Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends AL-Only Shortstop Rankings.
1. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox
Hanley Ramirez hit .283 in 2014 with 64 runs, 13 home runs, 71 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 128 games. He returns to Boston where he made his MLB debut. If he can stay healthy he’s also a five-category stud.
2. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Reyes hit .287 with 94 runs, nine home runs, 51 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 2014. He’s a .291 lifetime hitter and has averaged 89.3 runs and 42.3 stolen bases over the past 10 seasons. Like three of the top four shortstop options, staying healthy is a key.
3. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox
Alexei Ramirez hit.273 in 2014 with 82 runs, 15 home runs, 74 RBI and 21 stolen bases. In seven seasons Ramirez has averaged 72.7 runs, 14.1 home runs, 68.6 RBI and 16.9 stolen bases while hitting .277. He doesn’t excel in any category, but he’s a solid contributor across the board. Durability has also been a key for Ramirez.
4. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus hit .263 with 72 runs, two home runs, 41 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 2014. Andrus has averaged 84 runs and 32 stolen bases over the past six seasons.
5. Ben Zobrist, Oakland A’s
Ben Zobrist is Mr. Utility. He is eligible at second base, shortstop and outfield. Zobrist hit .272 with 83 runs, 10 home runs, 52 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 2014. Over the past six years he averaged 85.8 runs, 16.5 home runs, 75.7 RBI and 15.8 stolen bases.
6. Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar hit .278 last year with 77 runs, seven home runs, 68 RBI and 16 stolen bases. Over the past six years he’s hit .280 while averaging 70.3 runs, 6.8 home runs, 52.2 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
7. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts had 60 runs, 12 home runs and 46 RBI last year. He also has third base eligibility.
8. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
Alcides Escobar hit .285 with 74 runs, 50 RBI and 31 stolen bases. He has averaged 28.5 stolen bases over the past four years.
9. J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
J.J. Hardy hit nine home runs with 52 RBI last year. He averaged 25.7 home runs and 74.7 RBI from 2011-2013.
10. Danny Santana, Minnesota Twins
Danny Santana hit .317 with 70 runs, seven home runs, 40 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He is also eligible as an outfielder.
Also check out:
- 2015 Fantasy Baseball First Basemen Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Baseball Second Basemen Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Baseball Third Basemen Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Baseball Outfielder Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Baseball Designated Hitter Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings
- 2015 Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings