May Shortstop Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
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Welcome to the May 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 soon find a fully updated top 300 list.

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Shortstop Rankings


Dropping off: Brent Lillibridge (No. 42), Jamey Carroll (No. 46), Brendan Ryan (No. 47), Reid Brignac (No. 48), Tyler Greene (No. 49)

  • The speedy guys -- Escobar, Segura, Andrus and Everth Cabrera -- were the toughest ones to rank here. On the one hand, I still think Andrus is the safest of the bunch. On the other, there's not much chance he's going to hit three or four homers in a month like Escobar and Segura just did. I'm trusting Escobar over Segura, partly because he's been around longer; he already has one season as a .290 hitter under his belt. I'm still not buying into him as a 15-homer guy just yet, but if he does maintain that pace, he may well be a top-three shortstop. Segura never hit more than 10 homers in a minor league season. I think he has more long-term upside than Escobar with the bat, but it's asking way too much for him to maintain this kind of line as a near-rookie (he had 21 at-bats too many with the Brewers last year to qualify for ROY honors this season). I don't see either Escobar or Segura as enough of a sure thing to justify a ranking ahead of Castro or Asdrubal.

  • Then there's Rutledge. I still don't trust him at all, but playing in Coors Field and hitting second a good portion of the time makes it a whole lot easier to put up quality numbers. He's been a top five shortstop/second baseman despite hitting .240 so far this year.

  • If Lowrie were a better bet to stay healthy, he'd be in the top 10 as well. He's likely to break some hearts, though.

  • Crawford already has five homers this year after hitting four in 435 at-bats last season. On the other hand, he's still not hitting for much of an average (.257) and he's a complete zero in the steal department (two in 10 career attempts). If the homers stop coming, he could turn worthless again in a hurry.

  • Had I more confidence that the Dodgers would do the right thing and keep Gordon at shortstop after Hanley returns, I'd place Gordon in the top 15. He'd be a threat to top all of the aforementioned guys in steals. As is, he's still a decent enough bet to come in at No. 23.

Rank

Shortstop

Team

2013

1

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies

1

2

Starlin Castro

Cubs

3

3

Hanley Ramirez

Dodgers

6

4

Asdrubal Cabrera

Indians

5

5

Alcides Escobar

Royals

14

6

Ian Desmond

Nationals

7

7

Ben Zobrist

Rays

9

8

Jean Segura

Brewers

26

9

Elvis Andrus

Rangers

4

10

Josh Rutledge

Rockies

11

11

Jimmy Rollins

Phillies

10

12

Erick Aybar

Angels

8

13

Everth Cabrera

Padres

16

14

Jed Lowrie

Athletics

18

15

Alexei Ramirez

White Sox

13

16

Jose Reyes

Blue Jays

2

17

Andrelton Simmons

Braves

15

18

Jhonny Peralta

Tigers

22

19

Stephen Drew

Red Sox

21

20

J.J. Hardy

Orioles

19

21

Brandon Crawford

Giants

34

22

Zack Cozart

Reds

23

23

Dee Gordon

Dodgers

28

24

Marco Scutaro

Giants

17

25

Danny Espinosa

Nationals

20

26

Billy Hamilton

Reds

35

27

Ruben Tejada

Mets

24

28

Yunel Escobar

Rays

25

29

Derek Jeter

Yankees

12

30

Didi Gregorius

Diamondbacks

56

31

Pete Kozma

Cardinals

32

32

Marwin Gonzalez

Astros

50

33

Mike Aviles

Indians

33

34

Eduardo Nunez

Yankees

27

35

Brian Dozier

Twins

29

36

Maicer Izturis

Blue Jays

30

37

Sean Rodriguez

Rays

45

38

Nick Franklin

Mariners

59

39

Ronny Cedeno

Astros

43

40

Cliff Pennington

Diamondbacks

31

41

Adeiny Hechavarria

Marlins

36

42

Eduardo Escobar

Twins

62 3B

43

Adam Rosales

Athletics

53 2B

44

Willie Bloomquist

Diamondbacks

44

45

Hiroyuki Nakajima

Athletics

38

46

Daniel Descalso

Cardinals

39

47

Pedro Florimon Jr.

Twins

60

48

Eric Sogard

Athletics

40

49

Clint Barmes

Pirates

41

50

Luis Cruz

Dodgers

37

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