SleepersMay 2, 2007

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By Aaron Bragelman

If you’re trying to improve your team, a solid second baseman is probably the position you need the most. Well stop trying to trade for someone like Chase Utley or Robinson Cano when you can pick up one of the hottest second baseman out there. That person is the Cubs 32-year-old second baseman Mark DeRosa.

He started the year with at least one hit in the first five games of the season. Last year DeRosa hit .296 with 13 home runs, 74 RBI and scored 78 runs. He got career records in almost every category last year, including 136 games played and had 520 at-bats. So far this year he is hitting .269 with four home runs and fifteen runs batted in. Last year DeRosa was named the American League player of the week for the week that ended on August 13, when he hit two doubles, four home runs, and drove in an amazing 15 runs in that seven day stretch. So even if you used one of your earlier picks to get a decent second baseman, you could also pick up DeRosa because he is eligible at second base of course, but also third base, and even outfield.

DeRosa played college at Pennsylvania where he played baseball and football. As an interesting note that some might not know, Mark was actually the starting quarterback in college as well. DeRosa was drafted by the Braves in the seventh round and was a benched for a backup. In 2005 and 2006 he played for Texas, and now he is in one of the best lineups in the major leagues, so you may want to pick him up before people start noticing what solid numbers he can actually put up and while you can get him cheap.

Aaron Bragelman is one of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. You can catch up with Aaron in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of abrage22.
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