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PlayerTrack 2005 Top 10 2B

In honor of Red Sox Chick, who posted about Tony Graffanino… and at the risk of getting flamed by the fantasy folk who read this blog, I present to you the PlayerTrack Top 10 2005 2B (standard 5×5).

Graffanino is good, people.

1. Brian Roberts, BAL, AL
138 starts, 2B(138)
561 AB, .314 AVG, .387 OBP, 92 R, 18 HR, 73 RBI, 27 SB, 10 CS, 83 K, .515 SLG%, 0.902 OPS (259)
Rankings: BA(3/60) RBI(12/60) R(12/60) HR(11/60) SB(8/60)

2. Chase Utley, PHI, NL
141 starts, 1B(6) 2B(135)
543 AB, .291 AVG, .376 OBP, 93 R, 28 HR, 105 RBI, 16 SB, 3 CS, 109 K, .540 SLG%, 0.916 OPS (256)
Rankings: BA(15/60) RBI(2/60) R(9/60) HR(3/60) SB(20/60)

3. Alfonso Soriano, TEX, AL
155 starts, 2B(153) DH(2)
637 AB, .268 AVG, .309 OBP, 102 R, 36 HR, 104 RBI, 30 SB, 2 CS, 125 K, .512 SLG%, 0.821 OPS (255)
Rankings: BA(29/60) RBI(5/60) R(8/60) HR(1/60) SB(7/60)

4. Jeff Kent, LOS, NL
148 starts, 1B(10) 2B(138)
553 AB, .289 AVG, .377 OBP, 100 R, 29 HR, 105 RBI, 6 SB, 2 CS, 85 K, .512 SLG%, 0.889 OPS (238)
Rankings: BA(18/60) RBI(3/60) R(5/60) HR(2/60) SB(39/60)

5. Bill Hall, MIL, NL
128 starts, 2B(21) 3B(49) SS(58)
501 AB, .291 AVG, .342 OBP, 69 R, 17 HR, 62 RBI, 18 SB, 6 CS, 103 K, .495 SLG%, 0.837 OPS (234)
Rankings: BA(12/60) RBI(14/60) R(24/60) HR(7/60) SB(14/60)

6. Marcus Giles, ATL, NL
147 starts, 2B(147)
577 AB, .291 AVG, .365 OBP, 104 R, 15 HR, 63 RBI, 16 SB, 3 CS, 108 K, .461 SLG%, 0.826 OPS (223)
Rankings: BA(14/60) RBI(26/60) R(3/60) HR(18/60) SB(21/60)

7. Tadahito Iguchi, CHA, AL
129 starts, 2B(129)
511 AB, .278 AVG, .342 OBP, 74 R, 15 HR, 71 RBI, 15 SB, 5 CS, 114 K, .438 SLG%, 0.78 OPS (218)
Rankings: BA(24/60) RBI(11/60) R(19/60) HR(15/60) SB(18/60)

8. Mark Ellis, OAK, AL
114 starts, 2B(109) SS(5)
434 AB, .316 AVG, .384 OBP, 76 R, 13 HR, 52 RBI, 1 SB, 3 CS, 51 K, .477 SLG%, 0.861 OPS (214)
Rankings: BA(2/60) RBI(17/60) R(6/60) HR(14/60) SB(52/60)

9. Craig Biggio, HOU, NL
146 starts, 2B(141) DH(5)
590 AB, .264 AVG, .325 OBP, 94 R, 26 HR, 69 RBI, 11 SB, 1 CS, 90 K, .468 SLG%, 0.793 OPS (213)
Rankings: BA(32/60) RBI(16/60) R(11/60) HR(5/60) SB(28/60)

10. Tony Graffanino, BOS, AL
99 starts, 1B(14) 2B(71) 3B(14)
379 AB, .309 AVG, .366 OBP, 68 R, 7 HR, 38 RBI, 7 SB, 2 CS, 51 K, .425 SLG%, 0.791 OPS (209)
Rankings: BA(4/60) RBI(31/60) R(1/60) HR(31/60) SB(29/60)

PlayerTrack’s Top 10 Fantasy First Basemen of 2005

PlayerTrack ranks the top performing players from LAST season.  Personally, I think this is the BEST method to determine future performance.

Those players in RED are riskier picks because their statistics are averaged out as if they played a full season.  The players below were compared according to the 5×5 offensive categories of AVG, R, HR, RBI, and SB.

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1. Derrek Lee, CHN, NL
158 starts, 1B(158)
594 AB, .335 AVG, .418 OBP, 120 R, 46 HR, 107 RBI, 15 SB, 3 CS, 109 K, .662 SLG%, 1.08 OPS (267)
Rankings: BA(1/57) RBI(15/57) R(2/57) HR(3/57) SB(2/57)

2. Albert Pujols, STL, NL
155 starts, 1B(154) DH(1)
591 AB, .330 AVG, .430 OBP, 129 R, 41 HR, 117 RBI, 16 SB, 2 CS, 65 K, .609 SLG%, 1.039 OPS (266)
Rankings: BA(2/57) RBI(9/57) R(1/57) HR(11/57) SB(1/57)

3. Mark Teixeira, TEX, AL
162 starts, 1B(154) DH(8)
644 AB, .301 AVG, .379 OBP, 112 R, 43 HR, 144 RBI, 4 SB, 0 CS, 124 K, .575 SLG%, 0.954 OPS (246)
Rankings: BA(10/57) RBI(3/57) R(5/57) HR(10/57) SB(16/57)

4. Mike Jacobs, NYN, NL
28 starts, 1B(28)
100 AB, .310 AVG, .375 OBP, 19 R, 11 HR, 23 RBI, 0 SB, 0 CS, 22 K, .710 SLG%, 1.085 OPS (245)
Rankings: BA(5/57) RBI(2/57) R(3/57) HR(1/57) SB(34/57)

5. Ryan Howard, PHI, NL
79 starts, 1B(79)
312 AB, .288 AVG, .356 OBP, 52 R, 22 HR, 63 RBI, 0 SB, 1 CS, 100 K, .567 SLG%, 0.923 OPS (219)
Rankings: BA(18/57) RBI(7/57) R(8/57) HR(4/57) SB(34/57)

6. Tony Clark, ARZ, NL
77 starts, 1B(70) DH(7)
349 AB, .304 AVG, .366 OBP, 47 R, 30 HR, 87 RBI, 0 SB, 0 CS, 88 K, .636 SLG%, 1.002 OPS (218)
Rankings: BA(8/57) RBI(1/57) R(28/57) HR(2/57) SB(33/57)

7. Carlos Delgado, FLA, NL
141 starts, 1B(140) DH(1)
521 AB, .301 AVG, .399 OBP, 81 R, 33 HR, 115 RBI, 0 SB, 0 CS, 121 K, .582 SLG%, 0.981 OPS (214)
Rankings: BA(9/57) RBI(5/57) R(14/57) HR(14/57) SB(34/57)

8. Mike Sweeney, KAN, AL
122 starts, 1B(49) DH(73)
470 AB, .300 AVG, .347 OBP, 63 R, 21 HR, 83 RBI, 3 SB, 0 CS, 61 K, .517 SLG%, 0.864 OPS (209)
Rankings: BA(11/57) RBI(11/57) R(23/57) HR(24/57) SB(12/57)

9. Lance Berkman, HOU, NL
132 starts, 1B(84) OF(45) DH(3)
468 AB, .293 AVG, .411 OBP, 76 R, 24 HR, 82 RBI, 4 SB, 1 CS, 72 K, .524 SLG%, 0.935 OPS (207)
Rankings: BA(14/57) RBI(24/57) R(15/57) HR(20/57) SB(10/57)

10. Richie Sexson, SEA, AL
156 starts, 1B(151) DH(5)
558 AB, .263 AVG, .369 OBP, 99 R, 39 HR, 121 RBI, 1 SB, 1 CS, 167 K, .541 SLG%, 0.91 OPS (203)
Rankings: BA(34/57) RBI(6/57) R(6/57) HR(9/57) SB(32/57)

PlayerTrack 2005 Top 10 ShortStops

1. Felipe Lopez:  We start out immediately with some controversy.  But, you cannot argue that this soon-to-be 26 year old tore up the 2005 season.  His 2004 was the definition of "lackluster" — especially his 81 strikeouts in about 250 ABs.

However, in 2005, Lopez figured it all out.  He struck out 111 times in more than double the ABs.  Conclusion: he has figured out how to connect.

Lopez’ PlayerTrack rankings (among 50 2005 MLB SS): BA(9/50) RBI(7/50) R(5/50) HR(4/50) SB(14/50)

I believe that Lopez will still be a Top 5 Fantasy SS in 2006.  Gregg (a diehard Reds fan, even) has his doubts.

2. Derek Jeter:  Not much needs to be said here.  He is the Mr. Consistency of Shortstops.  Both Gregg and I feel that he will provide you with the same kind of value in 2006, and he is an excellent pick.

Jeter’s PlayerTrack rankings (among 50 2005 MLB SS): BA(3/50) RBI(21/50) R(2/50) HR(12/50) SB(17/50)

3. Clint Barmes:  The forgotten shortstop.  Don’t forget about him.  For the first six weeks of 2005, Barmes hovered in the .400 BA range.  In June, a deer meat incident cost him most of the remainder of the season.

I have seen fantasy baseball pundits focus on a "bad second half."  Does the month of September count as a second half?  Go ahead and reiterate the feelings of the alleged pundits to your fellow league members.  Let them make fun of you when you pick Barmes as your shortstop.  Let Barmes’ hitting (in Coors Field, of course) do all the talking back for you.

Barmes’ PlayerTrack rankings: BA(11/50) RBI(8/50) R(6/50) HR(11/50) SB(20/50)

4. Michael Young:  Arguably the cream of the crop (Gregg’s favorite shortstop).  He had the top OPS among all SS in 2005, and his batting average and on base percentage numbers were just stellar.

He will continue to do the same.  His SB and RBI numbers are what drop him down below the first three.  Still, the fact that he played a whole season has to have you looking more strongly at him than, say, Barmes.

Barmes is tons of potential, provided he stays away from deer meat.  Young is a proven stud.

Young’s PlayerTrack rankings: BA(1/50) RBI(9/50) R(4/50) HR(5/50) SB(39/50)

5. Bill Hall:  I have, rightfully, been accused by BaseballGeeks podcast listeners of having fallen in love with this guy.  He qualifies at 2B, SS, and 3B… AND he appears in the PlayerTrack top 10 of each of those positional lists.

Chase Utley had his magic year last year at 26.  I think Hall, who will be 26 this season, will fit that same bill.  Power, speed, decent average… this guy has it all.  If word doesn’t get out about this guy, he just might be the steal of the draft at a very cheap price at the end of the draft.

Hall’s 2005 PlayerTrack rankings at SS: BA(8/50) RBI(14/50) R(19/50) HR(7/50) SB(11/50)

6. Miguel Tejada:  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  Still, he has great numbers… he just isn’t the same Tejada we knew three years ago.  He is only 30 years old, although he seems to be much older, based upon how long he has been hyped up in fantasy.

A logical, experienced choice, without the upside.  I think he is on the downside of the career bell curve.  Add to the fact that he seems very unhappy in Baltimore, and I think I am going to avoid him this year.

Tejada’s 2005 rankings: BA(4/50) RBI(3/50) R(17/50) HR(2/50) SB(38/50)

7. Jhonny Peralta: A definition of slugger.  He didn’t run last year (0 SBs with 2 CS), but Gregg seems to think that he has some untapped speed.  Second best OPS among 2005 shortstops, he is definitely a guy to look at.

Peralta’s 2005 Rankings at SS: BA(7/50) RBI(5/50) R(9/50) HR(1/50) SB(44/50)

8/9.  Rafael Furcal and Jimmy Rollins:  These guys were virtually identical fantasy studs last year.  The SS position is a great position to solidify your steals, and these are two guys who give you enough balance across the board to be extremely valuable to any fantasy team

Furcal’s rankings at SS: BA(12/50) RBI(31/50) R(8/50) HR(21/50) SB(2/50)

Rollins’ rankings at SS: BA(10/50) RBI(37/50) R(3/50) HR(23/50) SB(4/50)

10. Rich Aurilia:  Rich who, you ask?  Well, it isn’t the same Aurilia of old, but he did most definitely beat out the remaining SS from 2005, based upon his "averaged out" numbers were he to have played an entire season.His RBI, R, and HR numbers, in limited playing time, were among the best of last year’s crop of SS.

My personal opinion is that I don’t expect this resurgence to continue.  I would probably avoid him this year… but, if he has a similar year with more playing time, your fantasy team would be well-served.

Aurilia’s 2005 PlayerTrack rankings at SS: BA(14/50) RBI(2/50) R(13/50) HR(10/50) SB(42/50)

There’s the PlayerTrack Top 10 for 205.  Who was missed?  Who on this list was ranked too high?  Who should, instead, be in the Top 10?  Gregg and I address this further in BaseballGeeks PodCast #4.