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Fantasy Baseball: Top 10 NL Shortstops in 2010

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I compared the Phillies Jimmy Rollins to the Rockies Troy Tulowitzki on Saturday. Today I look at the top 10 NL shortstops for 2010 with their stats through 9/26/2009. You may be surprised with a few of my rankings.

Player AB R H 2B HR RBI BB KO SB BA OBP SLG
Ramirez, Hanley SS FLA 560 100 195 41 24 105 58 97 26 0.348 0.414 0.554
Tulowitzki, Troy SS COL 521 94 150 24 30 86 69 110 18 0.288 0.368 0.537
Rollins, Jimmy SS PHI 647 96 158 40 20 75 41 69 30 0.244 0.289 0.411
Reyes, Jose B. SS NYM 147 18 41 7 2 15 18 19 11 0.279 0.355 0.395
Escobar, Yunel SS ATL 498 84 149 26 14 74 54 59 4 0.299 0.377 0.440
Tejada, Miguel SS HOU 603 76 186 44 13 81 18 48 5 0.309 0.337 0.449
Cabrera, Everth SS SD 358 57 93 18 2 31 44 84 24 0.260 0.344 0.366
Theriot, Ryan SS CHC 582 79 167 20 7 53 47 91 21 0.287 0.344 0.375
Drew, Stephen SS ARI 503 68 130 27 12 60 49 83 5 0.258 0.321 0.431
Furcal, Rafael SS LA 594 91 159 28 9 45 58 87 10 0.268 0.333 0.377



The Marlins Hanley Ramirez is a no-brainer as the top shortstop in the NL, or for all of baseball for that matter. Like I said on Saturday, there is plenty of speed at the shortstop position in 2009 and 2010, lead by Jimmy Rollins, the Mets Jose Reyes, the Padres Everth Cabrera and the Cubs Ryan Theriot. A couple guys not included in the top 10 are the Brewers Alcides Escobar, the Nationals Christian Guzman, and the Giants Juan Uribe.

There are 3 guys on this list that can give you 20-20 seasons in 2010, HanRam, Tulo and J-Roll. It remains to be seen how healthy the Mets Jose Reyes will be in 2010, as most of his value lies in his ability to steal bases. If Reyes cannot give an owner 35 stolen bases, he will probably stay in the top 5-6 NL shortstops. If he can return to the guy that steals 50-60 bases, he can jump to number 2 on the list.

A guy that I have my eye on is the Padres Everth Cabrera, who I have written about previously. I think he can steal 50 bases in a full season with the Padres in 2010. The Padres love his defense, and have already given him the green light to steal.

The Dodgers Rafael Furcal has disappointed roto owners in 2009. I traded him for closer Kevin Gregg in the UBA league. Furcal has only stolen 10 bases in 2009, a big dropoff from the usual 25-30 he gave owners in the past. He does help in 5x5 leagues, as he has scored 91 runs this season, even though his OBP is only 0.333.

Another shortstop who has disappointed roto owners in 2009 is the Diamondbacks Stephen Drew. After hitting 70+ extra base hits in 2008, I jumped on his bandwagon, thinking he could be a top 3 shortstop in 2009. He rewarded me with a 12-60-.258 season.

WOW! I just noticed Jimmy Rollins OBP this season. .289!!! That. Is. Pitiful. I may re-consider his ranking come March 2010.