Brian, Projections, Rankings, Shortstop

Brian’s Top 13 Shortstop Rankings and Projections for ’13


He'll listen to all your girl talk, ladies.

He’ll listen to all your girl talk, ladies.

For as long as anyone can remember, shortstops have been the black sheep of the family. While all the other players are interested in manly things like home runs (Chicks dig the long ball) and RBI and human growth hormone, the six spot is more interested in sensitive things like glove work and eking out infield singles. I mean for Pete’s Sake, Lou Boudreau is a Hall of Famer with 68 career home runs and 51 career stolen bases. Boudreau even made the All-Star Game in 1941 with this fantasy line: 95 R, 10 HR, 56 RBI, 9 SB, and .257 BA. If he isn’t the Solange Knowles to Babe Ruth’s Beyonce, I don’t know who is.

It’s true, shortstops are the redheaded stepchildren. They’re the sensitive ones. While all the boys are out hunting with father, the shortstops are back at home with mom baking pistachio walnut tassies.

In 2013, you’ll likely find better numbers than what spritely Boudreau mustered in 1941, but let me tell you, this group is a sad state of affairs. Jose Reyes and Troy Tulowitzki are huge injury risks. Hanley Ramirez, the diva that he is, might rather hang out in West Hollywood instead of Chavez Ravine. Starlin Castro would probably rather look at the hot guy standing behind him in left field than play hard. And Derek Jeter is more concerned which fragrance of body butter he’s going to put in his gift baskets.

There are three tiers, indicated by the underline.

1. Jose Reyes- 90, 13, 60, 43, .302

2. Hanley Ramirez- 85, 22, 80, 20, .260

3. Troy Tulowitzki- 77, 24, 85, 9, .290

4. Elvis Andrus- 92, 5, 65, 31, .291

5. Ian Desmond- 70, 19, 70, 20, .280

6. Starlin Castro- 82, 16, 80, 21, .287

7. Asdrubal Cabrera- 77, 20, 80, 14, .274

8. Jimmy Rollins- 90, 17, 65, 27, .260

9. Alexei Ramirez- 65, 15, 72, 18, .267

10. Derek Jeter- 82, 10, 55, 10, .290

11. James Jerry Hardy- 80, 20, 70, 0, .250

12. Alcides Escobar- 72, 4, 45, 30, .277

13. Erick Aybar- 70, 9, 47, 24, .280

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