by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Ian Desmond finally found a home, and it’s a favorable locale for the shortstop turned left fielder. Clearly the Texas Rangers have significant concerns about the health of Josh Hamilton, who is already slated to open 2016 on the disabled list. They also have reason to give Joey Gallo and his 46.3% strikeout rate in the Majors (39.5% at Triple-A) more seasoning out of the spotlight.
Those are stories for another day (most notably the fallout for Gallo). The question facing fantasy owners now is how does Desmond’s signing impact his value for 2016? Let’s take a look at our revised Top 15 rankings:
1) Carlos Correa – Houston Astros (1)
2) Troy Tulowitzki – Toronto Blue Jays (2)
3) Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox (3)
4) Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians (4)
5) Ian Desmond – Texas Rangers (7)
6) Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers (5)
7) Marcus Semien – Oakland A’s (6)
8) Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals (8)
9) Starlin Castro – New York Yankees (9)
10) Jung-Ho Kang – Pittsburgh Pirates (11)
11) Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants (12)
12) Ketel Marte – Seattle Mariners (13)
13) Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers (14)
14) Eduardo Escobar – Minnesota Twins (15)
15) Erick Aybar – Atlanta Braves (NR)
Dropped Off Rankings – Jose Reyes – Colorado Rockies (10)
- Even after having a strong showing in the second half last season (.262, 12 HR, 8 SB), Desmond still displayed red flags including an elevated strikeout rate (30.0%) and a diminished line drive rate (15.7%). That said, playing in Texas should help him hit for more power and the upside in the RBI department rises with it. In what has become a shallow position, he remains one of the better options.
- Jose Reyes fell off the rankings, as there is significant concern regarding how much time he’ll even play this season. Forget about the potential suspension, he’s currently on paid leave until the criminal case concludes. If he doesn’t settle, that won’t even start until early April.
- We’ve already touched on the potential regression for Xander Bogaerts, thanks to his lack of power and his .372 BABIP (click here for more). Clearly that doesn’t eliminate his value, but there is definitely reason to be concerned.
- Is Brandon Crawford destined to be a bust in 2016? Click here to find out why he may not be ranked quite as highly as you would’ve expected.
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