June Shortstop RankingsFriday, 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.
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Top 250 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH
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.