Found February 06, 2012 on Baseball Professor:
It was just two short years ago that Chase Utley hit 31 homers, scored 112 runs, drove in 93 and stole 23 bases on his way to a 12th overall ranking. Now Utley ranks all the way down at 77, a ranking that feels more generous than anything else. Injuries have cost him significant portions of the last two seasons, and his hitting skills have seemingly eroded with time. Last season Utley batted just .259, and his .247 xBA indicates that low average was no fluke. The good news is that Utley has still been stealing bases, so his surgically repaired hip is at least partially healed, but that kind of injury can real drain a hitter’s power (your hips are a major part of the power stroke). Will Utley be able to stay on the field in 2012 and, if he does, can he return to form? Best case scenario: Dustin Pedroia (BOS) Similar players: Ben Zobrist (TB), Brandon Phillips (CIN), Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE) Worst case scenario: Neil Walker (PIT) Strengths SB, R, RBI. When healthy, Utley is capable o...

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