By Lawrence Barreca.
The shortstop position is one that many fantasy baseball owners find frustrating during the season, as a decent number of top-quality middle infielders are usually hard to come by. In 2010, however, things feel a little different. The “pop” that was recently lacking from the “SS” spot on our fantasy rosters has been revitalized, and it all begins with our No. 1-ranked shortstop, Hanley Ramirez.
Ramirez, who batted .342 with 24 HR, 106 RBI, 101 R and 27 SB, was most likely a top five pick in your fantasy draft last season, and there’s no indication that he shouldn’t be again. What he brings to the table over the course of the year is unrivaled at the middle infield spot, as his ability to steal bases and drive in runs always fits nicely into a winning equation.
All in all, having the first pick in your draft this year leaves you with a tough decision: Do you go with the big bat Albert Pujols, or the all-around threat that lies in Hanley? Personally, I’m taking Ramirez. Power-hitting first basemen are easier to find in the second and third rounds, so grabbing Hanley early could help you leave your opponents in the dust as the fantasy season progresses.
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