We’ve already gone over the top 10 for 2009 fantasy baseball and top 20 for 2009 fantasy baseball.  Other positions’ top 20 lists can be found under 2009 fantasy baseball rankings.  Now here we are with the top 20 2nd basemen for 2009 fantasy baseball. While going through this top twenty list of 2nd basemen something stood out at me.  The position is extremely shallow.  You really don’t want to have to resort to the bottom half of this list, but this list is actually deeper than the top twenty shortstop list that is coming later in the week.  Scary, right?  As with the previous lists, tiers are mentioned within the player blurbs.  My 2009 fantasy baseball projections are also noted.  Here’s the list of every player who has multiple position eligibility.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 2nd basemen for 2009 fantasy baseball:

1. Chase Utley – In the top 20 for 2009 fantasy baseball post is Utley’s 2009 projections.

2. Ian Kinsler – In the top 20 for 2009 fantasy baseball post is Kinsler’s 2009 projections.

3. Brandon Phillips – You’re in a new tier here, one that goes to Uggla.  I call this tier, “If the spot is right, draft one of these guys, but they’re probably going to be overrated.”  I really took a left turn on this top 20 list.  I’ve never been a fan of Brandon Phillips, but I see lots of people zigging, so what did I do? Zagged!  Barring injury, he can get to 25/25 while raising his average a bit from last year.  I’d let the rest of the schmohawks in your league grab Pedroia, Brian Roberts or Uggla while you grab Phillips.  (BTW, I already covered Brandon Phillips in a different post.)  2009 Projections:  90/25/80/.270/25

4. Alexei Ramirez – Another guy I bumped up higher than most fantasy baseball ‘perts.  At the end of 2009, Alexei Ramirez is going to be above Dustin Pedrioa on top 20 2nd basemen lists.  Why are you drafting your 2009 fantasy team like it’s 2008?  Are you in college in Boston and you bet your friend you would draft Pedroia if he finished a whole bottle of Mad Dog 20/20?  Pedroia had a great 2008, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be incredible in 2009.  Good, but not incredible.  2009 Projections:  95/22/90/.285/15

5. Dustin Pedroia – I was pushing Scrappy Doo real hard last year in the preseason.  I was telling people he can be a cheap 15/15 player.  And he can still go 15/15, but why is he suddenly being pushed by others like he’s King Shinola of Siam?  Did King Shinola die and make Pedroia King?  I don’t think King Shinola died.  Pedroia won an MVP in about the stankest of years for MVP candidates ever.  People taking him in the 2nd round of 2009 drafts need to chillax.   2009 Projections:  110/15/75/.310/15

6. Brian Roberts – It’s no secret that I didn’t like Brian Roberts last year.  Guess what?  Still don’t.  2009 Projections:  105/10/50/.285/30

7. Dan Uggla – Uggla’s a solid, low average power source.  He’s like mini-Dunn, which sounds like what an insensitive guy would tell his girlfriend if he wanted a break. “We’re not breaking up, we’re just mini-Dunn.”  2009 Projections:  85/30/100/.255/5

8. Robinson Cano – We’re in a new tier here.  This tier goes until Kendrick.  This tier I call, “Good value before we get to total Crapolanco.”   2009 Projections:  80/18/85/.310/3

9. Kelly JohnsonKelly Johnson, Jose Lopez and Mark DeRosa are a coin flip.  You want the Braves schmohawk who’s going to give you 14/10 or you want the Indians or Mariners schmohawk who is going to give you 15/5.  It’s called Schmohawk’s Choice.  2009 Projections:  90/14/65/.285/10

10. Jose Lopez – Looking at cursory numbers at the end of November had me thinking Lopez was going to be a great sleeper for 2009.  As I dug deeper, I realized he’s not really due to take a huge jump forward.  Though he could repeat last year’s numbers, which makes him moderately valuable.  Kinda like your nana’s broach.  Projections:  80/15/85/.280/5

11. Mark DeRosa – I’m seeing him a lot higher on other 2009 fantasy baseball rankings lists so take necessary precautions to not overrate him.  A career year at 33-years-old screams outlier.  2009 Projections:  75/15/70/.280/5

12. Rickie Weeks – Call me a stewpid bizzlenitch.  I don’t care.  Old habits die hard.  I believe in leaving at least a $3 tip even if the bill is under $10, I believe you should live with a girl before you get married and I believe in Rickie Weeks.  Maybe I’m a dope.  2009 Projections:  90/15/60/.250/20

13. Howie Kendrick – What are we to expect from Kendrick?  A) Injuries B) Blah power C) A little speed D) Anything’s better than Polanco.  2009 Projections:  70/7/55/.310/10 and two 15-day DL trips.

14. Placido Polanco – This is a new tier and it goes from Crapolanco until Orlando Hudson.  I call this tier, “Punt.”  Seriously, why are you drafting Polanco?  What’s he going to do for you?  Take a flier on Kendrick or wait to take a flier on some late round doode.   2009 Projections:  90/7/55/.310/7

15. Kaz Matsui – In 2008, Kaz Matsui had a usable season even if he had to wear diapers for half the season.  Sorta like Jamie Moyer.  2009 Projections:  65/5/40/.280/20

16. Freddy Sanchez –  See Crapolanco.  Not even sure why I’m wasting my time writing up this schmohawk.  2009 Projections:  80/10/60/.285

17. Orlando Hudson – O-Dog is a poor man’s Polanco.  Blah!  2009 Projections:  75/10/45/.280/5

18. Mike Aviles – Here’s the final tier of 2nd basemen.  I’ll call this tier, “A-Ha! Take on me.”  Aviles won’t bat .325 again; he probably won’t bat .300.  In the end, he might not end up much better than 10/10, but he’s got some mystery to him.  The unknown is better than the known when you’re this deep into the 2nd basemen pool.  2009 Projections:  80/10/55/.295/10

19. Blake DeWitt – I already covered him in a Blake DeWitt, 2009 Fantasy Sleeper post.  You’re much better off taking DeWitt late instead of Polanco, Matsui or Hudson.  2009 Projections:  60/14/75/.275/7

20. Emmanuel Burriss/Eugenio Velez – Whichever schmohawk wins the Giants 2nd base job as long as it’s not Kevin Frandsen.  With this pick, you’re going for SAGNOF.  2009 Projections:  A badonkadonk of steals.

After the top 20 2nd basemen for 2009 fantasy baseball, there’s a lot of names but two stand out:

Ian Stewart – I already went here in the Ian Stewart 2009 fantasy sleeper post.  I could’ve put him up with Aviles, but I wanted to highlight him down here.  Just make sure he’s eligible for 2nd base in your league.  2009 Projections:  65/17/80/.265/5 (<–optimistic, but reachable)

Asdrubal Cabrera – With a first name that sounds like what Kaz Matsui was suffering from in the beginning of 2008, it’s easy to overlook Asdrubal Cabrera for 2009 fantasy baseball.  But Asdrubal (hehe, I said “but Asdrubal”) had a solid 2nd half last year.  Okay, this was preceded by him being sent down to the minors.  Cabrera won’t put together his 2008 2nd half over an entire season in 2009, but he’s worth the flier over some of the above names cough Polanco cough.  2009 Projections:  90/12/60/.275/10

  1. Steve says:

    Who is the guy with the most potential to outperform his ranking here?
    Cano is always intruiging. It’s my familiar refrain (and every draft is different) but when should one be looking to take him?

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  3. Tony says:

    I see Cano going in the 8th? Where do you see aviles going? He’s a main target of mine yet i see him go in about the 11th/12th rounds? Kinda early?

  4. 101 M.P.H. says:

    At the risk of exposing myself as an ignoramus, I’m considering a Crapolanco purchase at my fantasy baseball auction this year. Presuming that I can pick him up for $5 or less (in a 13 team mixed league), my plan is to pair him up with a low-priced, low average, slugging outfielder (Pat Burrell types tend to be relative bargains in our league), and pony up for a marquee shortstop (Reyes, Rollins or Ramirez).

    Polanco is about as interesting as the instructions on a bottle of shampoo. With that said, if he comes cheaply enough, you can quietly bank the 90 runs and a +.300 batting average from a shallow position, and use the savings for a big ticket purchase.

    In the right mix of players, at a low enough price, I believe that Polanco has a place on a winning roster. Just be prepared for the boredom that ensues….

  5. Rob says:

    Grey, I can’t believe you wrote “A-Ha! Take a chance on me.” without making a reference to “Take on me” by A-Ha.

    I agree with the Cano comments. And remember, there’s always gonna be one Yankee fan at the draft who will probably reach for him. 11th/12th sounds too early for Aviles to me.

  6. 101 M.P.H. says:

    @Steve: I’ll cast my vote for Rickie Weeks.

  7. Tony says:

    I hate Rickie Weeks. Own him once, you’ll never own him again. 0-5 is not pretty.

  8. 101 M.P.H. says:

    @Tony: I don’t blame you for your dislike of Weeks. He’s been a huge disappointment up to this point in his career. With that said, if ever manages 550 at bats in a season and is able to raise his average to .275, I expect he will be at least as valuable as Brian Roberts.

    And if “ifs and buts” were candies and nuts, we’d all have a merry Christmas….

  9. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Well, if you figure the first tier (Utley/Kinsler) is the 2nd round. Then the 2nd tier (up to Uggla) is about the 6th round. So anytime in the next few rounds is when Cano should be taken. I have a post coming specifically about Cano. I do like him for 2009, just don’t expect more than the projections I gave him above.

    The guys ranked 18th to the end are great sleepers. Ian Stewart could shoot way up after 2009.

    @Tony: I grabbed Aviles in an expert draft last night in the 12th round. There will be a write up of that mock draft coming at 12pm PST.

    @101 M.P.H.: Polanco? Your name should be 55 MPH. Yeah, he’s ranked 14th above because he does belong on certain teams. If I thought he wasn’t worth owning on any teams, I wouldn’t have even mentioned him. Though I do think you’re better off taken a guy with some upside.

    @Rob: D’oh! Take on me was my intention. I’m updating the post. You’re like the guy who found the F*ck Face Ripken card.

    @101 M.P.H.: I love Weeks if he can get 500 at-bats.

    “And if “ifs and buts” were candies and nuts, we’d all have a merry Christmas….” — Ha! Nice.

  10. sean says:

    Cano has the contact skills to be a .300 hitter, but he absolutely refuses to take a walk. He’d rather hit ball four into play than accept the free pass. In my mind, that accounts for his low BABIP as much as bad luck does.

    On the plus side, he’s got outstanding gap power and a sweet stroke that produces a lot of line drives (20%). I see Cano projected closer to what you projected for Alexei Ramirez, and given the hype that there is surrounding Ramirez (ADP 52), I’d rather scoop Cano in the Yankee lineup 3 rounds later and hope that he’s back to ’07 form.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:

    @sean: Cano lacks any real speed, so he’s not quite as valuable, but he is a .300 hitter, even last year when he had an off year, he actually should’ve hit .297 when you account for luck.

  12. @sean: agreed on cano vs. ramirez. with the addition of teix and hopefully a healthy posada, i’d expect the yanks will be back to scoring a lot of runs which helps Cano’s R/RBI value. A lot depends on your picks prior to a 2B – if you’re weak on steals, you may need to go w/ someone like Weeks. if you’re strong on steals, you can afford a Cano who has better value in other positions….

  13. sean says:

    @grey: agreed on the speed, but if we’re talking about 10 steals, you can make up the difference with a two-week SAGNOF’er waiver wire move… Something about Ramirez’s age (veintiocho latino) worries me given the Cuban defectors’ collective track record re: injuries

    @rudy: amen. in an ideal world, cano gets to relieve dj at the 2 slot if jeter struggles this year…

    i wasn’t ready for the razzball doubleteam there, but i appreciate it, fellas

  14. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    You are totally in LaLa land over DeWitt. DeWitt doesn’t get to 400 ab this year.

    My late smack in the face to everyone in your draft in the last round is MIKE FONTENOT. 70/13/85/.290/4

    He’ll bat either 2nd or 7th in a pretty hefty Cubs lineup and Lou is in love with him. 500ab!

  15. Grey

    Grey says:

    @sean: I eye-rake you then Rudy tags in and enters off the top ropes.

    @IowaCubs: My inclusion of DeWitt is not meant as an affront to Fontenot. He would be right after the end of this list.

  16. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: Just playing around Mr. Grey. Have I mentioned that your mustache is looking exceptionally fine today, sir?

  17. Horste says:

    Is it just me, or doe Bill James’ projections seem a bit high for everyone?

  18. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Horste: Yup, very optimistic.

  19. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    Another name you left off was Deer Meat.

    Barmes isn’t going to start at 2b this year for the Rockies? I just looked at his stats and realized he hit 11/290/13 last year. Flukey or no Flukey? Do you classify him as a SS first, 2b second?

  20. Grey

    Grey says:

    @IowaCubs: He just missed this list and made the top 20 SS list that’s coming later this week. He was one of the reasons why I felt the 2nd basemen list was deeper than the shortstops.

  21. robbie says:

    phillips and ramirez don’t control the strike zone nearly as well as pedroia or roberts. in leagues with OPS, you’d be a dummy to take either of those two above pedroia or bri rob

  22. TEEJ says:

    I can’t tell from this post or several others that involve Aviles, but are you high on the guy or no? You said you drafted him in like 11 or 12 but kind of dog him a little bit above and on the 2nd Baseman past the top 20. Having him, Drew and Furcal (Furcal will be sitting until he proves something or may get traded, etc) Anyhow, im kind of high on the guy i got Aviles in the 12th and really projected him as a “poor mans Peralta” Maybe im just toooooo high like Snoop, so give me your thoughts PLEASE. Puff, Puff, Pass….

  23. Grey

    Grey says:

    @TEEJ: I’m probably all over the map because he is still a mystery. He shouldn’t do what he did last year, yet he did it. You catch my drift? He was playing above his head. He’s not going to have the power of Peralta. He’s not going to have 20 steals. Worst case he’s 7/7/.270… That’s droppable numbers. Best case he’s 15/15/.320, those are very solid numbers. In the end, he will be somewhere between hence my projections: 80/10/55/.295/10

  24. Rustyn says:

    If Schumaker jumps to 2B for the Cards, where do you put him in the grand scheme of things?

  25. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Rustyn: Eh, he’s not very attractive wherever he’s playing except in very deep leagues.

  26. Rustyn says:

    Well admittedly I play in deeper leagues (16-20 teams usually), but I don’t see Skip’s numbers being remarkably different, if not better than Aviles or Po Po Polanco…

  27. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Rustyn: Yeah, that was what I meant by not that attractive. He’s basically Polanco. It’s okay, but it’s not ideal. You’re better off taking a late round flier for speed (Burriss) or for a little of both (Asdrubal).

  28. Jeff says:

    What is your take on Teahen? He’s hitting .462 with 5 bombs so far this spring and it’s looking like he could start at 2b.

  29. Jim says:

    What do you think about Fotenot of the Cubs?

  30. Freak says:

    @Jim: Fontenot is a starter on one of the top 5 offensive teams in MLB. He’s worth a look. And if Kosuke starts sucking again, there’s a real chance he could be hitting 2nd and scoring a crapload of runs.

  31. Rob says:

    I took a shot at Alexi Casilla in a larger league. Should I hold him on my bench or start looking on waiver wires once the season starts for an backup infielder.

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Rob: Hold him for now.

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