Fantasy baseball player profiles - 2B

by KFFL Staff on April 2, 2012 @ 09:01:20 PDT

 


KFFL.com's fantasy baseball rankings are based on our fantasy baseball projections, but a ranking doesn't always reflect a player's optimal position in fantasy baseball drafts. Use these player profiles in conjunction with our free Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide to get the whole story.

Robinson Cano, New York Yankees | Age: 29 Bat: L Ht: 6-0 Wt: 205 Elig: 2B

Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler
Kinsler in the top tier

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5828017921945.308.378.498.876

Cano's contact is frequent and effective enough to counteract his underwhelming BB/K. He has been trading a little bit of that BA potency for power growth - a good thing - but he's still elite everywhere but SB. 3 years of 20-plus HR, his place in this lineup and his evolving but stable skill set make him the top fantasy 2B worth a mixed first-round selection. -TH

Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox | Age: 28 Bat: R Ht: 5-9 Wt: 180 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
59884178126917.298.366.431.797

About as stable as you can get for an MI. Pedroia provides a little of everything - HR, RBI, BA, R and SB - in an extremely potent offense. Owns high hit rates, which seems to keep the BA floor high, although he dipped below 90 percent contact for the first time. Productivity in the 20-plus SB range should continue as long as he's healthy, and leg injuries have been the only things to have held him back. FB rate dipped in same year he jumped to 21 HR, so it seems unwise to bank on another 20-plus homers, although it could happen at Fenway. -KH

Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers | Age: 29 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 200 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
61596161147220.262.328.403.731

When Kinsler puts together an injury-free season, it's gold. Just a reminder that he didn't in 2010 and often gets dinged. Can you stomach that? This casts a shadow on his inclusion in the "best fantasy 2B" discussion, but his numbers say he belongs there, especially with a positive BABIP correction likely coming. 2008 BA is anomalous, but his elite BB/K, contact rate and 30-30 profile make him worthy of plucking in the second mixed round. -TH

Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds | Age: 30 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 205 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5708115817829.277.323.419.742

A move to leadoff in late 2011 sparked Phillips, increasing his all-around plate presence and, possibly directly, helped improve his stolen-base efficiency. Expect the vet to inch closer to 20 SB, which will once again present a positive combo even if his HR slip a little thanks to slipping HR fortunes. Either way, he remains a consistent yet undervalued keystoner that's a justified top-50 mixed selection. -TH

Dan Uggla, Atlanta Braves | Age: 31 Bat: R Ht: 5-11 Wt: 205 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
428539220562.215.342.404.746

Uggla's BA has always been a bane, but his gross 1H wasn't accurate. Neither was his absurdly overachieving 2H. He falls in the middle, and a strongly expected BABIP correction will make it less putrid. His profile is often painful but more importantly bankable when you consider he has never dipped below 27 HR or 82 RBI in a MLB season. This consistency, even with its flaws, makes him one of the keystone's top mixed fantasy options. -TH

Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays | Age: 30 Bat: B Ht: 6-3 Wt: 200 Elig: 2B OF

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
56979156147213.274.358.427.785

Though a bit streaky, Zobrist has consolidated his skills at age 30, and it showed during his rebound from 2010. Above-average BB/K makes him more useful in OBP leagues than those with BA; his will be hindered by his meager contact frequency. But speed in a SB-friendly lineup - and his positional versatility to keep him in it - maintain his 20-20 allure and spot among the top 10 mixed 2B. -TH

Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians | Age: 24 Bat: L Ht: 5-11 Wt: 185 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
57988158168227.273.356.435.791

Kipnis gave us a glimpse of why he has the inside track on the keystone job, but injuries held him back. He was fast-tracked, so there's risk of him needing to repeat the top farm level. Still, he makes contact with lumber just as hard as he did with aluminum, and Progressive Field is less of a hindrance to LHB. He's not as slump-prone as most same-field smashers. Though his BB% won't be an asset just yet, he's a patient hitter and remains ahead of the curve in terms of experience. The cherry: He carried over his SB aggressiveness from Triple-A last season, so any increase in first-base trots will set him up for more opportunities. The risk for regression over a full season shouldn't mask his 20-20 potential. Though his .300 BAs from the minors won't immediately translate, he has the foundation to approach them. -TH

Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies | Age: 33 Bat: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 200 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
50078137197511.274.347.458.805

Knee health is the biggest concern for Utley, who still has elite skills in him. Contact rate has actually increased in last 2 seasons, even when his health has deteriorated. BB/K still elite. Getting strength in his legs would harken back to past power and restore in-play fortune, but that doesn't look like it'll be quick road, considering his slow healing. The likelihood of him regaining past form is dwindling. There's a certain bargain rate that makes it worth taking the chance he does, but ... your expectations should be tempered. -TH

Howard Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Age: 28 Bat: R Ht: 5-10 Wt: 210 Elig: 2B OF

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
53260155136811.291.332.434.766

Don't let his 18 dingers last year fool you into thinking he'll approach 20-plus in '12; a fortunate HR/FB rate in April and August carried him there. Kendrick hits too many worm burners and line drives to be considered a reliable source of power at the keystone. He makes good contact, though, and his perenially high BABIPs could help him approach the .300 mark in BA. His lineup spot this season might do him some favors, too. -KH

Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee Brewers | Age: 29 Bat: R Ht: 5-10 Wt: 213 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
317417711348.243.338.416.754

The ankle injury that halted Weeks' impressive follow-up to 2010 is lingering - a bad sign for the brittle 2B. On the bright side, this will make him a decent value, unlike his post-2010 cost, but of course, not without the typical DL stints built into the price. Accounting for his chronic BA deficiency with other positive sources will net you a stable power source that might slip because of his malady. If you can back him up with a quality alternative, he's worth a top-10 mixed 2B investment for his 20-plus HR, 10-ish SB. -TH

Aaron Hill, Arizona Diamondbacks | Age: 29 Bat: R Ht: 5-11 Wt: 205 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
56990156237811.274.335.490.825

Pull-happy Hill bottomed out in TOR. First-half hamstring injury sapped power last year. Renewed plate mechanics and approach, plus joining an aggressive stealing team, showed he the 2009 Hill is buried somewhere under those statistics. BA regression should benefit, but overall skills don't leave him much room for improvement there. Luckily, his HR-SB combo will drive a rebound that you can sneak past most deep mixed drafters. -TH

Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates | Age: 26 Bat: B Ht: 6-3 Wt: 215 Elig: 2B

Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley
Is Ackley aces?

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4996613418673.269.349.441.790

Walker could be one of those players that has peaked at 26 years old. A mildly regarded prospect, he will probably rely on his place in the order (RBI) for fantasy value. His BA has a solid foundation in contact rate and in-play force; his clip won't hurt, but it won't necessarily help. He isn't speedy, but he's opportunistic on the basepaths. He's one of the safer options among midranged mixed 2B, but there isn't much hope for a profit. -TH

Kelly Johnson, Toronto Blue Jays | Age: 30 Bat: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 195 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
44855110216310.246.322.438.760

Should roto players be open to owning Johnson? His affinity for drawing walks and willingness to tweak his approach should help him get comfortable with Dwayne Murphy in Toronto. But the numbers imply that coming up empty on his swings is becoming a concerning trend. KJ will be only 30 years old in 2012. He'll be in another positive environment for offense, providing some reason for optimism. As well, his price point should be at a comfortable level, and he's already bounced back once from a very poor season. The results of his ST performance will be worth analyzing more than those of others. Not necessarily a mixed 2B starter, but an MI option with potential to repeat 2010, with less risk attached to finding out. -NM

Marco Scutaro, Colorado Rockies | Age: 36 Bat: R Ht: 5-9 Wt: 175 Elig: SS

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
434611244343.286.340.376.716

Scutaro still boasts elite contact skills at age 36. Coors Field will help keep his BA near .290. He'll probably offer a few more doubles and might reach double-digit HR for 3rd time in 4 seasons. He'll hit atop one of the best lineups in the NL and offer ample profit opportunities for mixed leaguers, especially those that unjustly view him as injury-prone after 2011. His uni might inflate his NL-only price, but he's worth a sound investment there, even with concerns about his age. -TH

Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals | Age: 24 Bat: B Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
24730567247.227.293.385.678

Second half slump in terms of plate discipline warns that the floor could break beneath him. He hit for less power in post-break stretch that appears to have been part an effort to take more pitches, however. Batted-ball data and advanced metrics suggest that it was working. Espinosa could be on the verge of an advance in BA. That'd be worth a miniscule sacrifice in home runs and would probably result in a rebound in his rate of stolen bases, too. Of course, his control of the strike zone is still far from great, so betting big dollars here is risky. -NM

Jemile Weeks, Oakland Athletics | Age: 112 Bat: B Ht: 5-9 Wt: 160 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
1291530174.233.306.318.624

Weeks has a minimal Triple-A record - how will that translate to MLB time? Speed will carry his BA profile, which isn't a strong foundation given his youth and lack of discernable power. Shaky success in SBA will cap what he contributes there. For mixed leaguers, he's an MI settle option with the traditional attributes of a raw speedster. -TH

Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners | Age: 24 Bat: L Ht: 6-1 Wt: 190 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
461701237416.267.334.377.711

In 2011, Ackley took steps forward in realizing his potential for a consistent .300 BA, which could come in the next few years. He had plenty of K's in his first MLB time, but he also showed he could take plenty of walks and make solid, BA-friendly contact in frequency and in-play thump. The problem: If he doesn't give you a difference-making BA, he doesn't have difference-making power to offer just yet. That's the issue with developing tweeners: They split their OK performance among several categories. Ackley has plenty of upside, sure, but not knowing which statistic will arrive first limits him to a middle-rounds mixed 2B, more desirable as an MI. Bid on the chance he'll combine his skills, but don't bank on it. -TH

Daniel Murphy, New York Mets | Age: 26 Bat: L Ht: 6-2 Wt: 214 Elig: 1B 2B 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
61183171117317.280.317.409.726

Mike Aviles, Boston Red Sox | Age: 30 Bat: R Ht: 5-10 Wt: 205 Elig: 2B 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
31043808407.258.290.390.680

Jose Altuve, Houston Astros | Age: 21 Bat: R Ht: 5-7 Wt: 170 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
6137517076326.277.320.372.692

The lack of AAA time for Altuve could mean he comes crashing back down in 2012. But there are workable skills for the 2B-desperate in mixed leagues: some SB and the GB, liner and contact rates that should keep his BA afloat. He doesn't take many walks, though, and that leaves him open for some slumps. -TH

Omar Infante, Miami Marlins | Age: 30 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 180 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
499671449468.289.321.413.734

Johnny Giavotella, Kansas City Royals | Age: 24 Bat: R Ht: 5-8 Wt: 185 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Ryan Raburn, Detroit Tigers | Age: 30 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 185 Elig: 2B OF

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
322438213490.255.326.450.776

Ryan Roberts, Arizona Diamondbacks | Age: 31 Bat: R Ht: 5-11 Wt: 185 Elig: 2B 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
12516294152.232.297.368.665

Last year, Roberts built on a strong spring. He isn't fast but will keep SBA up as long as he's in ARI. He'll find AB thanks to his power and flexible glove, but his BA performance leans on his mashing of LHP and offsets any potential boost for in-play luck he could regain. Buy to fill positional needs, not for upside. -TH

Orlando Hudson, San Diego Padres | Age: 34 Bat: B Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox | Age: 25 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
448541139435.252.316.371.687

Mark Ellis, Los Angeles Dodgers | Age: 34 Bat: R Ht: 5-10 Wt: 195 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
25530674242.263.321.349.670

Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles | Age: 34 Bat: B Ht: 5-9 Wt: 175 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
349399010475.258.317.393.710

Darwin Barney, Chicago Cubs | Age: 26 Bat: R Ht: 5-10 Wt: 180 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
31435824253.261.308.360.668

Freddy Sanchez, San Francisco Giants | Age: 34 Bat: R Ht: 5-10 Wt: 189 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Jeff Keppinger, Tampa Bay Rays | Age: 31 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 185 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
20620573200.277.307.359.666

Robert Andino, Baltimore Orioles | Age: 27 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195 Elig: 2B 3B SS

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Ramon Santiago, Detroit Tigers | Age: 32 Bat: B Ht: 5-11 Wt: 175 Elig: 2B SS

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
17619411110.233.303.295.598

Sean Rodriguez, Tampa Bay Rays | Age: 26 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 200 Elig: 2B 3B SS

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
20923485232.230.309.359.668

Skip Schumaker, St. Louis Cardinals | Age: 32 Bat: L Ht: 5-10 Wt: 195 Elig: 2B OF

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
21623561211.259.328.338.666

Chris Nelson, Colorado Rockies | Age: 26 Bat: R Ht: 5-11 Wt: 205 Elig: 2B 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Justin Turner, New York Mets | Age: 27 Bat: R Ht: 6-0 Wt: 210 Elig: 2B 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
17416472181.270.326.385.711

Chris Getz, Kansas City Royals | Age: 28 Bat: L Ht: 5-11 Wt: 185 Elig: 2B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
851121075.247.304.306.610

Jason Donald, Cleveland Indians | Age: 27 Bat: R Ht: 6-1 Wt: 195 Elig:

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Mike Fontenot, San Francisco Giants | Age: 31 Bat: L Ht: 5-8 Wt: 165 Elig: 2B SS

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Eduardo Escobar, Chicago White Sox | Age: 23 Bat: B Ht: 5-10 Wt: 165 Elig:

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
16722402112.240.285.341.626

Michael Martinez, Philadelphia Phillies | Age: 29 Bat: B Ht: 5-9 Wt: 145 Elig: 3B

2012 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

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