May Shortstop Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
Now that the offseason has officially begun, Matthew Pouliot takes a look at the top 150 free agents

The Top 150 Free Agents

Now that the offseason has officially begun, Matthew Pouliot takes a look at the top 150 free agents

Welcome to the May shortstop rankings. As always, players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 scoring over the rest of the season. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300 list. I try to list players at the positions at which they're most valuable, so if you can't find that second baseman you're looking for, check shortstop instead.

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Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

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Shortstop Rankings

May

Shortstop

Team

2014

1

Hanley Ramirez

Dodgers

1

2

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies

2

3

Ian Desmond

Nationals

5

4

Jose Reyes

Blue Jays

4

5

Dee Gordon

Dodgers

25

6

Starlin Castro

Cubs

9

7

Elvis Andrus

Rangers

3

8

Alexei Ramirez

White Sox

10

9

Jean Segura

Brewers

6

10

Andrelton Simmons

Braves

8

11

Ben Zobrist

Rays

12

12

Everth Cabrera

Padres

13

13

Jed Lowrie

Athletics

15

14

Jhonny Peralta

Cardinals

16

15

Jimmy Rollins

Phillies

18

16

Brad Miller

Mariners

7

17

Xander Bogaerts

Red Sox

14 3B

18

Asdrubal Cabrera

Indians

11

19

Erick Aybar

Angels

14

20

Alcides Escobar

Royals

19

21

Jonathan Villar

Astros

26

22

J.J. Hardy

Orioles

17

23

Derek Jeter

Yankees

22

24

Chris Owings

Diamondbacks

20

25

Stephen Drew

 

21

26

Yunel Escobar

Rays

24

27

Mike Aviles

Indians

32

28

Adeiny Hechavarria

Marlins

29

29

Zack Cozart

Reds

23

30

Javier Baez

Cubs

27

31

Brandon Crawford

Giants

33

32

Jordy Mercer

Pirates

28

33

Eduardo Escobar

Twins

52

34

Brandon Hicks

Giants

82

35

Ruben Tejada

Mets

30

36

Rafael Furcal

Marlins

31

37

Eduardo Nunez

Twins

34

38

Andrew Romine

Tigers

39 3B

39

Marwin Gonzalez

Astros

41

40

Cliff Pennington

Diamondbacks

38

41

Greg Garcia

Cardinals

85

42

Maicer Izturis

Blue Jays

35

43

Brendan Ryan

Yankees

46

44

Zach Walters

Nationals

81

45

Daniel Descalso

Cardinals

47

Dropping off: Pedro Florimon Jr. (36th), Pedro Ciriaco (37th), Didi Gregorius (39th), Addison Russell (40th)

  • I can’t say I’m thrilled about this list. One major question is how much faith to put into Gordon’s start. Obviously, he’s not a .357 hitter, but if he’s good enough to hang on to the leadoff spot all year, then he could steal 80 bases and score 90 runs. So, how good would he have to be to pull that off? I mean, .280 is perfectly realistic, but as rarely as Gordon walks, he’s not a great leadoff hitter while batting .280. But he doesn’t need to be great… he just needs to stay in the lineup and steal bases.

I’m putting him fifth, which seems like a compromise. If he were more of a lock for 550 at-bats, he’d be No. 3.

  • Andrus was going to stay in the third spot, but then manager Ron Washington had to go and drop him from second to ninth in the lineup on Sunday. That’s not a bad thing for the Rangers – handing Andrus the second spot in the lineup year after year was the bad thing for the Rangers – but it’s a pretty awful thing for his fantasy value. I’m guessing it’s just a temporary move while he’s slumping. If I thought Andrus were going to remain the ninth spot, he’d have fallen out of the top 10 here.

  • I still have a lot of faith in Miller, but it concerns me that the Mariners might not feel the same way. While I still think there’s a good chance he’ll be a top-10 shortstop the rest of the way, I can’t continue to rank him up there given that he’s lost playing time and he could be a bad week away from a demotion to Triple-A.

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