“Foster Your Roster” – 2012 SS Rankings
Shortstop is a weak position, so if you don’t have one of the stars, your decision will likely come down to team need at the time. Going into a draft, I advise looking for speed, since that is something SS can offer. Below is my view on the options available at SS:
- Troy Tulowitzki
For me he is the top option by a landslide. High AVG, HR’s, and even some SB’s thrown in as a bonus.
- Jose Reyes
His injury concerns are no greater than those of Hanley and Rollins, but he’ll hit for a high AVG, and score tons of Runs at the top of his new lineup. More importantly, before moving to Citi Field with the Mets he hit 19, 12, and 16 HR’s in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons respectively. I think 15 HR’s and 40 SB’s (or more) could be a real possibility. Hanley will win in RBIs, but I don’t think he has the same potential for Runs or SB’s, and the HR gap isn’t going to be as big as most people think.
- Hanley Ramirez
The Marlins SS duo are both great options and I do think Hanley will bounce back to perform at a high level, but I laid out above why I have him as my third option on this list. Last season was bad, so he’ll need to get his confidence back while recovering from an injury and playing a new position.
- Jimmy Rollins
Make sure to plan for some time on the DL, but he contributes in all categories and has done it consistently for years.
- Starlin Castro
A .300 avg/12 HR/20 SB line is the basement for him, but I think he’ll continue to improve and outperform that by quite a bit.
- Elvis Andrus
If you don’t need speed, don’t bother, but Andrus is good for about a .275 avg and close to 40 steals.
- Asdrubal Cabrera
Exploded seemingly out of nowhere with power. I think the HR’s come down a bit, but he also hit a bunch of doubles, so I don’t think it disappears completely. He is also a solid contributor in all other categories.
- JJ Hardy
Yes, he’s in my top 10 and will definitely go later in drafts than the players immediately following him. He hit 30 HR’s last season and I think he’ll get close to that again. He showed power with the Brewers before the lost year with the Twins.
- Derek Jeter
We’ve all witnessed the regression and I’m sure it’s not over, but he can still put up double digit HR’s and SB’s with a high AVG and tons of Runs scored. He often goes too early or for too much in drafts, but he’s a solid option if you don’t have to reach to get him.
- Alexei Ramirez
It looks like he won’t ever have the 20-20 season I hoped for when he broke into the league. He doesn’t excel in any one category, but contributes to all of them.
- Erik Aybar
Flashes some power, but you want him for the 30 SB’s that he had last season. I see no reason he can’t repeat that, and if he manages to increase his OBP and hit in front of that Pujols guy, he should score more runs too.
- Dee Gordon
I can pencil him in for 40+ steals now as long as he’s in the starting lineup. The only reason he isn’t higher is because the AVG is a question mark facing big league pitching for a full season. I’m guessing he winds up with a .285 avg, but getting to .300 again wouldn’t shock me.
- Marco Scutaro
Being on the list at all is a product of the stat boost he’ll get from Coor’s Field. Bumping up all of his numbers slightly makes him relevant at a weak position.
- Jhonny Peralta
He’ll settle in with about 20 HRs and an AVG in the .270’s with middle of the pack numbers in other categories and a 0 in steals
15. Stephen Drew
I’m done waiting for a big breakout, I think his upside is double digit HR’s and SB’s while not hurting you anywhere.
- Yunel Escobar
He’s not going to win your league for you, but he won’t lose it.
- Emilio Bonifacio
If he can work his way into some playing time somewhere, he’ll put up a decent AVG and steal bases every chance he gets.
- Rafael Furcal
He’s older and often injured, but if you’re this far down, you can’t be that selective.
- Jason Bartlett
Should give you a decent AVG and bring some SB’s with it, but there’s not much else there.
- Zack Cozart
He put up some decent minor league numbers and has a hitter friendly ballpark and good lineup to support him.
- Eduardo Nunez
He showed some flashes as a replacement player last year and, between the aging stars and DH spot on the Yankees, he may get enough AB’s to be helpful.
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