May Shortstop RankingsMonday, May 06, 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
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.