Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Shortstop Rankings.
1. Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Hanley Ramirez was limited to 86 games, but he hit .345 with 62 runs, 20 home runs, 57 RBI and 10 stolen bases. If he can stay healthy and motivated, he should return to his spot as the premier player at his position.
2. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki has averaged 109.5 games over the past four seasons. When he stays healthy, he’s a rock. Despite the limited workload during that stretch he averaged .307 with 68.8 runs, 22.5 home runs, 77.3 RBI and 5.8 stolen bases per year.
3. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Reyes was limited to 96 games, but he hit .296 with 58 runs, 10 home runs, 37 RBI and 15 stolen bases. If he can stay healthy he will give you a big boost in runs, average and stolen bases.
4. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
Ian Desmond has developed into a quality power-speed combination player. He has back-to-back 20-20 (HRs-SBs) seasons. Over that stretch he’s averaging .286 with 74.5 runs, 22.5 home runs, 76.5 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
5. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus hit .271 with 91 runs, 67 RBI and 42 stolen bases. In five seasons he’s averaging 86.4 runs and 33 SBs. The additions of Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder should keep the Rangers’ offense humming. Look for Andrus to set the table.
6. Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
Jean Segura led all shortstops with 44 stolen bases. He also hit .294 with 74 runs, 12 home runs and 49 RBI. He’ll give you a leg up in the stolen base category.
7. Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves
Andrelton Simmons hit just .248 in his first full season, but he managed 76 runs, 17 home runs, 59 RBI and six stolen bases. His power numbers may come down, but he should improve in the other categories.
8. Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
Starlin Castro was a major disappointment with a .245-59-10-44-9 line, but he’ll turn 24 in March. In his first three years he averaged .297 with 74 runs, nine home runs, 61.7 RBI and 19 stolen bases. A major rebound should be in order.
9. Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera is another speed option. He doesn’t bring much else to the table, but he has averaged 40.5 stolen bases over the past two years.
10. Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
Asdrubal Cabrera hit just .242 last year, but the .273 lifetime hitter is a solid bet to get on track. Over the past three years he’s averaged .263 with 74.3 runs, 18.3 home runs, 74.7 RBI and 11.7 stolen bases.
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