2013 Rankings: Top 15 Shortstops

Remember when shortstop was a tough position to fill?  That no longer appear the be the case, as the position has developed a mix of emerging young talent and older stars who still hold value.  Who should you be targeting?  Who could be overvalued?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. Hanley Ramirez – Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Starlin Castro – Chicago Cubs
  3. Jose Reyes – Toronto Blue Jays
  4. Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
  5. Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
  6. Ian Desmond – Washington Nationals
  7. Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies
  8. Asdrubal Cabrera – Cleveland Indians
  9. Josh Rutledge – Colorado Rockies
  10. Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals
  11. Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers
  12. Derek Jeter – New York Yankees
  13. Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels
  14. Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox
  15. J.J. Hardy – Baltimore Orioles

Thoughts:

  • I know Elvis Andrus is widely viewed as one of the better shortstop options in the league and it wouldn’t surprise me if he performed better than my ranking.  That said, it is impossible for me to push him any higher on this list heading into the year.  He has never proven that he can actually sustain his production for an entire season, loses some value hitting second (since he’ll be asked to move runners along a little more) and adds no power.  I’ve already discussed why I would actually prefer Alcides Escobar over Andrus for the upcoming season, which you can read by clicking here.
  • Starlin Castro at #2?  While he is coming off a career worst .283 average (.315 BABIP should improve), he showed increased power (14 HR as part of a 55 extra base hit campaign) and more opportunities to run (25 SB in 38 attempts).  With improved luck and another year of development, there is no reason to think he can’t take another step.
  • Can Troy Tulowitzki actually stay healthy?  We all know that’s the biggest question, because if he does he is among the elite in the game.
  • While Josh Rutledge struggled late in the year (.209 with 1 HR), he showed off his power/speed potential after being recalled.  Moving to 2B should provide regular playing time hitting second, ahead of Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.  That’s an enviable spot to be in, especially for a player who could go 20/30.
  • Jimmy Rollins & Derek Jeter may be getting close to the end of the road, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t hold fantasy appeal.  Both remain solid options, depending on the makeup of the rest of your squad.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who’s too high?  Who’s too low?

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16 comments

  1. Mikeabo says:

    I am surprised by your ranking of Alcides. His value in the past has been based solely on SB’s. Last year he really pulled up his average to be an asset as well. Do you think this year he ads more value in other categories or is the position so weak that he ends up at 10?

  2. GT says:

    Danny Espinosa and Martin Prado qualify for SS in most leagues – would either crack this list?

  3. MJ says:

    Outside of Tulo (who I’d be willing to gamble on his staying healthy), I’d punt on everyone else and draft Adrelton Simmons in later rounds. You’ll get more bang for your buck out of him.

  4. Rotoprofessor says:

    Mikeabo – I am a huge fan of Escobar, as he has always had a ton of potential. He should hit close to .300 with the potential to score 80-90 R and steal close to 40 bases. In other words, he’s very similar to Andrus, but with the potential to steal more bases.

    GT – Prado played 13 games at SS last season, so it really does depend on your setup. If he qualifies, he would slide in under Aybar. As for Espinosa, he actually was #16 for me.

    MJ – Simmons definitely gets a little boost from today’s trade, because I can envision him hitting 2nd now. In that order, that should lead to more runs scored

  5. Capoeira says:

    Why is Reyes not first? He’s destroyed Hanley the last two years statswise.

    Hanley didnt run much at all in LA either.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I would still take Hanley’s total package over Reyes. I would consider Hanley a potential 20/20/90/90 guy, with the possibility for 100/100. While Reyes will win SB/R, the advantage Hanley has in HR/RBI more than offsets that.

      • Capoeira says:

        Reyes line over the last two seasons has just been almost double as valuable as Hanleys (as measured in typical league’s settings).

        Is there a reason to expect regression for Reyes and Hanley to significantly improve his line to make up the difference? Or is it just a personal preference?

        • Rotoprofessor says:

          With Reyes’ injury issues in the past, I do have some concerns with him playing half his games on astroturf, adding a little bit of risk. He also is more of .280 hitter, not a .300+ which limits his value as more f a 10/35 (or 40) with plenty of R scored.

          As for Hanley, he does offer both power and speed (20/20) and, in a deep lineup could easily go 90/90. His biggest problem has been his average, but if he can hit .270 (which is extremely possible) with the the other numbers make him more valuable in my opnion.

          I would also say part of it is a personal preference as I would prefer the more balanced player as opposed to one who primarily brings two categories.

  6. Marky Mark says:

    I’m having some trouble deciding on my last keeper for this year, and Andrus is one of the choices.

    There’s 12 teams, and we keep 10, so there’s 120 players off the board immediately. We use LF/CF/RF instead of plain OF spots.

    My sure fire keepers are
    1B – Pujols
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Wright
    LF – Braun
    CF – Kemp
    RF – J. Upton
    UT – Ellsbury
    SP – Kershaw
    SP – Hamels

    My last spot is down to Andrus or Wainwright….with the possibility of keeping V-Mart if he looks good in spring training.

    • Capoeira says:

      Keep andrus for sure

      • jmax says:

        Any openings in this league yet??? Im thinking if that’s you’re real team second place showed be easy

          • Marky Mark says:

            It is indeed my real team, put together with many years of work. It didn’t always look that pretty, and I made 4 trades last year that really changed it.

            Keep in mind that we can keep players forever with no cost.

            Before the draft, I gave Jay Bruce and Matt Moore for Braun. In another pre-draft deal, I gave Cain, Haren, and Ryan Zimmerman for Jose Bautista.

            I traded Brett Myers for Wainwright, about 4-5 days before Myers got traded to the Sox and lost his closing job.

            At the deadline, I gave Bautista for David Wright, because I was trying to defend my title and Joey’s wrist wasn’t helping. Also, him losing 3B-eligibility this year factored in.

            And no, there’s no openings.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      For me it’s Wainwright. I am not a supporter of Andrus as I think there is more than enough talent at the position. I also cosider Wainwright a Top 10 starter (we’ll get there) and an eas SP1.

  7. carlito says:

    How high r u on ruthledge? Im being offered him for a late round pick

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I do like Rutledge for power/speed. How deep is the format, but depending on how late the pick is I would probably go for it.

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