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.
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Here’s an early look at Third Base Rankings.

1.  Alex Rodriguez – Evan Longoria is closing fast, but I expect more A-Bombs from A-Rod this year, especially with the World Series monkey off his back.

2.  Evan Longoria – He has surpassed A-Rod in keeper leagues, but in yearly leagues, he’ll have to settle for #2.

3.  David Wright – I’m expecting a return in power. Jason Bay’s arrival should help, especially with Carlos Beltran’s status up in the air. Wright’s speed and average carry him to #2.

4.  Kevin Youkilis – He’ll almost exclusively play First Base this year thanks to the arrival of Adrian Beltre, but he still maintains eligibility. Youk should be a nice source of average and RBIs while providing a good amount of HRs.

4.  Mark Reynolds – I’m expecting a dip in production, but his power and speed still make him a valuable commodity.

5.  Pablo Sandoval – Sandoval could challenge for the batting title. He’s that good a hitter.

6.  Ryan Zimmerman – Zimmerman bounced back nicely setting career highs in runs, HRs, and OPS. As long as he can stay healthy, he’ll be a high-end 3B once again.

7.  Aramis Ramirez – Ramirez is another guy that needs to stay healthy. When he does, he can rake.
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Here’s an early look at the 2010 Second Base rankings.

1. Chase Utley – The most sure thing at Second Base.

2. Robinson Cano – He doesn’t give you the speed Kinsler does, but his average makes up for it. Plus, he’s Kinsler comes with a ton more risk.

3. Ian Kinsler – Not enough risk to move him past #3 though.

4. Dustin Pedroia – He’ll likely lead all Second Basemen in Runs again. He showed his SB production of 2008 wasn’t a fluke by matching those 20 SBs.

5. Brandon Phillips – His lack of runs keep him from being ranked higher. He’s good for 25 HRs and 25 SBs though.

6. Brian Roberts – He quietly keeps churning out 100+ run seasons. His SBs have gone down the past few years, but he’s still a good bet for 30.

7. Aaron Hill – The fluke factor is relatively high on Hill, but his 2008 year was too big to ignore.
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Here’s an early look at the 2010 First Base rankings.

1.  Albert Pujols – Simply the cream of the crop.

2.  Mark Teixeira – Could knock in even more Yankees with Curtis Granderson addition. I expect a better average in 2010.

3.  Ryan Howard – His average didn’t kill you last year, but it was still enough to keep him out of the two slot.

4.  Miguel Cabrera – Better average than Tex and Howard, but fewer RBI opportunities.

5.  Prince Fielder – He actually had better numbers than Howard or Tex, but  I think he has a harder time replicating those numbers.

6.  Justin Morneau – His numbers have varied the past four years, but as a whole have been solid. I expect something around the average of those four years with Morneau hitting around .290 with 30 HRs and 120 RBIs.

7.  Adrian Gonzalez – I’d like him more if he got traded, but he still should give you around .280 with 38 HRs and 110 RBIs.
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