There’s some decent movement in the shortstop rankings.
A lot of the movement was a long time coming. Larger samples have made the starts by Jean Segura, Everth Cabrera and Jed Lowrie more believable. Segura’s batting average came back to earth, but there are more reasons to believe in his power now. Everth Cabrera still doesn’t have any power, and is pretty bad with the glove, but his new contact rate now comes in a bigger sample now. Maybe he isn’t doomed to hit .250+ going forward. Jed Lowrie has managed to avoid catastrophic injury too. He’s one or two games away from a career high in plate appearances!
There’s still some hope for the droppers, but there’s a decent theme running through some of them. Starlin Castro, Elvis Andrus, Alcides Escobar, Andrelton Simmons: these are young men that seemed to be on one trajectory that have taken a step back. Is it a half-season step back, or do we have to recalibrate what we expect for them for the rest of their careers? Those questions seem worth in-depth looks.
It does look like the shortstops have proven that they are once again the worst offensive position. Catchers can complain, second basemen had their chances, but shortstops… having to roster Yunel Escobar in a 15-teamer with an MI slot has got to be painful.
With the color-coding we hope to highlight the biggest movers. That definition changes as you follow the ranks down the list — players had to move more to register a color change as you near the bottom of the list. These are rest-of-season rankings for 5×5 roto. Jeff Zimmerman‘s rankings are a combination of ZiPs and Steamer rest-of-season projections with playing time determined by our depth charts. You can find the projections on every player page and the depth charts here.