Below is my fantasy rankings for shortstops. All stats are from Baseball Reference.com. The tiers refer to similar groupings of players. I haven't specified rankings within the tiers...that I leave up to the individual drafter. Please let me know your thoughts...whether you agree, disagree, think I've lost a couple of marbles while working in the lab, etc. As you can see, shortstop is deeper than expected with some combination of speed and power guys. The position also has 3 potential first round picks. I only ranked those whom I considered to be "draftable" in a 12 team 5x5 draft.
Let the presentation begin!
Let the presentation begin!
|Name||Age||Strength Stats||Key Stats from 2008||Projected Draft Position||Comments||Tier|
|Hanley Ramirez||25||AVG, HR, R, SB, RBI||125 R, 33 HR, 35 SB, .400 OBP, .540 SLG||1||Consensus top 2 pick in the draft. 5 category stud because will not hit 3rd in Florida lineup||1|
|Jose Reyes||26||R, SB, AVG||113 R, 56 SB||1||Consensus top 4 pick in the draft. Steals are his biggest asset, but can contribute across all categories.||1|
|Jimmy Rollins||30||R, HR, SB||47 SB, .349 OBP, .437 SLG||1||Great asset at speed. Scores a lot of runs with Utley and Howard hitting behind him. Stats last year depressed because of ankle injury||1|
|Rafael Furcal||31||R, SB||36 G , 8 SB, 34 R||4-7 round||He may be overrated because he's over 30 and had injury problems last year. But with potent Dodger lineup can score 100-120 runs and steal 25-35 bases with respectable AVG and HR||2|
|Alexei Ramirez||27||HR, RBI||22 HR, 77 RBI, 13 SB, .475 SLG, .313 OBP||3-6 round||Free swinger with great power. Will be overdrafted based on potential. Also eligible at 2nd base||2|
|Stephen Drew||26||R, HR, RBI||.502 SLG, 21 HR||5-8 round||Similar in fantasy profile to Hardy and Ramirez, but his skills can portend a greater improvement for 3rd full season||2|
|JJ Hardy||26||HR, RBI||24 HR, .478 SLG||7-10 round||Streaky power hitter in the prime of his career who will contribute 25 HR and a decent AVG||3|
|Troy Tulowitzki||24||R, RBI||.332 OBP, .401 SLG||7-10 round||Extemely disappointing '08 with injury and performance. This ranking is more of a bounceback hope. Still only 24.||3|
|Derek Jeter||35||R, AVG||.363 OBP, .408 SLG||5-8 round||Still useful, but not for the value most people give him. Declining trend in power and speed is real.||3|
|Jhonny Peralta||27||R, HR, RBI||104 R, 23 HR, 89 RBI, .473 SLG||6-12 round||Power is there consistently. Place in Indians lineup will matter for other categories||3|
|Miguel Tejada||35||R||.314 OBP, .415 SLG, 13 HR, 66 RBI||6-12 round||Will not approach power of years past. Also, extremely slow (32 GIDP). Has lost batting eye as well||4|
|Orlando Cabrera||34||R, SB||93 R, 19 SB, .334 OBP||12-15 round||Solid contributor in all categories, however, has less than .400 SLG previous 2 years.||4|
|Brandon Wood||24||HR||not enough info||18-21 round||Amazing power numbers in the minors. Hasn't figured out major league pitching yet.||4|
|Yunel Escobar||26||R, AVG||.366 OBP||12-15 round||Above average hitter with developing skills and good strike zone control who will give you a solid contribution.||4|
|Ryan Theriot||29||R, SB, AVG||22 SB, .387 OBP||15-18 round||No power, but good speed, great plate discipline. Expect .300 AVG with 20 SB and 90 R||4|
|Edgar Renteria||33||AVG||.317 OBP, .382 SLG||15-18 round||Has clearly lost a step, but has moved to NL, where he seems to play better. Strictly a backup in this stage of his career||4|
|Christian Guzman||31||AVG||.316 AVG, 23 BB||18-21 round||Had one of career best year last year with surprising doubles power and high average. Has poor pitch recognition, but makes contact. Might maintain AVG, but offers nothing else||4|
|Elvis Andrus||20||SB||No MLB stats||18-21 round||Take a chance, get some steals. Very high talent ceiling, but probably too young to approach it this year||4|
|Mike Aviles||28||AVG||.325 AVG/ .480 SLG||15-18 round||High contact hitter who surprised last year. Might get double digit HR again. Also eligible at 2B.||4|