Pre-Draft Player Rankings

14 Robinson Cano (Sea - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 14.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 157 595 77 14 82 10 .314
2015 Projections 162 624 90 25 95 7 .316
3 Year Average 159 609 88 25 94 7 .314
Outlook: Cano's power was the subject of much debate last offseason after he signed a 10-year deal with the Mariners. But he actually showed more power at Safeco Field than on the road with nine homers and a .470 SLG at home in 37 fewer at-bats than on the road (five home runs, .440 SLG). Still, his homers and doubles were the fewest since 2008. As for his average, he simply picked up where he left off in New York, batting .314 for the second year in a row. He also struck out in just 10.2% of his plate appearances, a five-year low. Cano's RBI count dropped by 25 thanks to his offensively inferior new team. Perhaps that changes this year with the addition of Nelson Cruz to the lineup. With Cruz hitting behind him, it shouldn't take much for Cano to surpass 100 runs scored again. If nothing else, pitchers can't simply pitch around Cano as they too often did last season (his 9.2% walk rate was the second highest of his career).
16 Anthony Rendon (Was - 3B, 2B)
DL15
ADP: 22.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 153 613 111 21 83 17 .287
2015 Projections 132 510 78 14 57 8 .276
3 Year Average 126 482 76 14 59 9 .278
Outlook: Rendon's first full season in the majors was a resounding success. Not only did he begin to shake off the "injury-prone" label that had dogged him since college by playing in 153 games, he cranked out 21 home runs, swiped 17 bases on 20 attempts and slashed .287/.351/.473 while playing above-average defense at both second and third base and collecting a Silver Slugger Award at the latter position. Now established as one of the more exciting young players in baseball and a franchise cornerstone for the Nationals, the 24-year-old will likely settle in as the club's long-term solution at third base, with Ryan Zimmerman's ongoing shoulder issues forcing a move across the diamond. It's always possible, however, that the Nats could eventually acquire a third baseman and shift him back to the keystone. As ridiculous as it may seem, given Rendon's hit tool, plate discipline and developing power from the right side, Edgar Martinez comparisons aren't entirely out of line. The kid is legit.
18 Jose Altuve (Hou - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 20.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 158 660 85 7 59 56 .341
2015 Projections 161 638 84 7 49 49 .335
3 Year Average 152 621 76 6 49 41 .306
Outlook: Altuve turned in a remarkable season for Houston, earning the second All-Star nod of his young career en route to winning the AL batting title with a .341 average. The 24-year-old led the majors with 67 multi-hit games and 225 hits, which far surpassed Craig Biggio's club record of 210 hits in a single season. Altuve's success at the plate can be attributed to an improved approach, which saw his contact rate (92%) rise by six percent and his strikeout rate (7.1%) dip significantly compared to the year prior. Altuve's .414/.566/1.013 slash line against lefties was particularly impressive, and while he only slightly improved his walk rate (5.1%), he terrorized opponents on the basepaths with an AL-leading 56 steals. His 86 percent success rate on stolen base attempts may prove to be an outlier, however, considering his success rate for his career coming into last season was 73.5 percent. While it might be wise for fantasy owners to anticipate regression from Altuve this season, there's no denying his value as an elite source of steals who will score plenty of runs and get on base at a healthy clip.
43 Ian Kinsler (Det - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 44.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 161 684 100 17 92 15 .275
2015 Projections 162 629 99 16 74 17 .269
3 Year Average 151 628 97 16 79 17 .269
Outlook: While the days of Kinsler posting 30-30 seasons are likely a thing of the past, he proved to still be a very valuable fantasy commodity in his first season with the Tigers. Kinsler slashed .272/.307/.420 in 684 at-bats. He led all second basemen in RBI (92), while ranking in the top five at the position homers (17), doubles (40), hits (188) and runs (100). For the most part, his offensive production met or surpassed his final season in Texas. The only area Kinsler saw a dip was in his walk rate, which dropped to a career-low mark of 4.0% and resulted in a lower on-base percentage than normal. His strikeout rate (10.9%) was on par with past seasons and he posted a stellar 88 percent contact rate, so it appears Kinsler went with a more aggressive approach at the plate and hasn’t seen a drop in his skill set. On the defensive side of the ball, Kinsler had one of his better seasons, posting a 13.0 UZR and career-high .988 fielding percentage. Turning 33 in June, it’s clear that Kinsler’s best days are behind him, but he also proved in 2014 that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank. He’ll once again be the everyday second baseman for Detroit while hitting at or near the top of the lineup.
56 Jason Kipnis (Cle - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 64.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 129 500 61 6 41 22 .240
2015 Projections 149 563 76 12 61 28 .258
3 Year Average 143 552 78 12 67 28 .261
Outlook: Everyone loved the Jay Hey Kid coming into 2014, so much so that he was taken in the end of the second round of many drafts. Kipnis lost nearly all of May to an oblique injury and then ended the season with leg issues. The time lost cost him nearly 120 plate appearances compared to 2013 and his extra-base hit total dropped from 57 to just 32. He still managed to steal at least 20 bases for a third consecutive season and his plate discipline held mostly in line to where it was with a tad more aggressiveness. The glaring issue was Kipnis simply did not drive the ball as he had the previous season, and the injuries certainly were a factor there. In hindsight, taking Kipnis as a top-25 pick in 2014 was a bit aggressive, but he should be drafted as a top-50 player in 2015 as a strong rebound candidate. Keep a close eye on him during spring training, however, as Kipnis needed surgery on his left ring finger in December after suffering an injury during offseason workouts.
61 Brian Dozier (Min - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 71.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 156 598 112 23 71 21 .242
2015 Projections 131 498 74 15 55 14 .247
3 Year Average 129 491 72 16 57 15 .240
Outlook: Dozier showed that his 2013 breakout season was no fluke as he was one of just five players with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases last year. Dozier nearly duplicated his 2013 stats, but he had several positive developments -- specifically, more home runs and stolen bases as he played nine more games. He scored 112 runs as he hit first or second in the batting order almost all season. He also increased his walk rate to 12.6% from 8.6% in 2013. Perhaps the only negative was that he took a slight step back in the field as he doubled his errors (15) at second base and had a below average season by most defensive metrics. Still, his glove is seen as strong enough to keep his bat at second base. His 112 runs scored may not sustainable as he's not a high OBP player, and he could be dropped to the middle of the order, but otherwise Dozier looks set to be a top fantasy option again at second base in 2015.
69 Dee Gordon (Mia - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 73.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 148 609 92 2 34 64 .289
2015 Projections 133 524 88 2 32 60 .323
3 Year Average 91 335 46 1 19 35 .266
Outlook: Gordon had the type of season that many were hoping to get from Billy Hamilton in 2014, and he came at a much cheaper price on draft day. Speed has always been his best tool, and he used that weapon to rack up 64 stolen bases last season while settling in as the Dodgers' leadoff man for 133 of the 148 games that he played. Even when Hanley Ramirez was dinged up, Gordon stayed at second base, and thus will not have shortstop eligibility in most leagues to begin 2015. Of particular concern was a noticeable shift in Gordon's plate discipline between the first and second half, as he struck out at an 18.2% clip after the All-Star break while drawing walks in just 1.6% of his plate appearances (.300 OBP in the second half). Traded the Marlins in December, Gordon will serve as the Marlins' starting second baseman after the position was a revolving door for the club throughout 2014. It remains to be seen if a move down in the batting order will materialize given the aforementioned on-base percentage issues, but Gordon should continue to receive plenty of green lights on the basepaths in 2015.
88 Dustin Pedroia (Bos - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 89.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 135 551 72 7 53 6 .278
2015 Projections 150 577 81 10 60 13 .295
3 Year Average 145 585 81 10 67 14 .291
Outlook: Pedroia suffered through the 2014 season, posting career lows in several major categories and looking like the poster child for Boston's disappointing season. As it turned out, Pedroia was once again playing through injury. In 2013 it was a thumb; in 2014 it was a wrist. He eventually underwent surgery to repair the wrist in September and has progressed through a regular offseason. Another injury for Pedroia highlights the fact that health has become an issue for him, and he often attempts to play through his ailments. The 31-year-old returns as Boston's starting second baseman and likely No. 2 hitter. Even while dealing with the aforementioned injuries over the past two seasons, Peroia has been excellent defender at second base, helping to stabilize his value to the Red Sox. While there is reason to believe that he can return to being a .300 hitter, his power is unlikely to come back to its peak levels.
92 Daniel Murphy (NYM - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 119.4
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 143 596 79 9 57 13 .289
2015 Projections 155 617 83 9 65 17 .297
3 Year Average 153 608 78 9 67 15 .288
Outlook: The epitome of the non-sexy sexy fantasy baseball player. Over the past two seasons, only two second baseman have hit at least .280 while scoring 75-plus runs and driving in at least 50: Robinson Cano and Daniel Murphy. Murphy is a high-contact batter that uses that ability to get on base more so than walking. His BABIP has been over .315 each of the past four seasons, allowing him to consistently hit for a high average. The steals dropped from 23 to 13 last season, but Murphy is still a double-double threat in that area to go along with the high average and runs. He is a 3.75 category player and the Mets are bringing in the fences in right field, which should give Murphy a boost in the power department. Last season, he out-earned the like of Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Carpenter & Chase Utley and was drafted later than all of them in most leagues. Stop undervaluing this guy already.
98 Kolten Wong (StL - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 132.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 113 402 52 12 42 20 .249
2015 Projections 58 236 29 6 20 12 .233
3 Year Average 72 230 29 6 21 12 .235
Outlook: Manager Mike Matheny made Wong work hard in 2014 to prove he belonged, despite clearly being the superior option over veteran Mark Ellis. Wong was even demoted twice, once in late April and again in late June before finally being handed the starting job at second base in early July. Wong's rookie season wasn't what some had hoped, hitting just .242/.292/.388, but he did show good power and speed, with 12 home runs, 29 extra-base hits and 20 stolen bases in 402 at-bats. He also displayed fairly good plate discipline, striking out just 71 times on the season. Wong finished third in Rookie of the Year voting for the NL and should be expected to post better numbers in 2015 as he's handed the starting job from the outset. If the Cardinals' offense improves, which seems likely, Wong could very well be a top-12 second baseman, capable of approaching 20 home runs and swiping at least that many bases.
99 Neil Walker (Pit - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 136.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 137 512 74 23 76 2 .271
2015 Projections 131 498 69 17 61 3 .269
3 Year Average 133 487 66 18 66 3 .267
Outlook: Walker led all major league second basemen with 23 homers and finished second at the position in the NL with an .809 OPS. He compiled a .271/.342/.467 line in 512 at-bats while playing in 137 games (the second-highest total in his six seasons) and his .195 ISO represented a career high. After batting just .225 from the right side in 2013, the switch-hitter improved to .280. Back injuries are always a concern with Walker, but he's proven to be a reliable fantasy option over the past several campaigns. His defense has slipped in recent years (-8.4 UZR/150) and he could be moved to the outfield at some point in the future. For now, though, Walker remains one of the better second basemen in the league.
120 Chase Utley (Phi - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 174.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 155 589 74 11 78 10 .270
2015 Projections 116 437 60 11 53 9 .263
3 Year Average 123 455 65 13 64 10 .273
Outlook: For a second straight year, Utley managed to avoid missing any time because of his degenerative knee condition. He got off to an excellent start in the first half of the season, but wore down and hit just .235/.323/.350 with three of his 11 home runs after the All-Star break. There were whispers that Utley's poor second half numbers were due to the extensive workout routine he goes through the entire offseason to ensure his knees can hold up for a whole season. Perhaps the team will consider giving Utley a little more time off this season to help keep him strong throughout the year. With a little rest and a likely rebound in his HR/FB rate back toward his more recent career rate, it would not be a surprise to see Utley surpass his home run total from last season. At 36 years old, Utley is no longer the star he once was, but he can still be a productive fantasy option at second base.
126 Javier Baez (ChC - 2B, SS)
DTD
ADP: 138.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 52 213 25 9 20 5 .169
2015 Projections 124 487 69 26 49 12 .195
3 Year Average 52 213 25 9 20 5 .169
Outlook: Baez struggled in his two-month stint with the Cubs in 2014, hitting just .169 with a whopping 95 strikeouts in 213 at-bats, but he's still the frontrunner to win the job at second base this spring. Baez blasted seven home runs in his first 19 games with the Cubs, but he only hit two more in his next 33 games. Still, with 69 home runs and 41 stolen bases in the last two years, the 22-year-old Baez has the potential to be a special big leaguer - provided that he can get his bat on the ball. With Starlin Castro at short, Baez at second, and Addison Russell waiting in the wings, the Cubs have an embarrassment of riches in the middle infield, and that doesn't even include Arismendy Alcantara, who will most likely be the center fielder. Someone may be the odd man out eventually, but with Baez's high ceiling, the Cubs will give him a very long leash.
134 Howie Kendrick (LAD - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 174.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 157 617 85 7 75 14 .293
2015 Projections 139 552 66 9 59 11 .286
3 Year Average 142 548 66 9 65 11 .292
Outlook: Kendrick came into 2014 fully healthy after playing just 123 games the previous season due to knee issues, but delivered mixed results. While his power evaporated (.104 ISO) he tied career highs in OBP (.347) and RBI (75) in a record 674 plate appearances. Kendrick showed some encouraging signs in 2014, as he lowered his strikeout rate for the third consecutive season, while bringing his walk rate up to a respectable 7.1%. He also kept his average high, hitting .293 while stealing 14 bases for the fourth time in his career. This ability to consistently steal bases will likely give him the floor of a two-category producer, with the potential for more if the power returns. Entering the final year of a four-year, $33.5 million contract, Kendrick was traded to the Dodgers in December, where he will take over as the starting second baseman after Dee Gordon was dealt to Miami.
144 Ben Zobrist (Oak - 2B, SS, LF)
DL15
ADP: 136.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 146 570 83 10 52 10 .272
2015 Projections 149 550 74 13 60 10 .275
3 Year Average 153 581 83 14 66 12 .272
Outlook: The Swiss Army Knife of the Tampa Bay Rays will have one more season to do his thing for the team, unless they decide to move his $7.5M salary before the season starts. 2014 was the first time since he became a regular that he did not play in at least 150 contests, but there is no denying that the grind of playing multiple positions across full seasons, with more than half of the time coming on the fake grass, is taking its toll on him. His home run total has not improved for four consecutive seasons and his stolen base total has declined for five consecutive seasons. Like many switch hitters, Zobrist struggles from the right side but his .703 OPS against lefties was his worst since 2010. Conversely, he laid waste to righties hitting .340 with a .873 OPS. Traded to Oakland in January, it is going to be a push for him to be a double-double threat again in 2015 as this fantasy stud shifts on to the final stages of his career.
179 Martin Prado (Mia - 3B, 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 199.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 143 536 62 12 58 3 .282
2015 Projections 134 527 58 9 54 6 .277
3 Year Average 151 587 71 12 70 8 .290
Outlook: Prado’s overall 2014 production was nearly identical to his 2013 production, and that is not a good thing. He was traded to the Yankees over the summer and his bat was revived with New York, as he went on to hit .316/.336/.541 in the 137 plate appearances he had before his season ended after an emergency appendectomy. One thing that helped his 2014 numbers was he mashed lefties at a .366/.398/.580 clip, but that is an outlier for him. One thing to watch for is that his numbers against righties have declined for three consecutive seasons. Prado is a non-sexy pick for the endgame as he is a decent bet for 10 homers, a .280 average, and he qualifies at both second and third base on draft day. However, the move to Marlins Park will only hurt his power numbers, so the only upside in his selection is what happens with his BABIP.
183 Scooter Gennett (Mil - 2B)
DL15
ADP: 215.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 137 440 55 9 54 6 .289
2015 Projections 84 342 44 7 35 3 .295
3 Year Average 103 326 42 8 38 4 .301
Outlook: Gennett, in his first full big league season, finished 2014 with the fifth best OPS among second basemen who saw at least 400 plate appearances. He hammered right-handed pitching, but went just 4-for-39 against southpaws while sharing time at the keystone with Rickie Weeks. Though Weeks is expected to move on this offseason, Gennett’s struggles against southpaws could still land him in at least a soft platoon next year. More starts would help Gennett’s counting stats, but given his struggles against southpaws, that could result in a decrease in his ratios.
187 Brett Lawrie (Oak - 3B, 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 208.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 70 259 27 12 38 0 .247
2015 Projections 125 490 65 17 59 9 .286
3 Year Average 101 385 47 11 44 7 .260
Outlook: There is a theory that says to pounce on post-hype prospects because that talent can still emerge. But, what if that prospect was overrated to begin with? Lawrie is only 25, but he has had more than 1,400 plate appearances in the major leagues and owns a career slash line of .265/.323/.426 and has had difficulty staying on the field. He is an impatient batter that does not get cheated on his swings, but possesses more gap power than over-the-fence power. Early in his career, he attempted steals, but had a poor conversion rate, so in 2014, he simply gave up trying. He has had reverse splits the last two seasons as he has done quite poorly against lefties while providing nearly all of his production against righties. Lawrie, who was afforded a fresh start after being traded to the A's in November, does qualify at both second and third base, and the numbers play better up the middle than they do at the corner.
189 Asdrubal Cabrera (TB - SS, 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 206.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 146 553 74 14 61 10 .241
2015 Projections 144 556 71 15 62 10 .259
3 Year Average 142 539 70 15 64 9 .250
Outlook: The deadline deal that sent Cabrera to Washington from Cleveland didn't spark any sort of resurgence in his bat. Between the two stops, he ended up posting numbers very similar to his somewhat disappointing 2013 campaign: a batting average in the .240s, weak on-base percentage, solid power for a middle infielder and a handful of steals. His defense, never his calling card at shortstop, played much better at second base with the Nationals. Signed by the Rays as a free agent, he may see everyday at-bats between the middle-infield spots following the trade of Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in January.
194 Jedd Gyorko (SD - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 220.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 111 400 37 10 51 3 .210
2015 Projections 119 466 49 16 53 1 .223
3 Year Average 118 443 50 16 57 2 .230
Outlook: Gyorko endured a sophomore slump in conjunction with a Padres offense that was historically atrocious, as evidenced by his inability to break through the Mendoza Line until Aug. 17. The late-breaking development was aided by a bout with plantar fasciitis, which spurred a stay on the disabled for the majority of June and July. However, silver linings can be found after his return to action on July 28, as consistency slowly but surely returned at the plate. Although he managed just one long ball in September, he reached base safely in 21 of 25 contests, when he slashed .267/.365/.378 with a 14:19 BB:K in 90 at-bats. With 10 homers on the 2014 ledger, he fell well short of the standard set as a rookie (23 in 486 at-bats) just one year previous, but the 26-year-old second baseman has followed a power-laden campaign with a more patient approach to end his second season, suggesting that his entire repertoire could soon rumble to the surface.
202 Chris Owings (Ari - SS, 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 91 310 34 6 26 8 .261
2015 Projections 73 192 19 2 14 5 .255
3 Year Average 56 182 20 3 16 5 .264
Outlook: Owings earned a spot on the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster and was the team's primary shortstop for the first three months of the season before left shoulder soreness derailed his rookie season. He returned to the roster in September and shifted to second base, starting 18 of 20 games before the injury shut him down for good. While the team insisted that the injury was merely a bruise, Owings had surgery to repair the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder in early October. The offensive production in Year 1 was a significant drop from his production at Triple-A Reno in 2013, but his numbers prior to the first instance of his shoulder woes in June (.277/.313/.458, six homers, 7-for-7 in stolen base opportunities) project favorably for a middle infielder over a complete season. If he's healthy when spring training begins, Owings' combination of power and speed will make him an intriguing sleeper in 2015.
205 Brandon Phillips (Cin - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 215.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 121 462 44 8 51 2 .266
2015 Projections 135 533 63 13 65 6 .259
3 Year Average 140 549 70 15 77 7 .270
Outlook: The trends for Phillips are pretty ugly -- his OPS has dropped three consecutive years, dipping down to .678 last year after peaking at .810 in 2011; he stole a career-low two bases after formerly being a double-digit steal threat; and he hit only eight homers after four consecutive 18-homer seasons. A thumb injury that put him on the DL in July can only explain some of his low output, the rest can be attributed to normal decline. The good news for Phillips might not be such good news for the Reds -- he has three more years remaining on his contract, which virtually ensures that he's not going anywhere and can benefit from playing half his games at Great American Ballpark.
210 Rougned Odor (Tex - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 220.5
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 114 386 39 9 48 4 .259
2015 Projections 42 111 11 2 13 1 .279
3 Year Average 114 386 39 9 48 4 .259
Outlook: Considering Odor played 114 games of above-replacement-level baseball at an up-the-middle position as a 20-year-old, his 2014 season was quite impressive. He started at Double-A Frisco, but was called up five weeks into the season because the team was lacking a legitimate second baseman with Jurickson Profar out for the season with a partial tear in his shoulder. Odor did alright for himself, slashing .259/.297/.402 with nine home runs and four steals in 417 plate appearances. There is no denying he was rushed to the majors, but the fact that Odor was able to hold his own against big-league pitching as the youngest player in MLB for much of the season should do wonders for his development. Texas will have a tough decision to make if Profar comes to camp close to healthy, as Odor has marginally outperformed Profar as a big leaguer to this point. If Odor opens the season as an everyday player, he will be a prime breakout candidate.
226 Arismendy Alcantara (ChC - CF, 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 70 278 31 10 29 8 .205
2015 Projections 119 475 51 17 47 14 .208
3 Year Average 70 278 31 10 29 8 .205
Outlook: When Alcantara joined the Cubs in July, he looked like a fantasy stud in the making, thanks to 10 home runs, 21 stolen bases, and a .307 batting average in half a season with Triple-A Iowa. He exploded onto the scene with nine hits and five RBI in his first five games in the majors, but that was his high watermark of the season, as he couldn't top the Mendoza Line in either of the final two months. The main culprit was an inability to hit against right-handers (.565 OPS and 7:73 BB:K ratio in 200 at-bats), but his minor league splits weren't nearly that wide (career .775 OPS against righties, .805 against lefties). Alcantara will be given every opportunity to earn a starting job this spring, but the crowded infield depth chart may open that door for him in center field.
262 Aaron Hill (Ari - 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 3B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 133 501 52 10 60 4 .244
2015 Projections 123 485 62 15 57 6 .280
3 Year Average 125 479 63 16 62 6 .280
Outlook: The good news is that Hill remained mostly healthy last season. The bad news is that he was incredibly unproductive overall. Hill posted career-worst strikeout and walk rates and just barely hit double-digit home runs for the fifth time in six seasons. He doubly frustrated fantasy owners as he also stopped trying to steal bases either due to disinterest or Kirk Gibson tying an anchor around his leg. His numbers are in a three-year decline, and he’s now on the wrong side of 30 at a position that can age quickly. Power rarely comes back to smaller second basemen, and stolen base recoveries are even more rare. What we are left with is a one-and-a-half category player who can hit for average and some pop, but is below average in the remaining categories. On top of that, he is good for at least one stint on the disabled list each season.
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