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May Shortstop Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH


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Shortstop Rankings



May Shortstop Team 2015
1 Hanley Ramirez Red Sox 1
2 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 2
3 Ian Desmond Nationals 4
4 Starlin Castro Cubs 5
5 Jose Reyes Blue Jays 3
6 Alexei Ramirez White Sox 9
7 Jimmy Rollins Dodgers 13
8 Jean Segura Brewers 14
9 Alcides Escobar Royals 10
10 Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 11
11 Marcus Semien Athletics 22 2B
12 Elvis Andrus Rangers 6
13 Ben Zobrist Athletics 7
14 Erick Aybar Angels 12
15 Addison Russell Cubs 50
16 Jhonny Peralta Cardinals 18
17 Andrelton Simmons Braves 15
18 Brad Miller Mariners 16
19 Adeiny Hechavarria Marlins 27
20 J.J. Hardy Orioles 20
21 Chris Owings Diamondbacks 21
22 Danny Santana Twins 8
23 Asdrubal Cabrera Rays 19
24 Zack Cozart Reds 25
25 Brandon Crawford Giants 29
26 Jose Iglesias Tigers 36
27 Stephen Drew Yankees 24
28 Wilmer Flores Mets 22
29 Didi Gregorius Yankees 28
30 Tim Beckham Rays 80 2B
31 Carlos Correa Astros 51
32 Freddy Galvis Phillies 30
33 Jed Lowrie Astros 17
34 Yunel Escobar Nationals 32
35 Francisco Lindor Indians 37
36 Everth Cabrera Orioles 33
37 Jordy Mercer Pirates 31
38 Marwin Gonzalez Astros 45
39 Alexi Amarista Padres 34
40 Christian Colon Royals 34 2B
41 Jung-Ho Kang Pirates 26
42 Eduardo Nunez Twins 41
43 Ryan Flaherty Orioles 38
44 Javier Baez Cubs 23
45 Jose Ramirez Indians 35
46 Eduardo Escobar Twins 46
47 Eugenio Suarez Reds 39
48 Nick Ahmed Diamondbacks 40
49 Ruben Tejada Mets 49
50 Jonathan Villar Astros 47
51 Andrew Romine Tigers 48
52 Chris Taylor Mariners 44


Dropping off: Josh Rutledge (42nd), Cliff Pennington (43rd)


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.

Matthew Pouliot
Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.