MLB Position Rankings: Shortstop
THE TOP FIVE
1. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins: He leads all shortstops in home runs (15), slugging (.538), and runs (54). He comes in second in stolen bases (16) and on-base percentage (.394) and third in RBI (32). He's also batting .304.
2. Michael Young, Rangers: He's second among shortstops in hits (81) and runs (50) and third in batting average (.308). He's slugging .450 with 32 RBI.
3. Ryan Theriot, Cubs: He leads all shortstops in batting average (.321) and on-base percentage (.400). He's third in stolen bases with 12 and slugs .380.
4. Miguel Tejada, Astros: He's first among shortstops in RBI (39) and third in runs (47) and hits (76). He's slugging .460 and batting .297.
5. Jose Reyes, Mets: He leads all shortstops in stolen bases (23) and is third in slugging (.485). He's batting .290 with 29 RBI and eight home runs.
THE BEST OF THE REST
6. Cristian Guzman, Nationals: He leads all shortstops in hits (87) and is third in batting average (.309), while slugging .450 with 21 RBI.
7. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies: He's slugging .460 and batting .280 with 11 stolen bases.
8. Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks: He's second in slugging (.487) and third in home runs (9) while batting .270 with 25 RBI.
9. Yunel Escobar, Braves: He's third in on-base percentage (.372), slugging over .410 with 28 RBI, and is batting .300.
10. Yuniesky Betancourt, Mariners: He's slugging over .410 with 22 RBI and batting .285.
11. Derek Jeter, Yankees: He's batting .270 with 27 RBI.
12. Bobby Crosby, A's: He's second in RBI (33) and has five stolen bases.
13. Edgar Renteria, Tigers: He has 30 RBI and five homeruns, but batting .262.
14. Orlando Cabrera, White Sox: He's batting .262 with 22 RBI.
15. Macier Izturis, Angels: He's batting .260 with 23 RBI, but lacks at-bats.
16. J.J. Hardy, Brewers: He's batting .250 with 18 RBI.
17. Jhonny Peralta, Indians: He's third in home runs (11) and slugging over .450 but is only batting .225. He should move up soon with his 22 RBI.
18. David Eckstein, Blue Jays: He's batting .282 with 17 RBI.
19. Khalil Greene, Padres: He's batting .220 with 25 RBI and six home runs.
20. Julio Lugo, Red Sox: He's batting .270 with 13 RBI.
21. Jason Bartlett, Rays: He's batting .236 with 13 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
22. Cesar Izturis, Cardinals: He's batting .246 with 12 RBI and six stolen bases.
23. Brendan Harris, Twins: He's batting .240 with 16 RBI.
24. Omar Quintanilla, Rockies: He's batting .243 with eight RBI. He's low because he's a replacement (for injured Tulowitzki and Barmes).
25. Omar Vizquel, Giants: He's batting .207 with seven RBI, but he only gets limited playing time now (less than 90 at-bats).
THE BOTTOM FIVE
26. Jack Wilson, Pirates: He has 19 hits in 64 at-bats, and at .297 he should move up quickly.
27. Paul Janish, Reds: He has nine hits in 38 at-bats, but should move up quickly with a .573 slugging percentage.
28. Freddie Bynum, Orioles: He has 18 hits in 81 at-bats. He was just called up.
29. Angel Berroa, Dodgers: Has only played two games. He should move up quickly and solve the Dodgers' shortstop problem.
30. Tony Pena Jr., Royals: he's batting .155 with seven RBI and will probably see reduced playing time.
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