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May Shortstop Rankings

Monday, May 6, 2013

Welcome to the May 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 300 list.


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Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH



Shortstop Rankings

Dropping off: Brent Lillibridge (No. 42), Jamey Carroll (No. 46), Brendan Ryan (No. 47), Reid Brignac (No. 48), Tyler Greene (No. 49)


  • The speedy guys -- Escobar, Segura, Andrus and Everth Cabrera -- were the toughest ones to rank here. On the one hand, I still think Andrus is the safest of the bunch. On the other, there's not much chance he's going to hit three or four homers in a month like Escobar and Segura just did. I'm trusting Escobar over Segura, partly because he's been around longer; he already has one season as a .290 hitter under his belt. I'm still not buying into him as a 15-homer guy just yet, but if he does maintain that pace, he may well be a top-three shortstop. Segura never hit more than 10 homers in a minor league season. I think he has more long-term upside than Escobar with the bat, but it's asking way too much for him to maintain this kind of line as a near-rookie (he had 21 at-bats too many with the Brewers last year to qualify for ROY honors this season). I don't see either Escobar or Segura as enough of a sure thing to justify a ranking ahead of Castro or Asdrubal.


  • Then there's Rutledge. I still don't trust him at all, but playing in Coors Field and hitting second a good portion of the time makes it a whole lot easier to put up quality numbers. He's been a top five shortstop/second baseman despite hitting .240 so far this year.


  • If Lowrie were a better bet to stay healthy, he'd be in the top 10 as well. He's likely to break some hearts, though.


  • Crawford already has five homers this year after hitting four in 435 at-bats last season. On the other hand, he's still not hitting for much of an average (.257) and he's a complete zero in the steal department (two in 10 career attempts). If the homers stop coming, he could turn worthless again in a hurry.


  • Had I more confidence that the Dodgers would do the right thing and keep Gordon at shortstop after Hanley returns, I'd place Gordon in the top 15. He'd be a threat to top all of the aforementioned guys in steals. As is, he's still a decent enough bet to come in at No. 23.



1 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 1
2 Starlin Castro Cubs 3
3 Hanley Ramirez Dodgers 6
4 Asdrubal Cabrera Indians 5
5 Alcides Escobar Royals 14
6 Ian Desmond Nationals 7
7 Ben Zobrist Rays 9
8 Jean Segura Brewers 26
9 Elvis Andrus Rangers 4
10 Josh Rutledge Rockies 11
11 Jimmy Rollins Phillies 10
12 Erick Aybar Angels 8
13 Everth Cabrera Padres 16
14 Jed Lowrie Athletics 18
15 Alexei Ramirez White Sox 13
16 Jose Reyes Blue Jays 2
17 Andrelton Simmons Braves 15
18 Jhonny Peralta Tigers 22
19 Stephen Drew Red Sox 21
20 J.J. Hardy Orioles 19
21 Brandon Crawford Giants 34
22 Zack Cozart Reds 23
23 Dee Gordon Dodgers 28
24 Marco Scutaro Giants 17
25 Danny Espinosa Nationals 20
26 Billy Hamilton Reds 35
27 Ruben Tejada Mets 24
28 Yunel Escobar Rays 25
29 Derek Jeter Yankees 12
30 Didi Gregorius Diamondbacks 56
31 Pete Kozma Cardinals 32
32 Marwin Gonzalez Astros 50
33 Mike Aviles Indians 33
34 Eduardo Nunez Yankees 27
35 Brian Dozier Twins 29
36 Maicer Izturis Blue Jays 30
37 Sean Rodriguez Rays 45
38 Nick Franklin Mariners 59
39 Ronny Cedeno Astros 43
40 Cliff Pennington Diamondbacks 31
41 Adeiny Hechavarria Marlins 36
42 Eduardo Escobar Twins 62 3B
43 Adam Rosales Athletics 53 2B
44 Willie Bloomquist Diamondbacks 44
45 Hiroyuki Nakajima Athletics 38
46 Daniel Descalso Cardinals 39
47 Pedro Florimon Jr. Twins 60
48 Eric Sogard Athletics 40
49 Clint Barmes Pirates 41
50 Luis Cruz Dodgers 37

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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