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June Shortstop Rankings

Monday, June 06, 2011


Welcome to the June rankings. Players are ranked based on how much value I believe they'll provide in 5x5 leagues over the rest of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.

Click to see other June rankings:
Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

Shortstops

Falling off: Wilson Valdez (No. 38), Brandon Wood (No. 43), Angel Sanchez (No. 44), Jack Wilson (No. 45)

  • I couldn't drop Hanley any lower than third, even with his back injury threatening to put him on the disabled list. As disastrous as these last two months have been, he's just been too good for too long for me to put him below Andrus or Rollins.

  • I did weigh going lower on Jeter, but he rebounded to .274 with two homers, 10 RBI, 20 runs scored and five steals last month. Aybar and Desmond are running wild and Peralta has put on quite a showing in the power department, but none of those guys are close to sure things to match Jeter from an all-around standpoint. On the other hand, if steals were a priority, I'd certainly consider trading Jeter for Aybar.

  • As bad as Hanley has been, he still has an OPS more than 200 points higher than Brignac. The Rays shortstop has spent the first two months hitting like a pitcher, with a .173 average, one extra-base hit and four walks in 110 at-bats. I have faith in his bat, but the Rays should have sent him down a couple of weeks ago. He needs to go regain his swing in Triple-A.

  • Crawford is making a serious case for sticking as the Giants' shortstop after Pablo Sandoval comes back. I don't believe that Tejada will get released right away, but it's something the team has to be considering. Tejada is hitting just ..211/.237/.271 after 199 at-bats.


  • RankShortstopTeam2011May
    1 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 2 1
    2 Jose Reyes Mets 3 3
    3 Hanley Ramirez Marlins 1 2
    4 Elvis Andrus Rangers 4 4
    5 Jimmy Rollins Phillies 5 5
    6 Alexei Ramirez White Sox 7 7
    7 Asdrubal Cabrera Indians 10 9
    8 Stephen Drew Diamondbacks 11 10
    9 Starlin Castro Cubs 8 6
    10 Derek Jeter Yankees 6 8
    11 Yunel Escobar Blue Jays 14 12
    12 Erick Aybar Angels 13 15
    13 Jhonny Peralta Tigers 19 19
    14 Ian Desmond Nationals 12 11
    15 Jed Lowrie Red Sox 28 14
    16 Maicer Izturis Angels 25 2B 18
    17 J.J. Hardy Orioles 21 22
    18 Darwin Barney Cubs 63 17
    19 Rafael Furcal Dodgers 9 13
    20 Cliff Pennington Athletics 20 24
    21 Juan Uribe Dodgers 23 16
    22 Ryan Theriot Cardinals 25 25
    23 Sean Rodriguez Rays 21 2B 26 2B
    24 Alex Gonzalez Braves 27 26
    25 Tsuyoshi Nishioka Twins 15 32
    26 Jason Bartlett Padres 26 30
    27 Reid Brignac Rays 17 20
    28 Yuniesky Betancourt Brewers 24 27
    29 Alexi Casilla Twins 18 29
    30 Miguel Tejada Giants 16 21
    31 Orlando Cabrera Indians 31 23
    32 Brendan Ryan Mariners 32 37
    33 Clint Barmes Astros 30 31
    34 Alcides Escobar Royals 22 28
    35 Marco Scutaro Red Sox 29 33
    36 Jerry Hairston Jr. Nationals 34 34
    37 Paul Janish Reds 38 35
    38 Felipe Lopez Rays 33 36
    39 Jamey Carroll Dodgers 41 40
    40 Brandon Crawford Giants NR NR
    41 Willie Bloomquist Diamondbacks 136 OF 39
    42 Ronny Cedeno Pirates 35 NR
    43 Tyler Greene Cardinals 49 41
    44 Mike Fontenot Giants 41 2B NR
    45 Edgar Renteria Reds 37 42




    Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.
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