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03-24

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Banjo Hitter: Sticking at Shortstop
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Aaron Gleeman

02-10

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-09

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Shortstops on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

02-09

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Shortstops
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Bret Sayre

02-09

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The Quinton: Shortstops and Bad Options
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Jeff Quinton

02-09

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Shortstops
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Scooter Hotz

02-07

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Shortstop
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Mike Gianella

02-07

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State of the Position: Shortstop
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George Bissell

02-06

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Fantasy Players to Target: Shortstop
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BP Fantasy Staff

08-18

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Unsung Heroes of the Shortstop Revolution
by
Wilson Karaman

05-24

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15

Updating the Tiers: Shortstops
by
Bret Sayre

02-12

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-11

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Shortstops on the Ocean's Floor
by
Wilson Karaman

02-10

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6

The -Only League Landscape: National League Shortstops
by
Scooter Hotz

02-09

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Early ADP Analysis: Shortstop
by
George Bissell

02-09

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Tale of the Tape: Elvis Andrus vs. Brandon Crawford
by
Matt Collins

03-31

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Every Team's Moneyball: Atlanta Braves: Shortstop Instincts
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R.J. Anderson

02-05

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Shortstops
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Bret Sayre

02-04

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Fantasy Infographic: Shortstops
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Mauricio Rubio

02-04

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Shortstops
by
Nick Shlain

02-04

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The Adjuster: Shortstops
by
Wilson Karaman

02-03

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20

Get to Know: Shortstop Prospects
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Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

09-03

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They Hold No Quarter: Shortstops
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BP Fantasy Staff

06-06

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14

PECOTA Takes on Prospects
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Andrew Koo

02-07

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18

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-07

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Shortstops
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

02-06

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Tale of the Tape: J.J. Hardy vs. Xander Bogaerts
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Wilson Karaman

02-06

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27

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Shortstops
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Bret Sayre

02-05

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12

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Shortstops
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Craig Goldstein

02-04

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11

Fantasy Team Discussion
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BP Fantasy Staff

02-04

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7

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Shortstops
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Mauricio Rubio

02-04

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13

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Shortstops
by
Paul Sporer

02-03

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2

State of the Position: Shortstops
by
Mike Gianella

02-03

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11

Fantasy Players to Target: Shortstops
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BP Fantasy Staff

11-12

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Overthinking It: Picking an Appropriate Cardinals Shortstop
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Ben Lindbergh

09-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Anti-Jeter Joins Jeter
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Ben Lindbergh

09-05

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Skewed Left: The Literal Rise of the Shortstops
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Zachary Levine

04-18

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Checking in On: Shortstops, Part 2
by
Jason Parks

08-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 27: Revisiting the Dan Haren Trade/Derek Jeter Defies Dire Forecasts
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-19

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Fielders, Part I
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Jason Parks

12-17

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Prospectus Perspective: Shorting Short?
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Christina Kahrl

08-11

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You Could Look It Up: On Droughts and Drafts
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Steven Goldman

07-10

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Fantasy Beat: Feeling Short at Short?
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Marc Normandin

06-21

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Prospectus Idol Entry: Are Offensive Shortstops Becoming Toxic Sub-Prime Mortgages and Other Evolutionary Trends in Baseball Positions
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Tim Kniker

06-28

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Future Shock: The Draft Spectrum, Part Two
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Kevin Goldstein

03-22

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Lies, Damned Lies: Rethinking Replacement Level
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Nate Silver

03-01

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You Could Look It Up: When You Wish Upton a Star
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Steven Goldman

02-24

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You Could Look It Up: Position Changes
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Steven Goldman

09-13

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Doctoring The Numbers: The Draft, Part Seven
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Rany Jazayerli

07-28

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Crooked Numbers: Stopped Short
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James Click

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How many top-ranked shortstop prospects actually go on to play shortstop in the majors?

Last weekend the Twins announced that their top prospect Nick Gordon, the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft, would cease playing exclusively shortstop and begin spending some time at second base as well. Positional versatility is not a bad thing, but Gordon’s draft stock was based on the belief that he was a shortstop, period, so the fact that there’s uncertainty about his ability to stick there before he even got to Double-A is discouraging. As a rail-thin 21-year-old with a poor walk rate and just five home runs in 293 games as a pro, Gordon will likely need to have significant defensive value to be a big-league asset.

Gordon’s older brother, Dee Gordon, was also a top prospect as a shortstop who later moved to second base. Dee, who cracked BP’s top 101 prospects list in 2010 and 2011, remained a shortstop long enough to log 147 major-league starts there in 2011-2013, but then shifted to second base full time in 2014 and hasn’t played shortstop since. When talk of little brother Nick possibly moving off shortstop got louder a couple weeks ago, Dee spoke up, telling Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: “I’m not their front office, but my brother is a shortstop and it’s going to be tough for him to play second.”

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Our staff thinks you might be better off letting someone else draft or buy these six-spotters in your leagues this spring.


Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
I'm a dinosaur in the Statcast era—still getting used to this whole newfangled thing. But allow me to throw some numbers at you.



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A deeper dive in search of future fantasy contributors at this position.

And now, we graduate into the real red meat sections of the series. This week’s look at shortstops, followed by upcoming digs into the outfield and starting pitcher mines, will produce limited space. The six spot draws the most elite athletes the low minors and amateur ranks have to offer, and the dynasty-relevant depths of the position extend accordingly well below some of the positions we’ve traversed so far. You can find the rest of the series here: catchers, first basemen, second basemen, and third basemen. And as always, before proceeding down low, be sure to check Bret’s Top 50 for the position.

There’s just an absurd amount of prospect talent floating around already at the position, and there’s a larger infusion coming in the next draft class. There’s some interesting depth to the college shortstop ranks entering the season, though no potentially elite players with separation from the rest of the class. The high school class, however, has a whole bunch of talent that at least currently occupies the position, and I’ve highlighted a couple potential first-rounders below.

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Shortstops. So hot right now. Shortstops.

We, at Baseball Prospectus, have been talking about the six for a while now (three days and change to be exact, depending on when you are reading this) and the party continues to rage on. Yet before we rage, we shall calibrate—since rankings aren’t useful without knowing what you’re reading. The list you are about to read here presupposes a 16-team standard (read: 5x5 roto) dynasty format, in which there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever, and owners have minor-league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2016 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or -only formats.

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A look at the pitfalls tackling the shortstop position might bring during drafts and auctions, and how you can avoid them.

“The only journey is the one within.” –Rainer Marie Rilke

I found the above via the Google search: a journey quote. Another quote I found via the same google search follows:

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Scanning the menu of six-spot fantasy options in the senior circuit.

Shortstop is supposed to be a shallow position in roto, especially in AL-only and NL-only leagues. You know, the kind of position where a couple of teams in your league have a really good player, a few more teams have someone halfway decent and the rest of the league has slick fielders who get the bat knocked out of their hands regularly.

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Breaking down the players at this position into fantasy-value-based bins.

To read the previous editions in this series, follow the links below:

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The 30,000-foot-high view of the six-spot, which is now teeming with impact fantasy talent.

Previously On Baseball Prospectus…

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Our fantasy team points out some potential value plays at this position in drafts and auctions this spring.

Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
He’s not the most exciting roto player. Elvis Andrus is reliable, though, and the things he does well are becoming more valuable thanks to the changing league context around him.


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August 18, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Unsung Heroes of the Shortstop Revolution

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Wilson Karaman

A pack of elite shortstops is behind the position's resurgence, but there are some very noteworthy contributors beyond the cream of the crop.

Thirteen shortstops currently rank among the top 100 players overall per Sportsline’s standard rankings, including 10 among the top 50 overall, and those numbers mark a significant leap forward in status for six-spotter fantasy performance. Just eight earned top-100 status per our valuations last year, with only Xander Bogaerts cracking the top 50. The position’s renaissance has been driven by some who were expected to usher in a new age of relevance for the position, to be sure; Xander Bogaerts, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, and pleasant surprise of re-eligibility Manny Machado all pepper the ranks of double-digit overall value. But there has been an interesting second wave of guys who were decidedly not expected to provide that kind of value, who have stepped up and taken their games to new levels this year. A full six of those 13 shortstops—yes, almost half—have produced top-100 value by outperforming their average draft positions by at least 200 spots. That’s league-winning surplus value, right there. So let’s take a look at that crew and see if we can’t figure out whether their meteoric respective rises represent new normals, or whether managers who’ve reaped their rewards this year will be best off selling high before keeper deadlines this winter.

Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee Bewers (ADP: 317, Current Rank: 16)

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May 24, 2016 6:00 am

Updating the Tiers: Shortstops

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Bret Sayre

Manny Machado joins the elite six spotters, among other changes in this midseason reranking.

Welcome, to Baseball Prospectus’ first (or at least first time in a long time) in-season rankings update to our preseason positional tiers article. As we did during the preseason, players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating. In addition, unlike with the preseason “star” ratings, these lists can also be viewed as a straight ranking.

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February 12, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might be better off letting someone else draft or buy these players in your leagues this spring.

These introductions have been filled with C- jokes and should probably be avoided. Just like the players below should be avoided, based on the recommendations of our Baseball Prospectus staff.

(You see, this is a joke that should be avoided which makes it like the jokes I am describing so it is meta. This paragraph fits this model as well, so it is another joke of this ilk. This is awful and I apologize for subjecting you to it.)

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