Keeper League Second Base (2B) Rankings are based on a 3-year outlook for the 2009, 2010, and 2011 fantasy baseball seasons. Rankings are established for a standard fantasy baseball scoring system in mixed AL/NL leagues with scoring category stats including: runs, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average. Keeper League (2B) Rankings include the Top 40 preseason 2009 fantasy baseball second base eligible players. Each individual players age for the 2009 season is listed in parentheses after their name. Good Luck this 2009 Fantasy Baseball Season!
KEEPER LEAGUE SECOND BASE (2B) RANKINGS 2009
1. Ian Kinsler – Texas Rangers (27)
At age 27 for the 2009 season, Kinsler grabs the #1 overall spot for 2009 fantasy baseball keeper leagues because he is younger than Chase Utley, and has more potential for greater stats than Dustin Pedroia. Kinsler has the ability to post 25 homeruns, 35 stolen bases, 80 rbi, 120 runs scored, and a batting average around .300 for the next three seasons.
2. Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies (30)
In a traditional one-year fantasy baseball league, Utley will likely be the #1 overall second baseman. However when you look three years down the road, Utley should be overtaken by the younger Kinsler. Still for 2009 and likely even 2010, Utley should be good for 20-25 homeruns, 90-100 rbi, 110 runs scored, 10 stolen bases, and a .300 plus batting average.
3. Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox (25)
Pedroia proved his doubters wrong in 2008 with career highs across the board. At just age 25, Pedroia has plenty of room to continue to improve upon his numbers in 2009. Not to mention being in a high run producing Boston offense definitely helps Pedroia’s cause as well. A 20 homerun and 20 stolen base season with over 100 runs scored and an outstanding batting average well over .300 is likely for Pedroia during the 2009 season and for another five years after.
4. Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds (28)
While Phillips didn’t come close to a 30 homerun and 30 stolen base season again in 2008, a 20 homerun and 20 stolen base season isn’t exactly terrible either. If Phillips remains injury free, a 25 homerun and 25 stolen base season is likely, with great potential for another 30 homerun and 30 stolen base season in 2009. 20 homeruns and 20 stolen bases seem like a great bet for Phillips in each of the next three seasons as well.
5. Dan Uggla – Florida Marlins (29)
After three consecutive seasons of outstanding fantasy baseball production, I think Uggla may have finally gained the trust of fantasy baseball managers entering the 2009 season. While Uggla’s batting average isn’t great, it isn’t a complete scoring category killer either. At age 29 for the 2009 season, Uggla is entering the prime of his career, and has the ability to post 25-30 homeruns, 80-90 rbi, 100 runs scored and a batting average around .275 for the next three years.
6. Brian Roberts – Baltimore Orioles (31)
At age 31 for the 2009 season, Roberts is slowly being overtaken by younger second basemen. However Roberts outlook for the 2009 season and even the 2010 season look great, with the potential for a downfall in stats not coming until the 2011 season. Stats around 40-50 stolen bases with 100 runs scored and a .290 batting average is a great bet for Roberts in 2009.
7. Robinson Cano – New York Yankees (26)
To say Cano underachieved and disappointed in 2008 would be a complete understatement. In all honesty, Cano was a major bust for every fantasy baseball team that took him high in their draft last year. Luckily however, the rebuilding of the Yankees roster for the 2009 season, could lead Cano to a career year in 2009 as he should have plenty of protection in the lineup. At just age 26 for the 2009 season, Cano has tons of potential in fantasy baseball keeper leagues, and he has the talent and ability to climb into the top 5 overall fantasy baseball second base rankings by the end of the 2009 season. 15-20 homeruns, 5 stolen bases, 70-80 rbi, 80-90 runs scored, and a batting average at .300 plus is very possible from Cano over the next three to five years.
8. Howie Kendrick – Los Angeles Angels (26)
As usual, Kendrick once again succumb to his injury history during the 2008 season. The potential and ability is there, so Kendrick will enter the 2009 fantasy baseball season as an extremely high reward, high risk pick. At age 26 for the 2009 season, Kendrick has the potential to post 10-20 homeruns, 15 stolen bases, 70-80 rbi, 80-100 runs scored, and batting average around .320 each year for the next five seasons.
9. Jose Lopez – Seattle Mariners (25)
At just 25 years of age for the 2009 season, Lopez has shown an increase in his power numbers over the past three years. 15-20 homeruns, 80-90 rbi, 80 runs scored, 5 stolen bases, and a solid batting average around .290 is possible for Lopez in each season over the next five years.
10. Rickie Weeks – Milwaukee Brewers (26)
Even though Weeks has disappointed fantasy baseball teams tremendously since he first came up to the majors in 2005, he will still only be 26 years old for the 2009 season. In other words, Weeks luckily still has time to turn the ship around if he wants to be a top option at second base in fantasy baseball leagues. The potential for 20 plus stolen bases, 15-20 homeruns, 80-100 runs scored, 70-80 rbi, and a batting average around .270 is possible for Weeks over the next three to five years.
11. Alexi Casilla – Minnesota Twins (25)
The starting second baseman of the future for the Twins finally took the job and ran with it in 2008. If Casilla can continue to get better during the 2009 season, then his stolen base total could easily approach 30 plus stolen bases per season over the next five years. So if you are looking for a second basemen who can get you some stolen bases, Casilla is a great young keeper league option at second base.
12. Kelly Johnson – Atlanta Braves (27)
Johnson proved in 2008 that his 2007 numbers were not just a mirage or fluke, which means at just age 27 for the 2009 season, Johnson has the potential to continue to post very good fantasy baseball stats over the next couple of seasons. Assuming Johnson continues to progress in 2009, a final stat line could include 15 homeruns, 90 runs scored, 70 rbi, 15 stolen bases, and a .285 batting average over the next three years.
13. Aaron Hill – Toronto Blue Jays (27)
Once considered an up and coming top flight fantasy baseball second baseman, Hill sustained a concussion in May of 2008, and he was never able to get back on the field last year. Luckily Hill is still young, just 27 years old for the 2009 season, so if he can shake his injury, Hill is still considered the Blue Jays second baseman of the future. The potential for 15-20 homeruns, 5 stolen bases, 80-90 runs scored, 70-80 rbi, and a batting average around .290 is very possible if Hill is healthy by opening day 2009. If Hill is healthy, then these stats are a good bet over the next three years as well.
14. Asdrubal Cabrera – Cleveland Indians (23)
At just age 23 for the 2009 season, Cabrera is just beginning to kick off his fantasy baseball career. And while Cabrera may eventually move to shortstop permanently in the future, I wouldn’t expect that position change for another year or two. Cabrera has the ability to post 10-15 homeruns, 10-15 stolen bases, 90 runs scored, 70-80 rbi, and a batting average around .280 for the 2009 season, with an increase in homeruns and runs scored possible in another year or two.
15. Blake DeWitt – Los Angeles Dodgers (23)
Originally projected as a third baseman, DeWitt will have a chance to claim the starting second base job for the Dodgers in 2009 now that Jeff Kent has retired. With 27 games played at second base already under his belt from last year, DeWitt could easily slide into the second base position full time in 2009, with the possibility of second base eventually becoming his permanent position for the rest of his career. At just age 23 for the 2009 season, DeWitt is just beginning his fantasy baseball career, so stats in the range of 15 homeruns, 5-10 stolen bases, 90 runs scored, 70 rbi, and a batting average around .280 is possible for DeWitt in 2009. An increase in homeruns, runs scored, and rbi is possible for DeWitt over the next five years, with his likely max numbers reaching 25 homeruns, 15 stolen bases, 110 runs scored, 90 rbi, and a batting average at .295 during the prime of his career.
16. Daniel Murphy – New York Mets (24)
After a late season callup in 2008, Murphy showed the Mets and fantasy baseball teams that he could be very productive if given the opportunity. As the potential second basemen of the future for the Mets once Luis Castillo is gone, Murphy at just age 24, should see playing time at both second base and outfield during the 2009 season. It isn’t likely that Murphy claims a full time starting job in 2009, but if he makes a good impact in spring training, Murphy has the potential to claim a starting job on opening day and he would instantly become an excellent sleeper candidate entering the 2009 fantasy baseball season. Murphy has the potential to post 15-20 homeruns, 20-25 stolen bases, 90-100 runs scored, 80 rbi, and a batting average around .290 in the prime of his career.
17. Matt Antonelli – San Diego Padres (24)
Antonelli a former 1st round pick from the 2006 draft, got his first taste of the big leagues last season. Unfortunately he had a debut that neither him nor fantasy baseball managers will want to remember. Yet with the starting second base job looking like his in the near future, a good 2009 spring training may actually have him winning the starting second base job by opening day 2009. Antonelli has the ability to be a 20 homerun and 20 stolen base guy during the prime of his career.
18. Alberto Callaspo – Kansas City Royals (26)
On a Royals team that needs talent at seemingly every position, Callaspo could finally get an everyday starting job at second base for the enter 2009 season. If Callaspo does manage to reel in a full time job, and he bats leadoff, then 20 plus stolen bases and close to 100 runs scored could be in store for him during the 2009 season.
19. Eugenio Velez – San Francisco Giants (27)
Velez will be entering the 2009 season at the magic age of 27. If this means anything, a career year could be in store for the speedster. If Velez manages to win the starting second base job and nets 400-500 at bats, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him finish with 40 plus steals by the end of the 2009 season. Velez has enough speed to eventually post 50-60 stolen bases per season over the next three years.
20. Chris Getz – Chicago White Sox (25)
With no veteran currently on the White Sox roster at second base, it looks like the young 25 year old Getz will get his shot at claiming the starting second base job during spring training. If Getz is successful and he is the starter for the White Sox in 2009, expect a good batting average around .290 to go along with 10-15 stolen bases.
21. Mark DeRosa – Cleveland Indians (34)
22. Ian Stewart – Colorado Rockies (24)
23. Orlando Hudson – Free Agent (31)
24. Mike Fontenot – Chicago Cubs (29)
25. Eric Patterson – Oakland Athletics (26)
26. Anderson Hernandez – Washington Nationals (26)
27. Akinori Iwamura – Tampa Bay Rays (30)
28. Clint Barmes – Colorado Rockies (30)
29. Emmanuel Burriss – San Francisco Giants (24)
30. Placido Polanco – Detroit Tigers (33)
31. Joaquin Arias – Texas Rangers (24)
32. Freddy Sanchez – Pittsburgh Pirates (31)
33. Felipe Lopez – Arizona Diamondbacks (29)
34. Sean Rodriguez – Los Angeles Angels (24)
35. Ronny Cedeno – Seattle Mariners (26)
36. Jeff Baker – Colorado Rockies (28)
37. Kazuo Matsui – Houston Astros (33)
38. Luis Castillo – New York Mets (33)
39. Edgar Gonzalez – San Diego Padres (31)
40. Josh Barfield – Cleveland Indians (26)
2009 FANTASY BASEBALL POSITION RANKINGS
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Catcher (C) Rankings – Top 30
2009 Fantasy Baseball: First Base (1B) Rankings – Top 50
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Second Base (2B) Rankings – Top 40
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Third Base (3B) Rankings – Top 40
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Shortstop (SS) Rankings – Top 40
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Outfield (OF) Rankings – Top 120
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Starting Pitcher (SP) Rankings – Top 150
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Relief Pitcher (RP) Rankings – Top 70
2009 FANTASY BASEBALL KEEPER LEAGUE RANKINGS
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League Catcher (C) Rankings – Top 40
2009 Fantasy Baseball: Keeper League First Base (1B) Rankings – Top 60