Update Rankings (May 8): Top 15 Shortstops: Don’t Downgrade Correa Too Far & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are over a month into the season so there have obviously been changes to our preseason rankings.  Who has shown signs of improving?  Who has struggled and thus has a cloudier outlook?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand (Note: The number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in our final draft guide update):

1. Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles (1)
2. Trea Turner – Washington Nationals (NR)
3. Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians (3)
4. Carlos Correa – Houston Astros (2)
5. Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers (6)
6. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox (5)
7. Jean Segura – Seattle Mariners (8)
8. Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies (4)
9. Jonathan Villar – Milwaukee Brewers (7)
10. Chris Owings – Arizona Diamondbacks (NR)
11. Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs (10)
12. Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers (12)
13. Aledmys Diaz – St. Louis Cardinals (14)
14. Zack Cozart – Cincinnati Reds (NR)
15. Eduardo Nunez – San Francisco Giants (13)

Currently on the DL:

  • Marcus Semien – Oakland A’s (9)
  • Troy Tulowitzki – Toronto Blue Jays (11)

Notes:

  • The only reason Trea Turner wasn’t on our preseason rankings was because he only played 2 games at shortstop last season. With the eligibility already met, he’s obviously among the best options in the league.
  • It’s been a disappointing start for Carlos Correa, with the biggest issue coming in his lack of power. At the same time he’s actually increased his fly ball rate (27.4% to 37.2%), which will ultimately lead to more home runs (9.4% HR/FB, compared to a career mark of 18.4%).  There is going to be a “breakout” coming, so now may be the time to kick the tires and see if you can get him on the cheap.
  • We had our concerns about Corey Seager entering the season, but thus far he’s shown an improvement in his SwStr% (11.3% to 9.1%). Couple that with hitting the ball hard (21.3% line drive rate) and maintaining his power stroke (15.6% HR/FB) and there’s suddenly a lot to like.  He has the potential to jump even higher on these rankings, rising as high as #3 if he continues on this pace.
  • Trevor Story is clearly trying to hit for power, as his fly ball rate sits at a gaudy 65.5% and he’s swinging and missing a ton (15.6 SwStr%). With those numbers his value has to plummet until he stops acting homer happy.
  • Chris Owings is going to hold value, but does anyone believe he’ll maintain a 30.5% line drive rate or 23.8% HR/FB? We can’t thrust him any higher than #10, though that doesn’t mean he isn’t worth owning.

Make sure to check out all of our updated rankings:

Position
Posted
CatcherApril 25
First BaseApril 26
Second BaseMay 1
Third BaseMay 4
ShortstopMay 8
Outfield--
Starting Pitcher--
Relief Pitcher--

8 comments

  1. steve says:

    so in a 12 team roto
    i’m hurting for starting pitching , and i’m top 3 in runs, sb, avg.

    i own both correa and segura, but also have carpenter eligible at 2b, therefore i figure i could trade either of them.

    also i could entertain trading pollock.

    some of the pitchers i’m looking into are
    kluber, carrasco, cueto, cole, severino, verlander, degrom, lester, fulmer, taillon. could you give me a little direction here as to who i should prefer to trade , and who i should look to get in return. is there any way i can reach as high as kershaw, scherzer, and should bumgardner be in the mix?
    thanks as always. been reading you guys for 2 years no. check daily. also subscrived to the pre season .draft prep and mid season last few years. great job you do here

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      First off thanks for the support!

      I don’t think you are going to be able to nab Kershaw or Scherzer, but I’d look at Carrasco for someone like Segura and see if you could build a deal around that (maybe Carrasco + a kicker and see)

      • steve says:

        see what i can do. thanks.
        also just curious. how big is your operation here? how much staff do you have would you say you guys are growing or happy with where you are at.

        I for one love the simplicity and straight forwardness of what you all have. Im simply curious about the whole thing.

        • Rotoprofessor says:

          We are always looking to grow and add to the site, while keeping the essence of what we have. The site has been going strong for some time and it’s not going anywhere, that’s for sure!

          Thanks again for the support!

  2. Rodney says:

    Who do you prefer rest of season and beyond in a 20-team keeper league: Shoemaker or Bauer?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Shoemaker for sure. Wouldn’t shock me if Bauer ultimately loses his spot in the rotation

  3. Floyd The Barber says:

    How do you feel about Barreto and his impact to this list? (once he comes up)

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I’ve talked about him a lot on the prospect page. I like him, but the strikeouts are a significant concern. He’s not going to be able to maintain his Triple-A average and he could be exposed a bit in his first taste of the Majors. There’s value, but I wouldn’t consider him a lock to crack the Top 15

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