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.
|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.