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July Shortstop Rankings

Friday, July 01, 2011


Up this week are the July rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 250 list.

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

Shortstop Rankings

Falling off: Jerry Hairston Jr. (No. 36), Felipe Lopez (No. 38), Tyler Greene (No. 43), Edgar Renteria (No. 45)

  • Jeter will come off the disabled list next week, but there's no room for him in the top 10 right now. This is the strongest top 12 at shortstop that I've seen in a long time, and unlike most years, when I have a couple of guys listed at shortstop that are actually playing elsewhere, everyone in the top 14 is an honest-to-goodness shortstop.

  • Beyond the top 15, though, it gets awfully shaky in a hurry. The players ranked 18th-32nd are all pretty much interchangeable. Alcides Escobar is actually playing the best of any of them at the moment.

  • It seems doubtful to me that the Dodgers will shift Furcal to second base this year. Gordon doesn't appear to be ready yet anyway, and they probably can't carry three veteran utilitymen in Uribe, Carroll and Aaron Miles. Sending Gordon back to the minors when Furcal returns next week is the obvious move.

  • Hairston was set to come in at No. 40 before Wednesday's broken wrist knocked him off the list.


  • RankShortstopTeam2011MayJun
    1 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 2 1 1
    2 Jose Reyes Mets 3 3 2
    3 Hanley Ramirez Marlins 1 2 3
    4 Elvis Andrus Rangers 4 4 4
    5 Jimmy Rollins Phillies 5 5 5
    6 Asdrubal Cabrera Indians 10 9 7
    7 Alexei Ramirez White Sox 7 7 6
    8 Stephen Drew Diamondbacks 11 10 8
    9 Starlin Castro Cubs 8 6 9
    10 Jhonny Peralta Tigers 19 19 13
    11 J.J. Hardy Orioles 21 22 17
    12 Yunel Escobar Blue Jays 14 12 11
    13 Derek Jeter Yankees 6 8 10
    14 Erick Aybar Angels 13 15 12
    15 Maicer Izturis Angels 25 2B 18 16
    16 Rafael Furcal Dodgers 9 13 19
    17 Ian Desmond Nationals 12 11 14
    18 Darwin Barney Cubs 63 17 18
    19 Cliff Pennington Athletics 20 24 20
    20 Ryan Theriot Cardinals 25 25 22
    21 Tsuyoshi Nishioka Twins 15 32 25
    22 Jed Lowrie Red Sox 28 14 15
    23 Jason Bartlett Padres 26 30 26
    24 Sean Rodriguez Rays 21 2B 26 2B 23
    25 Alex Gonzalez Braves 27 26 24
    26 Marco Scutaro Red Sox 29 33 35
    27 Juan Uribe Dodgers 23 16 21
    28 Alexi Casilla Twins 18 29 29
    29 Alcides Escobar Royals 22 28 34
    30 Yuniesky Betancourt Brewers 24 27 28
    31 Orlando Cabrera Indians 31 23 31
    32 Clint Barmes Astros 30 31 33
    33 Emilio Bonifacio Marlins 95 OF 35 3B 36 3B
    34 Miguel Tejada Giants 16 21 30
    35 Reid Brignac Rays 17 20 27
    36 Brendan Ryan Mariners 32 37 32
    37 Jamey Carroll Dodgers 41 40 39
    38 Mike Fontenot Giants 41 2B NR 44
    39 Dee Gordon Dodgers 71 NR NR
    40 Paul Janish Reds 38 35 37
    41 Ronny Cedeno Pirates 35 NR 42
    42 Willie Bloomquist Diamondbacks 136 OF 39 41
    43 Brandon Crawford Giants NR NR 40
    44 Eduardo Nunez Yankees 53 3B NR NR
    45 Zack Cozart Reds 78 NR NR



    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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