2015 Shortstop Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
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As has become an All-Star break tradition, here’s a peek ahead at some very, very preliminary 2015 player rankings. I’m only concerned with next year here, so these aren’t true keeper rankings; if I were factoring in 2016 and beyond, some younger players would be listed quite a bit higher. As always, I’m going position by position (trying to account for next year’s position eligibility) and including a top 300 overall.

This winter’s free agents are listed without teams. Players facing option years are listed as “opt” in the team column.

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2015 Shortstop Rankings

2015

Shortstop

Team

2014

1

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies

2

2

Hanley Ramirez

 

1

3

Jose Reyes

Blue Jays

4

4

Xander Bogaerts

Red Sox

14 3B

5

Starlin Castro

Cubs

9

6

Ian Desmond

Nationals

5

7

Brad Miller

Mariners

7

8

Elvis Andrus

Rangers

3

9

Jean Segura

Brewers

6

10

Andrelton Simmons

Braves

8

11

Alexei Ramirez

White Sox

10

12

Ben Zobrist

Rays

12

13

Erick Aybar

Angels

14

14

Jhonny Peralta

Cardinals

16

15

Asdrubal Cabrera

 

11

16

Alcides Escobar

Royals

19

17

Chris Owings

Diamondbacks

20

18

Jimmy Rollins

Phillies

18

19

Francisco Lindor

Indians

55

20

Jed Lowrie

 

15

21

Javier Baez

Cubs

27

22

J.J. Hardy

 

17

23

Eugenio Suarez

Tigers

86

24

Everth Cabrera

Padres

13

25

Stephen Drew

 

21

26

Brandon Crawford

Giants

33

27

Wilmer Flores

Mets

37 3B

28

Nick Franklin

Mariners

30 2B

29

Jonathan Villar

Astros

26

30

Danny Santana

Twins

77

31

Carlos Correa

Astros

NR

32

Josh Rutledge

Rockies

38 2B

33

Zack Cozart

Reds

23

34

Yunel Escobar

Rays

24

35

Jordy Mercer

Pirates

28

36

Adeiny Hechavarria

Marlins

29

37

Ruben Tejada

Mets

30

38

Didi Gregorius

Diamondbacks

39

39

Alen Hanson

Pirates

75

40

Jose Iglesias

Tigers

80

41

Mike Aviles

opt

32

42

Eduardo Nunez

Twins

34

43

Erisbel Arruebarrena

Dodgers

84

44

Chris Taylor

Mariners

76

45

Marwin Gonzalez

Astros

41

46

Addison Russell

Cubs

40

47

Deven Marrero

Red Sox

NR

48

Nick Ahmed

Diamondbacks

NR

49

Aledmys Diaz

Cardinals

43

50

Eduardo Escobar

Twins

52

Shortstops

  • While Hanley is the biggest name, Hardy might have the most suitors of any free agent shortstop this winter. After all, Ramirez should be a third baseman going forward and Asdrubal Cabrera probably belongs at second base. I think Lowrie has a couple of seasons left at shortstop in him, and now that the A’s are without Addison Russell in reserve, they’ll probably do what they can to bring him back. Drew figures to get another one-year deal to serve as a starting shortstop. Fortunately, he won’t have a qualifying offer hanging over his head this time.

  • Lindor is ranked highest of the prospects, because while he doesn’t have nearly the offensive upside of Baez and Correa, he is the best bet to open the season in the majors.

  • At No. 46, Russell is much lower than he would have been had he remained with the A’s. In Chicago, he has both Castro and Baez ahead of him at shortstop, and while the Cubs could do something about the logjam this winter, either by trading Castro or, more likely, shifting Baez to another position, there still won’t be any clear path for Russell to make an impact in 2015.

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