Fantasy Baseball Profile: Is Alexi Ramirez The Best SS Value On Draft Day?

Mar 13, 2011


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By Matt Carpenter
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One of the toughest decisions owners are going to have to make this year is what to do at shortstop if they miss out on Hanley Ramirez and Troy Tulowitzki. The position gets ugly really quick. Let’s take a look at the position and look for the best bet other than the two first round studs.
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The next shortstop to go off the board is Jose Reyes. His value is based primarily on speed, yet his stolen base percentage dropped in 2010, to the lowest of his career. A healthy Reyes should steal about 40, but the days of approaching 80 steals seem unreasonable. 40 steals and 80 runs can be found for a cheaper price.
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The next two players are Jimmy Rollins and Derek Jeter. Besides being a frequent visitor to the disabled list, Rollins seems to be on the downside of his career, hitting .243 and .250 his last two seasons. He has little pop and is good in the steals category, but not great. At 36, Jeter took a huge step back last year and even with a modest bounce back, he also seems overvalued as a fourth round pick. Let the Yankee fan in your draft grab him.
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The next shortstop being taken in most drafts is Elvis Andrus. Think of him as Jose Reyes light, with his upside purely in steals. He has no power and his career batting average is .266. Yet, he is the 68th player off the board according to Mock Draft Central.
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Finally, we reach Alexi Ramirez as the 99th player taken. Comparing him to the four shortstops taken before him, sexy Alexi hits for a higher average, drives in more runs, and has more power than all of them, hitting 18 HR’s last season. Although not a speedster, Ramirez does give you double digit steals, so you are really not losing that much.
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The reason for choosing Ramirez as your shortstop comes down to value. Reyes, Rollins, Jeter, and Andrus all have significant concerns yet are being drafted high because of their position. Alexi Ramirez’s numbers are bankable and while he will not win your league, his consistency will not lose your league either.
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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CCC
    March 13th, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    JJ Hardy is one to watch

  2. LestersLegends
    March 13th, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    he is, but I wouldn’t want to bank on him as a starter. Hopefully, his second new home is better than his last new home.

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