Big league second basemen don’t generally contend for home run titles, and when one comes along with enticing power, fantasy owners tend to gravitate toward that player. Last season, for example, 26 hitters managed to reach 26 or more home runs, and the only middle infielder among that group was Robinson Cano. In 2012, Cano also stood alone as a middle infielder among the 36 players who hit 27 or more home runs. This theme is partly why San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko and Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy bring special value as power hitters at positions that don’t generally provide those statistics.
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