2014 Fantasy Baseball NL-Only Shortstop Rankings

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 5, 2014

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez poses for a photograph on photo day Feb. 20, 2014 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Here’s a look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ shortstop rankings for NL-only fantasy baseball leagues.

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. Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

Ian Desmond has developed into a quality power-speed combination player. He has back-to-back 20-20 (home run-stolen base) seasons. Over that stretch, he’s averaging .286 with 74.5 runs, 22.5 home runs, 76.5 RBI and 21 stolen bases.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies

Jimmy Rollins is 35, but he continues to be a solid source of stolen bases. Rollins swiped 22 bags, which marked the 12th time he has reached 20 stolen bases. Rollins scored just 65 runs with six HRs and 39 RBI. He should see improvement in all of those areas.

9. Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals

Jhonny Peralta shrugged off his PED suspension to finish with a .303-50-11-55-3 line. Over the past nine seasons, he averaged 72.2 runs, 16.9 HRs and 75 RBI.

10. Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds

Zack Cozart hit .254 with 74 runs, 12 home runs and 63 RBI. He’s not great in any category, but he gives you decent counting stats.

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