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2017 Shortstop Rankings: Projected

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Dave runs an early set of projections for Ray's 2017 Shortstop Rankings

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The first full day of no baseball is behind us. It felt weird, but luckily most of us are able to continue riding the high that Game 7 provided. How long will that last? Who knows. Luckily, we continue to run out new 2017 fantasy baseball content each week on the site and today we put some projections to Ray's 2017 Shortstop Rankings.

If you've missed the previous entries in this series, feel free to go back and catch up, we have plenty of time:

2017 Catcher Rankings: Projected

2017 First Base Rankings: Projected

2017 Second Base Rankings: Projected

A couple of notes on the shortstop rankings you see below. First, Trea Turner will more than likely not be eligible to start the season at shortstop. At this point in the off season I can't predict if the Nationals will use him at shortstop enough to gain eligibility in 2017, however, since Ray included him in these rankings, I also copied Turner's projection from the second base list. For a more in-depth view of the ranking process, check out Projecting Trea Turner for 2017, posted earlier this off season.

Second, Ray is pretty high on Colorado shortstop Trevor Story (pun possibly intended). As you will see below, even with a slightly modest plate appearance total (as compared to the other top options at shortstop), Story has the skill to put up monster numbers in 2017. As with any player that has a small set of data to pull from, the error bars are wider on the projection, but if you feel like attempting to hit a home run and don't mind a little risk, Story might be right for you.

Lastly, positional scarcity appears to have shifted from the middle infield and catcher, to the outfield and catcher for the upcoming season. Players such as Marcus Semien (projected 30 HR+SB), Elvis Andrus (projected 30 HR+SB) & Eduardo Nunez (projected 50 HR+SB), are all available after the elite options will be off the board. Of course with players such as Nunez who are coming off of a career year, there's a chance their 2017 draft price is inflated. There's also a chance people see the name Eduardo Nunez and brush off his impressive 2016 season, ignoring the fact that he's displayed these skills for multiple seasons now and was finally awarded enough playing time to pile up the counting statistics. The regression might not be as steep as some expect and if the price to acquire is right, the speculation risk/reward ratio could be perfect.

DISCLAIMER:

It is important to note that while a set of projections might add up to a dollar value when converted using a variety of methods that would rank a certain player above another, that doesn't necessarily mean the projection is correct and the ranking is incorrect. With a ranking things such as consistency and the odds of more or less playing time can be the difference between one spot in a ranking list and another. When converting projections straight over to dollar values, this can be lost at times. Using both projections and rankings from your favorite sources is an ideal way to build an appropriate expectation level for the coming season.

As always, please share any thoughts or questions in the comments below.

Ray's Rank Name Team LG PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
1 Manny Machado Orioles AL 695 34 98 87 7 0.289 0.344 0.509
2 Trevor Story Rockies NL 615 33 93 98 15 0.263 0.338 0.531
3 Corey Seager Dodgers NL 680 30 104 83 4 0.299 0.359 0.529
4 Carlos Correa Astros AL 680 23 78 99 17 0.275 0.354 0.462
5 Jean Segura Dbacks NL 680 13 85 57 30 0.284 0.324 0.411
6 Trea Turner Nationals NL 685 18 97 64 44 0.291 0.34 0.455
7 Jonathan Villar Brewers NL 680 18 88 64 56 0.263 0.337 0.421
8 Francisco Lindor Indians AL 685 17 92 77 19 0.298 0.352 0.442
9 Xander Bogaerts Red Sox AL 690 14 93 78 9 0.279 0.336 0.407
10 Addison Russell Cubs NL 600 19 70 84 5 0.246 0.320 0.416
11 Aledmys Diaz Cardinals NL 620 23 93 85 5 0.289 0.354 0.491
12 Brad Miller Rays AL 520 19 57 59 8 0.243 0.309 0.434
13 Javier Baez Cubs NL 540 17 56 63 13 0.243 0.288 0.395
14 Troy Tulowitzki Blue Jays AL 520 22 69 72 1 0.278 0.346 0.469
15 Brandon Crawford Giants NL 600 14 63 81 6 0.259 0.328 0.422
16 Marcus Semien Athletics AL 600 21 69 63 10 0.248 0.307 0.425
17 Tim Anderson White Sox AL 585 11 74 40 14 0.261 0.290 0.396
18 Didi Gregorius Yankees AL 585 14 64 62 6 0.266 0.308 0.405
19 Elvis Andrus Rangers AL 625 6 73 60 25 0.277 0.331 0.383
20 Eduardo Nunez Giants NL 615 14 74 66 36 0.282 0.318 0.429