Complete 2014 Projections

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PROJECTED 2014 SEASON STATS
31. Ryan Flaherty, Bal 2B, 3B, SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics24628102719622.224.293.390.683
2014 Projections449501855331164.236.297.403.700
2014 Outlook: Flaherty entered camp as the favorite to start at second base for the Baltimore Orioles, and he has the kind of underrated pop that might make him a potential bargain in AL-only formats. In 162 games played in the minors, he clubbed 21 home runs and had a slugging percentage of .464, and during the second half of last season in the majors, he hit four homers and boosted his fly ball rate to 43.8 percent in 75 trips to the plate. Flaherty appears to have the kind of left-handed swing that can capitalize on Camden Yards' friendly confines, but track his progress and role during spring training.
32. Brandon Crawford, SF SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics4995294342961.248.311.363.674
2014 Projections505581052411002.251.311.372.683
2014 Outlook: A defensive whiz, Crawford's glove is his key to regular at-bats, and with them, the counting stats -- effectively runs scored and RBIs in this case -- NL-only owners so desperately seek with their back-end roster spots. Granted, he more than doubled his home-run output in 2013 (nine, up from four), but in five professional seasons he has averaged 7.4 per year. No matter, as this is all digging deep to find positives. Crawford is a low-average, low-walk player with few hints of improvement, though if your league rewards for defense ...
33. Jordy Mercer, Pit SS, 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics3333382722623.285.336.435.772
2014 Projections3663873627725.262.320.393.713
2014 Outlook: Although the Pittsburgh Pirates brought back defensive-minded Clint Barmes this winter, Mercer should begin 2014 as their starting shortstop. Simply put, Mercer can do more with the bat, and fantasy owners would much prefer him of the two, even if he receives 100 fewer at-bats. He batted .276 combined between the Double- and Triple-A levels, and .273 in his first two years in the majors, considerably better than Barmes, and he averaged 13 homers and 11 steals per 162 games played in the minors. NL-only owners should consider him a back-of-the-roster type.
34. Adeiny Hechavarria, Mia SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics54330342309611.227.267.298.565
2014 Projections567474483512011.243.287.321.608
2014 Outlook: Hechavarria is a budding defensive whiz who isn't much with the bat, but these days, elite defense at shortstop has value to a big league team. Besides, with his Miami Marlins again a noncontender, they can afford to let him play every day while polishing his skills. Hechavarria's weakness in fantasy is his low walk rate; couple it with his weak offensive skills, and he'll drag your batting average and on-base percentage down, meaning possible double-digit steals are all he'll provide. That's an NL-only player, simply put.
35. Eduardo Nunez, Min SS, 3B, OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics30438328205110.260.307.372.679
2014 Projections31737328205319.252.297.350.647
2014 Outlook: Despite several short-term opportunities over the years playing in place of injured, aging New York Yankees stars, Nunez has perfected just one skill at the big-league level in four years: stealing bases. His defense is questionable at best, resulting in a utility role that isn't a product of his versatility, but rather illustrates his team's attempts to find him a suitable long-term position. Nunez is in the mix for the starting second and/or third base jobs this spring, but he'd need to show vastly improved defense to land either, and the more likely part-timer role would lock him in as a cheap steals candidate in AL-only formats.
36. Mike Aviles, Cle 3B, 2B, SS, OFYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics3615494615418.252.282.368.650
2014 Projections2743463311378.252.281.361.642
2014 Outlook: Plate appearances for Aviles will be hard to come by, especially if Carlos Santana makes a successful transition to third base. But since he is so versatile with both middle- and corner-infield eligibility, Aviles makes for a cagey late-round play in AL-only leagues, as he is an injury at any of three positions away from happening upon more playing time. And if he gets it, Aviles still makes excellent contact and prorates to teens power and speed if he plays regularly.
37. Danny Espinosa, Wsh 2B, SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics158113124471.158.193.272.465
2014 Projections2132351814745.207.269.329.598
2014 Outlook: A miserable 2013 cost Espinosa his job; the Washington Nationals shifted top prospect Anthony Rendon to second base as Espinosa's replacement, and as spring training opened, the team intended to have Rendon start there with Espinosa battling for a reserve role. It's conceivable Espinosa could make the team, and his power/speed combination makes him worth final-round NL-only consideration. Still, he's a free swinger who strikes out a lot -- 27.1 percent of the time in his career to date -- so be prepared to absorb a low batting average and some painful slumps, even if he somehow recaptures a regular role somewhere.
38. Ruben Tejada, NYM SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics2082001015242.202.259.260.519
2014 Projections4374813030664.259.313.323.636
2014 Outlook: After a winter of Stephen Drew rumors, Tejada entered spring training as the favorite to be the New York Mets' starting shortstop; the team reiterated countless times its "comfort level" with him in the role. That's understandable considering his defensive contributions, but his bat is sorely lacking and teetering on the brink of being off the NL-only radar. The most compelling argument for him is as a draft consideration in that format given the chance of everyday at-bats. Tejada makes consistent contact, at least, and he did bat .289 two seasons ago in the majors and .271 during his minor league career. His is empty batting average, though.
39. Maicer Izturis*, Tor 2B, 3B, SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics3653353227381.236.288.310.597
2014 Projections2692932321326.253.310.331.640
2014 Outlook: Izturis is one of those guys who may not appear to be in line for much playing time, but his versatility always leads to a few hundred trips to the dish each season. The problem is last year with Toronto, Izturis wasn't nearly as productive in his utility role as he was for so many summers in Anaheim. Most disturbing was a paltry single pilfer in six attempts. The good news is Izturis again qualifies at second, third and short, so he adds flexibility to a deep roster and there could be an opening for some regular playing time at second if Izturis has a solid spring.
40. Javier Baez, ChC SS, 2BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics----------------------
2014 Projections1131562011503.239.302.469.771
41. Pedro Florimon, Wsh SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics403449443311515.221.281.330.611
2014 Projections345366332910311.246.307.345.652
2014 Outlook: Florimon backed into full-time run with the Twins, as they had no else that could field the position. He's got some power and speed, but a terrible contact rate means he's a batting average liability. If you can buffer, or perhaps don't care about, his average, Florimon is a viable fallback if you don't want to pay the scarcity tax for the better middle infielders.
42. Eric Sogard, Oak 2B, SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics36845235275110.266.322.364.686
2014 Projections2352922220337.268.328.362.690
2014 Outlook: All you need to know about Oakland's confidence in Sogard to handle utility infield duties is they brought in the 36-year-old Nick Punto to shore up the bench. Sogard makes good contact and has a little speed, so he can fill a role as an endgame middle infielder.
43. Addison Russell, ChC SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics----------------------
2014 Projections447145142.227.320.386.706
2014 Outlook: A breakthrough campaign at Class A Stockton, including a .305/.424/.555 second-half triple-slash line, followed by a productive stint in the Arizona Fall League, has advanced Russell's timetable for arrival in the majors. He'll begin 2014 presumably in Double-A; with continued growth -- or an injury to Jed Lowrie -- he might arrive in Oakland by year's end. Russell is capable enough with the bat not to hurt you in terms of batting average or homers initially upon his arrival, but it's his speed that'll make him worth a pickup in any format once he's promoted.
44. Ryan Goins, Tor 2B, SSYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics11911282280.252.264.345.609
2014 Projections3763353324924.245.290.340.631
2014 Outlook: Entering spring training, the Toronto Blue Jays said second base was Goins' to lose. It's an understandable strategy: Goins is a capable defender, and he batted .273 with a 7.8 percent walk rate during his minor league career, which suggests he could improve to the point that he's not a liability at the plate. Still, he has never hit more than eight home runs and only once in his five professional seasons has he stolen more than seven bases (15, in 2012), meaning he's more AL-only filler than a value selection in the format.
45. Jose Iglesias*, Det SS, 3BYEARABRHRRBIBBKSBAVGOBPSLGOPS
2013 Statistics3503932915605.303.349.386.735
2014 Projections159162129274.245.297.327.624
2014 Outlook: More defensive whiz than batsman, Iglesias nevertheless batted .303 last season, second-best among rookies with at least 250 plate appearances (Yasiel Puig led, with .319). It was fueled, however, by a .356 BABIP, 22nd-highest among the 316 players with at least that many trips to the plate, and backed by .083 isolated power, 35th-lowest among that same group, concerns for a player who rarely walks and doesn't possess blazing speed. Iglesias' glove is his path to regular at-bats, but he's a good bet for batting average regression, to the point that he's more AL-only filler than Rotisserie asset.
Stephania Bell: The Tigers have announced that Iglesias could miss the entire season due to stress fractures in both shins.