For the first time in quite a while there are multiple good shortstops in the National League and it seems fantasy baseball owners are torn on who should represent the league in the Fantasy Baseball All-Star game this year.
National League Fantasy Baseball All-Star Voting Ballot
Trevor Story took this league by storm during Spring Training and the first few weeks of the season. With Jose Reyes suspended, all eyes were on Story knowing he'd be the man at shortstop for the Rockies. He hit .340 in 53 spring at-bats with four doubles, a triple and six home runs and continued swinging a hot bat as the season started. Along with teammate Nolan Arenado, Story led the Majors with 10 home runs in April.
Story is hitting .264 with 17 doubles, 4 triples, 18 home runs, 47 RBI and 42 runs scored.. His numbers should not be overlooked just because he plays his home games at Coors Field as he has hit 11 of his homers on the road. The downside to Story's game are his 101 strikeouts which are most in the league and he does not walk much, keeping his OBP at just .327.
Fantasy Baseball Heat Check
Jonathan Villar plays the game of baseball a little different than Story, as he uses his speed to be successful. Villar is hitting .292 on the year with a .377 OBP thanks to his 36 walks this year. His ability to get on base has allowed him to steal 25 bases which is tops in the league. However, despite his speed, Villar has not hit a triple this year. He does have 16 doubles and six home runs though, picking up 29 RBI. He ranks just outside the top 10 with his 77 strikeouts on the year.
Villar struggled in April, hitting just .236 with a .333 SLG. However, he exploded in May, slashing .355/.450/.482. He stole 14 bases, scored 18 runs and drove in 16. His average came back down in June but has shown some power hitting four of his six home runs this month.
Since taking over at the top of the Brewers lineup for Domingo Santana, Villar is hitting .304 with a .378 OBP.
Trailing behind both Story and Villar is Corey Seager, whose ADP was 64 (5th SS), compared to 231 for Story (17th SS) and Villar going undrafted in most formats.
American League Fantasy Baseball All-Star Voting Ballot
Seager was a disappointment in April, hitting just .250 with two home runs. However, things are looking up as his average has been above .300 for the last 200 ABs. Over the last seven days Seager has been on fire, slashing .414/.452/.655 in 39 ABs.
On the year, Seager is hitting .283 with 16 doubles, 15 home runs, 36 RBI and 46 runs scored. He has seen his OBP rise in each month, despite a rise in K%.
I believe from start to finish that Trevor Story has been the best fantasy option so far this season, but I believe Seager is really turning things around and will continue to finish the season strong. He should end up being the best fantasy shortstop in the National League for the 2016 season.