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July Shortstop Rankings

Monday, June 30, 2014


Here are the July Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.

 

Click to see other July rankings:

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

 

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Shortstop Rankings

 

JulyShortstopTeam2014MayJune
1 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 2 2 1
2 Hanley Ramirez Dodgers 1 1 2
3 Jose Reyes Blue Jays 4 4 4
4 Ian Desmond Nationals 5 3 3
5 Dee Gordon Dodgers 25 5 5
6 Starlin Castro Cubs 9 6 6
7 Elvis Andrus Rangers 3 7 7
8 Brad Miller Mariners 7 16 23
9 Alexei Ramirez White Sox 10 8 8
10 Ben Zobrist Rays 12 11 10
11 Jean Segura Brewers 6 9 9
12 Jhonny Peralta Cardinals 16 14 14
13 Erick Aybar Angels 14 19 15
14 Alcides Escobar Royals 19 20 18
15 Jimmy Rollins Phillies 18 15 13
16 Asdrubal Cabrera Indians 11 18 19
17 Andrelton Simmons Braves 8 10 17
18 Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 14 3B 17 11
19 Jed Lowrie Athletics 15 13 16
20 J.J. Hardy Orioles 17 22 22
21 Everth Cabrera Padres 13 12 12
22 Eugenio Suarez Tigers 86 NR 44
23 Jonathan Villar Astros 26 21 20
24 Derek Jeter Yankees 22 23 25
25 Brandon Crawford Giants 33 31 27
26 Stephen Drew Red Sox 21 25 21
27 Chris Owings Diamondbacks 20 24 24
28 Yunel Escobar Rays 24 26 26
29 Zack Cozart Reds 23 29 29
30 Jordy Mercer Pirates 28 32 36
31 Mike Aviles Indians 32 27 30
32 Danny Santana Twins 77 NR 32
33 Josh Rutledge Rockies 38 2B 49 2B 43 2B
34 Didi Gregorius Diamondbacks 39 NR NR
35 Ruben Tejada Mets 30 35 39
36 Adeiny Hechavarria Marlins 29 28 33
37 Willie Bloomquist Mariners 58 2B 45 2B 45
38 Eduardo Escobar Twins 52 33 35
39 Arismendy Alcantara Cubs 45 NR NR
40 Nick Franklin Mariners 30 2B 38 2B 28
41 Eduardo Nunez Twins 34 37 38
42 Marwin Gonzalez Astros 41 39 41
43 Nick Punto Athletics 57 NR 42
44 Wilmer Flores Mets 37 3B 36 3B 31
45 Javier Baez Cubs 27 30 34
46 Rafael Furcal Marlins 31 36 47
47 Miguel Rojas Dodgers NR NR NR
48 Brandon Hicks Giants 82 34 37
49 Brendan Ryan Yankees 46 43 46
50 Munenori Kawasaki Blue Jays 63 NR NR

 

Dropping off: Andrew Romine (40th), Cliff Pennington (43rd), Chris Taylor (48th), Pedro Ciriaco (49th), Erisbel Arruebarrena (50th)

 

  • I suggested a few days ago that the Red Sox send down Bogaerts for a couple of weeks, but I’m not dropping him out of the top 20 here. While he has looked terrible of late, there’s still no doubting the talent. Given Boston’s place in the standings, I think it makes plenty of sense to send down Bogaerts, put him back at shortstop in Triple-A and then move on from Drew at the beginning of the second half. For one thing, it’d give the Red Sox a chance to evaluate whether Will Middlebrooks or Garin Cecchini should be included in their plans for 2015.

 

  • With the Padres getting ready to blow things up, one of the things they should be looking for in trade talks is a shortstop capable of starting over Cabrera in the second half. He’s been a disaster since returning from his Biogenesis suspension. They do have Jace Peterson as a possibility, but he didn’t look anywhere near ready during his recent stint as a part-timer at second and third.

 

  • While Baez still ranks as one of the game’s best prospects, it’s becoming clear that Alcantara has a better shot of starting for the Cubs this year. For one thing, Baez still hasn’t played a game at second base or anywhere other than shortstop, suggesting that he’s really only an option if Castro gets traded or gets hurt, and with the way Castro has performed, a trade appears very unlikely. Alcantara has outhit his double-play partner at Iowa, batting .303/.344/.544 with 10 homers and 18 steals in 294 at-bats, and he’s also broadened his horizons by playing six games in center, along with 64 at second base.


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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