Final 2011 Shortstop Rankings

There has been plenty of buzz about how thin the shortstop position is in 2011, but I see a few late round targets that could become nice values.

1 Hanley Ramirez $39
2 Troy Tulowitzki $32
3 Jose Reyes $26
4 Derek Jeter $16
5 Jimmy Rollins $13
6 Alexei Ramirez $13
7 Stephen Drew $11
8 Elvis Andrus $9
9 Ian Desmond $8
10 Asdrubal Cabrera $7
11 Mike Aviles $7
12 Jason Bartlet $5
13 Starlin Castro $4
14 Rafael Furcal $4
15 Escobar Yunel $4
16 Omar Infante $4
17 Jhonny Peralta $4
18 Miguel Tejada $4
19 Juan Uribe $3
20 Tsuyoshi Nishikoa $3
21 Cliff Pennington $3
22 Ryan Theriot $3
23 Alcides Escobar $2
24 Alex Gonzalez $2
25 Eric Aybar $2
26 Jed Lowrie $1
27 Orlando Cabrera $1
28 Marco Scutaro $1
29 Clint Barmes $1
30 J.J. Hardy $1
31 Reid Brignac $1
32 Yuniesky Betancourt $1
33 Jerry Hairston $1
34 Ronny Cedeno $1
35 Brendan Ryan $1
36 Paul Janish $1

About Derek Jeter and Jimmy Rollins…Sure, both are risky for their own reasons, but there is a fairly good chance that both have at least some type of bounce-back in 2011. Also, don’t discount the fact that this is a contract year for Rollins.

I’ve gone back and forth on my opinion on Elvis Andrus all offseason. Given the stolen base options that are available later in the draft and that I don’t project Andrus to help much in terms of AVG, his ranking remains subtle. 

Mike Aviles has a real chance to be a tremendous value in 2011. He’s healthy, and should hit up in the order. I’m thinking he scores a good amount of runs, hits around .290-.300 and put’s up double digits in HR’s and SB’s.

I also really like Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Cliff Pennington as late round stolen base values.