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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 Tier Rankings: Shortstops
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Paul Sporer

02-03

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2

State of the Position: Shortstops
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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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35

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
by
Jason Parks

12-17

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Prospectus Perspective: Shorting Short?
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Christina Kahrl

08-11

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7

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

07-10

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11

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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September 3, 2014 6:00 am

They Hold No Quarter: Shortstops

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BP Fantasy Staff

These players aren't widely owned, but they might be useful fliers for keeper-league owners looking ahead to 2015.

If there’s anything we love more than baseball around here on the fantasy staff, it’s collaborating with each other. So, at the behest of myself, we’re going to be doing one final group series of the year to close out the last seven weeks of the season. For this series, we will each select one player who is below 25 percent owned in either ESPN or Yahoo! leagues who could be someone to consider grabbing before the end of the season with an eye toward a keeper spot. Now, given the depth we’re dealing with here, these recommendations are not for owners who can keep five or seven players from season-to-season—it’s more for those of you who play in leagues where keepers take up more than half of your roster (and possibly more, in the case of some recommendations contained within).

Wilmer Flores, New York Mets
“Flores is owned in a hearty 0.2 percent of ESPN leagues, and it's not terribly difficult to see why. The 23-year-old is hitting just .237/.271/.312 in 182 PA this season, knocking out just two homers and driving in only 16 runs in the process. Even for a player with shortstop eligibility that's pretty bad, but there's reason for optimism moving forward. Flores hit .323/.367/.568 in Triple-A this season after being similarly effective last year, and while Las Vegas is a hitter-friendly environment, some of the underlying skill here is real. The fear with Flores has long been that he'd be relegated to a position much lower on the positional value scale, but the Mets are still running him out at shortstop we're he'll be eligible in all formats at least for next year. Flores won't challenge for a top-10 fantasy SS finish by any means, but if he's given 500-plus PA next year it's not crazy to think he could hit .270 with 10-plus homers and around 60 runs and RBI apiece. That's starting to look like a pretty valuable player in deeper leagues, and I prefer him to the likes of a Yunel Escobar, Stephen Drew, or a Jordy Mercer, as uninspiring as those names may be.” —Ben Carsley


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June 6, 2014 6:04 am

PECOTA Takes on Prospects

14

Andrew Koo

Bring on the elite infield athletes.

Series introduction and methodology
Previous positions: Catcher | First Base | Second Base | Third Base


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February 7, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Shortstops

18

BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to let someone else pick or buy these players at your drafts and auctions this spring.

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February 7, 2014 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Shortstops

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

A look at how this position breaks down for Scoresheet leagues, including rankings and which players would benefit contenders and rebuilders.

This week, we’re taking a look at shortstops. If you tune into our podcast, you’ll hear our thoughts on individual players and strategy, only some of which we cover below. We also answered a number of reader questions on keepers, and we discussed what keeper rules we’d change if we held the keys to the Scoresheet kingdom. If you need help with any last minute keeper decisions, feel free to drop us a line and we’ll do our best to get back to you before the deadline.

Here’s how we rank shortstops in Scoresheet:

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February 6, 2014 6:00 am

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

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Wilson Karaman

This week's showdown pits a consistent power producer against one of the top prospects in the league.

Today’s “Tale of the Tape” will look at a quintessential grizzled veteran vs. young gun matchup as we debate the merits of two AL East shortstops, Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts.

Hardy’s been one of the better power options at short for several years now, owning the fifth-best ISO among big-league shortstops since his breakout campaign as a 24-year-old in 2007. Now entering his age-31 season, he’s as good a bet as any middle infielder to hit you 20-plus homers and give you 140-160 R+RBI this year. In the other corner, Bogaerts is a consensus top-three prospect in all of baseball after a breakout post-season debut last fall that saw him hit .296/.412/.496 in October for the eventual World Series Champions. Bogaerts will be ranked among the third-base tiers per our internal discussions, but he would’ve rated as a borderline two-to-three-star player on Paul’s SS rankings. That would have put him right around the same ballpark as Hardy, who checked in at the back end of tier three. Let’s see if we can shed a little more light on where Bogaerts would’ve/could’ve/should’ve slotted in among shortstops, at least relative to Hardy.

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February 6, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Shortstops

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Bret Sayre

Two familiar faces top the list, but elite prospects occupy four spots in the top 10.

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February 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Shortstops

12

Craig Goldstein

Sizing up the position from now through the end of the 2016 season.

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February 4, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Discussion

11

BP Fantasy Staff

A look inside the email conversation between our fantasy writers and how it influenced the shortstop tiers also published today.

Before rankings are submitted for your consumption, the Baseball Prospectus fantasy team engages in an in-depth evaluation process debating the merits of the list an author submits. Shortstop is an especially interesting position because of its mix of player types, so our discussion of the shortstop tier rankings led to a fun exchange of ideas that we present to you here.

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February 4, 2014 6:00 am

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Shortstops

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Mauricio Rubio

A visual breakdown of the players at this premium position, based on their projected stats for the 2014 season.

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.

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February 4, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Shortstops

13

Paul Sporer

Hanley Ramirez leads off a list that offers plenty of speed and might be deeper than you think.

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February 3, 2014 9:05 am

State of the Position: Shortstops

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Mike Gianella

This position has a reputation for being light on fantasy options, but that's not the case now—and it might not be the case in the near future.

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February 3, 2014 6:04 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Shortstops

11

BP Fantasy Staff

The best value picks at a position where offense can be hard to find.

Long renowned as one of fantasy’s most shallow positions, shortstop is about to get an infusion of talent like we haven’t see in many years. The influx of strong young performers will create an opportunity both to secure new cornerstones of your fantasy franchises, as well as capitalize on veterans who fall through the cracks as owners flock to what is shiny and new.

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