Here are the July Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.
|3||Jose Reyes||Blue Jays||4||4||4|
|9||Alexei Ramirez||White Sox||10||8||8|
|18||Xander Bogaerts||Red Sox||14 3B||17||11|
|26||Stephen Drew||Red Sox||21||25||21|
|33||Josh Rutledge||Rockies||38 2B||49 2B||43 2B|
|37||Willie Bloomquist||Mariners||58 2B||45 2B||45|
|40||Nick Franklin||Mariners||30 2B||38 2B||28|
|44||Wilmer Flores||Mets||37 3B||36 3B||31|
|50||Munenori Kawasaki||Blue Jays||63||NR||NR|
Dropping off: Andrew Romine (40th), Cliff Pennington (43rd), Chris Taylor (48th), Pedro Ciriaco (49th), Erisbel Arruebarrena (50th)
- I suggested a few days ago that the Red Sox send down Bogaerts for a couple of weeks, but I’m not dropping him out of the top 20 here. While he has looked terrible of late, there’s still no doubting the talent. Given Boston’s place in the standings, I think it makes plenty of sense to send down Bogaerts, put him back at shortstop in Triple-A and then move on from Drew at the beginning of the second half. For one thing, it’d give the Red Sox a chance to evaluate whether Will Middlebrooks or Garin Cecchini should be included in their plans for 2015.
- With the Padres getting ready to blow things up, one of the things they should be looking for in trade talks is a shortstop capable of starting over Cabrera in the second half. He’s been a disaster since returning from his Biogenesis suspension. They do have Jace Peterson as a possibility, but he didn’t look anywhere near ready during his recent stint as a part-timer at second and third.
- While Baez still ranks as one of the game’s best prospects, it’s becoming clear that Alcantara has a better shot of starting for the Cubs this year. For one thing, Baez still hasn’t played a game at second base or anywhere other than shortstop, suggesting that he’s really only an option if Castro gets traded or gets hurt, and with the way Castro has performed, a trade appears very unlikely. Alcantara has outhit his double-play partner at Iowa, batting .303/.344/.544 with 10 homers and 18 steals in 294 at-bats, and he’s also broadened his horizons by playing six games in center, along with 64 at second base.