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Dan Connolly ranks the second basemen

February 19, 2009

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dan connolly ranks the second basemen
Name, team Key statistic Skinny
1. Chase Utley, Philadelphia 414 RBIs in past four years A budding Hall of Famer if he can duplicate production of his past four seasons
2. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Had 54 doubles as 2008 MVP An MVP and Gold Glove player at age 25. Gets extra points for hustle.
3. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati 30-30 (homers- steals) in 2007 Best second baseman defensively; needs to get on base more (.312 OBP in 2008)
4. Brian Roberts, Orioles 27 or more SB in 5 straight years Consistency as leadoff hitter and top base-running skills make him elite
5. Ian Kinsler, Texas .319 average in 2008 Durability and defensive issues must be resolved before he moves up list

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