2013 MLB Preview: Fantasy Baseball NL-Only Shortstop Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 14, 2013

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 25: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies singles to drive in a run in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 25, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Rockies won 6-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends Shortstop Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.

1. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

Despite being limited to 47 games last year, Troy Tulowitzki hangs on to the No. 1 spot in my preseason rankings for the third-straight year. He still had a solid .846 OPS and projected to a .287-114-28-93-7 season if you extrapolated his numbers over a full season.


2. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers

Hanley Ramirez is a nice option because he also has third-base eligibility. He has tailed off a bit in recent years, but his .257-79-24-92-21 line is not one to take lightly. He’s capable of even better numbers.


3. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

Starlin Castro will turn 23 this month and has already established that he can handle big-league pitching. Last year, he turned in a .283-78-14-78-25 line. He should only get better.


4. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

Ian Desmond showed a nice power-speed combination with 25 home runs and 21 stolen bases. He could stand to provide more runs (72) and RBI (73), but it’s hard to be upset with his overall numbers, which included a .292 batting average.


5. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies

Jimmy Rollins left plenty to be desired with his .250 batting average, but his 102 runs, 23 home runs, 68 RBI and 30 stolen bases were impressive. He’s 34, though, so it’s unlikely he can match that production.


6. Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies

Josh Rutledge will play second base for the Rockies, but has shortstop eligibility from replacing Troy Tulowitzki last year. Rutledge hit eight home runs and stole seven bases in 73 games, which projects to 18 home runs and 16 stolen bases in a full season.


7. Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds

Zack Cozart struggled last year, hitting .246, but he hit 15 home runs. He should also approach double-digit stolen bases.


8. Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres

Everth Cabrera is a one-trick pony. If you’re using him, it’s for his stolen-base potential alone. He is a non-factor in every other category.


9. Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants

Marco Scutaro is 37, so the upside is minimal. He should contribute in the batting average, runs and RBI categories.


10. Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves

Andrelton Simmons has just 166 at-bats under his belt, but he will start the season batting leadoff, which should lead to solid counting numbers.

Also check out:

 2013 Fantasy Baseball First Base Rankings
2013 Fantasy Baseball Second Base Rankings
2013 Fantasy Baseball Third Base Rankings
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outfielder Rankings
2013 Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher Rankings