2014 Rankings: Shortstop

Rankings based on standard 5×5 rotisserie league.

Name – R / RBI / HR / SB / BA

  1. Hanley Ramirez – 96 / 88 / 22 / 19 / .306
  2. Ian Desmond – 83 / 82 / 25 / 21 / .279
  3. Troy Tulowitzki – 84 / 85 / 24 / 3 / .305
  4. Jose Reyes – 95 / 56 / 10 /26 / .295
  5. Elvis Andrus – 102 / 62 / 4 / 35 / .275
  6. Jimmy Rollins – 96 / 94 / 15 / 20 / .262
  7. Brad Miller – 80 / 70 / 16 / 11 / .283
  8. Jean Segura – 77 / 52 / 9 / 34 / .279
  9. Everth Cabrera – 77 / 45 / 4 / 50 / .268
  10. Alexei Ramirez – 79 / 75 / 9 / 22 / .266
  11. Starlin Castro – 81 / 66 / 11 / 15 / .275
  12. Andrelton Simmons – 77 / 64 / 16 / 9 / .270
  13. Erick Aybar – 73 / 53 / 11 / 17 / .285
  14. J.J. Hardy – 75 / 72 / 23 / 1 / .255
  15. Asdrubal Cabrera – 71 / 66 / 13 / 10 / .263
  16. Jonathan Villar – 68 / 42 / 3 / 46 / .234

Thoughts:

  • Need cheap steals? Villar is your guy. He strikes out too much to be a reliable hitter, but he could end up being one of those high-BAbip guys because of his speed. He needs to shore up his plate discipline to be anything but a one-trick pony. He’s only 22, though, so he has plenty of time to figure it out. In the meantime, ride the wind.
  • Miller is one of my big sleepers for the year and will be the topic of a forthcoming bold prediction.
  • Rollins’ RBI number above is absurd. At the risk of discrediting the projection, it will occasionally spit out a statistical anomaly. His RBI are certainly the elephant in this room.
  • Not a lot to see here, although the spotlight is on Castro right now. I would say this projection is closer to his floor — that is, he’s a No. 11 shortstop with upside. In all honesty, though, the Nos. 7 through 11 shortstops are all really, really close. I’d be better off calling them all a tie, but that’s taking the easy way out.
  • Desmond has hit 20 home runs two years straight. His power-speed combo up the middle is unmatched — except by Ramirez, of course. If only Tulowitzki would run more, let alone stay healthy…
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2 comments

  1. Tony

    Have Desmond, Miller and A.Russell on my dynasty roster. Thinking if Miller has a solid-first half I might be able to package Desmond for a top 15 pitcher. Glad I went for Miller instead of Franklin.

    • Need a Streamer?

      It seemed to me a lot of people liked Franklin more because of the power potential, but he just has too many holes in his swing. Miller is more of a contact hitter but has great gap power. I’ll have a feature on Miller sometime next week.

      You could trade Desmond straight-up for a top-10 pitcher. Desmond is currently going between Scherzer and Strasburg in ESPN mock drafts, both top-10 pitchers. Don’t sell yourself short.

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