A Look Back at our 2013 Consensus Shortstop Rankings

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Ray reviews the Fake Teams 2013 Consensus Shortstop rankings and profiles three shortstops whose value increased this season and three whose value dropped this season.

I continue with my review of the Fake Teams 2013 Consensus Position Rankings by looking at our fantasy shortstop rankings from last November-December timeframe. Below are links to the positions that have been reviewed to date:

Catcher

First Base

Second Base

Before we get into the rankings, let's take a look the the shortstop position for fantasy purposes:

  • There were only four shortstops to hit 20 or more home runs in 2013, while there were five in 2012.
  • Seven shortstops stole 20 or more bases this season, while there were 11 in 2012. It appears stolen bases were down in 2013.
  • In 2012, there were four shortstops to hit 20 or more home runs and steal double digit bags. That number dropped to two in 2013.
  • Ian Desmond and Hanley Ramirez are the only two shortstops to hit 20 or more home runs and steal double digit bags in 2013. Ramirez will be my # 1 ranked fantasy shortstop in 2014.

Let's take a look at the Fake Teams Consensus Shortstop Rankings for 2013, following by player profiles for shortstops ranked 1 - 13:

Rank

Player

Team

Ray

Bret

Jason

Craig

Score

1

Hanley Ramirez

LAD

2

1

4

1

104

2

Starlin Castro

CHC

3

2

1

2

104

3

Troy Tulowitzki

COL

1

3

2

3

103

4

Jose Reyes

MIA

5

4

3

6

94

5

Ben Zobrist

TB

6

6

7

4

89

6

Jimmy Rollins

PHI

4

5

5

10

88

7

Derek Jeter

NYY

9

9

6

5

83

8

Ian Desmond

WSH

8

7

8

9

80

9

Elvis Andrus

TEX

7

8

13

7

77

10

Asdrubal Cabrera

CLE

10

12

11

8

71

11

Danny Espinosa

WSH

12

10

9

12

69

12

Alcides Escobar

KC

15

11

10

11

65

13

Alexei Ramirez

CHW

14

14

14

13

57

14

J.J. Hardy

BAL

11

20

12

16

53

15

Josh Rutledge

COL

13

19

17

18

45

16

Zack Cozart

CIN

20

15

18

20

39

17

Marco Scutaro

SF

19

18

15

21

39

18

Jed Lowrie

HOU

18

22

19

15

38

19

Everth Cabrera

SD

23

13

22

19

35

20

Jhonny Peralta

DET

21

24

24

14

29

21

Erick Aybar

LAA

NR

25

16

17

26

22

Jean Segura

MLW

16

16

NR

NR

24

23

Dee Gordon

LAD

24

23

23

24

18

24

Stephen Drew

OAK

NR

21

20

NR

15

25

Ruben Tejada

NYM

17

NR

NR

25

14


Three Up

Jean Segura, MIL

Segura's value increased in a big way this season, as he hit .294 with 12 HRs, 74 runs, 49 RBI and 44 stolen bases this season. He might have been the best hitter in the game for the month of April, but his batting average dropped in every month except July, and ended up hitting .241 in the second half of the season, after hitting .325 in the first half.

Everth Cabrera, SD

ECab had a great season before missing 50 games due to his connections to the Biogenesis mess. He stole 37 bases in 95 games, so he probably would have led the majors in steals if he had not been suspended.

Ian Desmond, WAS

I was wrong about Desmond as I was down on him coming into the season. I didn't think he could repeat his power breakout in 2012, and he did just that, hitting 20 home runs and stealing 21 bases to boot. He should be the third shortstop off the board in all leagues in 2014.

Three Down

Derek Jeter, NYY

Injuries limited Jeter to just 73 plate appearances this season, and he turned 39 in June of this season, so age and injuries could limit him in 2014. It will be interesting to see if the Yankees trade for a shortstop this offseason.

Jimmy Rollins, PHI

Rollins is another shortstop who is succombing to the age bug, and I think we have seen the best from him already.

Starlin Castro, CHC

What the heck happened to Castro this season? I wonder if he will turn things around under a new manager in 2014, whoever that may be. Castro endured his worst season as a pro, hitting just .245-.284-.347 with 10 HRs, 59 runs, 44 RBI and 9 stolen bases. His numbers were down across th board this season, so his owners are hoping a new manager can kick start him in 2014.

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