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Fantasy baseball player profiles: MLB - Shortstops

Fantasy baseball player profiles: MLB - Shortstops

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1 Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida Marlins
2 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies
3 Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets
4 Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
5 Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees
6 Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox
7 Stephen Drew, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
8 Rafael Furcal, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
9 Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers
10 Jhonny Peralta, SS, Detroit Tigers
11 Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs
12 Jason Bartlett, SS, San Diego Padres
13 Ian Desmond, SS, Washington Nationals
14 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, Cleveland Indians
15 Miguel Tejada, SS, San Francisco Giants
16 Yunel Escobar, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
17 Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
18 Ryan Theriot, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
19 Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals
20 J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore Orioles
21 Alex Gonzalez, SS, Atlanta Braves
22 Maicer Izturis, SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
23 Cliff Pennington, SS, Oakland Athletics
24 Marco Scutaro, SS, Boston Red Sox
25 Reid Brignac, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
26 Yuniesky Betancourt, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
27 Jed Lowrie, SS, Boston Red Sox
28 Edgar Renteria, SS, Cincinnati Reds
29 Paul Janish, SS, Cincinnati Reds

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida Marlins
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
49385139237918.282.347.491.838

Hanley Ramirez SS Florida Marlins

Hanley Ramirez's elite price fueled by continued five-category performance and positional scarcity, even with uncertain lineup protection. Ground-ball increase, liner drop and reports of a long swing worth a pause in upping your bid, but most of the problems likely stem from a summer of nagging injuries and late-season elbow issues. Health, which he hinted at in August, should aid recovery for those problems, putting him closer to 30-30 than 20-30.


Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4967815028935.302.379.538.917

Troy Tulowitzki SS Colorado Rockies

Troy Tulowitzki defined streaky with 15-HR Sept. Power eventually came around after wrist fracture. Sustained HR/FB, another small FB growth keeps 30 HR in range. Injury frequency a warning, and some regression is possible because it was strictly one hot month. But still a top SS.


Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
56684169145332.299.355.445.800

Jose Reyes SS New York Mets

SBA% drop probably had to do with recovery from oblique and thyroid issues - his body wasn't right. BB% should rebound if it is. As usual, his value is carried by SB. Among a risky SS crew, he could be one of the biggest pay-offs but comes with considerable injury risk.


Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
53671133103819.248.315.371.686

Jimmy Rollins SS Philadelphia Phillies

Essentially, it's a do-or-die campaign for Jimmy Rollins, whose contract expires at the end of this season and who has received a ton of criticism for his lack of dependability. His physical ability hasn't diminished much. Offseason workouts focused on health and flexibility. Extreme upside is unlikely anymore, but don't discount the above-average counting stats from a shortstop and the prospect of a rebound. Mood of league mates will determine Rollins' price, which could be all over the place but in most cases could be worth it as long as bidders remain a little skeptical.


Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
597821649556.275.332.362.694

Derek Jeter SS New York Yankees

Spike in ground balls paired with a drop in line-drive rate no good for light sticks with aging legs. It's telling, however, that even in Derek Jeter's tanking, you should still take a chance on him rebounding before dipping into the even riskier middle portion of this class. Big question: Can he rebound vs. RHP? Jetes endured perilous K zone judgment with slowing bat speed, but his contact rate actually rose for the second straight year. With promise of a shortened swing, there's reason to believe he'll be a "better" version of 2010 - approaching 20 steals and scoring ample runs in a stacked lineup while pushing his BA closer to .300, which would make his aging more tolerable among shortstops.


Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5835415886722.271.304.374.678

Alexei Ramirez SS Chicago White Sox

Alexei Ramirez's lack of FB hurts his HR upside. Among midrange SS, he's stable there and even saw a power surge in 2H. Expect a BB/K closer to 2010 than 2009, but another contact rate increase says BA can still grow, and at least he has a power-speed combination that has value in the midrange draft tiers.


Stephen Drew, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4405710912585.248.328.423.751

Stephen Drew SS Arizona Diamondbacks

Increased SBO% and SBA% give Stephen Drew some SB upside. Everywhere else, he's offering decent balance. BB/K growing and CT% remains above-average, which should keep BA serviceable. HR growth not helped by GB% bump, but he gets by. There's nothing wrong with stability. Not a bad midrange mixed option.


Rafael Furcal, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
34549933369.270.329.348.677

Rafael Furcal SS Los Angeles Dodgers

More lower back problems and hamstring tightness marred what could've been a 2006-esque year for Rafael Furcal. Injury risk will hang over his value, but he regained some thump and - most importantly - SB aggressiveness. After DL stints, his SB came back; they'll be there as long as he's on the field. FB jump might knock off some BA points, but elite CT, acceptable BB/K should keep clip useful.


Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5979016556734.276.339.360.699

Elvis Andrus SS Texas Rangers

Elvis Andrus' SB drive his value. His power is almost nonexistent. Needs to cut down CS, too. But if he's over his hamstring woes from the end of 2010, he could unleash. Plus, his 1H was sound. BA hope: BB% increase, top-level CT%. Being in a lineup that will plate him regardless of wherever he hits doesn't hurt. In a shaky SS class, many will overpay. How much are SB worth to you?


Jhonny Peralta, SS, Detroit Tigers
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5176414014692.271.328.422.750

Jhonny Peralta SS Detroit Tigers

Increases in LD, FB and CT give hope for return to '07 version of Jhonny Peralta, but it's limited upside. HR came back after trade to DET. At least his eligibility accentuates his power if you're desperate for a mixed bench commodity.


Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
64078177136016.277.322.408.730

Starlin Castro SS Chicago Cubs

Starlin Castro projects as a .300 BA, 30-SB commodity. For now, you'll have to deal with SB aggressiveness but also many CS. There's no projectable power yet. He's Elvis Andrus with less steals impact.


Jason Bartlett, SS, San Diego Padres
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
3764610410562.277.339.426.765

Jason Bartlett SS San Diego Padres

Jason Bartlett's HR proved to be a fluke. His SB even dropped, thanks to decreased SBO% and SBA%. Hamstring tightness slowed him? Perhaps aggressive SB will get him running again. That's about the only thing you should take a chance on him for. Everything else is boring.


Ian Desmond, SS, Washington Nationals
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
56373151197417.268.316.440.756

Ian Desmond SS Washington Nationals

Ian Desmond boasts a 20-SB profile with some semblance of power that could work for a mixed MI. Desmond's high GB rates probably won't let him sniff 20 HR without some good fortune. A poor BB/K won't help his BA grow.


Asdrubal Cabrera, SS, Cleveland Indians
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
53771140167110.261.319.425.744

Asdrubal Cabrera SS Cleveland Indians

Even in CLE lineup, hitting near the top should help Asdrubal Cabrera. Lost 2 months to broken arm, and BA normalized. However, LD% drop could come back with normal work; that fracture probably weakened his CT a little. CT%, though, remained high. BA will be somewhere between '09 and last season, and he'll steal 10-plus bags in a full year. There's mileage to this mono league profile.


Miguel Tejada, SS, San Francisco Giants
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Miguel Tejada SS San Francisco Giants

FB, CT increases helping, but not much pop left in Miguel Tejada's bat. At least he'll hit in the middle of the order. Barren SS pool causing many to falsely inflate his history of eating AB as present-day security. Age catching up, though, and there isn't much difference-making ability left here. Not a solid park for a rebound, either. Boring.


Yunel Escobar, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
521631409584.269.341.374.715

Yunel Escobar SS Toronto Blue Jays

In 2010, Yunel Escobar completely got away from what has made him successful: driving the ball back up the middle and the other way. The road to recovery begins with rediscovery. Toronto should influence him to get more air under his batted balls. The upside may not be astounding, but you can picture it. Twenty homers: still possible, even this year. The downside is that he'll be ... serviceable.


Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5386814975118.277.311.394.705

Erick Aybar SS Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Leadoff spot took Erick Aybar out of his element. Injuries in second half took a toll on his great first-half gains. His BABIP would've been healthier if he had been. But, nagging injuries have dotted his relatively brief career, so you can't discount the possibility that they'll interfere again. The upside isn't outstanding, but it's not a bad year to buy him. More steals could be in store.


Ryan Theriot, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Ryan Theriot SS St. Louis Cardinals

Ryan Theriot will give you SB and R. Also offers empty BA, but BB/K tanking has hurt that. Is this profile enticing to you?


Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5936414845128.250.285.325.610

Alcides Escobar SS Kansas City Royals

Alcides Escobar's BABIP didn't reflect his excellent LD% and worthy CT% - improvement in BA not far off and would be welcomg for someone with 30-SB upside. Being written off, one year after being everyone's late mixed SB darling, puts him in the bargain bin.


J.J. Hardy, SS, Baltimore Orioles
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5826314824771.254.297.428.725

J.J. Hardy SS Baltimore Orioles

J.J. Hardy has had a miserable two years, but there's reason for optimism. Initial data on Target Field indicates that it's a homer abyss; Camden Yards is its virtual opposite. Hardy suffered through a sprain in his left wrist for a good portion of the year. He returned too soon on a couple of occasions, severely prolonging the probable impact of the sprain. He looked just fine in the final couple of months, save for a nagging knee problem. By the way, Hardy carries injury risk. Proper management will minimize time missed. Two straight awful years should drive the price down a bunch. There's still upside here. Oh, and he's a first-time free agent after 2011.


Alex Gonzalez, SS, Atlanta Braves
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
25329453230.178.214.237.451

Alex Gonzalez SS Atlanta Braves

Steady BB/K drop, eroding CT% make Alex Gonzalez repeating '07 .272 BA unlikely, but he showed us he still owned his '07 power, even if he lost it in 2H. FB rate, SLG rebound back that up. That's worth something if you need to scrape the mixed SS barrel. Age, injury history and poor clip will keep his price low.


Maicer Izturis, SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
22828593214.259.317.338.655

Maicer Izturis SS Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Maicer Izturis might lead off but might hit at the bottom. The versatile Izturis is in 3B comp. With him, chiefly bet on SB proportional to PT and a serviceable BA. LAA offense should improve, which would pay dividends for him when he leads off. Positional flexibility adds to value and worth extra buck in some formats.


Cliff Pennington, SS, Oakland Athletics
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
27629703246.254.322.344.666

Cliff Pennington SS Oakland Athletics

If you need SB, sure, Cliff Pennington can help; he proved more efficient last year. If you're counting on 10-plus HR, he probably won't. 2010 FB% spike hardly made a dent. BA can improve (CT%, LD% were helpful), but he's chiefly a one-trick pony.


Marco Scutaro, SS, Boston Red Sox
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
434611244343.286.340.376.716

Marco Scutaro SS Boston Red Sox

Marco Scutaro, a contact machine, took to BoSox and kept power growth. Even with BB decline, still solid BB/K. Unfortunately, he can't hit leadoff if this lineup is all healthy. Knock his runs down. Though his contact rate climbed, his liner rate dropped for the second straight season. He needs ample at-bat totals to remain useful. Oops, there's Jed Lowrie to worry about.


Reid Brignac, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
1299282131.217.252.295.547

Reid Brignac SS Tampa Bay Rays

Reid Brignac still has concerns about LHPs. Posted excellent LD% in minors, though, with full-time type AB. Question: Does he hit LHs if exposed to them regularly? Contact rate isn't great but continues to improve. TB has other options if he struggles, but he'll probably get first dibs. HR might eventually be helpful for an MI, but his 2011 impact isn't safe enough to pay extra for.


Yuniesky Betancourt, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Yuniesky Betancourt SS Milwaukee Brewers

A FB rate that was inching upward finally paid off for Yuniesky Betancourt. CT% dropped but still solid. Trading BA for HR? Not so fast. August huge power month, but HR/FB then and his performance otherwise make it look fluky. 10-plus HR still in play, but he won't grow more in that department, which means the rest of him remains a shaky investment.


Jed Lowrie, SS, Boston Red Sox
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5416814513632.268.328.416.744

Jed Lowrie SS Boston Red Sox

Jed Lowrie has untapped power potential, which he flashed briefly in his high-CT, high-FB, mature BB/K MLB stint; his wrist surgery and mono are behind him. A mixed MI sleeper on speculative PT.


Edgar Renteria, SS, Cincinnati Reds
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Edgar Renteria SS Cincinnati Reds

Without consistent AB, the brittle Edgar Renteria isn't worth a selection, even if you're scrounging for PT. Note erosions in BB/K, CT% - worse than in recent years. Minor SLG and FB improvements not enough to earn confidence.


Paul Janish, SS, Cincinnati Reds
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2011 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Paul Janish SS Cincinnati Reds

Paul Janish is expected to get first crack at AB. That's the only reason you should note him. BB/K and CT% most redeeming skills. FB increased, but nothing has translated for you to be confident in his game. CIN has better offensive options ready to take over.