Shortstop Rankings: Roto

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies

Now, I knew shortstop was going to be ugly. I was under no false pretenses about that. But then just to make it worse, the Cubs went and sent down Javier Baez (for being frankly awful) and the one bright spot at this god-forsaken position disappeared and left this a horrible article to write.

It will surprise no one that Troy Tulowitzki is my number one and his potential value is so much higher than anyone else, that he has to be in his own little world. After him you get the exciting three of Jose Reyes, Ian Desmond and Hanley Ramirez, but even they have their own issues. After that it gets pretty scary because even though Alexei Ramirez is good he is not that exciting and he’s on his own little island as the fifth best shortstop.

Unless you are targeting a top four shortstop then my strategy for this position is just to wait and look for value late. For example, Danny Santana and Jean Segura are slipping a long way down some drafts and if you don’t get one of them at a value then Jed Lowrie is my big sleeper at the position. After that I like the Owings, Miller group to be solid options that allow you to go chase upside at the position either as a late round pick or a free agent pick-up. Beyond that it’s scary for every-day options with Jung Ho Kang being that upside you may end up chasing.

As a quick reminder about using the tiers/rankings below:

  • I rank based on where I for see a player finishing the year
  • I don’t overly consider ADP into account when I rank
  • Just because Player 1 is ranked above Player 2 does not mean that I think he should be selected before him if you can get Player 1 five rounds late
  • I may consider taking Player 1 a round earlier than he is currently going to ensure I get him if I feel he is going to produce similar to a player going much higher.

The Tulo Zone

  1. Troy Tulowitzki, COL

The Elite

  1. Jose Reyes, TOR
  2. Ian Desmond, WAS
  3. Hanley Ramirez, BOS

Mr Consistent

  1. Alexei Ramirez, CHW

Solid Starting Options

  1. Jimmy Rollins, LAD
  2. Starlin Castro, CHC
  3. Elvis Andrus, TEX
  4. Danny Santana, MIN

Low End Starters/MI guys

  1. Jean Segura, MIL
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, TB
  3. Xander Bogaerts, BOS
  4. Ben Zobrist, OAK
  5. Jed Lowrie, HOU
  6. Alcides Escobar, KC
  7. Javier Baez, CHC

The Could Be Starter Group

  1. Brad Miller, SEA
  2. Chris Owings, ARI
  3. Jhonny Peralta, STL
  4. Wilmer Flores, NYM
  5. Erick Aybar, LAA
  6. Andrelton Simmons, ATL
  7. J. Hardy, BAL

The I Don’t Quite Know Zone

  1. Jose Ramirez, CLE
  2. Jordy Mercer, PIT
  3. Did Gregorius, NYY
  4. Adeiny Hechavarria, MIA
  5. Brandon Crawford, SF
  6. Jose Igelsias, DET

AL/NL Only guys

  1. Alexi Amarista, SD
  2. Everth Cabrera, BAL
  3. Stephen Drew, NYY
  4. Francisco Lindor, CLE
  5. Nick Ahmed, ARI

The History Maker?

  1. Jung Ho Kang, PIT

Really? You are that Desperate?

  1. Freddy Galvis, PHI
  2. Yunel Escobar, WAS
  3. Zack Cosart, CIN
  4. Josh Rutledge, LAA

The Exciting Young Gun

  1. Addison Russell, CHC

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