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All Star Break Consensus Ranks: Shortstop

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.

RG Player ES JZ MP ZS
1 Troy Tulowitzki 1 3 1 1
2 Jose Reyes 2 1 3 3
3 Ian Desmond 3 4 4 2
4 Hanley Ramirez 4 2 2 7
5 Jean Segura 5 6 5 5
6 Ben Zobrist 7 8 6 8
7 Starlin Castro 8 5 7 10
8 Everth Cabrera 6 16 9 6
9 Asdrubal Cabrera 9 14 8 9
10 Elvis Andrus 10 7 10 14
11 Jimmy Rollins 14 13 11 12
12 Alexei Ramirez 16 10 12 15
13 Jed Lowrie 12 26 15 4
14 Martin Prado 11 9 19 19
15 J.J. Hardy 17 17 16 17
16 Nick Franklin 13 30 14 13
17 Erick Aybar 22 15 23 11
18 Alcides Escobar 15 12 20 25
19 Jhonny Peralta 21 20 17 18
20 Brad Miller 18 24 13 22
21 Andrelton Simmons 19 18 21 28
22 Derek Jeter 20 19 18 31
23 Zack Cozart 27 23 25 29
24 Didi Gregorius 24 41 22 20
25 Brandon Crawford 23 40 29 16
26 Yunel Escobar 30 22 27 30
27 Jurickson Profar 31 27 36 21
28 Mike Aviles 32 25 37 23
29 Stephen Drew 26 39 26 27
30 Jordy Mercer 25 41 30 26
31 Josh Rutledge 29 29 35 35
32 Ruben Tejada 33 33 41 24
33 Jose Iglesias 28 41 31 32
34 Brian Dozier 33 38 28 34
35 Danny Espinosa 37 21 41 41
36 Cliff Pennington 34 28 41 40
37 Grant Green 39 31 38 37
38 Maicer Izturis 32 41 39 36
39 Eric Sogard 34 41 41 33
40 Pedro Florimon 36 41 33 41
41 Dee Gordon 38 32 41 41
42 Daniel Descalso 36 34 41 41
43 Marwin Gonzalez 40 41 32 39
44 Billy Hamilton 35 41 41 38

Also ranked once were Adeiny Hechavarria and Rafael Furcal.