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February 4, 2014

Graphical Fantasy Rankings

Shortstops

by Mauricio Rubio


For a primer on this series, click here. (Note: this is based off the PECOTA projections from the annual).

The first thing that popped out to me as I was doing this graph was how well rounded Ian Desmond projects to be. Desmond helps out across all five standard categories while dominating none of them. The other thing that pops out is how there are still usable options through the upper portion of the tier-two rankings, and even a guy like Jonathan Villar has his uses down toward the bottom.

A few notes:

Once again, playing time is a concern with some names creating graph lines that perhaps don’t jive with their tiers. Hanley Ramirez and Troy Tulowitzki both come in under 500 PAs, which hurts their counting stats some. In Ramirez’s case, if he crosses the 500-PA threshold, he will be an elite option across all five categories relative to his position. Tulowitzki doesn’t run as much anymore, but his bat does serious damage, and if he’s healthy, he might be the top SS performer even without the steals.

Stolen bases are the position’s forte, and it’s evident throughout tiers 2-5. Tier two features burners up and down, and should Jose Reyes play a full slate of games, he would post elite SB numbers as well. I think Everth Cabrera was an interesting addition here, as he’s essentially a one-category player.

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