We continue our 2010 fantasy baseball rankings with the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball.  2nd base is an odd duck.  Shortstops have speed.  You can find speed in the outfield.  There’s even some legitimate speed at 3rd base.  All of these 2nd basemen must have grown up watching Bret Boone and Jeff Kent because you’re more likely to find power at 2nd base than speed. Sure, there’s Brian Roberts, but he’s 32 years old and only stole 30 bases last year.  I want a 40 steal 2nd baseman.  Eh, maybe it’s just me.  As with the previous ranking lists, tiers and my projections are noted.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball:

1. Chase Utley – In the top 10 for 2010 fantasy baseball post is Utley’s projections.

2. Ian Kinsler – In the top 20 for 2010 fantasy baseball post is Kinsler’s projections.

3. Brandon Phillips – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Cano.  I call this tier, “Locks for certain stats.”  After just missing a 20/20 season in 2006, Phillips has put up one for three straight years.  Without a whole lot of luck, he’s not going to hit 30 homers and 30 steals seems out of his reach, but you’re kicking a 20/20 season out of bed from your 2nd baseman?  Please.  Phillips is a poor man’s Ian Kinsler.  2010 Projections:  80/22/95/.275/22

4. Brian Roberts – I haven’t been a fan of Roberts for the last two years because of his inconsistency.  Were you paying for a 50 steal guy?  A 40 steal guy? A 30 steal guy?  A 18 homer guy?  A 10 homer guy?  Finally, I feel like Roberts has figured out who he is (or I have).  A 12-15 homer guy with 30 steal speed.  There’s value knowing what you’re going to get and getting what you’re going to get… Hmm… That made sense in my head.  2010 Projections:  105/13/75/.285/30

5. Dustin Pedroia – Pedroia feels a lot less overrated this year than going into 2009, so there’s a chance that I might end up with him on a team, but it’s still not likely when I see some people rank him above Roberts and Phillips.  Roberts is 12-15 homers and 30 steals, Phillips is 20-plus homers, 20-plus steals and Pedroia is a 15/15 guy with great Runs.  Personally, I’ll take 20/20 or 15/30 over 15/15 every day of the week and twice on Muesday.  2010 Projections:  110/15/70/.305/15

6. Robinson Cano – Cano could be outproduced by Aaron Hill, but I ranked them in this order because I trust Cano more.  With Cano going to be the magical 27 years old in 2010 when power tends to peak, I hope Cano can pull a high-20s homer season out of his hat.  2010 Projections:  90/27/100/.315/5

7. Aaron Hill – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Zobrist.  I call this tier, “These 2nd basemen are being drafted like they’re locks, but I don’t think they are.”  I ranked Hill lower than most because I don’t believe the 36 homers he hit last year.  Seems like a reach for him to do it again.  There’s a good possibility I write an entire overrated post for Aaron Hill.  As I said in previous rankings posts, I look at other projections.  So, CBS has Aaron Hill down for 103/36/106/.287/8 in 2010.  Since last year he had a line of 103/36/108/.286/6, I’m assuming they think he’s going to be exactly the same minus one extra base hit that drove in two.  Say what you want about ESPN, Yahoo, etc, but CBS is by far the worst fantasy advice.  I think they are so bad they actually get some lenience from people because no one actually takes them seriously.  2010 Projections:  85/24/80/.280/5

8. Ben Zobrist – I know, it’s Zorilla!  How dare I!  Why do I have to hate on guys that have career years?  He’s ranked far below where he should be considering his numbers last year.  His position eligibility does give him value.  Shoot, I’d draft Lyle Overbay if you gave him shortstop eligibility.  Zobrist’s homers don’t seem as fluky as they might appear.  He maintained a 17.5 HR/FB in 2009 and a 17.4 HR/FB in 2008.  Granted, that was a smaller sample size.  So he may look like David Eckstein, but the only thing they have in common is neither is Jewish though their names sound like they are.  Zobrist’s average seems out there; he looks closer to a .270 hitter.  He was a utility man coming into 2009 and I wouldn’t be surprised if he left 2010 back in that role.  2010 Projections:  75/20/85/.270/12

9. Dan Uggla – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Lopez.  I call this tier, “These guys are okay, but they might give you fits of boredom.”  Uggla hasn’t had a full month of at-bats over a .300 average since May of 2008 when he hit .348.  That pretty much tells you all you need to know.  2010 Projections:  90/32/100/.250/3

10. Jose Lopez – He’s okay on your team.  He’ll work.  But it’s like masturbating to The Golden Girls.  It’ll get the job done, but why not switch the channel?  2010 Projections:  75/22/90/.275/3

11. Ian Stewart – This is a new tier.  This tier starts and ends here.  I call this tier, “The one guy I’d really like to have at 2nd base.”  I love Stewart this year.  First guy I feel like can completely outproduce his ranking.  If I could’ve ranked Stewart 3rd overall without having to give back my diploma from the College of Fantasy Baseball at Charleston, I would’ve.  Stewart feels like the Mark Reynolds of this year.  (That doesn’t mean a 45/20 line.  It doesn’t mean a guarantee.  Remember Reynolds looked like he was splitting time with Chad Tracy in the preseason last year.  It means a line like I thought Reynolds capable of in the preseason last year, around 30/12.)  Need I say more?  If you said yes, then proceed to the Ian Stewart Sleeper post-a-ma-whosie-whatsies.  2010 Projections:  85/29/100/.260/10

12. Asdrubal Cabrera – This is a new tier.  This tier ends at Weeks.  I call this tier, “This is your last chance to even try for something from your 2nd baseman.  With varying degrees of something.”  Asdrubal is a peak of 12 homers and 25 steals, while Barmes hit 23 homers last year with 12 steals.  So why is Asdrubal above Barmes? Good question, random italicized voice.  Barmes’s 23 homers last year looks fluky, while Asdrubal can steal 25 pretty easily.  Barmes’s over/under for homers is 15, while Asdrubal’s over/under for steals is at 20.  2010 Projections:  95/8/65/.300/20

13. Clint Barmes –  See Asdrubal Cabrera or 1/10th of an inch above.  2010 Projections:  65/15/75/.255/12

14. Rickie Weeks – He’s a lock for 20/20 but he needs 150 games.  That “but” is J. Lo-sized.  2010 Projections:  75/17/55/.255/15 in 120 games.

15. Howie Kendrick – This is a new tier.  This tier ends at Lopez.  I call this tier, “People will draft these guys, but I’m passing.” Frankly, I wouldn’t draft Kendrick with your team.  The upside isn’t interesting enough to me to warrant the gamble.  For instance, the best case scenario has him giving a Pedroia-type year.  Eh, it’s okay, but you’d be surprised how bored you get with a guy who’s offering 12/12.  2010 Projections:  85/12/70/.310/12

16. Casey McGehee – McGehee screams of a guy that is drafted and ends up on waivers by June.  His minor league numbers are utility man-ish.  He’s a cold month away from yielding to Mat Gamel, who is legit minus his glove.  And McGehee has no speed whatsoever.  He’s definitely more interesting at 2nd base than 3rd, but I’m passing.  2010 Projections:  55/17/65/.280

17. Placido Polanco – Don’t overestimate Crapolanco’s move to Philly.  He’s the definition of yawnstipating.  Literally.  2010 Projections:  100/10/70/.300/10

18. Felipe Lopez – The FeLopezian might be capable of 20/20, but it’s more likely going to be 10/10.  2010 Projections:  85/10/60/.285/10

19. Scott Sizemore – This is the last tier.  This tier goes from here to the end.  I call this tier, “Upside, snitches.”  As I’ve been saying for as long as I can remember.  If you’re late in the draft and you need a MI, take a flier on upside.  You’re probably going to drop one of these guys to waivers anyway, so you may as well take a shot on someone that can outproduce their oudraft spot.  I could’ve put Freddy Sanchez, Callaspo or Getz here (in that order), but what fun are those schmohawks?  re: Sizemore; been here, talked about this: Scott Sizemore fantasy post.  2010 Projections:  80/14/70/.275/16

20. Eric Young Jr. – Young can steal 40 bases in 2010.  Just give him the job.  Please.  Oh, and if he gets the job, it’ll play havoc on Barmes’s projections or Fowler’s or CarGo’s…  There’s only so much upside for one team.  2010 Projections:  65/1/40/.290/30

There’s a lot of names after the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball, but these two stand out:

Kelly Johnson – Already went over my excitement for  Kelly Johnson on the Diamondbacks. I ranked him this far down because I wanted to highlight him.  If I didn’t want to highlight him, I would’ve ranked him above Kendrick, but who reads the middle of these godforsaken posts?  Not me!  2010 Projections:  85/15/65/.270/10

Sean Rodriguez – Iwamura was sent to the 247th largest baseball market, Pittsburgh (which ranked just ahead of Nairobi).  Now Sean Rodriguez has a chance to see playing time.  Zobrist should start at 2nd base, but he can play everywhere, so Rodriguez could work into the mix.  Outside of deep leagues, you’re going to want to make sure Rodriguez has playing time before getting crazy with yourself and drafting him, but if he does have an every day job… 2010 Projections:  65/20/75/.250/5 in 400 ABs.

  1. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @big o:

    Niemann: 171/10/0/4.46/1.39
    Hamels: 195/15/0/3.43/1.17

    Hamels came 5 picks later. Across the board better numbers.

  2. big o says:

    @ Grey :
    you project e.y. jr to hit one home run ,
    but don’t bother to tell us when and against whom ??
    you’re a bum .

  3. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @big o: What do you think about Hamels instead of Niemann?

  4. Tommy says:

    Grey, I read your blog not just for your excellent fantasy baseball analysis, but for your wit. You’ve had an unusually high number of grammar mistakes lately. It detracts from your wit.

  5. Grimlock says:

    @ Grey:

    Yeah, CBS is a shit sandwich of fantasy, and Scott White is the Dan Brown of fantasy writers. No, strike that, even the idiots know Scott White is terrible. Strangely though, they have the best up-to-the-minute player updates of all the major sites. Their little list on the left side of the screen is the only reason I ever visit the site. Well, that and to read Scott White’s first paragraph if I’ve gorged myself on Taco Bell again and need to purge.

  6. Tony says:

    Another great post. Click, Copy, Paste, PRINT….. into the fantasy baseball 2010 notebook it goes… I could always click and reread, but i can’t highlight, scratch off losers, and make sidenotes….

    Quick Q: out of all the SS’s going late(r) who is your favorite?

  7. sean says:

    @Grey: is this one spot where average could matter? Take, for example, your Phillips/Roberts/Pedroia tier where you say 20/20>15/30>15/15. We’re talking about Brandon Phillips (550 ABs of .265), Brian Roberts (600 ABs of .280) and Pedroia (600 ABs of .300). That difference, to me, seems to go such a long way to compensate for other low average players, enough that I can pick up five homers and five steals somewhere else. I think we can agree that in the late rounds, MI or elsewhere, that we’re looking to pick up cheap pop/steals. It’s not as if we’re going to draft Callaspo to drag up average, so unless we’re on full punt AVG mode, I think we can’t ignore the value in someone like Pedroia, who is sound in three categories and plus-value in two.

  8. mikey boy324 says:

    grey would you rather have stewart at 2nd base or 3rd?

  9. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: El Duque or Livan Hernandez.

    @Tommy: 1500 words/day without an editor, sometimes I’m Mr. Bungle.

    @Grimlock: Ha, true.

    @Tony: SS? They’re next.

    @sean: He’s kinda already boosted for his average. If he was 15/15 with a .280 average, he’d be further down the list.

    @mikey boy324: 2nd

    ****Guys, it’s my birthday weekend, so I’m not going to be around much. Help each other, I know you can.****

  10. eltoo says:

    happy birthday grey! (if you still celebrate them, rather then pretend they no longer occur like myself)

  11. Luke says:

    I’m in a 5×5 league where OBP replaces AVG. This moves Uggla up a number of spots, right? Despite his crap average, he walks a ton. His AVG was .243 while his OBP was .354 last year. Just making sure that I’m not crazy to have a man crush on Uggla in an OBP league.

  12. TJ says:

    Gordon Beckham is supposed to be the starting 2b for the CWS this year. Where would you put him on the list? Or was he just not included because he falls outside the top 20?

  13. Frank Rizzo says:

    Off topic: The Tigers are seriously talking to Johnny Damon right now from what I’ve heard. Very interesting news to this Tiger fan.

  14. Eddy says:

    @Frank Rizzo:
    well if you’re not a Tigers fan, and you just so happen to play fantasy baseball, that news kinda sucks. Damon will be useless to me if he signs with Detroit. He’ll no longer have that monster of a lineup to drive him in, nor will he have the Jet Stream to make his pop flies magically turn into HRs. Not that I planned on drafting him anyways, but it seriously diminishes his value

  15. brett says:

    @Grey: Have a good one, Grey. Cheers!

  16. brett says:

    @Frank Rizzo: @Frank Rizzo: Assuming they don’t overpay for him as badly as they did Valverde, I’d be okay with this. I just hope they have the sense to keep him out of center field. Play him over Guillen in left and let him bat lead off and they’re on to something.

  17. chris says:

    I’ve got a question for my fellow razzballers. I am going to be drafting at the turn this year (12th) and I have an idea for a strategy on closers. Last year I drafted near the same place and closers started going in the late 4th and early 5th (I think), and once they started everybody started grabbing them up leaving me with the top closer available as Hanrahan (I think you all know how that turned out!). This year, in an effort to avoid that I am thinking about starting the run myself and taking both Rivera and Nathan at the turn from the 3rd to 4th rounds. (Hear me out) Even though this is really early for closers, I won’t be losing out on too many hitters because everyone after me will be grabbing closers as well and leaving more position players on the board. I also think that the boost I would get from these two guys not only in saves, but also in WHIP and ERA could work out really well. Is this genius or am I clinically insane?

  18. sean says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Yeah, a ballpark that supresses LH power and rewards gap hitters with speed with extra 2Bs and 3Bs is not exactly a match for a guy like Damon…

  19. Tom says:

    happy birthday grey.

    Anyone know if Brandon Wood is still 2B eligible? If so, where would he rank?

  20. TJ says:

    @Luke: Thanks for the info man. I had read that Kenny Williams said Teahean would be the starting 3b and Beckham would be the 2b. I assume Beckhak is more valuable in fantasy as a 2b, but dual eligibility is always a plus.

  21. weas says:

    @Luke: Teahan is playing 3B for the Sox this year so Gordon Beckham is playing 2B.

  22. Frank Rizzo says:

    @sean: Why wouldn’t it be a match for Damon? If he’s leading off and hits it to the wall in the gaps, he’s a great match imo.

  23. Frank Rizzo says:

    @Eddy: Eddy, what lineup would be equal to the Yankees? If Maggs is back as hot as he ended last year and Miggy is Miggy, Damon would still be able to put up 100 R’s if he gets on base.

  24. AL KOHOLIC says:

    @Grey: happy birthday grey,be carefull and watch out for the ladies with adams apples,hehe,i celebrated something yesterday,now im couching it today,i feel like a dog,ruff

  25. Frank Rizzo says:

    In 171 AB’s in Comerica Park, Johnny Damon has a .363 BA. 62 H’s, 11 doubles, 3 triples, 5 HR’s. 14 BB’s and 19 K’s.

  26. kwak says:

    General thought, I love these posts, obviously, but I think a great addition would be a parens somewhere that puts a range of the round you think they should go in, or a # pick, whichever is easier. I would prefer the round myself (assuming 12 team league, which you already do).

    The problem is that with these position posts, it’s hard to get a feel for where they might rank overall. Obviously in the top 10 and 20, that’s right there.

    So the projections would look like

    2010 Projections: 75/20/85/.270/12 (5th-7th)


  27. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    Wouldn’t be so quick to condemn Damon.

    “…hits .363, slugs .550 and has a .961 OPS at pitcher-friendly comerica park.”

  28. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Frank Rizzo: Sorry, Frank. Was punching it in at the same time. Great minds! :-)

  29. brett says:

    @chris: Don’t do it. If your fellow managers are smart, most of them won’t bite and you’ll lose out on a couple very key offensive pieces to build your foundation (or one batter and a starter if you like taking pitching that early). It’s not safe to assume that everyone will take two closers after you. You’ll have to wait 22 picks for your next selection and i’m willing to guess that AT LEAST 10-12 bats will go in that time.

    I wouldn’t even draft one closer that early. If you really want a good bullpen there will be plenty of almost-as-good options coming back to you in rounds 5-6 and even picks 7-8. If i were you, i’d be targeting guys like Heath Bell and Andrew Bailey. For the slight decline in production you’re getting them several rounds later and not sacrificing the rest of your team.

  30. big o says:

    @Simply Fred:
    hamels is a good pitcher and may have something to prove to the philly fans , this year .

  31. big o says:


    (all caps.)


  32. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!


  33. Eddy says:

    @Frank Rizzo:
    I think by now we’ve accepted the fact that Maggs is past his prime. We can’t count on him to be as prodcutive as he once was. Miggy is Miggy, yes, but for that I use the comparison of my Marlins. We got HanRam, but one guy isn’t enough to do that much damage and influence the lead-off hitter. (IS Damon gonna hit lead-off? I think the 2nd slot is more suited to him). For all we know they’ll pitch around Miggy. And we have to look at the fact that Damon had quite a year in ’09. He matched his highest career HR total and 3rd(?) highest RBI totals since 2004 if I remember correctly. We can’t expect guys (especially those in their mid-30s) to match that production. It’s not just a coincidence he had those numbers his only year in the New Yankee [email protected]chris:
    I see where you’re coming from chris, but it’s not a good idea. As Brett pointed out, it’s not wise to rely on the fact that a closer run will automatically ensue after yours. If I were you I’d look up “bran draft strategy” in the search bar and read it. I’ve mocked with it a couple of times and have come out very pleased with my results. It basically ensures that you have a well-balanced team after the first 9 rounds because you can then go for upside picks at the end (Reimold, Borbon, Coghlan). I used to always pick a closer in the 6th, but I realized that in the 8th-9th round (where i pick one up now) guys like Bell and Soria are still around. @Grey:
    Happy birthday Grey, hope you have a good one!

  34. sean says:

    @Frank Rizzo: The gist of my earlier comment was that a situation that depends on Damon’s rapidly aging and oft-injured legs to produce instead of his good bat is a bad situation. Also, while the stats seem favorable, Damon wouldn’t get to hit against Detroit pitching there…

  35. Tony says:

    @chris: Chris thats crazy. Taking two closers in the 3rd and 4th is WAY TOO early….

    What kind of league is this? Is the value of saves that high? It sounds like they’re wayyyy overvalued. I dont take a closer til about the 10th round and STILL can compete in saves. You need to read about the DONKEY CORNS. Use RAZZBALL SEARCH at the bottom of the page!

  36. quimmy says:

    offered the following trade in my keeper league:

    I give: kendry morales (27th rd)
    I get: jair jurrens (18th rd)

    For pitching cats we count total innings and qs and jurrens racked up 210 innings and 25 qs last year. i have no other pitching keepers out of my other 4:

    longo, kemp, tulo, jup.

    should i do it?

  37. It’s not funny, my ass is on fire!

  38. brett says:

    I’d rather have Kendry at 27. Depends who else you can get to play 1B though, i guess?

  39. GopherDay says:

    @quimmy: For those keepers, I would stick with Kendry. More value for the draft position.

  40. Doug Ault says:

    @Grey: Happy B Day!

  41. Grey

    Grey says:

    @eltoo: Thanks!

    @Luke: No, you’re right.

    @TJ: He’ll be listed with the 3rd basemen. He’d be ranked right before Stewart and I like him.

    @brett: Thanks!

    @chris: I agree not to do that.

    @Tom: Thanks! He’s not eligible there.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thanks!

    @kwak: I’ll take it under consideration, there will be a top 300 that ranks everyone to give you an idea of rounds.

    @big o: Thanks!

    @Simply Fred: Thanks!

    @quimmy: I’d hold tight.

    @Doug Ault: Thanks!

  42. Shmorgie S. Board says:

    To me, Howie Kendrick is like a time-released erectile dysfunction pill version of Placido Polanco.

    You get the same action, but 3 hours later.

  43. JoeC says:

    I’m gonna have to disagree with you regarding Kendrick. If the guy ever gets a “normal” season with 550 at bats, he will be Pedroia-lite, but in Round 15 instead of Round 4. That’s pretty awesome.

    You say 12/12, Grey, but he did 10/11 in 374 at bats last year. I could easily see 15/15, with an upside of 20/20, because the guy can flat-out hit (.351 BA in the 2nd half). His 2009 was such an improvement over his 2008… if he could improve at the same pace in 2010 (and get more at bats), he could be a top 10 second baseman.

    Then again, I trust Scioscia as far as playing time goes about as much as I trust my love dying for Alyssa Milano now that she’s married (NEVER!).

  44. Um Beckham??
    he’ll be 2B elig. after week 1

  45. Grey

    Grey says:

    @JoeC: It would be nice to see Kendrick, the guy who was sent to the minors last year, actually do it for a year first.

  46. winthorp says:

    Weeks has got to be the most underrated player around. Gets constantly pissed on w/rankiings basically saying would put up some nice stats but won’t due to a near certainty to keep crashing the dl.

    Unless, injuries are chronic, related to the same broken down body part, back, etc. , they follow a poisionic distribition.

    Another way of saying it is Weeks is more likely not to hit the dl this season.

  47. JoeC says:

    @Grey: Oh, I agree. Kendrick definitely has yet to “do it”. He seemed to make some nice strides in 2009 though, even with the send down (damn Angels like to play yo-yo with their prospects it seems).

    I get why you’re high on Stewart, despite his .228 BA last year. A power bat at 2B that you can get in the late rounds is pretty rare. But I put Kendrick in that category too (not a power bat, but just a valuable 2B late). I won’t bet my left testicle on it, but I’ll make a man bet on it.

    BTW, happy birthday, old man.

  48. Grey

    Grey says:

    @JoeC: Thanks!

  49. Kevo says:

    @ Grey: Here are your comments from August 27, 2009 concernign Aaron Hill: “Aaron Hill – Do I smell a theme? No, that’s lunch. I mean, the Blue Jays. Ah, yes. They smell like rotisserie chicken. No, that really is lunch. Hill will only be 28 at the start of the 2010 season. As I’ve been saying just about the whole season, I don’t think the 30+ homers this year is a fluke. At second base, you can do much worse.”

    You basically pull a 180 in your analysis of him in the above column. What gives?

  50. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kevo: I reevaluated in the offseason.

  51. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kevo: And to be more specific, I saw that his fly balls went down while his home runs per fly ball nearly doubled. That gives me real pause. I probably should’ve mentioned that I thought he was solid in August then flip-flopped, but honestly I forgot I said that.

  52. Kevo says:

    @Grey: Thanks. I have major concerns over Hill myself. Good to know your reasoning. I am also in a keeper league conundrum with him. If you have time for some quick analysis, i would love your input on the following scenario.

    I am in a 14 team keeper league. I need to keep 5 of the 6 below. The round they would be kept in is in paranthesis. Who do you throw back out of:

    Zimmerman (7th)
    Braun (8th)
    Adrian Gonzalez (12th)
    Carlos Gonzalez (15th)
    Beckham (15th)

    Any input is appreciated. Thanks.

  53. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Kevo: Damn, those are some mighty fine keepers. I’d have to chuck back CarGo. Not easy choice though.

  54. Seth says:

    where is Martin Prado? doesnt sniff the top 20?

    300 70 15 70 5 is pretty solid.

  55. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Seth: How does he go from a guy that hit 11 homers and stole one base to a 15/5 guy?

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