Dec. 20, 2007
By Douglas Kroll
Doug Kroll is an editor for CSTV.com, focusing on baseball.
A second baseman is a shortstop's best friend, and when you think about some of the best middle infields in baseball history, it's the second baseman that can sometimes get lost in the shuffle of great tandems.
They usually aren't the most powerful or best hitter on the team, but they are usually that piece that every good team needs to win.
The best second basemen in the nation in 2008 are likely to be no different in that aspect. They are real good at what they do, but they just don't have the same type of flashy names that other players around the diamond may have.
But that doesn't mean we won't know who they are by the end of the year.
The ACC will be home to three of the best right sides of the infield in the entire nation. When
Here's a look at the best players returning to the college game in 2008, who will be plugging that hole up the middle on the right side.
1. David Adams, Virginia - It has to be a nice thing for Virginia head coach Brian O'Connor to have two veterans up the middle that are two of your best players. With David Adams returning at second base, and Greg Miclat coming back at shortstop after an injury that sidelined him last season, that's exactly what O'Connor's got. The junior was second only to Miclat with a .372 average last year, while hitting five home runs and driving in 43 runs. His fielding improved from his first to second season, as he made only seven errors in 2007. Adams is durable too, with the
3. Aaron Luna, Rice - Rice head coach Wayne Graham probably said it best about Aaron Luna after fall practice in 2007: "At the end of fall practices, we still didn't know if Aaron was a second baseman or an outfielder. What we do know is with his power and average, Aaron should be one of the better hitters in college baseball this spring."
And after a season of playing a lot of DH, they still may not be too sure. Either way, Luna got some time at second base so we will stick him there for the time being. Luna doesn't fit the typical mold for the position since he hits for power (leading the Owls with 13 home runs and 66 RBI in 2007). As for his defense, his four errors doesn't tell the full story with the time he spent at designated hitter, but he did finish with a .976 fielding percentage. With Texas A&M transfer Jess Buenger getting some time at second last year, we'll wait and see where Luna fits in position-wise with the Owls in 2008. One thing's for sure, with what they lost, he's going to have to lead them at the plate.
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5. Alden Carrithers, UCLA - The hype around UCLA is something that the Bruins haven't dealt with in some time. And a lot of it has to do with the return of senior second baseman Alden Carrithers. A transfer from UCSB, Carrithers led the Bruins with a .352 average, 53 runs, 32 walks and a .445 on-base percentage. Talk about a pest in a lineup. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound native of
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