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Chase Utley

38-Year-Old Second Baseman – Los Angeles Dodgers

2017 Stats

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.235

HR

8

RBI

33

R

41

SB

5

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Entering 2016, if you said Utley would get the second-most playing time he's had in a season since 2009, you would have been asked for a urine test, but that's exactly what happened as injuries and st...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 193   DOB: 12/17/1978   BORN: Pasadena, CA   COLLEGE: UCLA   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Chase Utley Contract Information:

Agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Dodgers in February of 2017.

September 20, 2017  –  Chase Utley News

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Utley started at second and batted fifth Tuesday, going 1-for-4 in a 6-2 loss to the Phillies.

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Chase Utley Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 25 AAA SCR 34 147 126 25 37 17 8 1 8 28 4 2 18 29 0 3 0 .294 .374 .563 .937
2005 26 MAJ PHI 147 628 543 93 158 73 39 6 28 105 16 3 69 109 0 7 9 .291 .376 .540 .915
2006 27 MAJ PHI 160 739 658 131 203 76 40 4 32 102 15 4 63 132 0 4 14 .309 .379 .527 .906
2007 28 AA REA 3 11 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 .100 .182 .100 .282
2007 28 MAJ PHI 132 613 530 104 176 75 48 5 22 103 9 1 50 89 1 7 25 .332 .410 .566 .976
2008 29 MAJ PHI 159 707 607 113 177 78 41 4 33 104 14 2 64 104 1 8 27 .292 .380 .535 .915
2009 30 MAJ PHI 156 687 571 112 161 63 28 4 31 93 23 0 88 110 0 4 24 .282 .397 .508 .905
2010 31 A+ CLE 4 13 12 1 3 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 .250 .308 .583 .891
2010 31 MAJ PHI 115 511 425 75 117 38 20 2 16 65 13 2 63 63 0 5 18 .275 .387 .445 .832
2011 32 A+ CLE 9 36 32 4 9 3 2 0 1 4 1 0 3 6 0 0 1 .281 .361 .438 .799
2011 32 MAJ PHI 103 454 398 54 103 38 21 6 11 44 14 0 39 47 1 2 14 .259 .344 .425 .769
2012 33 A+ CLE 9 38 32 3 5 1 0 0 1 5 1 0 3 5 0 1 2 .156 .263 .250 .513
2012 33 AAA LEH 1 5 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .400 .400 1.000 1.400
2012 33 MAJ PHI 83 362 301 48 77 28 15 2 11 45 11 1 43 43 0 6 12 .256 .365 .429 .794
2013 34 AA REA 2 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2013 34 MAJ PHI 131 531 476 73 135 49 25 6 18 69 8 3 45 79 0 5 5 .284 .348 .475 .823
2014 35 MAJ PHI 155 664 589 74 159 53 36 6 11 78 10 1 53 85 0 9 13 .270 .339 .407 .746
2015 36 AA REA 2 9 8 3 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .500 .556 .625 1.181
2015 36 AAA LEH 1 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417
2015 36 MAJ LAD 34 141 124 14 25 13 9 1 3 9 1 0 10 29 0 1 6 .202 .291 .363 .654
2015 36 MAJ PHI 73 282 249 23 54 18 12 1 5 30 3 0 22 35 0 7 4 .217 .284 .333 .617
2015  (Multiple Teams) 36 MAJ LAD/PHI 107 423 373 37 79 31 21 2 8 39 4 0 32 64 0 8 10 .212 .286 .343 .629
2016 37 MAJ LAD 138 565 512 79 129 43 26 3 14 52 2 2 40 115 1 1 11 .252 .319 .396 .715
2017 38 MAJ LAD 120 336 294 41 69 31 19 4 8 33 5 1 31 55 1 2 8 .235 .322 .408 .730
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3-Year Averages     133 549 491 63 122 41 27 3 11 56 5 1 41 88 0 6 11 .248 .317 .383 .700
Career  (View All)     1843 7,659 6,678 1,083 1,846 715 400 57 258 1,010 150 21 706 1,157 6 71 198 .276 .359 .469 .829

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Chase Utley Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Sep. 20 @Phi 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235 .322 .408 .730
Sep. 19 @Phi 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .321 .401 .722
Sep. 18 @Phi 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .322 .403 .725
Sep. 17 @Was Did not play.
Sep. 16 @Was 4 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .324 .406 .730
Sep. 15 @Was 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .230 .322 .397 .719
Sep. 13 @SF Did not play.
Sep. 12 @SF 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .230 .323 .396 .719
Sep. 11 @SF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .323 .385 .708
Sep. 10 Col Did not play.
Sep. 9 Col 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .323 .385 .708
Sep. 8 Col 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .230 .324 .387 .711
Sep. 7 Col 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .230 .322 .387 .709
Sep. 6 Ari 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .232 .324 .390 .714
Sep. 5 Ari 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .326 .393 .719
Sep. 4 Ari Did not play.
Sep. 3 @SD Did not play.
Sep. 2 @SD 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .327 .394 .721
Sep. 2 @SD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .237 .330 .398 .728
Sep. 1 @SD 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .331 .400 .731
Aug. 31 @Ari 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .237 .329 .401 .730
Aug. 30 @Ari 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .238 .330 .402 .732
Aug. 29 @Ari 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .329 .404 .733
Aug. 27 Mil 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .236 .324 .398 .722
Aug. 26 Mil 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .320 .395 .715
Aug. 25 Mil 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .227 .316 .392 .708
Aug. 24 @Pit 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .228 .317 .394 .711
Aug. 23 @Pit 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .225 .315 .387 .702
Aug. 22 @Pit 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .319 .394 .713
Aug. 21 @Pit 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .230 .320 .395 .715
Last 7 Games 16 4 5 3 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .313 .313 .625 .938
Last 14 Games 24 5 6 3 1 1 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .280 .583 .863
Last 30 Games 52 8 13 5 1 1 4 3 10 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .316 .442 .758

Chase Utley: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 16 74 3
2016 134 1
2015 6 88 3 3
2014 1 147 1
2013 125 1
2012 81
2011 100
2010 114
2009 155

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Chase Utley Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017232121.174.391.688
2016919291.154.264.470
2015977171.186.278.557

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017265387304.238.404.728
20164217012431.273.425.768
2015276307323.221.366.655

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017139214175.266.446.806
2016231324160.216.312.602
2015159163142.182.289.548

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017149194150.201.362.648
20162814710362.281.466.809
2015214215252.234.383.690
Chase Utley vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Pitcher Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Mark Leiter PHI 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

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Chase Utley Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 25 AAA SCR 147 126 12.2% 19.7% 0.62 77% .315 .269
2005 26 MAJ PHI 628 543 11% 17.4% 0.63 80% .315 .249
2006 27 MAJ PHI 739 658 8.5% 17.9% 0.48 80% .343 .218
2007 28 AA REA 11 10 9.1% 18.2% 0.50 80% .125 .000
2007 28 MAJ PHI 613 530 8.2% 14.5% 0.56 83% .362 .234
2008 29 MAJ PHI 707 607 9.1% 14.7% 0.62 83% .301 .243
2009 30 MAJ PHI 687 571 12.8% 16% 0.80 81% .300 .226
2010 31 A+ CLE 13 12 7.7% 15.4% 0.50 83% .300 .333
2010 31 MAJ PHI 511 425 12.3% 12.3% 1.00 85% .288 .170
2011 32 A+ CLE 36 32 8.3% 16.7% 0.50 81% .320 .157
2011 32 MAJ PHI 454 398 8.6% 10.4% 0.83 88% .269 .166
2012 33 A+ CLE 38 32 7.9% 13.2% 0.60 84% .148 .094
2012 33 AAA LEH 5 5 0% 40% 0.00 60% .500 .600
2012 33 MAJ PHI 362 301 11.9% 11.9% 1.00 86% .261 .173
2013 34 AA REA 9 9 0% 11.1% 0.00 89% .000 .000
2013 34 MAJ PHI 531 476 8.5% 14.9% 0.57 83% .305 .191
2014 35 MAJ PHI 664 589 8% 12.8% 0.62 86% .295 .137
2015 36 AA REA 9 8 11.1% 11.1% 1.00 88% .571 .125
2015 36 AAA LEH 4 3 25% 0% 0.00 100% .667 .000
2015 36 MAJ LAD 141 124 7.1% 20.6% 0.34 77% .237 .161
2015 36 MAJ PHI 282 249 7.8% 12.4% 0.63 86% .227 .116
2015  (Multiple Teams) 36 MAJ LAD/PHI 423 373 7.6% 15.1% 0.50 83% .230 .131
2016 37 MAJ LAD 565 512 7.1% 20.4% 0.35 78% .299 .144
2017 38 MAJ LAD 336 294 9.2% 16.4% 0.56 81% .262 .173
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3-Year Averages     549 491 7.5% 16% 0.47 82% .279 .135
Career     7,659 6,678 9.2% 15.1% 0.61 83% .298 .193

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Chase Utley Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 1B 10 0 2 0 0 0 7 0 9 0 0 0 0
2015 2B 231 8 53 5 3 0 98 1 103 2 5 -1 2
2015 3B 25 2 7 2 0 2 9 0 15 2 0 -1 2
2015 1B 19 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 1 -1 -1 1 0
2015 2B 520.3 -9 125 -8 -1 0 259 -2 135 0 -2 -1 -4
2016 2B 1064.3 0 201 0 0 0 512 -3 451 -3 2 3 -5
2016 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 1B 82 -1 6 0 0 -1 42 1 46 0 0 1 -1
2017 2B 520.7 3 72 2 1 0 275 -1 231 -1 5 0 -3
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 2B 0 -1 -1 7 0 5
2015 3B 0 0 0 1 0 1
2015 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 2B 0 0 1 -7 0 -6
2016 2B 0 -3 0 0 0 -3
2016 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 2B 0 0 -1 3 0 2

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2017 Stat Review for Chase Utley    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.56 BB/K
GOOD
9.2% BB Rate
GOOD
16.4% K Rate
GOOD
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.730 OPS
WEAK
.322 OBP
WEAK
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.235 AVG
POOR
.262 BABIP
LOW
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.408 SLG
WEAK
.173 ISO
AVERAGE

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Chase Utley: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Utley started and batted leadoff Saturday, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a pair of runs scored in a 3-2 win over Washington.

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Utley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Giants.

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Utley started at second base and went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Pirates.

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Utley got a spot start at second base Saturday, going 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a win over the Braves.

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Utley is out of the lineup Sunday against the Marlins, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

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Utley started at the second base Friday and went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in a 4-1 win over the Royals.

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Utley reached base twice via two walks in four plate appearances against the Angels on Wednesday.

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Utley started at first base Saturday, going 1-for-5 with a double in a win over Colorado.

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Utley is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

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Utley is not in the Dodgers' Thursday lineup against the Indians, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Utley batted leadoff and went 1-for-2 with a home run, three walks, two RBI and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's win over the Reds.

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Utley batted leadoff and went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Reds.

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Utley is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

The inevitable decline that began in 2014 accelerated quickly in 2015, as the 37 year-old Utley batted just .212/.286/.343 with career lows in home runs (eight) and stolen bases (four). Mets fans of course will remember him more for the "slide" that took out Ruben Tejada in the playoffs, and after signing a one-year deal with the Dodgers this offseason to occupy a bench role, Utley is clearly nearing the end of a near Hall-of-Fame career. We could hope that his 2015 .236 BABIP will result in a turnaround of his batting average, but given the decline in his walk rate to 7.6% last year as well as the effects of age, expecting a rebound to even close to his 2014 season (.270-11-78) is wishful thinking. Utley appears woefully inadequate against LHP (.196 in 2015), meaning at best, he'll get the occasional start against a righty. With Howie Kendrick and Enrique Hernandez on board as well, Utley is unlikely to see enough playing time to be useful in the vast majority of formats.

2015

For a second straight year, Utley managed to avoid missing any time because of his degenerative knee condition. He got off to an excellent start in the first half of the season, but wore down and hit just .235/.323/.350 with three of his 11 home runs after the All-Star break. There were whispers that Utley's poor second half numbers were due to the extensive workout routine he goes through the entire offseason to ensure his knees can hold up for a whole season. Perhaps the team will consider giving Utley a little more time off this season to help keep him strong throughout the year. With a little rest and a likely rebound in his HR/FB rate back toward his more recent career rate, it would not be a surprise to see Utley surpass his home run total from last season. At 36 years old, Utley is no longer the star he once was, but he can still be a productive fantasy option at second base.

2014

Utley surpassed 450 at-bats last season for the first time since 2009. He managed to avoid missing time because of his degenerative knee condition, but he did miss a few games with an oblique strain. Utley also had a bit of a resurgance at the plate with his highest batting average, home run and RBI totals since 2009, his last season of elite production. He has not returned to an elite level and will not produce at that type of level again now that he is moving into the latter years of his career, but Utley has re-established himself as one of the better fantasy options at second base. Given his recent history, however, it's very difficult to bet on Utley staying healthy for an entire season, and owning him typically requires the acquistion of a well-planned fallback option.

2013

Utley missed the first three months of last season due to patellar tendinitis in his left knee. He suffered from the same problem in his right knee in 2011, which caused him to miss two months that year. His numbers at the plate have fallen off from his All-Star level, but there are signs that Utley can still be a better-than-average fantasy second baseman provided his knees don't prevent him from getting on the field. His contact rate remains solid and his eye at the plate is also strong. He even stole 11 bases last season despite the knee concerns. Utley's power numbers are unlikely to return to his peak levels, but it doesn't seem unreasonable to expect 20 home runs if he stays on the field for a full season. Utley said he would work on strengthening his legs during the offseason, which he hasn't been able to do the last few years because of his knee problems. That will help him maintain his productivity later in the season - something that has been a problem for him the past two seasons. The Phillies also toyed with the idea of moving Utley to third base last season to cut down on the strain on his knees. For now, it appears that plan has been shelved. Utley is certainly a player with plenty of injury risk, but that risk also figures to push down his price in drafts and may present a solid buying opportunity.

2012

Utley missed the first 47 games of last season with patellar tendinitis in his knee and then played through the injury for the rest of the season. His numbers took a hit due to the decreased number of at-bats, but he also posted his lowest batting average since his 2003 season. There are some positive signs despite Utley's recent injury problems. His BABIP was much lower than his career average last season, leaving us to believe there is a good chance we see a rebound there. He also managed to swipe 14 bags despite playing through a knee problem, and he'll continue to hit near the top of an above average offensive lineup in Philadelphia. Utley's HR/FB rate was also well below his established career rate last season, but the knee issue could be partly to blame for that as he was unable to do strengthening exercises on his legs in order to avoid aggravating his knee injury. Utley's knee makes him a risky bet moving forward as he could be forced to go under the knife if his stretching program fails to get him through another season. He is also a risk to see his production drop in the second half if leg strengthening exercises can't be incorporated into his workouts.

2011

Utley missed a significant chunk of time last season with a severely sprained thumb. That injury took a toll on his counting stats, but he may not have topped 30 home runs or 20 steals even if he had played the whole year. Utley is no longer the premier second baseman in baseball, but he remains one of the better fantasy options at the position. He still has a good eye at the plate, and if he stays healthy the power should return. We wouldn't expect him to swipe more than 20 bags again in a season, however. He's still a fine investment in fantasy drafts at a fairly thin position.

2010

Utley showed no ill effects from hip surgery that he had prior to the 2009 season and showed why he is considered one of the best, if not the best, second baseman in the game. His power numbers were right in line with his 2008 output and he stole a career-high 23 bases. He benefits from hitting in front of a run producer in Ryan Howard and behind two players, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, who get on base and have the speed to get into scoring position. The Phillies' top six hitters will all be returning in 2010 and there is little reason to believe the team won't score a ton of runs again this year. Another 20-plus steal season may not be on tap this year but another performance justifying a high draft pick should be expected from Utley again this season.

2009

Having finished with a .292 batting average, 33 home runs, 104 RBI, 114 runs and 15 stolen bases, Utley would have been a borderline first-rounder and probably the top-ranked second baseman had it not been for the hip surgery he underwent in late November. He was given a four-to-six month timetable for recovery at the time of his procedure and, as it stands now, will likely miss the first month of the season and could be sidelined into May. The speediness of his recovery will be one to keep a keen eye on throughout spring training, as owners should be as up-to-date as possible regarding Utley’s status on draft day to correctly determine what he'll actually be able to provide this season.

2008

Utley continued his dominance as perhaps the best second baseman in baseball. Even though he missed a month of the season with a hand injury, Utley had a career-high .322 batting average, .410 on-base percentage and his power numbers stayed relatively consistent. Utley stroked a career-high 48 doubles and 22 homers to go along with his 103 RBI's. Expect him to keep up the impressive production next season while manning the middle of the Phillies' potent lineup.

2007

Utley continued his emergence as perhaps the best second baseman in baseball. In 2006, he reached career highs in average, home runs, runs, hits and extra-base hits. Interestingly, his OPS was actually lower than in 2005—he simply played 13 more games in 2006 to rack up more numbers. Utley uses a compact, strong swing and waits on pitches extremely well. He is primarily a pull hitter for power but will spray the ball when he feels overpowered. Nothing but blue skies ahead as long as he stays healthy.

2006

Utley took a giant leap forward last year to post the best OPS, .915, of all regular major league second basemen. He hit for good average and power in the first half (.303, 11 HR) and even more power in the second (.280, 17 HR). But wait, there's more: He improved his batting eye, stole 16 bases and made strides on hitting lefthanders (.220, .823 OPS) after starting the year slowly against them. Even if Utley performs at 80 percent of these levels, he'll be valuable.

2005

Utley graduated to the majors in 2004 with style, showing good contact, power and defense at second base. He struggled against lefthanders (.200) and could stand to draw more walks. He might be pushed to third base down the road by a prospect, or if his defense becomes a problem. Barring injury or a spring-training meltdown, he will be the Phillies' second baseman, and will be a good one.

2004

Utley took advantage of the injuries to Placido Polanco and David Bell to get a number of starts late in the season. Utley led the Phillies' minor league system in batting average at .323. He might see more time next season if Bell continues to struggle or can't recover from the back injuries that sidelined him last year.

2003

In 2002, Utley, 23, jumped a level to Class AAA Scranton and also switched positions from second base to third as the club hoped he would eventually replace Scott Rolen. That was before the Phillies signed David Bell. Utley will probably shift back to second base. For Scranton, he hit .263 with 17 homers and 70 RBI in 464 AB and stole eight bases. He's been tearing it up at the Arizona Fall League (.350, four homers, 15 RBI, a .393 OBP and .575 SLG in 80 at-bats), but demonstrated that third base would always be a challenge defensively. He'll get some more minor league at-bats in AAA, and eventually get the call to the bigs. Utley's name has come up in trade talks, but the Phillies claim he's unavailable.