Welcome to the July shortstop rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Along with the position rankings, you'll find a fully updated top 300 list.
Dropping off: Marwin Gonzalez (36th), Hiroyuki Nakajima (46th), Clint Barmes (49th), Brendan Ryan (51st), Freddy Galvis (52nd), Ramiro Pena (57th), Eduardo Escobar (58th), Jamey Carroll (60th)
- Tulowitzki is aiming to return from his broken rib right after the All-Star break, so I'm keeping him in the top spot. If there was some guarantee Hanley would overcome his hamstring woes, I probably would have put him there instead. He's been incredibly impressive in his limited action, even dating back to spring training. I think he'd be in the MVP race right now if not for the thumb and hamstring injuries.
- The Mariners, again trading defense for offense, called up Miller to replace the light-hitting Ryan at shortstop. Miller was one of the better hitters in the high minors this year, coming in at .319/.399/.521 with 12 homers, 53 RBI and a 48/35 K/BB ratio in 257 at-bats between Double- and Triple-A. His OPS actually jumped from .850 to 1.022 following his move up to the PCL. Unfortunately, Miller is erratic defensively and probably won't last at shortstop; in fact, he might be best suited for an outfield corner. That's a problem for Mariners pitchers, and it's taken into account in their rankings this month. Miller, though, should be a decent enough fantasy shortstop. The big problem there is that he's hitting low in a lousy lineup, which will lead to poor run and RBI numbers. I wouldn't be quick to grab him in a mixed league.
- Billy Hamilton still hasn't taken any sort of step forward in Triple-A to force his way into the Reds' outfield picture. After an improved May in which he hit .279/.341/.352, he fell to .245/.274/.363 in June. He does have 49 steals in 58 attempts, but the .302 OBP isn't enticing at all.
|4||Jose Reyes||Blue Jays||2||16||12|
|17||Alexei Ramirez||White Sox||13||15||15|
|20||Stephen Drew||Red Sox||21||19||17|
|31||Jose Iglesias||Red Sox||93||NR||59|
|33||Maicer Izturis||Blue Jays||30||36||42|
|40||Pedro Florimon Jr.||Twins||60||47||34|
|42||Pedro Ciriaco||Padres||35 3B||40 3B||NR|
|48||Jayson Nix||Yankees||45 2B||NR||NR|
|52||Nick Punto||Dodgers||48 2B||37 2B||44|
|59||Munenori Kawasaki||Blue Jays||NR||NR||NR|
|60||Adam Rosales||Athletics||53 2B||43||43|