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Updated Consensus Ranks: Shortstop

Should you short stop or just stop short? This year the position feels like it’s an injury magnet, even if the evidence doesn’t necessarily point to shortstops being injured more often.

But there you have Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes and Derek Jeter dropping because of injury. That’s allowed players that are not even performing well — Asdrubal Cabrera, I’m looking at you — to move up just because they didn’t go down with an ailment. Health is a thing. Troy Tulowitzki always had number one talent, and his health makes him number one now.

That isn’t to say that there aren’t any superlative performances that have pushed the needle. Ian Desmond is proving last year was no fluke, Josh Rutledge has shown enough power and speed for most of us to believe, and Jean Segura — though not a 25 homer hitting shortstop — has exceeded even our semi-lofty expectations. Maybe Andrelton Simmons will be next.

The top 12 is an argument against positional scarcity. Number ten should still be an asset in all five categories. But get down into the high teens and low twenties — where you only-leaguers with MI slots are hanging out — and it gets dicey. Ruben Tejada! Cliff Pennington! Zack Cozart!

Good luck.

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.

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

These players appeared on one ranker’s list: Jurickson Profar, Leury Garcia, Alen Hanson, Pedro Ciriaco, Josh Prince, Eduardo Nunez, Rafael Furcal, Sean Rodriguez, Pete Kozma, and Hiroyuki Nakajima.