MLB Power Rankings 2012: Rating the Best Shortstops at Spring Training's End

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MLB Power Rankings 2012: Rating the Best Shortstops at Spring Training's End
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Troy Tulowitzki tagging out a runner.

Shortstop has long been considered one of the most important positions in the game. That's why it's crucial to have a solid player manning the fort.

Shortstops are expected to be have good range, a strong arm, solid glove and enough speed to not only cover ground in the field but run the bases well. If you add power into the mix, all the better.

With the true Opening Day finally upon us, it's time to take a look at the starting shortstops in the MLB and where they fall in the power rankings.

Just a note: I will be considering overall offensive output, versatility of production (i.e. just high batting average, or high average, power and steals) and defensive abilities in determining each player's placement. Also, all stats are gathered from FanGraphs.com.

Without further ado, let's get onto the rankings.

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