NL Chase Utley: ADP (18) the 2nd two bagger off the board. Utley’s frequent injuries have led to casts or surgery 3 of the last 4 years. He missed a total of 47 games last year with the torn thumb ligament. We saw decreases in BA, SLG, and OPS last year due to the thumb injury. Those stats were all well below his career averages. Utley has always returned on schedule from his injuries but he is getting older and future injury setbacks will take longer to heal. He will be 32 this year and the speed may be decreasing along with managements thought of injury when he does run. Still a perennial 25/15 guy he is a must have no later than Round 2 and still arguably the top 2B in baseball.
For the next week or so we will examine players from every position who are returning after lengthy, if not season ending, injuries. We will examine players from both leagues, their current ADP, possible alternatives, and finally giving a green light to draft them. Today we continue with two All-Star second basemen.