Before we get into the rankings, let me put in a little disclaimer. These are extremely preliminary rankings for 2012 (prior to my projections being done) and have a lot of room for movement as the offseason progresses. They are done just on the surface, so as you look at them keep that in mind (and all numbers are prior to yesterday’s game):
- Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
- Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins
- Jose Reyes – New York Mets
- Starlin Castro – Chicago Cubs
- Asdrubal Cabrera – Cleveland Indians
- Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers
- Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies
- Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox
- J.J. Hardy – Baltimore Orioles
- Stephen Drew – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Can Troy Tulowitzki stay healthy for an entire season? That really is the one question hanging over him, isn’t it? For the second consecutive season he battled injuries and, despite the impressive .302, 30 HR, 105 RBI line it starts to bring significant questions. He’s proven to be a consistent .300/30/95 player with the upside for more, so it is nearly impossible not to place him atop these rankings. Just make sure you have a viable option to fill the 2-3 week gap.
- It was an awful season for Hanley Ramirez and will almost certainly drop him from first round consideration. Should the poor showing deter fantasy owners from trusting him, though? He has long proven his value and there is no doubting that a .275 BABIP helped contribute to his struggles (he had previously never been below .327). Look for a strong bounce back campaign.
- The questions surrounding Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins are very similar. Where will they land this offseason? Can they stay healthy for the entire year? Answers to those questions will help determine their final value on these rankings.
- J.J. Hardy made us remember the days of 2007 & 2008, hitting .269 with 30 HR, 80 RBI and 76 R in 2011. One of the things that could cause a little concern was an increased fly ball rate (43.4%), though it’s really not enough to make us declare him a huge risk. The bottom line is that he finally found a home and appears to be back to fantasy viability in all formats.
- There are a ton of potential stolen base options, including Emilio Bonifacio and Dee Gordon, who fell just short of making the list (at least for now). Shortstop is not as shallow of a position as it once was, huh?
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Make sure to check out all of our preliminary 2012 rankings: