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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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18

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
by
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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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
by
Bret Sayre

02-05

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12

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Shortstops
by
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
by
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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15

Overthinking It: Picking an Appropriate Cardinals Shortstop
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Ben Lindbergh

09-11

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3

Transaction Analysis: The Anti-Jeter Joins Jeter
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Ben Lindbergh

09-05

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3

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
by
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?
by
Christina Kahrl

08-11

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7

You Could Look It Up: On Droughts and Drafts
by
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
by
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
by
James Click

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February 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Shortstops

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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 Tiered 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

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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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November 12, 2013 6:00 am

Overthinking It: Picking an Appropriate Cardinals Shortstop

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Ben Lindbergh

Assessing John Mozeliak's options as St. Louis attempts to upgrade at short.

It’s not so bad being Pete Kozma. Between his signing bonus, his major- and minor-league salaries, and his World Series ring, Kozma has already made more than the average American high school graduate earns in a lifetime (and the average American high school graduate is pretty well off, globally speaking). He has his health, his looks and athleticism, and a pretty cool career. We’ve all tweeted or written or said something snarky about Pete Kozma at some point in the last couple years, but the sobering reality is that if everyone in the world were forced to trade lives with either Kozma, you, or me, Kozma would win in a landslide.

Kozma is snarkworthy only in relation to a select group of people: other big league shortstops, just about all of whom are better at baseball than he. The 25-year-old can’t hit, so his overall value depends on his defense. Going by WARP, he wasn’t that bad, because only Andrelton Simmons and Jean Segura had better FRAA figures at shortstop. The location-based defensive metrics weren’t quite as high on him; of the 24 players who appeared in a minimum of 100 games last season, with at least 80 percent of them coming at shortstop, Kozma ranked 22nd by Baseball-Reference WAR, ahead of only Starlin Castro and Adeiny Hechavarria.

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September 11, 2013 9:17 am

Transaction Analysis: The Anti-Jeter Joins Jeter

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Ben Lindbergh

With Derek Jeter day-to-day, the Yankees trade for opposite player Brendan Ryan.



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September 5, 2013 6:30 am

Skewed Left: The Literal Rise of the Shortstops

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Zachary Levine

Manny Machado, Xander Bogaerts, and Carlos Correa could spearhead another growth spurt at a position where the players keep getting bigger.

If your Creator or your chromosomes or whatever combination of the two you deem responsible for such things didn’t make you short enough to play shortstop, then you just have to get that short yourself.

That’s Xander Bogaerts’ key to being a tall shortstop. The superb Red Sox prospect and rookie big leaguer is listed at 6’ 3”, claims 6’ 2”, and realizes that when he’s at the position, he has to act like he’s 5’ 9”.

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Looking at the early-season returns on shortstops who might stick at the position.

In part one of the series, we checked in on the pure shortstops in the minors, the players who stand above the rest with the leather and project to stay at position all the way up the chain. The criterion for inclusion in this particular series was a placement on the Baseball Prospectus 101, a team top 10 list, or a mention as an “On the Rise” candidate for the individual team prospect ranking series, so the pool of talent is by no means the entire ocean. By breaking down these featured prospects, the goal is to highlight the extreme depth at the position in the minors, while also shedding some light on the early season developments of the talent in question.

Part 2 will focus on the players housed in the tier below the pure leather wizards in the minors, but ones who still have the quality to stick around at the position despite some whispers to the contrary. It needs to be remembered just how difficult it is to profile as a shortstop at the highest level, as only a select few can stand above the crowded field of highly skilled individuals and wear the badge of the position. The “Pure Enough” tier features prospects known more for their offensive potential than their defensive heroics, but we shouldn’t be too quick to dismiss their skill at the position just because the profile lacks the cloak of the magus. These combo prospects have some of the highest ceilings in the minors, with impact potential bats and the actions and arms to make plays at a premium position on the diamond.

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Ben and Sam revisit the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Angels in light of Haren's down year and Tyler Skaggs' debut for the Diamondbacks, then talk about how Derek Jeter has remained productive at age 38 and examine whether the Yankees are in any trouble in the AL East.

Ben and Sam revisit the trade that sent Dan Haren to the Angels in light of Haren's down year and Tyler Skaggs' debut for the Diamondbacks, then talk about how Derek Jeter has remained productive at age 38 and examine whether the Yankees are in any trouble in the AL East.

Effectively Wild Episode 27: "Revisiting the Dan Haren Trade/Derek Jeter Defies Dire Forecasts"

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When looking for an infielder or outfielder, what do scouts look for in terms of body, skills, and glove work?

It’s not easy to evaluate defensive tools, especially at the amateur ranks or the lower levels of professional baseball. Good defense is a product of sound fundamentals established through instruction [read: proper instruction], raw physical ability, and refinement through repetition. It takes time to put the total defensive package together, assuming a competent package is even possible. This is what I want to do: I want to look at each position, break down the specific physical attributes that are necessary to excel at each position, and look at the process of projecting those attributes. In part two (you knew that was coming), I want focus on catchers and game-calling, something that I think is one of the most misunderstood and undervalued aspects of the game.

First Base: First base is, first and foremost, an offensive position. The modern game suggests if the bat is above average, the value provided by the glove is gravy. While I agree with the offensive weight attached to the position, I’m of the belief that good defense at first base is more than just gravy, and trust me, I love gravy.

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