Top Second Basemen, A Fantasy Perspective
The three most important positions on most baseball teams are catcher, shortstop, and second base. Usually the players that are good at these positions are strong at either hitting or fielding but rarely are they good at both. Finding a second baseman that can hit is the key to a strong fantasy baseball season.
Altuve led Major League Baseball with a .341 batting average. The Astros second baseman is a solid hitter, but he will not give your fantasy team power numbers. Altuve hit seven homers in 2014, but his lack of power is compensated with speed, as he stole fifty-six bases. The speedy second baseman also hit forty-seven doubles, and accounted for eighty-five runs. He will not walk much, but Altuve has proven that the ball will be in play with every at-bat. The struggle that Altuve has for the upcoming season is that he plays for the Astros. The team is improving, but he has no one around him that can help to generate runs, which will cause opposing pitchers to throw around him. Altuve is still worth a high draft pick, possibly even a late first round pick.
Cano's first season with the Seattle Mariners was a success. He proved that the Mariners made a great decision and added Cano to their roster. From a fantasy prospective Cano is a solid second baseman that can help your team. The Mariners second baseman will hit for a solid average, and drive in plenty of runs. Playing in Safeco Field may take away some of the home run numbers, but the building cannot take away from his batting average (.314), which is four points higher than his career batting average of .310. With the addition of Nelson Cruz to the Mariner lineup, Cano should have more opportunities to produce runs like he did in New York. Like Altuve, Cano is worth a first round pick or high second round pick in your fantasy draft.
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Kendrick is starting on a newly revamped L.A. Dodgers team. He is a solid second basemen and is a solid addition to their team. From a fantasy perspective, Kendrick will not give your team big power or speed numbers. The Dodger second baseman will give you hits, runs, and RBI. The biggest weakness of Kendricks game is that he strikes out. In 2014 he struck out 110 times. In most fantasy leagues that will hurt your team. Since Kendrick has some solid players in the lineup around him, he may be worth a mid round draft pick. Most likely you should select this second baseman more towards the bottom of the draft.
Gordon's a younger version of Kendrick. Gordon's batting average is good, but he does strike out a lot. Last season he struck out 107 times. The second baseman is not a power house, so your team will not get home runs from Gordon. He did lead the league is steals, and triples in 2014. Another thing that may affect Gordon's production; he was traded to the Marlins. Moving to Miami may help raise some of Gordon's power numbers. Gordon is worth a middle round draft pick.
Murphy fits the role of good baseball player, but not a solid fantasy baseball player. He will give you a solid batting average, but he will not hit for huge power numbers. The second baseman may score some runs, but he plays for the N.Y.Mets and they have struggled offensively in recent seasons. If you want to draft Murphy you can wait til late in the draft to pick him
Drafting a second baseman can be tricky, you may want to draft someone like Cano early, because you want consistent power numbers, and you can solidify a position that is not very deep. Alternatively you can wait till later in your draft and pick some one Murphy who is a good baseball player, but not a good fantasy player. Which ever you do decide to do, the plan may not work out like you hoped, Sometimes patients and luck is involved, and you will need both to win a championship.
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