Fantasy Baseball: 2010 Top 15 Shortstop Rankings

Jan 19, 2010

Here’s an early look at Shortstop Rankings.

1.  Hanley Ramirez – Jose Reyes excused himself from the discussion last year.

2.  Troy Tulowitzki – Tulo emerged as the #2 SS last year combining power and speed. He was a beast from June on.

3.  Derek Jeter – I know he doesn’t have the potential of Reyes, but I think Jeter is well-suited for his new ballpark. In that lineup you know he’s going to rack up the runs and hits. Plus, he supplies a decent amount of HRs and SBs.

4.  Jose Reyes – OK, I’ll stop the bleeding with Reyes, who was not only the second-ranked SS last year, but a top five overall pick. He’ll likely move up a slot when all is said and done, but he has to prove he hasn’t lost his speed first.

5.  Jimmy Rollins – Rollins got off to a miserable start hitting .229 before the All-Star Break. He finished with 100 runs, 21 HRs, 77 RBIs, and 31 SBs, which is enough to keep him in the top five.

6.  Elvis Andrus – Elvis led all shortstops in SBs last year, and he has a good chance of repeating even with Reyes’ return. He showed improvement in the second half of last year, has a year under his belt, and plays in a potent offense, all of which should lead to even bigger numbers in 2010.

7.  Alexei Ramirez – Alexei had a solid year, but was a disappointment in terms of his expectation level. He also made the transition from 2B to SS. He is loaded with talent though and could make a serious run at 25 HRs and 85 RBIs.

8.  Yunel Escobar – Speed isn’t his game, but he’s a solid hitter that should bolster your average, run, and RBI categories.  He ranked no worse than seventh in those three categories last year.

9.  Stephen Drew – Drew was another guy who didn’t meet his expectation level last year. He’s such a good, young hitter though, it’s hard to imagine him not bouncing back.

10.  Jason Bartlett – Bartlett had a major breakout season for the Rays last year. The fluke factor keeps him down at 10, but he’s still worthy of a top ten ranking.

11.  Everth Cabrera – Cabrera should also be one of the top base stealers next year. He should add around 85 runs.

12.  Miguel Tejada – No matter where he lands, Miggy remains one of the top hitting shortstops in the game.

13.  Jhonny Peralta – He moved over to Third Base, but still has SS eligibility. His runs, average, and HRs took a dive last year, but he did drive in 83 runs.

14.  J.J. Hardy – A change of scenery should help Hardy, who suffered through a miserable 2009 season. If he can regain his form 80 runs, 20 HRs, and 70 RBIs aren’t out of the question.

15.  Rafael Furcal – If he can stay healthy, he’ll climb this list.

Also check out:

2010 Top 15 First Basemen
2010 Top 15 Second Basemen
2010 Top 15 Third Basemen
2010 Top 15 Catchers
2010 Top 25 Outfielders
2010 2011 Top 11 Designated Hitters
2010 Top 25 Starting Pitchers
2010 Top 15 Closers

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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. RJMUZ
    February 12th, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    I’ve totally given up on Rafael Furcal. I don’t think he deserves to be in the top 20, let alone 15. How about Asdrubal Cabrera? Erick Aybar? Ryan Theriot? Marco Scutaro? Alcides Escobar? I’d even consider Edgar Rentaria before being disappointed by Furcal again. Otherwise, I like your ratings, especially having Andrus that high. I hope people in my drafts don’t share your faith in him.

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