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August Shortstop Rankings

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Up this week are the August 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 August rankings:
Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

Shortstop Rankings

Falling off: Stephen Drew (No. 8), Reid Brignac (No. 35), Paul Janish (No. 40), Brandon Crawford (No. 43)

  • I consider scrambling the top three, only to leave it alone for the second month in a row. Hanley appears back as a big offensive threat after hitting .293 with five homers, 21 RBI and five steals last month. Tulo, though, was even better from a performance standpoint, hitting .352 with five homers, 20 RBI and two steals. Reyes, on the other hand, fell off, hitting .288 with just one homer, three RBI and two steals in the 15 games. A healthy Reyes should be better this month, so I kept him at No. 2. I did move Hanley up in the top 250.

  • I wasn't quite sure what to do with the Giants. Tejada actually came in at .333/.378/.524 last month, but it seems like the team has soured enough on his defense that he could play less than Cabrera or Fontenot going forward. Even though Cabrera is the worst hitter in the group, I have him ranked the highest at No. 35.


  • RankShortstopTeamAprMayJunJul
    1 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 2 1 1 1
    2 Jose Reyes Mets 3 3 2 2
    3 Hanley Ramirez Marlins 1 2 3 3
    4 Elvis Andrus Rangers 4 4 4 4
    5 Jimmy Rollins Phillies 5 5 5 5
    6 Asdrubal Cabrera Indians 10 9 7 6
    7 Jhonny Peralta Tigers 19 19 13 10
    8 Yunel Escobar Blue Jays 14 12 11 12
    9 Starlin Castro Cubs 8 6 9 9
    10 Alexei Ramirez White Sox 7 7 6 7
    11 J.J. Hardy Orioles 21 22 17 11
    12 Derek Jeter Yankees 6 8 10 13
    13 Erick Aybar Angels 13 15 12 14
    14 Emilio Bonifacio Marlins 95 OF 35 3B 36 3B 33
    15 Rafael Furcal Cardinals 9 13 19 16
    16 Jed Lowrie Red Sox 28 14 15 22
    17 Cliff Pennington Athletics 20 24 20 19
    18 Jason Bartlett Padres 26 30 26 23
    19 Yuniesky Betancourt Brewers 24 27 28 30
    20 Maicer Izturis Angels 25 2B 18 16 15
    21 Ian Desmond Nationals 12 11 14 17
    22 Darwin Barney Cubs 63 17 18 18
    23 Alcides Escobar Royals 22 28 34 29
    24 Clint Barmes Astros 30 31 33 32
    25 Sean Rodriguez Rays 21 2B 26 2B 23 24
    26 Alex Gonzalez Braves 27 26 24 25
    27 Eduardo Nunez Yankees 53 3B NR NR 44
    28 Marco Scutaro Red Sox 29 33 35 26
    29 Jerry Hairston Jr. Brewers 34 34 36 NR
    30 Ryan Theriot Cardinals 25 25 22 20
    31 Brendan Ryan Mariners 32 37 32 36
    32 Willie Bloomquist Diamondbacks 136 OF 39 41 42
    33 Dee Gordon Dodgers 71 NR NR 39
    34 Alexi Casilla Twins 18 29 29 28
    35 Orlando Cabrera Giants 31 23 31 31
    36 Tsuyoshi Nishioka Twins 15 32 25 21
    37 Jamey Carroll Dodgers 41 40 39 37
    38 Zack Cozart Reds 78 NR NR 45
    39 Miguel Tejada Giants 16 21 30 34
    40 Felipe Lopez Brewers 33 36 38 NR
    41 Juan Uribe Dodgers 23 16 21 27
    42 Mike Fontenot Giants 41 2B NR 44 38
    43 Trevor Plouffe Twins 57 NR NR NR
    44 Ronny Cedeno Pirates 35 NR 42 41
    45 Jason Donald Indians 39 NR 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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