Welcome to the May shortstop rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed wherever they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.
Click to see other May rankings:
|1||Hanley Ramirez||Red Sox||1|
|5||Jose Reyes||Blue Jays||3|
|6||Alexei Ramirez||White Sox||9|
|10||Xander Bogaerts||Red Sox||11|
|11||Marcus Semien||Athletics||22 2B|
|30||Tim Beckham||Rays||80 2B|
|40||Christian Colon||Royals||34 2B|
o Ugggggly. While a number of established shortstops are struggling, I just don’t buy into most of the hot starts. As a result, I have guys like Desmond, Alexei and Rollins actually moving up the rankings, even though they’ve disappointed their owners so far.
o I had Santana projected to hit .263 this year, but that was as a basestealing leadoff man at the top of a pretty good lineup. As is, he’s batting .267, but it’s as the No. 9 hitter in a disappointing lineup. Plus, he’s all of 1-for-3 in steals.
o Flores’ drop is less about his start offensively and more about my doubts whether the Mets can afford to keep playing him at shortstop. I still think he’ll hit better in time, but probably not enough to make up for his glove.
o As a result of Lowrie’s unfortunate injury, there are four Astros in the second half of the rankings. Correa is starting to become a tempting add in mixed leagues with his exceptional .353/.433/.682 line in Double-A. He has five homers and eight steals in 85 at-bats. With the Astros actually in contention this year, they should be more aggressive in promoting a prospect like Correa than they would have been in recent years. Still, at the same time, there’s not any urgent need for him, while Marwin Gonzalez is hitting .267/.283/.489 in 45 at-bats and playing a capable shortstop. If Gonzalez slumps and Correa continues to surge, then maybe we’ll see a switch in a couple of weeks.