Friday, January 28, 2011

Ranking NL East Second Basemen

2-sackers are the subject of today's analysis in the NL East.

1. Philadelphia Phillies
Chase Utley
.275/.832, 75 R, 20 2B, 16 HR, 65 RBI, 13 SB, 4.2 WAR. When healthy, Utley is an all-around force on both sides of the ball. However, health is a problem. Was limited to 115 game in 2010, but still managed his 5th straight All-Star appearance. Did see his streak of Silver Slugger awards snap at 4 though.

2. Atlanta Braves
Dan Uggla

.287/.877, 100 R, 31 2B, 33 HR, 105 RBI, 3.7 WAR (with Florida). The Popeye lookalike is a consistent middle of the order hitter, but a complete hack in the field. Has been a 3 time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger last year for the first time.

3. Florida Marlins/Omar Infante (29)
.321/.775, 65 R, 15 2B, 8 HR, 47 RBI, 2.9 WAR (with Atlanta). Was a surprise All-Star selection last year as a super utility fielder, but proved it was the correct decision by finishing 3rd for the NL batting crown. He's a nice player, but lacks speed and power, so all his worth is tied into his batting average.

4. Washington Nationals/Danny Espinosa (23)
.214/.723 in 112 plate appearances. Has legit power, bopping 28 round-trippers between the minors and majors last year. His defense is still suspect, but the Nats would be wise to let his bat in the lineup.

5. New York Mets/Ruben Tejeda (21)
.213/.588 in 216 plate appearances. It's difficult to get a read on the Mets plans at 2nd, as it could be Tejeda, Luis Castillo, or even Daniel Murphy there. Basically, it's going to be a hodge-podge of ugly. Tejeda has the most upside given his age and athletic ability, but his bat may not be enough to warrant playing time. Minor league line- .273/.696 in 4 seasons.


ripjgarcia said...

Utley needs to have a good showing this year or he just falls into the category of above-average second baseman.

GM-Carson said...

Utley's OPS has been steadily declining. It peaked at .976 in '07, but has gone down ever since.

'08- .915
'09- .905
'10- .832

That's a troubling trend.

Phlavio said...

Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner are the 2B options. Tejada spends 2011 in AAA being a SS.

GM-Carson said...

Smart decision, because Tejada doesn't seem ready.