Updated Rankings (June 19): Top 15 Shortstops: Major Shakeup At The Top & 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 latest updated ranking):

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

Currently on the DL:

  • Marcus Semien – Oakland A’s (DL)
  • Jean Segura – Seattle Mariners (7)

Notes:

  • While there is a lot of upside in the shortstop position, the bulk of the top options have underperformed thus far. While Correa certainly hasn’t blown the doors off with his production, there also is a lot to like as he’s hit the ball hard (40.4% Hard%), shown a good command of the strike zone (8.9% SwStr%, 27.6% O-Swing%) and increased power (18.8% HR/FB).  That’s a lot to like.
  • Corey Seager has shown a significant improvement in his plate discipline, improving both his SwStr% (11.3% to 9.6%) and O-Swing% (32.2% to 23.4%). He’s also hitting fewer groundballs (41.5%) and racking up the doubles (18).  It all comes together to create a tremendous profile as he emerges as one of the best options in the league.
  • It’s been a disastrous start to the season for Manny Machado, but he’s finally showing signs of heating up in June. Don’t be surprised if he’s back in the Top 2 or 3 the next time we review these rankings.
  • Trevor Story continues to struggle with strikeouts, though the biggest issue is that he’s seemingly swinging for the fences.  His fly ball rate has jumped from 47.1% to 57.1%, and instead of hitting for more power it’s helped to sabotage his average.  Hopefully he can figure it out and turn things around, otherwise this could spiral into somewhat of a lost season.

Source – Fangraphs

Make sure to check out all of our updated rankings:

Position
Posted
CatcherJune 1
First BaseJune 3
Second BaseJune 5
Third Base--
Shortstop--
Outfield--
Starting Pitcher--
Relief Pitcher--

28 comments

  1. Beans says:

    What’s up Professor? I need your thoughts to make my final decision. Please pick 4 for this week. Standard H2H scoring. Darvish, Tanaka, Bundy(2 Starts) Wheeler(2 starts) Berrios, Wacha, Faria, Newcome and Jordan Montgomery. Thanks for the advice and time.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I’d have to really look into the matchups, but off the cuff Darvish/Bundy/Wheeler/Berrios (I’m a believer in using my 2 start guys, unless the matchups are really terrible). Could also see using Wacha over Berrios

  2. Steve says:

    Villar needs to be wayyyyy lower IMO. He’s a dumpster fire. Was losing playing time before the injury.

    If his improvements continue, Andrelton Simmons might crack the bottom of this list. Always had elite contact, now making adjustment for more power.

  3. Alex says:

    Like the third base rankings, there’s a lot of decent shortstop options even if they’re underperforming near the top. What do you think about Gregorius for the rest of the year? Despite the early injury, he looks like he wants to play into the top 10 by season’s end. At least he’s not underperforming!

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      He’s certainly in the mix and was right there for one of the last few spots. I’m just not sure I’m buying what he’s selling

  4. Warren says:

    Im in a 12 team AL only 5×5 auction dynasty with a 10 man ultra bench
    Who do you think is better for next year? A 1 dollar devinski or a 7 dollar ramos. Devinski need to be signed for 2 years at 6 bucks next eason

  5. Chris says:

    Ian happ and 1st rd pick for archer. Dynasty. Which side?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      How much value does that 1st rounder hold? Each league is different and makes a big difference

    • Alex says:

      Hmm, have to disagree with the Prof here. Archer is an ace with serious strikeouts. I like Happ and he’s a good piece, but that first round pick can go either way. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they disappear. I personally would go for the sure thing in Archer, as I think he’s worth much more than Happ and a lottery ticket given how dire pitching has been.

      • Alex says:

        As a further note, dynasty leagues are fun to play with prospects in hand, but remember that one is trying to win the season. Archer will help one do that, Happ and especially the pick won’t likely do so anytime soon. If you regret trading away Happ/pick, some contender will want Archer badly so you can recoup your end of the swap. I think it’s a no brainer swap depending on your situation.

  6. MA says:

    Hey Rotoprofessor, have a trade question for you. My Bellinger for his Paxton, who wins? Also instead of making that trade for Paxton I could drop Lynn, who is my worse pitcher, for someone like Pomeranz, J. Gray, Faria, or Nola. What should I do, make the trade or pick up one of those pitchers instead. H2H Points league. Thanks!

    • Bennies Express says:

      I personally would not trade Bellinger right now, especially for just Paxton. If I owned Bellinger it would take a lot to pry him away from me, I’m actually waiting for him to hit a little slump so I can make an offer for him, but with what he’s been doing I doubt I can get him… that’s just my opinion for what it’s worth.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Yea, I agree I definitely would hold Bellinger for a bigger return.

      As for the pickup, Gray or Nola are both better options than Lynn so I’d make that move without a second thought.

  7. MA says:

    Thanks guys! What is your take on Faria?

  8. MA says:

    If you had to pick one rest of season who would it be. Faria, J. Gray, Nola, Happ, Duffy, Shoemaker, Newcomb? H2H Points league. Thanks

  9. MA says:

    Ok, thanks

  10. Bbboston says:

    RP;

    Any chance Tulo has a top ten 2nd half?

  11. MA says:

    My current pitchers are Kershaw, Strasburg, McCullers, Severino, Ray, Berrios, Matz, and J. Gray. Should I have any concern or look to sell any of these pitchers or do you like my rotation?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I actually really like it. Sure you can see a Ray or Matz, if the price is right, but overall it’s strong

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