Fantasy Baseball 2012 Rankings: Top 15 Shortstops: A Second Look

Eric StashinSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 21: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs is tagged out at third base by Jerry Hairston Jr. #15 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning on September 21, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Shortstop is a position that does have some depth to it this season, though that doesn’t mean there is always value there. 

While they have talent, does it make sense to use an early-round pick on someone like Elvis Andrus or Asdrubal Cabrera?  Just because they have skill doesn’t mean they are players to target. 

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how my rankings currently stand:

  1. Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
  2. Hanley Ramirez – Miami Marlins
  3. Jose Reyes – Miami Marlins
  4. Starlin Castro – Chicago Cubs
  5. Asdrubal Cabrera – Cleveland Indians
  6. Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers
  7. Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies
  8. Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox
  9. Dee Gordon – Los Angeles Dodgers
  10. Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels
  11. Derek Jeter – New York Yankees
  12. J.J. Hardy – Baltimore Orioles
  13. Emilio Bonifacio – Miami Marlins
  14. Yunel Escobar – Toronto Blue Jays
  15. Jhonny Peralta – Detroit Tigers


  • I am one of Elvis Andrus’ biggest fans, but the infatuation with him has gotten a bit out of control (to the point that I don’t own him in any league this season). I know he has plenty of speed, but is it really enough to justify a 44.05 ADP (according to Mock Draft Central)? 

    He’s a career .271 hitter with very little power and has never stolen more than 37 bases in a season.  We’ll take a much closer look at him in the coming days, but why is he going before Michael Bourn?  Outside of position maybe, there is no reason, especially when Dee Gordon brings the same skill set nearly 100 picks later.
  • Before you worry that Starlin Castro will lose value hitting third in the Cubs lineup (where it appears he will open the season), think again.  Their lineup is not potent at all, so there is little reason to think that he won’t be given ample opportunities to run.  Throw in more opportunities for RBI (thanks to his perennial .300 average) and potential for power growth (he’s just 22-years old) and what is there not to like?
  • Asdrubal Cabrera had a big 2011 campaign (.273, 25 HR, 92 RBI, 17 SB), but can we truly believe in the power outburst?  He entered the year with 18 career HR over 1,610 AB.  I’m not about to suggest that he’s going to regress back to his previous levels, but I also wouldn’t expect a repeat performance.  Keep that in mind.
  • Will Derek Jeter remain in the leadoff spot all season?  It’s hard to believe, as the offense would likely run better with a potentially dynamic Brett Gardner at the top. 

    At 37-years old (he’ll turn 38 in June), he just isn’t the same player that he once was.  Don’t reach for him based on name value because if he is dropped down the lineup his value will take a nosedive.
  • Hanley Ramirez is going to be moving to third base this season, so enjoy his SS eligibility for one final year.  I would expect a solid bounce-back campaign, as you can see by my 2012 projection (click here to view).

Make sure to check out all of our 2012 rankings: