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RotoGraphs June Consensus Ranks: Shortstop

Whoo boy. What a turd of a position.

Sure, in the shallower leagues, you’re okay. There’s about 5-10 shortstops that I want to have and another seven or so that look okay to me. If you waited and picked Dee Gordon (or got him off waivers), congrats. Alexei Ramirez was another great late pick. Jimmy Rollins is resurgent. It looks like a good Alcides Escobar year — not a bad one at least.

But if you spent an early pick on anyone not named Troy Tulowitzki, you’re hurting a bit. Hanley Ramirez seems to be waiving .300 goodbye, and injuries seem like they’ll be a problem going forward. I’ve continued to believe in Jean Segura all along, all through those terrible-looking at-bats, and he’s turning it around some (but doesn’t look like early 2013 Segura). Ian Desmond… it turned out he *was* a risk. Everth Cabrera returned to his pre-Biogenisis contact rate, perhaps.

And the young crowd hasn’t quite established themselves yet. Xander Bogaerts is showing some signs of life. Chris Owings hit a homer and looks like he might be cromulent. Andrelton Simmons is making contact like nobody. Brad Miller may have survived the onslaught on his job, things have looked up a bit recently. None is ready to be an elite shortstop right now.

Who’d you end up with?

Again, this is for 5×5 roto, and though Jeff Zimmerman mostly uses the rest of season projections, it’s not just a computer ranking. We’ve left off the color coding in favor of a simple up or down arrow — those arrows are only next to big movers. The table is designed to be sortable in case you prefer one of the rankings.

RG name Jeff Zach Mike Eno
1 Troy Tulowitzki 1 1 1 1
2 Hanley Ramirez 5 2 2 3
3 Jean Segura 3 3 4 2
4 Ian Desmond 2 4 3 4
5 Jose Reyes 6 6 6 5
6 Elvis Andrus 4 11 5 6
7 Alexei Ramirez 7 5 11 7
8 Everth Cabrera 9 7 8 8
9 Starlin Castro 8 8 10 10
10 Dee Gordon 15 12 9 9
11 Xander Bogaerts 13 10 13 11
12 Jimmy Rollins 12 15 14 14
13 Ben Zobrist 20 16 7 13
14 Alcides Escobar 18 9 21 12
15 J.J. Hardy 16 14 12 19
16 Erick Aybar 11 13 19 21
17 Jed Lowrie 22 17 15 17
18 Jonathan Villar 10 23 16 23
19 Asdrubal Cabrera 17 22 18 16
20 Andrelton Simmons 21 21 17 15
21 Chris Owings 19 19 23 18
22 Jhonny Peralta 23 18 22 22
23 Brad Miller 14 32 20 20
24 Stephen Drew 36 20 16 24
25 Yunel Escobar 26 26 25 25
26 Derek Jeter 31 27 24 27
27 Brandon Crawford 30 24 29 26
28 Zack Cozart 24 29 26 33
29 Mike Aviles 25 25 35 34
30 Jordy Mercer 32 33 27 28
31 Adeiny Hechavarria 27 28 32 35
32 Josh Rutledge 28 41 34 29
33 Eduardo Escobar 29 30 39 36
34 Eric Sogard 34 41 30 30
35 Alexi Amarista 35 41 38 31
36 Andrew Romine 33 41 31 41
37 Ruben Tejada 41 36 37 32
38 Logan Forsythe 41 41 28 38
39 Ryan Flaherty 38 41 33 41
40 Pedro Florimon 39 41 36 41
41 Eduardo Nunez 40 41 41 37

Ranked by one analyst: Didi Gregorius, Daniel Descalso, Chris Taylor, Addison Russell, Cliff Pennington, Pedro Ciriaco, and Francisco Lindor.