by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Is there a position that’s any more frustrating to sort through than shortstop right now? While you can say that there’s a Top 4 and then everyone else, is there even any certainties in that top? Injuries often plague these options (i.e. Troy Tulowitzki), just further clouding things. Keep in mind that, among any position, this could be the one to see the most changes as we head towards fantasy drafts. These rankings are extremely preliminary and could (and likely will) change for a variety of reasons in the coming weeks:
1. Hanley Ramirez – Boston Red Sox
2. Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
3. Jose Reyes – Toronto Blue Jays
4. Ian Desmond – Washington Nationals
5. Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox
6. Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
7. Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies
8. Starlin Castro – Chicago Cubs
9. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
10. Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals
11. Jhonny Peralta – St. Louis Cardinals
12. Danny Santana – Minnesota Twins
13. Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers
14. Asrubal Cabrera – Free Agent
15. Ben Zobrist – Tampa Bay Rays
- Javier Baez was a strikeout machine last season and that is going to suppress his value. That said, he brings power potential that is hard to find across the game (let alone at shortstop) and that keeps his value extremely high.
- We all know that Alcides Escobar is not going to be a source of power, but he settled in atop the Royals lineup late in the season and brings ample speed. Could he be a .280 hitter with 30+ SB and 85+ R? Absolutely and, at a questionable position, that’s going to play extremely well.
- Danny Santana was a fantasy All-Star last season, but we have to keep in mind that he benefitted from a .405 BABIP. He’s going to have value, but don’t push him too far up the rankings as there is definitely going to be a regression in his future.
- It was an extremely disappointing season for Xander Bogaerts (.240 with 12 HR), but he finished strong (.313 with 4 HR in September) and was moved around a bit last season after Stephen Drew was brought back, which could have impacted his performance. While the Red Sox are going to have options, this ranking is based on the theory that he is going to be the starting shortstop and left alone. Hitting in a strong lineup and given his pedigree, there’s a lot to like.
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