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January 27, 2014

Fantasy Players to Target

Second Basemen

by Baseball Prospectus


Once viewed as one of fantasy’s most shallow positions, second base has enjoyed a multi-year run as a fantasy-friendlier position thanks to a mix of established stars and new young talent creeping into the game. That’s reflected in the staff choices below, as a nice mix of players young and old comprise this collection of second baseman we think you should target in 2014.

Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
Matt Carptenter is an interesting case in that he's likely to regress some next year but I doubt that his numbers will fall off drastically enough to drop him below guys like Ben Zobrist and Ian Kinsler in 2B rankings. I doubt he scores 126 runs again but Carpenter holds a very solid 10 percent walk rate and he did put up 73 extra-base hits in 2013. The lineup behind him is very solid as well, and he has the opportunity to tease 100 runs scored again. He's not above Cano, Pedroia, or Kipnis, but he should be a very valuable 2B again this year. —Mauricio Rubio

Jedd Gyorko, Padres
Gyorko had a fine rookie season, popping 23 home runs in 125 games. Only Robinson Cano had more at second base, but he did so in 35 more contests. With 13 homers coming at Petco Park, there’s no debating Gyorko’s legitimacy at a power-thin position; he’s high on the list to lead all second basemen in long balls in 2014. Now the bad: Gyorko’s .249 BA really sucked the life out of his fantasy value, and a repeat performance would again make the 25-year-old a slightly improved and younger version of Dan Uggla. I expect the batting average to climb to the .260-.265-range, as he showed far more discipline on the farm with a career strikeout rate of (roughly) 17 percent, compare

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