While the top of our rankings remain unchanged, from #7 down saw a fairly big shakeup. Rafael Furcal’s hot streak led to the biggest change, but there certainly were other significant moves as well (remember, these remain extremely early rankings and will likely significantly change as the season progresses):
- Hanley Ramirez – Florida Marlins
- Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
- Jose Reyes – New York Mets
- Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies
- Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers
- Derek Jeter – New York Yankees
- Rafael Furcal – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Stephen Drew – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox
- Alex Gonzalez – Toronto Blue Jays
- Yunel Escobar – Atlanta Braves
- Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels
- Alcides Escobar – Milwaukee Brewers
- Clint Barmes – Colorado Rockies
- Starlin Castro – Chicago Cubs
- Rafael Furcal has absolutely caught fire, sending him soaring up these rankings. His stolen bases had been a concern, though not as much anymore. Over the past four weeks he has 7 SB, tied for sixth in all of baseball. Couple that with 26 R over that period, leading the way, and what more can you ask for? Assuming he can stay healthy he’s going to be a great option in all formats.
- It has been a disappointing season for Alexei Ramirez, with just 9 HR and 4 SB. Wasn’t he supposed to be 15/15, with the potential of 20/20? The talent is still there, however, so don’t give up hope. That type of potential will keep him as a usable option in 2011.
- We all know that Alex Gonzalez was playing over his head, while Yunel Escobar was struggling mightily. However, even on knew teams, their value doesn’t change much (though Yunel is quickly proving he may have just needed a change of scenery). To view my thoughts on the trade, click here.
- The injury to Troy Tulowitzki has given Clint Barmes the necessary time at SS to be eligible there in 2011. Assuming he wins the everyday 2B job next season, his power potential will make him a low-end option in all formats.
- Erick Aybar has speed and is currently hitting atop the Angels order. That means runs scored, which certainly means value, especially with some speed. Of course, if someone like Peter Bourjous takes the leadoff spot, his value will tumble. Keep that in mind.
What are your thoughts on these rankings? Who is being overvalued? Who is being undervalued?
Make sure to check out our other extremely early 2011 rankings: