2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Second Base (2B) Sleepers. Second Base (2B) Sleepers selections are based on a standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2011 season. Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2010 season.
Second Base (2B) Sleepers selections are based on players who have the potential to make a significant statistical impact during the 2011 season. Second Base (2B) Sleepers are players to consider drafting late in fantasy baseball drafts or pick up as free agents to begin the 2011 season.
Second Base (2B) Sleepers 2011
Dustin Ackley – Sea
As the #2 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Ackley has just one year of minor league experience under his belt, but that should not slow him from making his major league debut during the 2011 season. In fact the real question is not whether Ackley will make it to the majors in 2011, but rather when he will get the call up. Boasting loads of talent as a pure hitter with an excellent stroke that makes him an ideal contact machine, Ackley could easily become one of the best hitting second basemen in all of baseball over the next two years. All in all, keep a very close eye on Ackley during spring training. Because if he does well, Ackley could definitely take the same fast track to a starting job as what Jason Heyward did with the Braves last season. If this is the case, Ackley will become a near must draft in all fantasy baseball leagues to begin the 2011 season.
2010 Minor League Stats: 501 AB, 79 R, 7 HR, 51 RBI, 10 SB, .265 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: No Stats Available
2011 Stat Projections: 70 R, 5 HR, 45 RBI, 10 SB, .280 AVG
Danny Espinosa – Was
While his September call up and major league debut to finish the 2010 season with the Nationals was nothing special, Espinosa did show his solid power hitting ability and potential, while racking up 6 homeruns in just 103 at bats as the Nationals second basemen. With the starting second base job his to lose in Washington to begin the 2011 season, Espinosa is one power hitting second basemen that all fantasy baseball teams will want to know about entering the 2011 season. And after tallying 18 homeruns and 29 stolen bases at Single A during the 2009 season, and 22 homeruns and 25 stolen bases between Double A and Triple A during the 2010 season, there is no doubt that Espinosa could be on the cusp of becoming one of the next great fantasy baseball second basemen.
2010 Minor League Stats: 481 AB, 80 R, 22 HR, 69 RBI, 25 SB, .266 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 103 AB, 16 R, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 0 SB, .214 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 70 R, 15 HR, 55 RBI, 20 SB, .270 AVG
Scott Sizemore – Det
After entering the 2010 season as the Tigers new opening day starting second basemen, the rookie learning curve was a tough road to handle for Sizemore, as he was eventually sent back down to Triple A at the end of May. During that demotion, Sizemore was able to reestablish himself as he went on to tally 9 homeruns, 23 doubles, and a .298 batting average over 299 at bats at Triple A. At age 26 for the 2011 season, and just the aging and injury prone Carlos Guillen standing in his way to claim the everyday starting 2B job in Detroit, a more experienced Sizemore could easily take hold of his opportunity and never let go in 2011. Offering a solid power/speed combination for a second basemen, as well as the ability to hit for average, Sizemore has plenty of potential to become a 10-15 homerun and 10-15 stolen base player for fantasy baseball teams during the 2011 season.
2010 Minor League Stats: 299 AB, 49 R, 9 HR, 37 RBI, 2 SB, .298 AVG
2010 Major League Stats: 143 AB, 19 R, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 0 SB, .224 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 65 R, 12 HR, 50 RBI, 12 SB, .280 AVG
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