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2015 Shortstop Rankings

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


As has become an All-Star break tradition, here’s a peek ahead at some very, very preliminary 2015 player rankings. I’m only concerned with next year here, so these aren’t true keeper rankings; if I were factoring in 2016 and beyond, some younger players would be listed quite a bit higher. As always, I’m going position by position (trying to account for next year’s position eligibility) and including a top 300 overall.

 

This winter’s free agents are listed without teams. Players facing option years are listed as “opt” in the team column.

 

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

 

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2015 Shortstop Rankings

 

2015ShortstopTeam2014
1 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 2
2 Hanley Ramirez   1
3 Jose Reyes Blue Jays 4
4 Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 14 3B
5 Starlin Castro Cubs 9
6 Ian Desmond Nationals 5
7 Brad Miller Mariners 7
8 Elvis Andrus Rangers 3
9 Jean Segura Brewers 6
10 Andrelton Simmons Braves 8
11 Alexei Ramirez White Sox 10
12 Ben Zobrist Rays 12
13 Erick Aybar Angels 14
14 Jhonny Peralta Cardinals 16
15 Asdrubal Cabrera   11
16 Alcides Escobar Royals 19
17 Chris Owings Diamondbacks 20
18 Jimmy Rollins Phillies 18
19 Francisco Lindor Indians 55
20 Jed Lowrie   15
21 Javier Baez Cubs 27
22 J.J. Hardy   17
23 Eugenio Suarez Tigers 86
24 Everth Cabrera Padres 13
25 Stephen Drew   21
26 Brandon Crawford Giants 33
27 Wilmer Flores Mets 37 3B
28 Nick Franklin Mariners 30 2B
29 Jonathan Villar Astros 26
30 Danny Santana Twins 77
31 Carlos Correa Astros NR
32 Josh Rutledge Rockies 38 2B
33 Zack Cozart Reds 23
34 Yunel Escobar Rays 24
35 Jordy Mercer Pirates 28
36 Adeiny Hechavarria Marlins 29
37 Ruben Tejada Mets 30
38 Didi Gregorius Diamondbacks 39
39 Alen Hanson Pirates 75
40 Jose Iglesias Tigers 80
41 Mike Aviles opt 32
42 Eduardo Nunez Twins 34
43 Erisbel Arruebarrena Dodgers 84
44 Chris Taylor Mariners 76
45 Marwin Gonzalez Astros 41
46 Addison Russell Cubs 40
47 Deven Marrero Red Sox NR
48 Nick Ahmed Diamondbacks NR
49 Aledmys Diaz Cardinals 43
50 Eduardo Escobar Twins 52

 

Shortstops

 

  • While Hanley is the biggest name, Hardy might have the most suitors of any free agent shortstop this winter. After all, Ramirez should be a third baseman going forward and Asdrubal Cabrera probably belongs at second base. I think Lowrie has a couple of seasons left at shortstop in him, and now that the A’s are without Addison Russell in reserve, they’ll probably do what they can to bring him back. Drew figures to get another one-year deal to serve as a starting shortstop. Fortunately, he won’t have a qualifying offer hanging over his head this time.

 

  • Lindor is ranked highest of the prospects, because while he doesn’t have nearly the offensive upside of Baez and Correa, he is the best bet to open the season in the majors.

 

  • At No. 46, Russell is much lower than he would have been had he remained with the A’s. In Chicago, he has both Castro and Baez ahead of him at shortstop, and while the Cubs could do something about the logjam this winter, either by trading Castro or, more likely, shifting Baez to another position, there still won’t be any clear path for Russell to make an impact in 2015.


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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