Last season 31-year old lefty swinging Chase Utley came into spring training with a bad hip but this year he is healthy and that bodes well for both him and the Phillies. Utley played in 156 games for the Phillies last season and he was 161 for 571 (.282 avg, .905 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 31 homers, 93 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. I look for him to top those numbers in 2010. In his five years as a full-time starter, Utley is averaging 110.6 runs scored, 29.2 homers, 101.4 RBIs and 15.4 stolen bases per year! Utley made 12 errors in 155 games at 2B for the Phillies but he showed good range. Basically, Chase Utley is the best 2B on the planet Earth right now.
37-year old righty swinging Juan Castro will backup Utley this season. He played in 20 games for the Dodgers at 2B last season and he made 2 errors while showing good range. Castro is not much of a hitter though so the Phillies can’t afford to be without Utley this season.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2B IN 2010: A+