 66 runs, and stole 21 bases in AA and AAA last year.
I don't see Jose Lopez or Aaron Hill duplicating their 2009 performances in 2010. I can see Ian Kinsler improving his BA in 2010 and going 25-25 for fantasy owners.
I am curious if Ben Zobrist 2009 season was a one year wonder or if he can build upojn 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.
Speaking of moving up this list, someone who is not on this list, the Rockies Eric Young, could be a top 10 second baseman in 2010 if he gets enough playing time as he has the potential to steal 50+ bases in a starting role.