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Shortstop Rankings

We've covered catchers, first basemen, and second basemen, and now it's time to take a look at shortstops.  Average draft round from Mock Draft Central is in parentheses.    

  1. Hanley Ramirez (1) - $29.82
  2. Troy Tulowitzki (1) - $22.83
  3. Jose Reyes (3) - $19.15
  4. Jimmy Rollins (4) - $15.52
  5. Tsuyoshi Nishioka (37) - $13.82
  6. Rafael Furcal (12) - $10.63
  7. Derek Jeter (5) - $10.39
  8. Alexei Ramirez (8) - $8.40
  9. Elvis Andrus (6) - $5.02
  10. Ian Desmond (19) - $3.70
  11. Starlin Castro (14) - $3.07
  12. Alcides Escobar (37) - $2.64
  13. Stephen Drew (11) - $2.32
  14. Miguel Tejada (25) - $2.07
  15. Alexi Casilla (Not drafted) - $1.00
  16. J.J. Hardy (41) - $0.58
  17. Jason Bartlett (36) - $0.55
  18. Juan Uribe (28) - $0.50
  19. Asdrubal Cabrera (15) - $0.19

My first impression is that the shortstop position is barren in 2011.  It's always light, but there are fewer than ten guys I'd feel comfortable drafting in a 12-team mixed league this year.

Hanley and Tulo are being drafted second and fifth overall respectively, and I don't object to that.  It is so difficult to find a comparable player that you have to pounce.  Reyes in the third round is mighty interesting.  I think he'll be right there with Tulo, but as a reminder I like to project full seasons and I have Reyes at 625 ABs.

It's unclear whether Nishioka will play second base or shortstop, but Yahoo currently has him eligible at both positions.  I see him as a three-category contributor - .290 average, 100 runs, approaching 30 steals.  Even if he doesn't get to those lofty heights you'll probably turn a tidy profit.  Of course, there's risk in using an MLB rookie as your starting shortstop.

Not sure why a two-category guy like Andrus would go in the sixth round; maybe that's when people start getting desperate for a shortstop with Jeter off the board.  Drew always gets love from drafters, but .270-15-65-80-8 really is a $2-3 performance in a 12-team mixed league.

My advice is to go early for one of my top eight shortstops, and fill your MI slot with a second baseman.


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