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Friday, February 22, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL SECOND BASEMAN I WILL DRAFT/AVOID

The second baseman I will draft/avoid are up next and usually I take a more conservative route here save for getting Jose Altuve early in Round 1.  With that said, these are who make my own personal cut. 

SECOND BASEMAN I WILL TARGET

Whit Merrifield:  I already spoke a few days ago about my love for Merrifield and that is even more so this season given the dearth of stolen bases around the league.  Also add in eligibility at first, second, and the outfield in some leagues and Merrifield is looking like a big target of mine and should be of yours also. 

Jonathan Villar:  If you fail to get Merrifield, you can get Merrifield-lite in Villar who could actually top him in steals as he leads off for a Baltimore Orioles team who will be looking for him to create some havoc for a team in desperate need of offense.  This is a big of an about-face for me in that I was a huge Villar critic a few years ago off his career-year with the Milwaukee Brewers but now he is priced right. 

Rougned Odor:  The criticism and negativity surrounding the Texas Rangers second baseman is unfair as the kid was rushed to the majors and is still only 25 as we got into the new season.  Also keep in mind Odor has two 30-homer seasons under his belt already and has stolen between 12 and 15 bags each of the last three years as well.  Yes there are sizable holes in his swing but Odor is a major buy-low candidate who has immense upside.  A 35/15 campaign is not out of the realm of possibility. 

Daniel Murphy:  Murphy is aging and his steals are gone for good but the guy can still hit with the best of them and now gets Colorado as his home ballpark.  I am buying.

Joey Wendle:  A .300 average with 7 homers and 16 steals as a rookie and with an affordable draft price given the Tampa Bay screen makes Joey Wendel a very good target in the draft.  A career .288 hitter in the minors, Wendle seems legit.

Nick Senzel:  The prospect hype has dimmed some with Senzel after his injury-marred 2018 campaign but the power/speed/average upside is tremendous. 

Jeff McNeil:  The New York Mets' lineup is pretty crowded right now but we all know injuries will happen which will give this Daniel Murphy clone a chance to further show his impressive bat.

SECOND BASEMAN I WILL AVOID

Dee Gordon:  Already did my piece on why Dee Gordon is shaping up as a decent bust.  Scroll down to read it. 

Yoan Moncada:  The power/speed ability is obvious but a plus-.30.0 percent K/9 rate is a non-starter for me.

Brian Dozier:  Always a flawed overall hitter whose power/speed game helped gloss over the average hit, the steals are now on shaky ground as Brian Dozier gets older. 

Robinson Cano:  There is some decent bounce back appeal but the aging Cano coming off a PED suspension is not something I will try on again. 


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