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Fantasy baseball player profiles: AL - Shortstops

Fantasy baseball player profiles: AL - Shortstops

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1 Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees
2 Jason Bartlett, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
3 Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox
4 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS/2B, Cleveland Indians
5 Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
6 Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers
7 Marco Scutaro, SS, Boston Red Sox
8 Jhonny Peralta, 3B/SS, Cleveland Indians
9 Maicer Izturis, 2B/SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
10 J.J. Hardy, SS, Minnesota Twins
11 Cliff Pennington, SS, Oakland Athletics
12 Cesar Izturis, SS, Baltimore Orioles

Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
597821649556.275.332.362.694

The new park helped a bit; it'll be hard to repeat the ridiculous flyball numbers, even if Derek Jeter's dingers are Jeterian; every other contact peripheral was just about on par. He returned to patience, too. As long as you avoid reaching for anything above 10 bombs, he won't disappoint.


Jason Bartlett, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Jason Bartlett started using bigger wood in BP; his BABIP and power soared. Signs of maturity in his third full-time season? That .368 BABIP is a bit unbelievable without many grounders, and while he has a knack for liners, that 26.0 percentage is primed for a comedown. Even with his new warmup routine, the 30-year-old won't club 14 homers again, but the boom won't just disappear entirely. If his doubt discount grows, don't be afraid.


Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5835415886722.271.304.374.678

Why are people ignoring this 20-20 threat? His batting eye and patience grew leaps and bounds in his second full season, and his flyball increase points to budding power. Sneak Ramirez past your enemy drafters at a middle-tier value; few at the position have as much upside.


Asdrubal Cabrera, SS/2B, Cleveland Indians
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
53771140167110.261.319.425.744

Even after a bloated BABIP, increases in groundball, line-drive and contact rates should keep Asdrubal Cabrera hovering around .300; he's tailoring his game. Also, what many have been waiting for: increased stolen base accuracy and attempt percentages; he's using his speed. He might sneak into the top 10 mixed shorties; those who need to make up in steals and clip should probably throw an extra dollar or two at him. 


Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5386814975118.277.311.394.705

The former utility infielder made good as Anaheim's starting shorty, as spoken by the line-drive, walk, contact and stolen-base attempt upticks. Expect Erick Aybar's clip to tumble a bit. He's still MI quality in deep mixed.


Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5979016556734.276.339.360.699

Elvis Andrus lived up to Texas' high billing. Work outward from his steals and runs contribution and wait for the power growth, which will probably give him moderate power (but above-average for a roto middle infielder).


Marco Scutaro, SS, Boston Red Sox
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
434611244343.286.340.376.716

A longtime reliable vet, Marco Scutaro led qualified major leaguers in contact rate last season (a career-best 93.3 percent). That figure has been in the 90s since 2004. He posted his best walk rate ever, also (13.6 percent), as he displayed unusual patience. Even with the fluky numbers, he's now in an elite offense and could be batting near the top. He's a useful middle infielder in deep mixed. Scutaro is a value for AL-only drafters as a starting shorty.


Jhonny Peralta, 3B/SS, Cleveland Indians
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5176414014692.271.328.422.750

Jhonny Peralta's transition to the hot corner probably aided his extended slump. Flyballs and homers rebounded as the year went on. The former was on the rise heading into last year. His late-round mixed price tag offers a decent gamble on his power returning; based on Peralta's weak batting eye trend, that'll probably return well before his clip shows progress. 


Maicer Izturis, 2B/SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
22828593214.259.317.338.655

Maicer Izturis: a handy Brandon Wood insurance policy who can play all over the infield. With playing time, could be a help in every category except homers, despite his flyball resurrection last year. If Wood falters, Izturis' most value as a starter would be his double-digit steals; he hit that level in three of the last four seasons of partial duty. AL-only owners could use him as a middle infielder; his multipositional eligibility goes a long way in deeps.


J.J. Hardy, SS, Minnesota Twins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5826314824771.254.297.428.725

Will a fresh start help? Well, J.J. Hardy's flyball effectiveness stands for a correction - how will the new Target Field affect that? Hardy, who carries a poor batting eye, hasn't been hitting the ball hard - bad news. Power should be the first thing you count on coming back, but cross your fingers for everything else.


Cliff Pennington, SS, Oakland Athletics
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
27629703246.254.322.344.666

Cliff Pennington has minimal competition for the starting shortstop job. He could steal 20 bases or so with a full-time gig. He's not dynamic but is serviceable, probably with a .280 average or so. The A's are aggressive on the bases. You don't want him as your starting AL shortstop, but if he's your middle infielder, gaining extra steals on a frequent basis would help.


Cesar Izturis, SS, Baltimore Orioles
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
97621070.216.260.268.528

Cesar Izturis's bout with appendicitis wasn't the only thing that made those who actually had to play Izturis writhe in pain. Sure, he gives you double-digit steals, but nothing else signifies value outside of AL games, especially with Julio Lugo likely to steal time.