We move over to 2nd base for our next set of picks; so let’s see who’s on top in are four categories.
The Best; Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners. Cano hit .314 with 14 home runs and 82 RBI’s and it was considered a down year for him. He even added a career high 10 steals. If he put up the same numbers this season it would be a good year, but since it’s Cano more is expected and he should deliver this season. With the addition of Nelson Cruz behind him in the batting order should help. The team is improved around him as well and the home runs should go back up to around 20. Don’t be surprised at the end of the season Cano is in the talk for MVP.
Underrated; Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Dodgers. With the deal to the Dodgers Kendrick will have a chance to show the baseball world what he can do. After spending 9 seasons with the Angeles in Anaheim he’ll get more attention as the Dodgers 2nd baseman. Kendrick hit .293 with 7 home runs and 75 RBI’s while picking up 14 steals. If Kendrick can get to that 15 home run plateau while the rest of his numbers stay the same he’ll be a solid 2nd baseman for any fantasy team this season.
Bounce back; Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians. Last season was suppose to be Kipnis’s break out season, but he hit .240 with 6 home runs and 41 RBI’s in 129 games. Injuries played a big part in Kipnis’ numbers being down last season and just him being healthy should improve them right off the bat. Even in a season were Kipnis struggled he still stole 22 bases. Kipnis needs to return to his 2013 numbers of 17 home runs and 84 RBI’s while hitting .284 and stealing 30 bases. The key of course is can he stay healthy enough to bounce back.
Stay away from; Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs. If your league deducts points for strikeouts take Baez off your board right now. While he does have big time home run potential he’s going to strikeout 200 plus time this season. Baez hit .169 with 9 home runs and 20 RBI’s last season, but struck out 95 times. His spring training average is .128 and has struck out 14 times in 13 games. If there are no negatives for strikeouts in our league Baez might be worth a risk very, very late in your draft because of his power, but again if strikeout are negative points in your league run far away from Baez.