Tag Archive | shortstop

Andrelton Simmons as an offensive weapon?

Andrelton Simmons as an offensive weapon?

Throughout his career, both as a prospect and a major leaguer, Andrelton Simmons has been touted for his elite defensive ability. While the bat was always thought to be good enough to keep him in the lineup, he was getting his starts for his glove. Scouts raved about his 80/80 defense (baseball scouting scores are […]

Prospect Values: Shortstop

Prospect Values: Shortstop

It seems as though every high-upside toolsy player starts out as either a shortstop or an outfielder. Many shortstop prospects will not be shortstops in the majors. Once they break into the minors, the glove and arm that carried them for so long is no longer the best on the team. For a while shortstops just […]

2017 Shortstop Rankings: Top 30

2017 Shortstop Rankings: Top 30

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, […]

Know the Role: Baez, Peraza and Gyorko

Know the Role: Baez, Peraza and Gyorko

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. Like most growing up during the late 80’s into the 90’s, console gaming provided countless hours of entertainment. I cut my teeth on Nintendo during my infancy. When the 16-bit conversion took place my allegiance switched to the Sega company; as Sega […]

Underrated Shortstops: Marte and Crawford

Underrated Shortstops: Marte and Crawford

There has been a lot of talk in the early fantasy baseball prep that shortstop is a much-improved position. While that may be the case with youngsters like Corey Seager, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, and Francisco Lindor, if you miss out on their high price tag there is a steep drop in talent. Here are […]

2017 Top 30 Shortstop Prospects

2017 Top 30 Shortstop Prospects

We continued our prospect rankings last week with a look at the third base position, and we finish up the infield looking at shortstops today. If you hadn’t noticed, we’ve changed things up this year by giving you more of the players that matter (30 shortstops, outfielders, and starting pitchers) and less of those that don’t (20 catchers). […]

Carlos Correa Is Your Top SS Pick

Carlos Correa Is Your Top SS Pick

Finally we’ve established a great golden age for shortstop. There are five names that could go in the first two or three rounds of the draft, and that’s excluding Manny Machado and Jonathan Villar (primarily third basemen). With a top tier so rich in potential, who do you pick as first off the board? I […]

Can Addison Russell live up to the hype

Can Addison Russell live up to the hype

When the Cubs sent Jeff Samardzija over to the Athletics in a deadline deal, the big piece coming back to the windy city was young shortstop Addison Russell. A potential plus defender with the ability to stick at shortstop, a position where you always need more depth, with excellent contact and plate management skills combined with […]

Shortstop Tiers

Shortstop Tiers

Look at all the young talent at shortstop this year. In keeper leagues, you will hear about the “Big-4” franchise shortstops. This cohort excludes third baseman Machado, and Trevor Story has to repeat to be considered a consensus part of this group. I put him in The Elite Tier because the ceiling puts him at […]

Is Trea Turner worth a first round draft pick?

Is Trea Turner worth a first round draft pick?

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. Being married with four children can put a dent into one’s social life. Thanks to my compassionate and considerate wife I’m given one free pass per week. So every Friday many of  societies finest meet up to have a few drinks, tell […]

What Have You Done for Me Lately

What Have You Done for Me Lately

In 1986, Janet Jackson asked the timeless question “What have you done for me lately?” That type of thinking is what stock market investors would call “recency bias” and can cause you to make some serious errors in judgement when valuing and acquiring players this Spring. The application to fantasy baseball is assuming that however […]

Does Corey Seager have any room to improve?

Does Corey Seager have any room to improve?

There’s a pretty defined career progression in the sport of baseball. You make your late teens through the lower minors or college ranks, spend a couple of years of your early twenties in double and triple A, and by age 23 or 24 you’re in the Show. You spend a couple of years getting acclimated […]

Don’t be a “Rankings Wimp”: Shortstop Buys and Sells

Don’t be a “Rankings Wimp”: Shortstop Buys and Sells

We’ve been swamped here at the Fantasy Assembly with our dynasty rankings.  Here’s the deal – rankings are awesome!  We wouldn’t put so much effort into them if they weren’t.  Still, if you want to win your leagues – you need to be more than a “rankings wimp” (censored from what it’s better known as). […]

2017 Shortstop Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

2017 Shortstop Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

After each week of positional coverage, we will wrap things up here on Sunday with our 2016 dynasty/keeper rankings. Players are ranked with the next five years of production in mind, so when you see Addison Russell ranked ahead of a player like Troy Tulowitzki – that does not mean that we believe Russell will […]

The Scott Feldman Project

The Scott Feldman Project

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening –whichever is applicable to you. Theo Epstein took over a downtrodden Cubs Franchise coming off a 71-91 season and two years removed from a .500 ball club. The Franchise Player was a singles hitting shortstop who featured bad fielding and mental lapses much more often than flashes of […]

Shortstop Prospects: Rankings Movers

Shortstop Prospects: Rankings Movers

Every Friday I will take a snapshot of this year’s current crop of prospects at each position relative to how they were ranked a year ago. I’ll examine the top performers, those who did not live up to our lofty expectations, and the key graduates. Our rankings last year were compiled by Andy Germani and myself, and I […]

SS Keeper Stock Watch: Tulo, Reyes, Diaz, Peraza

SS Keeper Stock Watch: Tulo, Reyes, Diaz, Peraza

With the regular season over, it’s time to look at 2017 and beyond. For keeper formats, I’m looking at risers and fallers in our 2017 rankings, as well as highlighting where I differ from the rest of the Assembly team. There seem to be many positions with a strong youth core, and shortstop isn’t any […]

Carlos Correa’s step back

Carlos Correa’s step back

Sometimes, expectations are just impossible to achieve. When you’re a first overall pick, you have attention and spotlights sprung on you non-stop until you’ve finally made it, or crashed. When you’re the first Puerto Rican picked in that spot, as well as one to graduate from high school in Puerto Rico, even more attention and […]

Are Segura and Aledmys the Real Deal?

Are Segura and Aledmys the Real Deal?

Aledmys Diaz and Jean Segura are both off to a hot start with their respective teams. Are their current numbers for real? Can they sustain their current pace for the entire season? Should fantasy owners be buying or selling their stock or sticking with them. Kevin Jebens has the answer.

Emerging shortstops: Trevor Story and Trea Turner

Emerging shortstops: Trevor Story and Trea Turner

On the surface, Trea Turner and Trevor Story are closely related. Both were taking relatively early in the first round (12th and 13th overall), both play shortstop, both are entering their age 23 season, and both have a whole lot of question marks as to just how good they will be. There’s little doubt that […]