Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fantasy Baseball Shortstops Rankings

The Shortstop position is weaker than ever these days and it seems like most of the top guys are injury prone.  I wouldn't want to bet my season on any shortstop, which is why I do not suggest rushing into drafting one.  Just 3 of the top 50 players were short stops and that included Jimmy Rollins and Derek Jeter.  Both guys are way past their primes and are huge risks.  Starlin Castro is your safest bet due to his consistancy and ability to cover mulitple categories.  Ian Desmond finally gave fantasy owners a reason to WANT to draft him this season as his 25 home runs lead all shortstops.

The St. Louis Cardinals will be without SS Rafael Furcal this season as he will undergo Tommy John SurgeryPete Kozma should be the everday replacement.

Same Face, New Place - Infielders
* - New Team
** - Sleeper

1.) Starlin Castro - Chicago Cubs
2.) Jose Reyes *- Toronto Blue Jays
  • Marlins owner Loria decided he did not want to compete in 2013 and decided he would help stack the cards in Toronto?s favor. In the past, "super teams" have not gelled immediately and at times there can be friction. Nevertheless, I see something different in the Jays. For varying reasons, this superstar-studded lineup is filled with players with something to prove. Melky was using PEDs. The former Marlins "failed" in Miami. Joey Bats had a significant wrist injury. Reyes will be part of a lineup that does not have many holes. He may not have the power that the young Castro possesses, but he provides a high volume of SBs with limited risk in the BA category. When you draft Jose Reyes you know what you will be getting, steals, runs, an above average BA, and 8-12 HRs. - @Schuch10
3.) Elvis Andrus - Texas Rangers
4.) Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies
  • Here is what we know. SS has always been a shallow position, which allowed Tulo to be a first round pick. From 2009-2011, he averaged 30 HRs, 13 SBs, and hit .304. Before his 2012 groin injury, he was on pace for a slight drop in HRs, RBIs, and SBs, but an increase in Rs. He missed the final 4 months of 2012 in a tantalizing way, but reports seem to indicate he is close to, if not, 100%. Draft him knowing the injury history, balanced with his past production. - @Schuch10
5.) Ian Desmond - Washington Nationals
  • Desmond is getting drafted around here because everyone is asking the same question: Can he repeat? I counter with: so what if he doesn’t? Shortstop is super thin this year. Even if Desmond has some regression, it’s not like you’ll say “Ugh, I missed out on JJ Hardy because I took this guy.” Take Desmond and hope he’s an All-Star again because he’s a true difference-maker at the position if so. And if not, oh well; the rest of your league has mediocre shortstops too. - @RDevinHughes
6.) Jimmy Rollins - Philadelphia Phillies
7.) J.J. Hardy - Baltimore Orioles
8.) Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
9.) Asdrubal Cabrera - Cleveland Indians
  • Fantasy Baseball Vision likes Cabrera. Read the full analysis here.
    • Swisher will hit clean-up behind Cabrera. That puts Santana in the5 hole. If Cabrera can stick in the 3 slot as a SS that bumps his value way up in my eyes. A SS with a chance at 90RBI & 90R season, that puts him in top 5 rankings. - @BrettBarton_FBV
10.) Alcides Escobar - Kansas City Royals
  • Check out Baseball Professor's full Player Profile on Alcides Escobar
    • While Escobar’s stats have shown annual improvement at a perennially shallow position, it’s probably a good idea to pump the brakes a tad. Last year his strikeout rate jumped to 15.4% after sitting at 12.7% and 12.2% in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and he’s one of the worst on-base guys in baseball due to some terrible sub-5.0% walk rates. If there is a positive to be gleaned from Escobar’s 2012 performance, it’s his line drive rate, which peaked at 23.0% last year, a new career high. - @BaseballProf
11.) Alexei Ramirez - Chicago Whtie Sox
12.) Jhonny Peralta - Detroit Tigers
13.) Erick Aybar - Los Angeles Angels
14.) Zack Cozart - Cincinnati Reds
15.) Yunel Escobar *- Tampa Bay Rays
16.) Everth Cabrera - San Diego Padres 
  • In such a weak category, getting a guy who can be a category monster for you wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Cabrera led the NL with 44 steals in just 398 at-bats last year. Make sure he’s going to get playing time, but if he does, his SB domination will be much more helpful than your opponent’s Yunel Escobar hitting a bland .250 with limited contributions in all categories. - @RDevinHughes
17.) Andrelton Simmons **- Atlanta Braves
  • No one should have an easier time scoring 100 runs than Simmons....IF and ONLY IF he gets to hit leadoff for the Braves.  If he is indeed hitting in front of both B.J. and Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and eventually Brian McCann than there is no reason why he can't score nearly every time he reaches base.  He managed to hit .289 last season over 49 games (189 ABs) hitting 8 doubles 2 triples and 3 home runs.  It's worth noteing that he hit .301 at Turner field while hitting all 3 of his home runs there as well.  I like his potential out of the leadoff spot but if he is batting 8th, I would ignore him for a while. - @WeTlkFntsySprts
18.) Stephen Drew *- Boston Red Sox
19.) Ruben Tejada - New York Mets
20.) Dee Gordon - Los Angeles Dodgers
  • I can't see Don Mattingly playing Hanley Ramirez at shortstop when they have a leadoff hitter and speedster in Gordon who deserves the gig.  Gordon at SS is a way better option than Luiz Cruz at 3B.  With Gordon at SS, he could hit leadoff in front of Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez.  That is 90+ runs waiting to happen.  Mark Ellis should be batting 7th / 8th not leading off.  Before being injured last year Gordon hit a terrible .228 in 303 ABs, but in 2011 he hit over .300 in 224 ABs.  Regardless of where he hits in the lineup he is a threat for 45+ stolen bases in a full seasons worth of action. - @WeTlkFntsySprts
21.) Jean Segura - Milwaukee Brewers
22.) Pete Kozma **- St. Louis Cardinals
23.) Cliff Pennington - Arizona Diamondbacks
24.) Brandon Crawford - San Francisco Giants
25.) Jed Lowrie *- Oakland Athletics

  • Watch for this guy in drafts. Look how far down he is right now...Adeiny Hechvarria? Mike Aviles? Yes, there are injury concerns, but when healthy he could provide pop at a position that does not have much of it. Was t5th among shortstops in HR despite only playing 97 games. The A’s did not give just up five players for a guy they expect to suck. This far down a draft, you could get a guy who could post top-10 SS production. He’s certainly more likely to do so than Adeiny Hechvarria, anyway. - @RDevinHughes
     
26.) Adeiny Hechavarria - Miami Marlins
27.) Mike Aviles *- Cleveland Indians
28.) Pedro Florimon Jr - Minnesota Twins
29.) Clint Barmes -Pittsburgh Pirates
30.) Hiroyuki Nakajima - Oakland Athletics
31.) Brendan Ryan - Seattle Mariners

Don't forget these guys!
Jurickson Profar - See 2B rankings!

Didi Gregorius - The Arizona Diamondbacks traded a potential Ace in Trevor Bauer to get Gregorius back from the Cincinatti Reds.  If GM Kevin Towers thought that highly of him then, he won't care about making sure Cliff Pennington of all people gets enough ABs.


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