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June Shortstop Rankings

Friday, June 15, 2012

Welcome to the June shortstop 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 soon find a fully updated top 250 list.

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

Shortstop Rankings

Dropping off: Alexi Casilla (22nd), Jason Bartlett (26th), Alex Gonzalez (27th), Eduardo Nunez (29th)

  • Dee Gordon is hitting .286 with eight steals in 22 games since Don Mattingly opted to give him a mental break last month. For all of his struggles so far, he remains the favorite to lead the National League in steals.


  • I bumped Derek Jeter up to No. 7 the first time through the list, only to slide him back down a bit. He's hitting just .252/.304/.299 with five RBI and 11 runs scored over the last month. He probably has another surge left in him, but I don't think he's a better choice than either Jimmy Rollins or Asdrubal Cabrera right now.


  • Trying to rank the 11-25 shortstops gave me plenty of issues. Jed Lowrie and Trevor Plouffe are undoubtedly the hottest of the bunch right now, but Lowrie is a huge injury risk and Plouffe's track record is pretty sketchy. Then there's Rafael Furcal at No. 20, even though he was as productive as any shortstop for the first month and a half. Unfortunately, he's cooled off in a big way since and he's another guy likely to get hurt at some point. I could re-rank the whole bunch differently tomorrow, but for now, J.J. Hardy and Mike Aviles look like the best bets to me.


  • Erick Aybar takes the biggest tumble. I liked him as the Angels' leadoff man at the start of the season, but now that Mike Trout has run away with the spot, it looks like Aybar could bat ninth for the long haul. While he's shaken off his terrible to start to play better lately, he just doesn't have much upside as a No. 9 hitter.

Rank Shortstop Team April
1 Hanley Ramirez Marlins 1
2 Starlin Castro Cubs 4
3 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 2
4 Jose Reyes Marlins 5
5 Elvis Andrus Rangers 3
6 Dee Gordon Dodgers 6
7 Jimmy Rollins Phillies 8
8 Asdrubal Cabrera Indians 9
9 Derek Jeter Yankees 11
10 Ian Desmond Nationals 12
11 J.J. Hardy Orioles 13
12 Mike Aviles Red Sox 18 2B
13 Stephen Drew Diamondbacks 18
14 Jed Lowrie Astros 24
15 Marco Scutaro Rockies 19
16 Yunel Escobar Blue Jays 14
17 Alexei Ramirez White Sox 10
18 Jhonny Peralta Tigers 17
19 Trevor Plouffe Twins 33
20 Rafael Furcal Cardinals 21
21 Everth Cabrera Padres 34
22 Erick Aybar Angels 7
23 Zack Cozart Reds 23
24 Alcides Escobar Royals 16
25 Emilio Bonifacio Marlins 15
26 Ruben Tejada Mets 28
27 Cliff Pennington Athletics 25
28 Elliot Johnson Rays 48
29 Andrelton Simmons Braves 59
30 Willie Bloomquist Diamondbacks 30
31 Yuniesky Betancourt Royals 38
32 Sean Rodriguez Rays 20
33 Brandon Crawford Giants 44
34 Clint Barmes Pirates 37
35 Jamey Carroll Twins 31
36 Brendan Ryan Mariners 32
37 Ryan Theriot Giants 47
38 Brian Dozier Twins 73
39 Ramon Santiago Tigers 43
40 Mike Fontenot Phillies 46

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