The Shortstop Dilemma

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Hey everyone,

One thing I’ve immediately noticed as I start to look over early 2010 rankings is that shortstop is lacking of reliable options.  Now, you might disagree and argue that there are a bunch of young guys (Elvis Andrus, Asdrubal Cabrera, Everth Cabrera) who could take major steps forward next year, but would you really trust them to be your starting SS?  Call me greedy but I like to get both power and speed from my middle infielders and am always willing to spend a high pick in order to draft sure things.  I’m not changing my strategy this year, specifically with respect to the shortstop position.                                                                           

Can Jason Bartlett hit 14 homers again?  Will Stephen Drew and Alexei Ramirez bounce back from disappointing seasons?  Will Jose Reyes be fully recovered from his leg injury and once again be a lock for 50-plus steals?  Can a 35-year-old Miguel Tejada put together another highly productive year?  A lot of Derek Jeter’s 2009 value was tied to his 30 steals, but let’s not forget that he swiped just 26 bags combined over 2007 and 2008.  There’s no question that The Captain is as consistent as they come in the average and runs departments and should be highly sought after.  But his tremendous ’09 campaign could result in him being taken in the third or even second round when in reality he’s more of a fourth rounder.  Jimmy Rollins, despite showing signs of decline, will likely remain a second rounder due to his power/speed combination.  I’d be very surprised if any shortstop outside of Hanley, Tulo, and perhaps Rollins goes 20/20 in ’10.

So here’s my plan.  Barring the unexpected (someone gets taken way too early or hangs around way too late), either Hanley, Tulo, Rollins, Jeter or if all else fails Alexei Ramirez will be my starting shortstop in all of my leagues next year.  I’m willing to take the risks with the latter three.  Just not with anyone else. 

As for the possibility of Dustin Pedroia moving to short, I’m all for it!

-Zach

8 Comments

I?m in a 10 team 6 (OBP) x 7 (batting average against, holds) head to head 9 keeper league with a 5 slot minor league roster. I?ve got until Feb 14 to make trades to strenghen my keepers and/or minor league roster. I?ve got a keeper question: assuming I don?t pull off any trades, who would your keepers be from this list (the order is my current ranking)?

Utley, Lincecum, Kemp, Wright, Tulowitzki, Holliday, Morneau, Youkilis, Nathan, Werth, Ethier, & B.J. Upton.

I?m not sure this makes any difference, but my minor league roster is Wieters, Beckham, Hanson, Price, and Snider.

Thanks, Damon in Seattle

Surprised you would be willing to take the risk with Alexi and not with Reyes. I think Reyes will drop to the 3rd round in a lot of leagues, and will be a steal this year.

chicagobil,

It’s all about draft position with me. You make a good point that Reyes in the third round is great, but will he fall to the third? I’m not so sure. Honestly, I’d rather take Alexei in the eighth and save my first few picks for less risky guys. That said, a lot can change between now and March. If Reyes looks to be 100 percent in Spring Training and stealing, my stance would almost certainly change. There’s just something about this injury that makes me uneasy.

Zach

How close do you have Alexei and Stephen Drew in your rankings?

Damon,

That’s a ridiculously good keeper list. Can’t really go wrong with any of those candidates. Believe it or not, I’m going to drop Morneau from that front nine and sub in Werth. I think you could use a bit more speed and Werth offers you that without sacrificing power. I’ll give Youkilis the edge over Morneau at 1B due to his elite AVG and OBP output. Morneau has put up inconsistent AVG numbers from year to year and doesn’t beat Youk in the HR and RBI departments by that much. Tough to pass on Upton and even Ethier but what can you do?

Zach

gunslinger,

Alexei and Drew are close but I’d rather have Alexei as he can give you 15-20 SBs to go along with the 15-20 homers. Drew still has great upside but the fact that he doesn’t run hurts him.

Zach

I?m in a 10 team 6 (OBP) x 7 (batting average against, holds) head to head 9 keeper league with a 5 slot minor league roster. I?ve got a keeper question: assuming I don?t pull off any trades, who would your keepers be from this list (the order is my current ranking)? Morneau, Ethier, Sabathia, Rivera, Sandoval, Zobrist, Hamilton, McCann, Bultler, Choo, Kubel, B. Wilson.
Thanks, Dan

Dan,

My keeper choices would be, in this order, Morneau, Sabathia, McCann, Rivera, Ethier, Sandoval, Zobrist, Hamilton, Choo.

Zach

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