Few players have been able to consistently produce 5-category greatness like Hanley Ramirez.
Among the fantasy baseball positions, short stop has been known to be thin from time to time. But it hasn’t been this thin in quite a while.
Shortstop in 2011 is Pablo Sandoval seat cushion thin. And, again from a fantasy standpoint, the position is as top heavy as, well, Pablo Sandoval.
- Hanley Ramirez, FLA. Han-Ram has been the gold standard of quality fantasy shortstops for quite some time. And even with a slight dip in homers, RBI, runs scored and batting average in 2010, he still offered enough five-category goodness to be worthy of a high first-round pick.
- Troy Tulowitzki, COL. Troy continues to ascend to the top of his position from a fantasy sense thanks to five-category production. His .315 batting average in 2010 was his best yet, and even though his numbers were a little streaky when looking at the past several seasons of major league play, it is obvious that he is trending overall in the right direction. The one thing to watch, from a distance, is how his offseason mega contract signing affects his play. Let’s hope he is professional enough to not let it affect him.
- Jose Reyes, NYM. Once upon a time, you could count on Jose Reyes to remain healthy most of a season and produce some great speed numbers and respectable power stats to boot. Those days are over. Coming off a roller coaster season, he still produced 11 homers, 30 steals and a .282 batting average, all of which should provide a baseline projection for Reyes in 2011 if he were to remain healthy a full season. However, that isn’t a given.
- Jimmy Rollins, PHI. I’ve seen him ranked lower than Derek Jeter in a number of fantasy magazines so far, but I just can’t buy into that. He struggled through waves of injury in 2010, but still finished with very similar stolen base (17 to Jeter’s 18) and homer run (eight to Jeter’s 10) totals despite having 313 less plate appearances than the Yankees captain. Rollins was also victim to a bad BABIP(.246), which would suggest Rollins is due for at least somewhat of a bounce back.
For the rest of my early shortstop rankings for 2011, with full analysis, go here.
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