by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Shortstop was never a particularly deep position, but this season you could argue that there isn’t a safe option available. Even the players considered the best in the league carry significant risks (generally in regards to their health). It certainly makes creating a draft strategy difficult, doesn’t it? Do you gamble on one of the elite staying healthy? Do you wait and hope to catch lightning in a bottle with a “lesser” option? That’s a discussion for another day, but let’s take a look at how our rankings currently stand:
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. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
7. Starlin Castro – Chicago Cubs
8. Jimmy Rollins – Los Angeles Dodgers
9. Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals
10. Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers
11. J.J. Hardy – Baltimore Orioles
12. Jhonny Peralta – Cleveland Indians
13. Ben Zobrist – Oakland Athletics
14. Danny Santana – Minnesota Twins
15. Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
- This will likely be the last season Hanley Ramirez carries shortstop eligibility, as he is expected to move to LF in Boston. That doesn’t impact us for 2015, as the move to Fenway should help to boost his upside potential. Of course, much like Tulowitzki and Reyes he carries a significant risk in regards to staying on the field.
- While Bogaerts had his issues last season, a lot of people speculate that his move to 3B helped to cause them. He finished strong (.313 with 4 HR in September), will be just 22-years old at the start of the season and carries the same potential he did a year ago. In other words, don’t overlook him.
- Sure it was a good season for Starlin Castro (.292, 14 HR, 65 RBI, 58 R, 4 SB), but he doesn’t carry significant power (14 HR is his career high) and the speed has disappeared (13 total SB over the past two seasons). What exactly is there to love? Unless he was going to hit .320+, which he’s not likely to do, he’s a mid-range option with some potential.
- We took a closer look at Danny Santana, who is likely going to be one of the more overvalued players in ’15, a few weeks ago. Make sure to check out the article by clicking here.
- It’s easy to overlook Alcides Escobar, but there’s a good chance that he moves into the leadoff role this season (as he did late in the year in ’14). That should mean more SB opportunities (he swiped 31 bases as it is) and runs scored, to go along with a strong average. He’s certainly not a player to overlook.
Make sure to check out all of our early 2015 rankings:
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