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2015 Shortstop Rankings: A Look Back

Ray reviews Fake Teams 2015 preseason shortstop rankings, providing thoughts on some of the shortstops you should keep an eye on in 2016 drafts.

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The end of the 2015 fantasy baseball season has arrived, and we hope we were able to help you win your leagues this season, or at least finish in the money. If not, we hope our baseball and prospect coverage helped you begin your rebuild to win your leagues in 2016.

Our prospect team just completed publishing their Top 10 Fantasy Prospects for all American League East teams last week and have begun publishing their AL Central Top 10s this week They will continue to release their top 10 fantasy prospects for each team in the weeks and months ahead.

Beginning sometime in January, we will begin to publish our 2016 consensus position rankings, but before that, I will review our 2015 consensus position rankings, continuing with the shortstop position today. In addition to reviewing our preseason position rankings, I will address the impact of many of the offseason free agent signings and trades, and publish some player profiles along the way as well.

With all that said, let's take a look at how our preseason top 30 shortstops performed in 2015, along with some thoughts on a few of the players, including a few shortstops that out-performed our rankings in 2015.

Our preseason Consensus Shortstop Rankings for 2015

Rank

Name

Team

G

PA

HR

R

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

SLG

wRC+

WAR

1

Troy Tulowitzki

Blue Jays

128

534

17

77

70

1

0.280

0.337

0.440

100

2.3

2

Hanley Ramirez

Red Sox

105

430

19

59

53

6

0.249

0.291

0.426

89

-1.8

3

Ian Desmond

Nationals

156

641

19

69

62

13

0.233

0.290

0.384

83

1.7

4

Jose Reyes

Rockies

116

519

7

57

53

24

0.274

0.310

0.378

80

0.5

5

Starlin Castro

Cubs

151

578

11

52

69

5

0.265

0.296

0.375

80

0.8

6

Alexei Ramirez

White Sox

154

622

10

54

62

17

0.249

0.285

0.357

72

-0.5

7

Jhonny Peralta

Cardinals

155

640

17

64

71

1

0.275

0.334

0.411

105

1.7

8

Jimmy Rollins

Dodgers

144

563

13

71

41

12

0.224

0.285

0.358

80

0.2

9

Xander Bogaerts

Red Sox

156

654

7

84

81

10

0.320

0.355

0.421

109

4.3

10

Elvis Andrus

Rangers

160

661

7

69

62

25

0.258

0.309

0.357

77

1.6

11

Ben Zobrist

Royals

126

535

13

76

56

3

0.276

0.359

0.450

123

2.1

12

Erick Aybar

Angels

156

638

3

74

44

15

0.270

0.301

0.338

80

1

13

J.J. Hardy

Orioles

114

437

8

45

37

0

0.219

0.253

0.311

49

0

14

Alcides Escobar

Royals

148

662

3

76

47

17

0.257

0.293

0.320

67

1.5

15

Javier Baez

Cubs

28

80

1

4

4

1

0.289

0.325

0.408

98

0.5

16

Chris Owings

Diamondbacks

147

552

4

59

43

16

0.227

0.264

0.322

52

-1.4

17

Jean Segura

Brewers

142

584

6

57

50

25

0.257

0.281

0.336

62

0.3

18

Danny Santana

Twins

91

277

0

30

21

8

0.215

0.241

0.291

40

-1.4

19

Jed Lowrie

Astros

69

263

9

35

30

1

0.222

0.312

0.400

91

1

20

Andrelton Simmons

Braves

147

583

4

60

44

5

0.265

0.321

0.338

82

3.2

21

Asdrubal Cabrera

Rays

143

551

15

66

58

6

0.265

0.315

0.430

104

2.2

22

Marcus Semien

Athletics

155

601

15

65

45

11

0.257

0.310

0.405

98

1.7

23

Jung-ho Kang

Pirates

126

467

15

60

58

5

0.287

0.355

0.461

130

3.9

24

Brandon Crawford

Giants

143

561

21

65

84

6

0.256

0.321

0.462

117

4.7

25

Brad Miller

Mariners

144

497

11

44

46

13

0.258

0.329

0.402

105

0.9

26

Wilmer Flores

Mets

137

510

16

55

59

0

0.263

0.295

0.408

95

1.9

27

Jordy Mercer

Pirates

116

430

3

34

34

3

0.244

0.293

0.320

68

0.5

28

Didi Gregorius

Yankees

155

578

9

57

56

5

0.265

0.318

0.370

89

3.1

29

Yunel Escobar

Nationals

139

591

9

75

56

2

0.314

0.375

0.415

120

2.1

30

Jose Ramirez

Indians

97

355

6

50

27

10

0.219

0.291

0.340

75

0.8

Carlos Correa, Astros

I ranked Correa as my #1 fantasy shortstop for 2016 in my early shortstop rankings and I don't see that changing. Correa finished the season .279 with 22 home runs, 52 runs scored, 68 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 432 plate appearances, so unless he struggles mightily next season, he has the potential to put up a 30 home run, 20 stolen base season. He should be a first round pick next season.

Corey Seager, Dodgers

The Dodgers turned over their starting shortstop role to Seager after Jimmy Rollins got hurt and never looked back, even starting him in four of their five NLDS games vs the Mets. Seager hit well in his September cup of coffee, hitting .337-.425-.561 with 4 home runs, 17 runs scored and 17 RBI in just 113 plate appearances. He could challenge Correa as the top fantasy shortstop as soon as 2017.

Francisco Lindor, Indians

Lindor put up the second highest fWAR among all shortstops in just 99 games this season. He showed off surprising power, hitting .313-.353-.482 with 12 home runs, 50 runs scored, 51 RBI and stealing 12 bases as well. The question many fantasy owners will have to ask is whether the power is for real or just an aberration. Don't get me wrong, he has talent, but the power was unexpected. He very well could be one of the top 5-6 shortstops off draft boards in March.

Troy Tulowitzki, Blue Jays

Here is what I wrote about Tulo in my early 2016 Shortstop Rankings:

I think that Tulo either was feeling the effects of his hip surgery last season or this could be the new Tulo, which will hurt his ranking heading into the 2016 season. Much will be written about him this offseason, as this could either be just a down year for him, it happens, or the beginning of his decline years. I tend to think it is the former and not the latter, so I ranked him as my #2 fantasy shortstop behind the new #1, Correa.

I may change my ranking on Tulo later in the offseason, but as of now he is my #2 fantasy shortstop for next season, as he has too much talent to be ranked lower.

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