Shortstop Keeper RankingsThursday, August 18, 2011
This year's final set of Strike Zone player rankings focuses strictly on 2012 and beyond. I'm looking mostly at the next two years in these keeper rankings, though I am providing a little credit for 2014 and '15. As always, there are position rankings with notes and an overall top 250 list.
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There's no guarantee that I won't rank Hanley over Tulowitzki in the 2012 projections, but going with Tulo in the top spot was the safer play here. I didn't give any real thought to ranking Reyes above Ramirez. Hanley is the better bet to stay healthy, and even though a lot has gone wrong this year, I think he'll be the better player going forward.I don't think Jeter at No. 15 will prove too controversial. He's probably finished as a top-10 shortstop, but he should still be a solid run and RBI guy even as the power and steal totals continue to dwindle. Furcal at No. 17 was the tougher call. He's four years younger than Jeter and just a year older than Rollins, but he's brought up retirement as a result of all of his injuries. A healthy Furcal has a chance of getting back into the top 10 at the position next year, but the injuries are taking a toll on his ranking here.For shortstop prospects, I went with Lee and Green over Nick Franklin, Tim Beckham, Christian Colon, Adeiny Hechavarria and Jose Iglesias. Lee and Franklin both just moved up to Double-A. Neither figures to be ready next year, but both could be starters come 2013. Green is giving center field a try now, but he could still be shortstop eligible in fantasy leagues if he debuts next year. Colon is probably the Royals' second baseman of the future, and Hechavarria and Iglesias lack fantasy upside. Ruben Tejada also fits into that last group. The Mets could play him at short next year if Reyes leaves, but he'd likely be a $2-$3 player.