For the better part of the 2000s, second base has been a fantasy wasteland. There have been one or two viable options that you could plug into that 2B slot and, as Italians say, “fuggeddaboutit.” We’re mostly talking about Chase Ultey. The runner up has been a revolving door. One year Ian Kinsler is kicking down doors and taking everyone hostage. The next, Dustin Pedroia is making fantasy players do the Jersey Fist Pump. Brandon Phillips will sneak into that argument now and again, but it’s hard to get excited about a guy who plays 81 games in a shoebox and can only manage about 19 homers a year. And truth be told, these guys aren’t 100% reliable. Kinsler has yet to play a full season, Pedroia is coming of an injury-plagued season, and Phillips isn’t a guy who excels in any one stat, but provides decent numbers across the board.
We might be in the middle of a second base renaissance, however. Take a look at the eleven players in the second and third tier. Potentially 7 to 9 of those guys will end up in the top-100 players when the year is over. If this group can stay healthy all season (and that’s a big if), you’ll get a great return on your investment.