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Who is the #1 Pick in the 2012 Fantasy Baseball Draft?

In past years, the decision was easy.  Just scratch in Albert Pujols if you had the #1 pick in your fantasy baseball draft and you were locked in.  Sure, some fantasy baseball managers who subscribed to the position scarcity strategy would go with Hanley Ramirez instead, but for the most part, Pujols was your guy.

But, with Pujols and Ramirez each coming off of their worst seasons ever in 2011, choosing Prince Albert or HanRam are no longer the sure fire locks for the #1 pick in the fantasy baseball draft in 2012.  Add to that the uncertainty of Pujols’s injury last season, his advancing age (32), and the fact that he’s changing leagues and you’re actually going to have to think if you have the top pick in your draft in 2012.  As for Hanley Ramirez, his age (28)  is not yet a concern, but his 2011 performance and rotten attitude are.

Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun poses with one of his many fans.

Our #1 pick for the 2012 fantasy baseball season is the Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun.  Here’s our Top 12 picks for the first round of your traditional mixed league draft for the 2012 season.

 

First Round Draft Picks — 2012 Fantasy Baseball

1.  Ryan Braun, Outfielder, Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan Braun has hit over .300 for 4 of the past 5 seasons. We especially like that he stole 33 bases last year which is 13 more than his highest totals ever. The Hebrew Hammer is in the prime of his career at age 28 and is coming off of an MVP season. Signing Prince Fielder as protection is the only concern for the 2012 season.

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
2005 21 MIL-min 47 213 193 27 68 10 45 4 .352 .393 .632 1.025
2006 22 MIL-min 118 517 457 76 132 22 77 26 .289 .357 .514 .871
2007 23 MIL-min 34 134 117 28 40 10 22 4 .342 .418 .701 1.119
2007 23 MIL 113 492 451 91 146 34 97 15 .324 .370 .634 1.004
2008 24 MIL 151 663 611 92 174 37 106 14 .285 .335 .553 .888
2009 25 MIL 158 708 635 113 203 32 114 20 .320 .386 .551 .937
2010 26 MIL 157 684 619 101 188 25 103 14 .304 .365 .501 .866
2011 27 MIL 150 629 563 109 187 33 111 33 .332 .397 .597 .994
5 Seasons 729 3176 2879 506 898 161 531 96 .312 .371 .563 .933
162 Game Avg. 162 706 640 112 200 36 118 21 .312 .371 .563 .933
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Generated 12/10/2011.

 

2. Albert Pujols, First Baseman, Los Angeles Angels

Albert Pujols is coming off of his worst season in 2011, but we’re not panicking. A “worst” season for Pujols is still extraordinary He hit 37 homers last year and drove in 99 in leading the Cardinals to the World Series championship. After coming back from his elbow injury, he hit .314 in his last 74 games. Getting used to American League pitching won’t be a problem — Pujols has a career batting average of .348 against the AL. Being able to DH on occasionally won’t hurt either; as a DH, Pujols is hitting .360.

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
2000 20 STL-min 133 544 490 74 154 19 96 4 .314 .378 .543 .920
2001 21 STL 161 676 590 112 194 37 130 1 .329 .403 .610 1.013
2002 22 STL 157 675 590 118 185 34 127 2 .314 .394 .561 .955
2003 23 STL 157 685 591 137 212 43 124 5 .359 .439 .667 1.106
2004 24 STL 154 692 592 133 196 46 123 5 .331 .415 .657 1.072
2005 25 STL 161 700 591 129 195 41 117 16 .330 .430 .609 1.039
2006 26 STL 143 634 535 119 177 49 137 7 .331 .431 .671 1.102
2007 27 STL 158 679 565 99 185 32 103 2 .327 .429 .568 .997
2008 28 STL 148 641 524 100 187 37 116 7 .357 .462 .653 1.114
2009 29 STL 160 700 568 124 186 47 135 16 .327 .443 .658 1.101
2010 30 STL 159 700 587 115 183 42 118 14 .312 .414 .596 1.011
2011 31 STL 147 651 579 105 173 37 99 9 .299 .366 .541 .906
11 Seasons 1705 7433 6312 1291 2073 445 1329 84 .328 .420 .617 1.037
162 Game Avg. 162 706 600 123 197 42 126 8 .328 .420 .617 1.037
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Generated 12/10/2011.

3. Matt Kemp, Outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers

It’s hard to imagine that Matt Kemp didn’t win the MVP in 2011, but that’s the curse of playing for a team that ends up just 3 games above .500 and in third place. Kemp had a monster season at .324 with 39 homers, 126 RBI, and 40 stolen bases. Kemp is a rare combination of power and speed and at age 27, he’s in the prime of his production years. The only reason we didn’t make him #1 is that he’s been putting up gaudy numbers for a few years less than Braun and Pujols.

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
2003 18 LAD-min 43 168 159 11 43 1 17 2 .270 .298 .346 .644
2004 19 LAD-min 122 500 460 72 135 18 75 10 .293 .337 .504 .841
2005 20 LAD-min 109 454 418 76 128 27 90 23 .306 .349 .569 .918
2006 21 LAD-min 92 426 381 75 132 10 70 25 .346 .414 .543 .957
2006 21 LAD 52 166 154 30 39 7 23 6 .253 .289 .448 .737
2007 22 LAD-min 39 174 161 32 53 4 20 9 .329 .374 .540 .914
2007 22 LAD 98 311 292 47 100 10 42 10 .342 .373 .521 .894
2008 23 LAD 155 657 606 93 176 18 76 35 .290 .340 .459 .799
2009 24 LAD 159 667 606 97 180 26 101 34 .297 .352 .490 .842
2010 25 LAD 162 668 602 82 150 28 89 19 .249 .310 .450 .760
2011 26 LAD 161 689 602 115 195 39 126 40 .324 .399 .586 .986
6 Seasons 787 3158 2862 464 840 128 457 144 .294 .350 .496 .846
162 Game Avg. 162 650 589 96 173 26 94 30 .294 .350 .496 .846
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Generated 12/10/2011.

Miguel Cabrera spitting

Don't expect watered down stats for Cabrera in 2012.

4. Miguel Cabrera, First Baseman, Detroit Tigers

Miguel Cabrera has been putting up huge numbers since his last year in Miami. And, at age 28, he’s got a lot left in him. Cabrera led the AL in average in 2011 at .344 and the Venezuelan star played in 161 games so you know he’s durable. The only reason he’s not our #1 pick is the he can’t steal bases like Braun and Kemp and his past problems with alcohol make us a little uneasy.

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
2000 17 FLA-min 65 284 251 41 65 2 28 1 .259 .338 .347 .685
2001 18 FLA-min 110 465 422 61 113 7 66 3 .268 .328 .382 .709
2002 19 FLA-min 124 545 489 77 134 9 75 10 .274 .333 .421 .754
2003 20 FLA-min 69 303 266 46 97 10 59 9 .365 .429 .609 1.038
2003 20 FLA 87 346 314 39 84 12 62 0 .268 .325 .468 .793
2004 21 FLA 160 685 603 101 177 33 112 5 .294 .366 .512 .879
2005 22 FLA 158 685 613 106 198 33 116 1 .323 .385 .561 .947
2006 23 FLA 158 676 576 112 195 26 114 9 .339 .430 .568 .998
2007 24 FLA 157 680 588 91 188 34 119 2 .320 .401 .565 .965
2008 25 DET 160 684 616 85 180 37 127 1 .292 .349 .537 .887
2009 26 DET 160 685 611 96 198 34 103 6 .324 .396 .547 .942
2010 27 DET 150 648 548 111 180 38 126 3 .328 .420 .622 1.042
2011 28 DET 161 688 572 111 197 30 105 2 .344 .448 .586 1.033
9 Seasons 1351 5777 5041 852 1597 277 984 29 .317 .395 .555 .950
162 Game Avg. 162 693 604 102 191 33 118 3 .317 .395 .555 .950
FLA (5 yrs) 720 3072 2694 449 842 138 523 17 .313 .388 .542 .929
DET (4 yrs) 631 2705 2347 403 755 139 461 12 .322 .403 .571 .974
NL (5 yrs) 720 3072 2694 449 842 138 523 17 .313 .388 .542 .929
AL (4 yrs) 631 2705 2347 403 755 139 461 12 .322 .403 .571 .974
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Generated 12/10/2011.

5. Jose Bautista, Outfielder & Third Baseman, Toronto Blue Jays

Jose Bautista offers the incredibly rare luxury of qualifying at two positions — outfielder and third baseman. This makes Bautista an even more valuable commodity. If it were ten years ago and you looked at his improvement in numbers over the past two years, you’d have to guess that he was juicing. 43 home runs and 103 RBI last year. Wow!

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
2001 20 PIT-min 62 247 220 43 63 5 30 8 .286 .364 .427 .792
2002 21 PIT-min 129 520 438 72 132 14 57 3 .301 .402 .470 .872
2003 22 PIT-min 58 223 188 33 48 5 23 1 .255 .368 .436 .804
2004 23 TOT 64 96 88 6 18 0 2 0 .205 .263 .239 .502
2004 23 TOT 41 53 48 5 10 0 2 0 .208 .283 .229 .512
2004 23 BAL 16 12 11 3 3 0 0 0 .273 .333 .273 .606
2004 23 TBD 12 15 12 1 2 0 1 0 .167 .333 .167 .500
2004 23 KCR 13 26 25 1 5 0 1 0 .200 .231 .240 .471
2004 23 PIT 23 43 40 1 8 0 0 0 .200 .238 .250 .488
2005 24 PIT-min 130 562 496 69 139 24 94 8 .280 .359 .490 .849
2005 24 PIT 11 31 28 3 4 0 1 1 .143 .226 .179 .404
2006 25 PIT-min 29 119 101 12 28 2 9 2 .277 .370 .426 .795
2006 25 PIT 117 469 400 58 94 16 51 2 .235 .335 .420 .755
2007 26 PIT-min 2 8 8 1 3 0 1 0 .375 .375 .625 1.000
2007 26 PIT 142 614 532 75 135 15 63 6 .254 .339 .414 .753
2008 27 PIT-min 5 23 20 6 6 2 8 1 .300 .391 .700 1.091
2008 27 TOT 128 424 370 45 88 15 54 1 .238 .313 .405 .718
2008 27 PIT 107 363 314 38 76 12 44 1 .242 .325 .404 .729
2008 27 TOR 21 61 56 7 12 3 10 0 .214 .237 .411 .648
2009 28 TOR 113 404 336 54 79 13 40 4 .235 .349 .408 .757
2010 29 TOR 161 683 569 109 148 54 124 9 .260 .378 .617 .995
2011 30 TOR 149 655 513 105 155 43 103 9 .302 .447 .608 1.056
8 Seasons 885 3376 2836 455 721 156 438 32 .254 .362 .481 .843
162 Game Avg. 162 618 519 83 132 29 80 6 .254 .362 .481 .843
PIT (5 yrs) 400 1520 1314 175 317 43 159 10 .241 .329 .403 .733
TOR (4 yrs) 444 1803 1474 275 394 113 277 22 .267 .392 .558 .951
KCR (1 yr) 13 26 25 1 5 0 1 0 .200 .231 .240 .471
TBD (1 yr) 12 15 12 1 2 0 1 0 .167 .333 .167 .500
BAL (1 yr) 16 12 11 3 3 0 0 0 .273 .333 .273 .606
AL (5 yrs) 485 1856 1522 280 404 113 279 22 .265 .389 .548 .937
NL (5 yrs) 400 1520 1314 175 317 43 159 10 .241 .329 .403 .733
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Generated 12/10/2011.

6. Justin Upton, Outfielder, Arizona Diamondbacks

If you play in a keeper league that’s going to be around for a while, Justin Upton would be my pick. That’s because at age 24, Upton’s going to be around a while. The scary thing about Upton is that he still has considerable…Upside. At age 24, his 31 home runs, 88 RBI, and 21 stolen bases from last season are simply building blocks for larger numbers in the future.

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
2006 18 ARI-min 113 501 438 71 115 12 66 15 .263 .343 .413 .757
2007 19 ARI-min 103 456 385 75 123 18 70 19 .319 .410 .551 .961
2007 19 ARI 43 152 140 17 31 2 11 2 .221 .283 .364 .647
2008 20 ARI-min 15 68 61 13 17 3 10 2 .279 .353 .508 .861
2008 20 ARI 108 417 356 52 89 15 42 1 .250 .353 .463 .816
2009 21 ARI-min 2 9 8 1 2 1 6 1 .250 .333 .625 .958
2009 21 ARI 138 588 526 84 158 26 86 20 .300 .366 .532 .899
2010 22 ARI 133 571 495 73 135 17 69 18 .273 .356 .442 .799
2011 23 ARI 159 674 592 105 171 31 88 21 .289 .369 .529 .898
5 Seasons 581 2402 2109 331 584 91 296 62 .277 .357 .487 .845
162 Game Avg. 162 670 588 92 163 25 83 17 .277 .357 .487 .845
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Generated 12/10/2011.

7. Troy Tulowitzki, Shortstop, Colorado Rockies

Troy Tulowitzki is our highest ranking shortstop. With Hanley Ramirez’s attitude being of concern, Tulo is the new heir apparent on everybody’s list of top shortstops. If you play the position scarcity strategy, he’s an even higher pick.

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
2005 20 COL-min 22 105 94 17 25 4 14 1 .266 .343 .457 .800
2006 21 COL-min 104 485 423 75 123 13 61 6 .291 .370 .473 .843
2006 21 COL 25 108 96 15 23 1 6 3 .240 .318 .292 .609
2007 22 COL 155 682 609 104 177 24 99 7 .291 .359 .479 .838
2008 23 COL-min 12 50 40 10 14 2 5 1 .350 .460 .600 1.060
2008 23 COL 101 421 377 48 99 8 46 1 .263 .332 .401 .732
2009 24 COL 151 628 543 101 161 32 92 20 .297 .377 .552 .930
2010 25 COL-min 4 13 11 2 2 0 1 0 .182 .231 .273 .503
2010 25 COL 122 529 470 89 148 27 95 11 .315 .381 .568 .949
2011 26 COL 143 606 537 81 162 30 105 9 .302 .372 .544 .916
6 Seasons 697 2974 2632 438 770 122 443 51 .293 .364 .505 .869
162 Game Avg. 162 691 612 102 179 28 103 12 .293 .364 .505 .869
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Generated 12/10/2011.

8. Justin Verlander, Starting Pitcher, Detroit Tigers

Can you imagine a starting pitcher that throwing 251 innings and having a sub-1.00 WHIP. That’s exactly what you got from Justin Verlander in 2011 with a WHIP of 0.92. Add 24 wins, a 2.40 ERA, and 250 strikeouts and Roy Halladay is no longer the top fantasy baseball starting pitcher.

Year Age Tm W L ERA G IP SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2005 22 DET-min 11 2 1.29 20 118.2 136 0.902 6.1 2.0 10.3 5.23 LAK,ERI · FLOR,EL
2005 22 DET 0 2 7.15 2 11.1 7 62 1.765 11.9 4.0 5.6 1.40
2006 23 DET 17 9 3.63 30 186.0 124 126 1.328 9.0 2.9 6.0 2.07
2007 24 DET 18 6 3.66 32 201.2 183 125 1.230 8.1 3.0 8.2 2.73
2008 25 DET 11 17 4.84 33 201.0 163 93 1.403 8.7 3.9 7.3 1.87
2009 26 DET 19 9 3.45 35 240.0 269 132 1.175 8.2 2.4 10.1 4.27
2010 27 DET 18 9 3.37 33 224.1 219 124 1.163 7.6 2.8 8.8 3.08
2011 28 DET 24 5 2.40 34 251.0 250 170 0.920 6.2 2.0 9.0 4.39
7 Seasons 107 57 3.54 199 1315.1 1215 124 1.194 7.9 2.8 8.3 2.96
162 Game Avg. 18 10 3.54 34 225 208 124 1.194 7.9 2.8 8.3 2.96
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Generated 12/10/2011.

9. Adrian Gonzalez, First Baseman, Boston Red Sox

Adrian Gonzalez did not disappoint the Fenway faithful and his huge salary in his 2011 campaign. Gonzalez put up 30 home runs and 105 RBI and added a surprising .338 batting average.

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
2000 18 FLA-min 61 265 222 31 66 0 33 0 .297 .404 .365 .769
2001 19 FLA-min 127 584 516 86 161 17 103 5 .312 .382 .486 .868
2002 20 FLA-min 138 573 508 70 135 17 96 6 .266 .344 .437 .781
2003 21 TEX-FLA-min 120 493 449 48 121 5 51 2 .269 .327 .365 .692
2004 22 TEX-min 123 508 457 61 139 12 88 1 .304 .364 .457 .821
2004 22 TEX 16 44 42 7 10 1 7 0 .238 .273 .381 .654
2005 23 TEX-min 84 368 328 61 111 18 65 0 .338 .399 .561 .960
2005 23 TEX 43 162 150 17 34 6 17 0 .227 .272 .407 .678
2006 24 SDP 156 631 570 83 173 24 82 0 .304 .362 .500 .862
2007 25 SDP 161 720 646 101 182 30 100 0 .282 .347 .502 .849
2008 26 SDP 162 700 616 103 172 36 119 0 .279 .361 .510 .871
2009 27 SDP 160 681 552 90 153 40 99 1 .277 .407 .551 .958
2010 28 SDP 160 692 591 87 176 31 101 0 .298 .393 .511 .904
2011 29 BOS 159 715 630 108 213 27 117 1 .338 .410 .548 .957
8 Seasons 1017 4345 3797 596 1113 195 642 2 .293 .375 .514 .889
162 Game Avg. 162 692 605 95 177 31 102 0 .293 .375 .514 .889
SDP (5 yrs) 799 3424 2975 464 856 161 501 1 .288 .374 .514 .888
TEX (2 yrs) 59 206 192 24 44 7 24 0 .229 .272 .401 .673
BOS (1 yr) 159 715 630 108 213 27 117 1 .338 .410 .548 .957
NL (5 yrs) 799 3424 2975 464 856 161 501 1 .288 .374 .514 .888
AL (3 yrs) 218 921 822 132 257 34 141 1 .313 .379 .513 .892
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Generated 12/10/2011.

10. Jacoby Ellsbury, Outfielder, Boston Red Sox

The only rap against Jacoby Ellsbury is that he had his first monster year in 2011 and was injured for most of the 2010 season. Still, his .321 average with 32 home runs, 105 RBI, and 39 stolen bases make him a first round pick in all fantasy baseball leagues.

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
2005 21 BOS-min 35 165 139 28 44 1 19 23 .317 .418 .432 .850
2006 22 BOS-min 111 506 442 64 134 7 51 41 .303 .382 .425 .808
2007 23 BOS-min 104 484 436 82 141 2 41 41 .323 .387 .424 .811
2007 23 BOS 33 127 116 20 41 3 18 9 .353 .394 .509 .902
2008 24 BOS 145 609 554 98 155 9 47 50 .280 .336 .394 .729
2009 25 BOS 153 691 624 94 188 8 60 70 .301 .355 .415 .770
2010 26 BOS-min 9 37 32 10 13 0 2 2 .406 .486 .469 .955
2010 26 BOS 18 83 78 10 15 0 5 7 .192 .241 .244 .485
2011 27 BOS 158 729 660 119 212 32 105 39 .321 .376 .552 .928
5 Seasons 507 2239 2032 341 611 52 235 175 .301 .354 .452 .807
162 Game Avg. 162 715 649 109 195 17 75 56 .301 .354 .452 .807
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Generated 12/10/2011.

11. Roy Halladay, Starting Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies

Roy Halladay is durable, likes to finish what he starts, and is incredibly consistent. And, while fantasy baseball pitchers don’t often get the props they deserve, Halladay remains a rare breed, even at age 34. Halladay’s 19 wins, 2.35 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP make him a first rounder on a Phillies team that will continue to win a lot of ball games.

Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA G IP H SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB Awards
1995 18 TOR-min 3 5 .375 3.40 10 50.1 35 48 1.013 6.3 0.7 2.9 8.6 3.00 BJY · GULF
1996 19 TOR-min 15 7 .682 2.73 27 164.2 158 109 1.239 8.6 0.4 2.5 6.0 2.37 DUN · FLOR
1997 20 TOR-min 9 13 .409 4.77 29 162.1 178 94 1.491 9.9 0.9 3.5 5.2 1.47 SYR,KNX · IL,SOUL
1998 21 TOR-min 9 5 .643 3.79 21 116.1 107 71 1.375 8.3 0.9 4.1 5.5 1.34 SYR · IL
1998 21 TOR 1 0 1.000 1.93 2 14.0 9 13 245 0.786 5.8 1.3 1.3 8.4 6.50
1999 22 TOR 8 7 .533 3.92 36 149.1 156 82 126 1.574 9.4 1.1 4.8 4.9 1.04
2000 23 TOR-min 2 3 .400 5.50 11 73.2 85 38 1.439 10.4 1.2 2.6 4.6 1.81 SYR · IL
2000 23 TOR 4 7 .364 10.64 19 67.2 107 44 48 2.202 14.2 1.9 5.6 5.9 1.05
2001 24 TOR-min 3 2 .600 2.93 20 70.2 65 57 1.047 8.3 0.6 1.1 7.3 6.33 KNX,DUN,SYR · SOUL,FLOR,IL
2001 24 TOR 5 3 .625 3.16 17 105.1 97 96 146 1.158 8.3 0.3 2.1 8.2 3.84
2002 25 TOR 19 7 .731 2.93 34 239.1 223 168 159 1.191 8.4 0.4 2.3 6.3 2.71 AS
2003 26 TOR 22 7 .759 3.25 36 266.0 253 204 145 1.071 8.6 0.9 1.1 6.9 6.38 AS,CYA-1
2004 27 TOR 8 8 .500 4.20 21 133.0 140 95 115 1.346 9.5 0.9 2.6 6.4 2.44
2005 28 TOR 12 4 .750 2.41 19 141.2 118 108 185 0.960 7.5 0.7 1.1 6.9 6.00 AS
2006 29 TOR 16 5 .762 3.19 32 220.0 208 132 143 1.100 8.5 0.8 1.4 5.4 3.88 AS,CYA-3
2007 30 TOR 16 7 .696 3.71 31 225.1 232 139 121 1.243 9.3 0.6 1.9 5.6 2.90 CYA-5
2008 31 TOR 20 11 .645 2.78 34 246.0 220 206 152 1.053 8.0 0.7 1.4 7.5 5.28 AS,CYA-2
2009 32 TOR 17 10 .630 2.79 32 239.0 234 208 159 1.126 8.8 0.8 1.3 7.8 5.94 AS,CYA-5
2010 33 PHI 21 10 .677 2.44 33 250.2 231 219 167 1.041 8.3 0.9 1.1 7.9 7.30 AS,CYA-1,MVP-6
2011 34 PHI 19 6 .760 2.35 32 233.2 208 220 164 1.040 8.0 0.4 1.3 8.5 6.29 AS,CYA-2,MVP-9
14 Seasons 188 92 .671 3.23 378 2531.0 2436 1934 138 1.168 8.7 0.7 1.8 6.9 3.72
162 Game Avg. 18 9 .671 3.23 35 236 227 180 138 1.168 8.7 0.7 1.8 6.9 3.72
TOR (12 yrs) 148 76 .661 3.43 313 2046.2 1997 1495 134 1.198 8.8 0.8 2.0 6.6 3.29
PHI (2 yrs) 40 16 .714 2.40 65 484.1 439 439 166 1.041 8.2 0.6 1.2 8.2 6.75
AL (12 yrs) 148 76 .661 3.43 313 2046.2 1997 1495 134 1.198 8.8 0.8 2.0 6.6 3.29
NL (2 yrs) 40 16 .714 2.40 65 484.1 439 439 166 1.041 8.2 0.6 1.2 8.2 6.75
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Generated 12/10/2011.

12. Robinson Cano, Second Baseman, New York Yankees

Robby Cano is even more valuable when you consider that he plays second base, thus distancing yourself from teams with ordinary second sackers. At age 29, Cano is still in his prime production years and he has a bevy of talent surrounding him. His .302 average with 28 homers and 118 RBI makes Cano the best keystoner in the game and a first round pick in most leagues.

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
2001 18 NYY-min 59 241 208 37 48 3 36 11 .231 .328 .361 .688
2002 19 NYY-min 135 599 561 78 155 15 81 8 .276 .319 .437 .756
2003 20 NYY-min 136 571 530 71 147 6 63 1 .277 .322 .374 .695
2004 21 NYY-min 135 563 508 65 144 13 74 2 .283 .339 .457 .796
2005 22 NYY-min 24 114 108 19 36 4 24 0 .333 .368 .574 .942
2005 22 NYY 132 551 522 78 155 14 62 1 .297 .320 .458 .778
2006 23 NYY-min 4 18 15 1 7 0 3 0 .467 .556 .600 1.156
2006 23 NYY 122 508 482 62 165 15 78 5 .342 .365 .525 .890
2007 24 NYY 160 669 617 93 189 19 97 4 .306 .353 .488 .841
2008 25 NYY 159 634 597 70 162 14 72 2 .271 .305 .410 .715
2009 26 NYY 161 674 637 103 204 25 85 5 .320 .352 .520 .871
2010 27 NYY 160 696 626 103 200 29 109 3 .319 .381 .534 .914
2011 28 NYY 159 681 623 104 188 28 118 8 .302 .349 .533 .882
7 Seasons 1053 4413 4104 613 1263 144 621 28 .308 .347 .496 .843
162 Game Avg. 162 679 631 94 194 22 96 4 .308 .347 .496 .843
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Generated 12/10/2011.

 

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