Time for the rundown of “under the radar: 2nd basemen for 2016. Second base might be the deepest position (other than pitching) for next year. Because of this it would be very smart to wait on buying one. I would not wait too long especially if people start filling up their MI spots. That being said once the upper tiers of second basemen are selected (Kipnis, Dozier, Kinsler, Cano, Zobrist, Wong, Phillips, etc.) you can sit back and have this list of players up your sleeve.
- Joe Panik, SF – Here is a hitter that does everything right except for hitting from that side. Panik is a line drive hitting machine. He hits the ball to all fields and makes very good contact. His BABIP (.336), wOBA (.345) and OBP (.364) also show that he is a very patient hitter that walks (8.8%) as much as he strikes out (9.6%) Last year he also made a slight adjustment to his swing which has added some more “upper cut” and should produce more HR’s as he is now entering his “prime” years. Lower back problems derailed the end of this past season however and should be watched closely in the spring. If he is healthy, Panik might be quite the steal.
- Logan Forsythe, TB – Being given a full time job in 2015 we saw a true “break out” for Logan. The extra reps sure justified the trust he was given. He delivered 17 HR’s and at times became as hot as a player could get. The type that can help you win a week or two in H2H leagues. The only down side is he has been striking out more than we would like (19%).
- Devon Travis, TOR – From the first couple of months last year Devon looked like he was on his way to play in the all-star game. Then an unfortunate injury struck practically derailing the rest of the season. Coming back next year to start at 2nd base will be yet another weapon for the Blue Jay offense. Batting in a lineup ahead of Tulo, Batista and Encarnacion can only help. With the rate that Devon shows to get on base wOBA(.370) and a BABIP (.347) he will most likely produce a lot of counting stats that would be very helpful especially in point’s leagues.
- Brock Holt, BOS – What can I say about Brock Holt. Even though I am a Yankees fan I still have a man crush on this guy. Brock can do everything offensively he reminds me of a younger Dustin Pedroia. Holt also plays every position defensively except for Pitcher and Cather (I’m sure he would try them if asked) so why do you ask he is not on every ones draft boards? Despite his hitting, base running and multiple defensive positions…he has no starting job. He is the best utility man in baseball well, along with Ben Zobrist. The good news is that because he can play 7 positions he does start a lot of games rotating around each week to give people a day off led to a 500 At bat season. With a batting Average of (.280) OBP (.349, BABIP (.350), wOBA (.322) a hitter in the mold of Zobrist that is usually just 1 injury away from Full time. Grab him if you can!
- Josh Harrison, PIT – After sustaining a bad injury that robbed him of starting at the beginning of the season Josh picked up right where he left off in 2014. He is a very polished hitter who hits a lot of line drives and he hits them with authority. He put up some impressive numbers for the Bucos AVG (287), OBP (.327), BABIP (.336) and a wOBA of .313. Josh has shown some speed on the base paths as well and could very easily give you a 15/15 of 20/20 season.
Top 2nd base prospects to keep an eye on are:
Jose Peraza, LAD – Jose has amazing speed. All he needs is a starting gig (With Kendrick a FA it is possible) batting leadoff for the Dodgers could produce some big numbers in Runs and SB’s. Keep an eye out for Peraza securing a regular job in the spring.
Robert Refsnyder, NYY – A very gifted hitter who seems to be from the same mold as a Martin Prado. Refsnyder is an Outfielder that was converted to a second basemen last year so his defense is a little suspect but, getting better. As it stands now the Yankees claim that he may platoon with Dustin Ackley at that position so that would make him very irrelevant for fantasy purposes. It will be interesting to see if he gets the starting roleat some point to show what he could do on a regular basis.
Next up I will get to work on Giving everyone some tips on sleeper Short Stops for 2016.