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2010 Sleepers: Shortstops

It's tough to find a good shortstop, whether in fantasy or real baseball.  Thanks to Baseball Monster, here are 2010's top mixed league shortstops.  I've also added the round in which they were drafted in March, using data from Mock Draft Central.

  1. Hanley Ramirez (1)
  2. Troy Tulowitzki (2)
  3. Derek Jeter (4)
  4. Alexei Ramirez (10)
  5. Jose Reyes (2)
  6. Stephen Drew (10)
  7. Alex Gonzalez (36)
  8. Marco Scutaro (18)
  9. Rafael Furcal (12)
  10. Elvis Andrus (13)
  11. Ian Desmond (31)
  12. Yuniesky Betancourt (not drafted)
  13. Mike Aviles (28)
  14. Cliff Pennington (not drafted)
  15. Ryan Theriot (23)
  16. Jason Bartlett (9)

Jimmy Rollins, a second-round pick, ranked 19th.  Unlike second base, there wasn't much in terms of good value at shortstop this year.  But why were these few undervalued on draft day?

  • Jeter: Age, so famous he's underrated, undervaluing of steals.  He was coming off a huge year, so the fourth round was a solid place to get him.  I think people see the name Jeter and assume he's going too early because he's famous.  But even at 36 he's typically contributing in all five categories, especially runs.
  • Ramirez: Slightly disappointing in previous season.  Not sure why there wasn't more love for Ramirez, who was coming off a well-rounded campaign even if it fell short of his fine rookie season.  Perhaps the slower finish in 2009 was a factor.
  • Drew: Lack of speed, batting average questions.  I typically stay away from Drew because he doesn't steal enough bags, but this year he made a career-high 15 attempts and succeeded on ten of them.  He also brought his average back to a respectable .278.
  • Gonzalez: Boring player, last good season in 2007.  I don't think too many expected Gonzalez to bang out 23 homers and 88 RBIs this year.

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