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Fantasy baseball player profiles: Mixed - Shortstops

Fantasy baseball player profiles: Mixed - Shortstops

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1 Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida Marlins
2 Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
3 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies
4 Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees
5 Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets
6 Jason Bartlett, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
7 Alexei Ramirez, SS, Chicago White Sox
8 Yunel Escobar, SS, Atlanta Braves
9 Asdrubal Cabrera, SS/2B, Cleveland Indians
10 Erick Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
11 Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers
12 Orlando Cabrera, SS, Cincinnati Reds
13 Stephen Drew, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
14 Ryan Theriot, SS, Chicago Cubs
15 Rafael Furcal, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
16 Alcides Escobar, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
17 Jhonny Peralta, 3B/SS, Cleveland Indians
18 Cristian Guzman, SS, Washington Nationals
19 J.J. Hardy, SS, Minnesota Twins
20 Everth Cabrera, SS, San Diego Padres
21 Cliff Pennington, SS, Oakland Athletics
22 Cesar Izturis, SS, Baltimore Orioles
23 Brendan Ryan, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
24 Alex Cora, 2B/SS, New York Mets
25 Adam Everett, SS, Detroit Tigers

Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida Marlins
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
49385139237918.282.347.491.838

Expected drop-off in stolen base attempts with change in lineup position, but opportunities rose in second half as slugging tailed off. Hanley Ramirez has established new baseline for batting average. Rebounding flyball percentage didn't agree with slide in long balls; expectation is a modest tradeoff in BA for a few more home runs.


Jimmy Rollins, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
53671133103819.248.315.371.686

Was a terrible hit percentage in the first half the only thing to blame? Obvious: Jimmy Rollins is in overall decline, but he's not as bad as his final 2009 line says. Not so obvious: He probably isn't much better. Expect a rebound in stolen bases with increased opportunities, assuming he remains at leadoff.


Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Colorado Rockies
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4967815028935.302.379.538.917

The power is real, but Troy Tulowitzki's high HR/FB (fueled by post-break hotness) should come back down. Twenty steals isn't guaranteed, but he's aiming to remain involved on the basepaths. Tulowitzki's position defines his elite price. Beware: It'll be hard for him to match what he'll cost, especially with his streakiness and the risk of his steals dropping.


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.


Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
56684169145332.299.355.445.800

Four straight seasons with a virtual clean bill of health ... then, 2009. When Jose Reyes is injured, he stays injured. Overactive thyroid clouds picture and means he won't be useful for undetermined period. Reality: This can be controlled and is only discouraging because it affects his availability for conditioning. That emphasizes this: His legs are still bigger issue. Improvements in power peripherals make him dynamic, but value is derived from speed; any ill effect or redux means loss of impact on base paths. Worth the risk when the price is appreciably lower - outside the first four or five mixed rounds - because drafters may overreact to thyroid news. Reyes is just not a foundation pick.


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.


Yunel Escobar, SS, Atlanta Braves
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
521631409584.269.341.374.715

Yunel Escobar's power, corroborated by HR/FB and FB percentages, has slowly yet steadily climbed. An investment now gets you in at reasonable midrange mixed price as he continues upward trajectory, with little tradeoff in batting average. Physical maturity is just around corner, although mental lapses remain a concern.


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).


Orlando Cabrera, SS, Cincinnati Reds
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Orlando Cabrera has been consistent for annual totals of about 90 runs, 10 homers and 20 steals, along with a useful clip and an elite contact rate. Hitch lies in his tanked walk rate, which may be the first of many dominoes to fall. Appeared to tire as season wound down; liners decreased. Natural to worry about him at age 35; he could be a deep mixed middle infielder, but have a backup plan ready.


Stephen Drew, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
4405710912585.248.328.423.751

Stephen Drew broke out in 2008 but regressed in 2009. How much, though? Drew showed more patience at the plate. His talent level isn't quite elite. He has posted inconsistent year-to-year performances in many indicators. Makings of better buy following a down year than a safe one following a good one. This year, he has upside.


Ryan Theriot, SS, Chicago Cubs
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Ryan Theriot's contact rate is still high but has declined two straight years; another drop in average may be next. Theriot's batting eye came at the expense of more homers; bet on his history of discipline coming back before you do a power repeat. Luckily, the light stick kept running, and he may hit leadoff - these fuel his late deep-mixed value.


Rafael Furcal, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
34549933369.270.329.348.677

Rafael Furcal's eye tanked last year, which jeopardizes his clip, already a shaky asset for him. Groundballs increased, but he's not going to easily beat them out anymore. Positives: He'll approach 100 runs in this fairly strong lineup. Reaching 20 steals, as unsafe a bet as that is, is safer to gamble on him as a deep mixed middle infielder and a low-end NL-only starter.


Alcides Escobar, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5936414845128.250.285.325.610

More known for glove, Escobar stuck with groundball game - plus for a speedster. Alcides Escobar worked on patience in Venezuelan winter ball and has slowly improving batting eye. Hesitant to thieve upon call-up, but might work itself out as season goes on. Productive steals filler in late mixed rounds.


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. 


Cristian Guzman, SS, Washington Nationals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

What you see is what you get. Shaky batting eye offset by high line-drive and contact rates; Cristian Guzman's line drives fell last year, too. Lack of steals doesn't help his blah contributions. He shouldn't be drafted in mixed leagues and is a low-level NL shortstop option; should be avoided unless desperate drafter needs someone to eat at-bats.


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.


Everth Cabrera, SS, San Diego Padres
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
5378014154148.263.333.354.687

The Pads jumped the former Rule 5 pick to the bigs, and Everth Cabrera paid off with speed, his best asset. But what else can he offer? It's unsafe to think he'll keep the job full-time, especially with his undeveloped offensive skills; he's still young. Pads have insurance in Jerry Hairston Jr. Even if you're steals-desperate, overpaying for unpolished thief will hurt your potential, even from a deep mixed middie spot.


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.


Brendan Ryan, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
23123503174.216.280.299.579

Wrist injury stalling Brendan's Ryan's Spring Training. Absurd BABIP prone to drop despite the solid contact he makes. High groundball pace will probably keep his average respectable, though, and he'll contribute double-digit steals as a starter. A low-end NL-only shortstop if he's on track for Opening Day.


Alex Cora, 2B/SS, New York Mets
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Mets dropped liked flies, leaving Alex Cora to hit very few of them. Surge in steals was unexpected, but he appears to be on a late-career upward slope in batting average. That's not saying much. A reserve - only in deep NL pools.


Adam Everett, SS, Detroit Tigers
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2010 Fantasy Baseball Projections

ABRHHRRBISBBAOBPSLGOPS
000000.000.000.000.000

Do you play Scoresheet? No? Then don't be tempted to take Adam Everett unless you forgot you needed a shorty in AL leagues. He makes unproductive contact and doesn't have a good history of dish discipline. Ramon Santiago will steal reps, too.