<b>2B -- Philadelphia Phillies</b><br />
It hasn't been the most productive season for Utley, who missed 59 games due to injuries, but he is still among the most dangerous hitters not only on the Phillies, but in the National League.
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Few hitters in baseball have a more compact swing than Utley. He keeps his hands in close to his body, allowing him to get the bat to the ball quickly, and his hands are in perfect sync with his back knee as it comes forward.
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Utley stays behind the baseball as he makes contact. He hits off a stiff front leg, he pivots well on his back foot, which is in a heel-high position, and his body is balanced and able to deliver the maximum amount of power to the baseball.
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Check out Utley's front foot, which remains closed even after contact and as he follows through. The closed foot is important because it allows Utley to keep his front side from flying open, causing a huge decline in power and plate coverage.
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Utley finishes his swing more abruptly than just about any hitter in the game. He has a follow-through that stops almost immediately after he reaches full extension. In essence, it's a short swing in every sense of the word.
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Utley finished with his lowest OPS (.769) since his rookie season in 2003. He's hit just about as well against left-handers as he has against right-handers for his career, but he struggled against lefties in 2011, batting only .187 with a .607 OPS.
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Utley looks like he's following the flight of a home-run ball, but he hit a career-low 11 in 2011. His most memorable power display came in the 2009 World Series, when he hit a record-tying five against the Yankees.
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When Utley isn't hitting the baseball, the baseball is often hitting him. He has been hit by a pitch 139 times in his career, the most of any player since he entered the league in 2003. He was plunked 14 times in 2011.
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While he's a dangerous hitter, Utley is also regarded as one of the game's best baserunners, one who makes the most of his base-stealing opportunities. Utley has an 89.4 stolen-base success rate for his career and was 14-for-14 in 2011.
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With Hunter Pence now in Philadelphia, Utley will hit second in the Phillies' lineup during the postseason, between Jimmy Rollins and Pence. The two-hole has been Utley's best spot in the order, where he's hit .315 with a .919 OPS for his career.
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Chase Utley

2B -- Philadelphia Phillies
It hasn't been the most productive season for Utley, who missed 59 games due to injuries, but he is still among the most dangerous hitters, not only on the Phillies, but in the National League.