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May Shortstop Rankings

Monday, May 05, 2014


Welcome to the May shortstop rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300 list. I try to list players at the positions at which they're most valuable, so if you can't find that second baseman you're looking for, check shortstop instead.

 

Click to see other May rankings:

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

 

Editor's Note: Rotoworld's partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $45,000 Fantasy Baseball league for Monday night's MLB games. It's $25 to join and first prize is $7,000. Starts at 7:05pm ET on Monday. Here's the FanDuel link.

 

 

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Shortstop Rankings

 

MayShortstopTeam2014
1 Hanley Ramirez Dodgers 1
2 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 2
3 Ian Desmond Nationals 5
4 Jose Reyes Blue Jays 4
5 Dee Gordon Dodgers 25
6 Starlin Castro Cubs 9
7 Elvis Andrus Rangers 3
8 Alexei Ramirez White Sox 10
9 Jean Segura Brewers 6
10 Andrelton Simmons Braves 8
11 Ben Zobrist Rays 12
12 Everth Cabrera Padres 13
13 Jed Lowrie Athletics 15
14 Jhonny Peralta Cardinals 16
15 Jimmy Rollins Phillies 18
16 Brad Miller Mariners 7
17 Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 14 3B
18 Asdrubal Cabrera Indians 11
19 Erick Aybar Angels 14
20 Alcides Escobar Royals 19
21 Jonathan Villar Astros 26
22 J.J. Hardy Orioles 17
23 Derek Jeter Yankees 22
24 Chris Owings Diamondbacks 20
25 Stephen Drew   21
26 Yunel Escobar Rays 24
27 Mike Aviles Indians 32
28 Adeiny Hechavarria Marlins 29
29 Zack Cozart Reds 23
30 Javier Baez Cubs 27
31 Brandon Crawford Giants 33
32 Jordy Mercer Pirates 28
33 Eduardo Escobar Twins 52
34 Brandon Hicks Giants 82
35 Ruben Tejada Mets 30
36 Rafael Furcal Marlins 31
37 Eduardo Nunez Twins 34
38 Andrew Romine Tigers 39 3B
39 Marwin Gonzalez Astros 41
40 Cliff Pennington Diamondbacks 38
41 Greg Garcia Cardinals 85
42 Maicer Izturis Blue Jays 35
43 Brendan Ryan Yankees 46
44 Zach Walters Nationals 81
45 Daniel Descalso Cardinals 47

 

Dropping off: Pedro Florimon Jr. (36th), Pedro Ciriaco (37th), Didi Gregorius (39th), Addison Russell (40th)

 

  • I can’t say I’m thrilled about this list. One major question is how much faith to put into Gordon’s start. Obviously, he’s not a .357 hitter, but if he’s good enough to hang on to the leadoff spot all year, then he could steal 80 bases and score 90 runs. So, how good would he have to be to pull that off? I mean, .280 is perfectly realistic, but as rarely as Gordon walks, he’s not a great leadoff hitter while batting .280. But he doesn’t need to be great… he just needs to stay in the lineup and steal bases.

 

I’m putting him fifth, which seems like a compromise. If he were more of a lock for 550 at-bats, he’d be No. 3.

 

  • Andrus was going to stay in the third spot, but then manager Ron Washington had to go and drop him from second to ninth in the lineup on Sunday. That’s not a bad thing for the Rangers – handing Andrus the second spot in the lineup year after year was the bad thing for the Rangers – but it’s a pretty awful thing for his fantasy value. I’m guessing it’s just a temporary move while he’s slumping. If I thought Andrus were going to remain the ninth spot, he’d have fallen out of the top 10 here.

 

  • I still have a lot of faith in Miller, but it concerns me that the Mariners might not feel the same way. While I still think there’s a good chance he’ll be a top-10 shortstop the rest of the way, I can’t continue to rank him up there given that he’s lost playing time and he could be a bad week away from a demotion to Triple-A.


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