Four drafts, a Selection Sunday and two rounds of March Madness later, we will continue our fantasy baseball rankings.
These rankings were compiled using Fantasypros.com and mlbdepthcharts.com (great resources). They have been talked about more in previous posts, so I will dive right into the rankings.
I am a position-scarcity kind of guy (I traditional hate having an Erick Aybar for example everyday in my lineup). In past years I have made sure that I get at least a middle-tiered MI or C on my team. Let’s evaluate this year’s SS’s.
Tiers and which round I would select the players
Tier 1: Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Reyes, Starlin Castro, (late 1st-late 3rd rounds)
Tier 2: Ian Desmond, Elvis Andrus, Jimmy Rollins, Asdrubal Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez (Rounds 6-8)
Tier 3: Josh Rutledge, Derek Jeter, Danny Espinosa (Rounds 12-17)
Tier 4: Erick Aybar, Alcides Escobar, Marco Scutaro, Andrelton Simmons, JJ Hardy, Alexei Ramirez, Jhonny Peralta, Yunel Escobar
Note: In the case of an injury our projections include, in Hanley’s instance, 2 months of a replacement level player with 4 months of Hanley).
Can’t really make a case for anyone being overvalued with the position being so weak. It is our general stance that you would like one of the top 7 shortstops, or wait until the very last rounds of the draft.
Undervalued: Asdrubal Cabrera (honorable mention Ian Desmond)
I will reiterate, I want one of the top 7 SS’s. I’m willing to reach into even the 7th round to make sure that I get one. If Asdrubal Cabrera is the last SS on the board, I am going to snag him. Asdrubal does nothing great, but he does everything solid. He is atrocious in the field, but in a one year league, this does not concern me whatsoever. Ian Desmond is sort of in-between the two tiers posted above, and I think his breakout season was legitimate.
Who I will take: Troy Tulowitzski, Jimmy Rollins
Tulo has fallen to me in the mid-second round and I have taken the gamble. I understand the health risks and everything, but I would rather have a Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop than taking a risk at a safer position, like a Jose Bautista or a Josh Hamitlon. I am fine with pairing Troy Tulowitzi with Joey Votto or Albert Pujols as my 1st and 2nd round picks with a middle pick. Jimmy Rollins always seems to fall to me, and I have never considered myself a fan. But he just ends up on my roster as an 8th rounder more times than not.
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