We wrap up each week of positional coverage with our 2017 rankings. In addition to the rankings we will pose a number of questions to our panel covering topics such as reaches and targets, players to avoid and late round impact players.
Taking part in our rankings will be Kevin Jebens, Jim Finch, Ron Vackar, Josh Coleman, Andy Singleton, Mike Sheehan and Neil Kenworthy. Our seven “experts” each ranked their top-30 shortstops for the 2017 season.
Players marked N/R were not ranked inside the top 30 by that particular person. We used a 10 games started minimum requirement for eligibility, so if you do not see a player here that may qualify in your league, that’s why.
If you feel we overlooked someone or would like to debate a player’s ranking, feel free to do so in the comment section below.
|6||Xander Bogaerts||Red Sox||5||5||6||6||4||7||5|
|12||Troy Tulowitzki||Blue Jays||11||16||10||14||9||11||11|
|22||Tim Anderson||While Sox||23||20||21||17||17||27||23|
|Ketel Marte, Andrelton Simmons, Matt Duffy, Sean Rodriguez, Jorge Polanco, J.P. Crawford
Which shortstop would you reach for in round two:
Correa, Seager, Bogaerts, Lindor, Story or Villar?
Jim: I’m torn between Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa right now. Correa has the power and RBI advantage while Lindor will provide speed, runs and a better batting average. It’s a closer coin flip than many people realize.
Kevin: I lean toward Carlos Correa. Bogaerts and Seager have a chance for .300 and 30 HR, but Lindor and Correa provide speed on top of power. Correa’s power is higher than Lindor’s, and that’s why I’ve ranked him the highest of the bunch.
Ron: Carlos Correa still leads the top-tier group in upside. He has the kind of potential to lead a fantasy team to a championship season and I want him in round two wherever I can get him.
Andy: All I hear is people being down on Xander Bogaerts (for the most part), but it’s not for lack of talent – he’s just not new anymore. Well, he’s still just 24, has improved some aspect of his game each season, and has a jump on everyone else mentioned here as far as learning curves go.
Josh: I’d be willing to “reach” for any of these players with the exception of Trevor Story. 31% K rate, 65% contact, and Minor League track record have me doubting his .275 AVG and 27 HR in 97 games last season. You’re paying for exactly that with a 2nd Rd pick.
Mike: I’m happy to reach for any of them listed here apart from Bogaerts and Villar. On the same token, some will likely fall so you can probably wait longer.
Neil: If I’m reaching for a SS in the second round it’s Carlos Correa. While he didn’t meet everyone’s expectations last season, the 22-year-old still put together a great sophomore year. A mid-season ankle injury caused Correa’s SB pace to decrease, but I’m expecting a 20-20 floor.
Which Shortstop do you plan on avoiding in the draft?
Jim: I’ll probably avoid Trevor Story for his price, Javier Baez for his lower at bat total, Addison Russell for his poor average and contact, and Brad Miller‘s fluke power season. There are plenty of shortstop options to go around.
Kevin: Troy Tulowitzki can’t be relied on for a high AB total, so I won’t have him as my primary SS. I generally like all of my top-20 guys, but I won’t bet the farm for the touted Trea Turner and Trevor Story, so I’m likely going to miss out on them.
Ron: The hype may be too strong on Javier Baez for me to afford him. That said, I do like his upside, but I’m just not convinced he will be given the full season of plate appearances necessary for him to show us his ceiling.
Andy: It’s not that I want to avoid Jonathan Villar; it’s that I don’t want to pay a top-20 price for him, and that’s what he costs. His spikes in 2016 are a hard pill for me to swallow. It very could be real, having come with consistent playing time. However, his career “norms” with 2016’s PA’s would look more like 11 HRs with 43 SB’s. GREAT numbers, but I’ll sit this one out.
Josh: Current ADP has me wanting no part of Trea Turner or Trevor Story. For more on Trea Turner, check out my post from a couple of weeks ago.
Mike: I’ll be avoiding Xander Bogaerts if he’s going in rounds 2 and 3.
Neil: Although Jonathan Villar is an enticing pick, the price is just too high for me. His speed is legitimate, but I’m afraid he will regress in just about every other aspect. I need to see a similar year in 2017 in order to draft Villar where he’s currently going.
Who is your top MI target once your shortstop slot is filled?
Jim: If I don’t look to second base for MI I’m going one of two ways. I’ll either roll the dice with speedster Jose Peraza or settle for old reliable Elvis Andrus. Some may turn their nose up at Andrus, but he somehow manages to finish among the top-12 almost every year.
Kevin: MI is deep this year, and veterans like Asdrubal Cabrera, Didi Gregorius, and Brandon Crawford can provide solid value in a full-time role. However, I might reach early for MI and try to nab Aledmys Diaz, who I like to break out for a 20/10 season.
Ron: Tim Anderson carries the most appeal for me as a mid-to-late round option. He will likely hit in front of Jose Abreu, Todd Frazier, and Melky Cabrera for as long as that group stays together. The potential to score runs and rack up 10-15 homers to go with his speed makes Anderson a poor man’s Francisco Lindor.
Andy: People seem to be either forgetting Marcus Semien or writing him off. Watch our video on The Baseball Show for more on him, and why he is my favorite Middle Infield target ever before I was asked to list “my favorite MI target.”
Josh: With the depth of talent at 2B my pre-draft MI plan will be targeting that pool. If I’m able to nab an elite SS option early like Addison Russell (135) or Troy Tulowitzki (148) – current ADP’s could alter that plan.
Mike: I Love Aldemys Diaz. I buy his 2016 and am hoping the late year injury will deflate his value to the point where I can get him as my MI.
Neil: I mentioned D.J. LeMahieu in our 2B rankings as a potential MI option, but Addison Russell is my top target. He only hit .238 last season, but finished with 21 HR and 95 RBI hitting around the bottom of the Cubs’ order. I’m trusting that Russell is able to add to his average this year.
Late round pick that could make an impact?
Jim: Ketel Marte had a contact rate that ranked right up there with the top-10 shortstops in 2016. With a new team and home park he could be in line for a sneaky breakout season.
Kevin: There are a lot of options even outside of my top-25: power in Jedd Gyorko, injury risks in Matt Duffy and Zack Cozart, and speed in Orlando Arcia.
Ron: If you play in a league with deep rosters, it may be advantageous to lock up the combo of Freddy Galvis and JP Crawford. Worst case is Galvis drops off a bit and Crawford comes up in mid-June to take over. Best case is Cesar Hernandez or Galvis get dealt to a team that will continue to give them at bats and Crawford comes up, giving all three infielders sneaky value.
Andy: This is a deep position, and there were several names I could have inserted here. But, it wasn’t long ago at all that Orlando Arcia was breaking out in the minors, and entering the stratosphere of the other young SS Elites. As much as everyone loves Villar, Arcia could, and should, be the Brewers #6 to start the season. That should tell you something.
Josh: Impact may be a strong word, but Asdrubal Cabrera is the 19th shortstop off the board in NFBC. Solid power with an AVG north of .260 makes for a high floor and good value at that point.
Mike: I’m not sure how late he’s going to go, but I love the steals potential from Jose Peraza. Definitely targeting him if he goes where I expect him too.
Neil: Tim Anderson is worth a look if you missed out entirely on a SS. He displayed power seemingly out of nowhere after getting called up, but it tapered off over the rest of the season. If he shows improved plate discipline during the Spring, Anderson could provide solid MI value late in drafts.
That Wraps up our shortstop rankings. Check back next week as we bring you our top-75 outfielders for the 2017 season.