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Saturday, December 19, 2015

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL SHORTSTOP RANKINGS

Finally some help.  After annually serving as one of the most frustrating and shallow positions in fantasy baseball, the shortstop spot has been infused with a truly massive addition of young talent.  Right at the top we find Carlos Correa who despite not even having played a full major league season, is well worth a late first round pick given his immense talent.  Also in some leagues, Manny Machado qualifies at shortstop after playing a batch of games there last season and he too is a first round gem. 

1.  Carlos Correa:  If Manny Machado qualifies at short in your league, it is a toss-up between him and Correa.  As far as Correa is concerned, he is only scratching the surface of his talent and that is saying something since he already is a five-tool monster.  Wow what a talent. 
2.  Manny Machado:  Those who use five games as a benchmark will get the gift of Machado at shortstop where his extreme power/speed game make him a first round lock.  In fact even if he was just a third baseman, Machado has truly arrived as the dominant overall player we expected before the knee injuries. 
3.  Troy Tulowitzki:  We have had Tulo as a staple of our bust teams for years and now finally in 2015 the numbers began to ebb despite playing in the two best home run parks in the majors.  The home run rate dropped noticeably last season and we know Tulo is an injury waiting to happen.  Avoid the temptation. 
4.  Francisco Lindor:  This kid turned out so much better right out of the gate in 2015 than anyone could have anticipated.  The average, runs, and steals were the bankable numbers but Lindor also threw in the bonus of power which was not expected. 
5.  Corey Seager:  Yet another shortstop-eligible future star, Seager came up late in 2015 and immediately began hitting line drives all over the diamond.  The power is expected to be in the 20-25 range soon enough as well so get on board this potential 2017 early round star.
6.  Starlin Castro:  Retains shortstop eligibility for another season and now gets to operate in the home run haven that is Yankee Stadium.  So many have been burned by Castro the last few years that his draft price could still be attractive.  We are back on the comeback bandwagon. 
7.  Jose Reyes:  Had some ugly off-the-field issues to deal with that could lead to a suspension and Reyes also saw his numbers drop yet again as he sails into his mid-30's.  Avoid like the plague. 
8.  Addison Russell:  Now the full-time shortstop for the Chicago Cubs and a move up the lineup this season figures to start showing the offensive numbers that are lying under the surface.  Struggled at times in 2015 but that is what hitting ninth will do to anyone.  Average may not be on par with the guys listed above but Russell will get his numbers. 
9.  Ian Desmond:  Still has not signed with anyone and is coming off a horrific 2015 where the power and speed dropped sharply.  Not a fan of the extreme K rate and the speed may never come back to the 20 range as he moves toward 30. 
10. Alicides Escobar
11. Marcus Semien:  Started off strong a year ago before strikeouts undid Semien's second half.  Still has the ability to go 15/15 so well worth a late round grab. 
11. Elvis Andrus:  Been telling you for years how overrated Andrus is and he continues to oblige in making us look smart.  Not worth the time and effort. 
13. Jhonny Peralta
14. Brandon Crawford:  Terrific power here but no speed from your middle infielder is never something you really want. 
15. Asdrubal Cabrera:  Signing with the Mets doesn't change the outlook on the veteran's numbers.  Best served as a backup. 
16. Alexei Ramirez:  Doing the expected fade as Ramirez is now firmly in his mid-30's.  It was fun. 
17. Erick Aybar
18. Jean Segura
19. Brock Holt
20. Didi Gregorious:  Really started to put up some numbers the second half of last season as he settled in with the New York Yankees.  Could be a .280 guy with 10 home runs and 15-20 steals. 
21. Yunel Escobar
22. Eugenio Suarez:  Be sure not to by into the power and overall production from Suarez last season as his minor league numbers never showed that type of player.  Could go bust. 
23. Adeiny Hechevarria
24. J.J. Hardy:  Looks like he is completely finished as a usable player. 
25. Chris Owings






 

2 comments:

  1. Where would you place Trea Turner or Raul Mondesi in these ranks for dynasty leagues? Does either have top 5 upside over the next 2-3 years?

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  2. Like Trea Turner a lot but won't include him yet until he cements a spot. Turner can be top five real quick. Mondesi is more athlete than hitter right now. Upside is vast.

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