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There’s no Reyes, Rollins or Hanley on this list of shortstops.  This list is guys that can be had later in your drafts if you’ve punted shortstop or still are looking for a middle infielder.  Look at this as a supplement to the top 20 shortstops of 2009 fantasy baseball list.  If you’re feeling especially industrious, click on the players name to read more about them or to see their 2009 projections.  Anyway, here’s some shortstops to target for 2009 fantasy baseball:

Ryan Theriot/Jason Bartlett – Exactly the kind of late-round shortstop you should be targeting when you’re feeling light on speed.  They’d be a nice MI complement if you had Hardy as your shortstop.  And if you get scooped on Theriot, just grab Bartlett.

Brandon Wood – Earlier this offseason, I said this, “Not sure yet what the Angels of Bobby Grichville have planned for Wood in 2009, but he has eligibility at 3rd and SS, which gives him the Superfecta eligibility of MI and CI.  Keep in mind that he was booted from a winter league for his poor performance. (The same league where convicted pedophile Luis Polonia is now the career hits leader. No lie; he’s the Pete Rose of the Dominican.)”  And that’s me quoting me!

Clint Barmes – What if I told you he was going to out produce Yunel?  You’d say, “Is that a compliment?”

Julio Lugo/Jed Lowrie – I wanted Lowrie to get the job just to put some flare in my MI spot, but it doesn’t look like it’s happening.  Lugo looks like the man to beat at shortstop and he’s good for 25 steals.  Either man could be a late round sleeper for an MI spot in deep leagues.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Remember that movie Clueless when they said, “As IF!”  When I read this shortstop’s name, I always hear it with that inflection, “As DRUBAL!”  Hmm… I’m pushing the Drubal pretty hard this offseason.  Well, he’s a cheap MI candidate so put that in your pipe and smoke it!  If you were, ya know, Popeye or Sherlock Holmes.

28 Responses

  1. The Wild berry says:
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    you focus to much on stats just look at games played thats were the secret is I mean Derek jeter plays almost every day and I have been able to steal him in the 2nd and 3rd in all my drafts.

  2. big o says:
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    is it one of those “if you can’t say something nice about someone” things , or does felipe lopez actually have some promise , leading off for the diamondbacks ?
    i’m not counting on much in the way of power numbers , but i think they’re going to run him …. and it appears as if they’re just handing him the job .
    is there any hope here , or should i have just gone with theriot …. (who seemed to tail off last year) …. in last night’s draft for the couchmanagers’ league ?

    thanking you , in advance .

  3. big o says:
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    fyi :
    a-rod fell to #8 in this 14 team league … (5×5)

    The Big Lebowski (1st pick) went : hanley / c.c. / crawford , and then followed that up with ==> martin / soto / vmart (4,5,6) and topped it off with bengie in round 12 .

    deviating from normal roster set-ups , this one featured one catcher , 3 OF’s , and 3 Util (no CI , no MI) .

  4. sean says:
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    Are these guys even worth a late round flier? Or are they to be monitored on the waiver wire? The Riot is probably the only player on this list to be taken in 50% of drafts…

  5. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Wow, I thought the 2Bmen were depressing…

    Then again, my league doesn’t require MI/CI, so I don’t have to worry about monitoring the 38th best SS.

    @big o: Lopez has been discussed previously, but the summary is: Yes. He’s a good target. Has tons of eligibility in Yahoo! and could be leading off for AZ, which makes 100/12/20 a not unreasonable projection.

  6. Tony says:
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    OFF TOPIC- if weiters keeps mashing in spring ball will the orioles still deny him a starting spot on opening day? and is it just due to contractual reasons?

  7. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Tony: My guess is the answers are yes and yes. The Os have no incentive to bring him up early. They aren’t contending for anything this year.

  8. Frank Rizzo says:
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    What about Christian Guzman? If you were going to take value everywhere else and wait to the end to add a SS, is he a decent option?

  9. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @The Wild berry: Words to live by.

    @big o: Felipe Lopez’s career was sidetracked by RFK:

    (http://razzball.com/2nd-basemen-to-target-2009-fantasy-baseball/)

    And I’ll assume you’re joking about the players you drafted.

    @sean: Not sure if any of these guys would be taken in a ten team league. Otherwise, there late fliers.

    @Emporers Monkey: The video was confusing. Who were those people and what were they doing?

    @Frank Rizzo: Guzman could give you more value, but these guys give you more upside.

  10. Tony says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: ALOT of teams aren’t contending for anything that doesn’t mean you leave your best players in the minors? They do need to sell tickets to fill the stands? I figure he’ll be down to start, but I think the call up will come sooner than later…..

  11. @Baron Von Vulturewins: Wieters will not come up before mid-May unless they sign him to a long-term contract (like TB did with Longoria). By keeping him down until then, they control him for 3 years before arbitration. The ‘Super 2 rules’ allow the top 17% with at least 2 years of service time to receive arbitration eligibility. The exact amount of service time varies from year-to-year, but has been as low as 128 days and as high as 140 days although the number is usually 130-135. 1 year of team control vs. arbitration is somewhere in the neighborhood of $5-7MM I think.

    Here’s a good post on the subject from last year by Rays Index re: Evan Longoria – http://raysindex.com/2008/03/evan-longoria-media-incorrectly-predicts-timing-of-longorias-promotion.html

  12. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Tony: What Rudy said.

  13. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: I am getting so excited by Lopez, I have to admit. I predict next season he’ll be going in the 7th or 8th round.

  14. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Stop the presses! I just went back and looked at Felipe’s last few seasons. 9 HRs in 603 ABs in 2007? Glurrgh!! That can’t just be park effect. Does this not imply some deterioration in approach?

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: No fear, BVV! He was psyched out by RFK and being with the Gnats. He hit 20+HRs in a hitter’s park and stole 40+ steals in pitcher’s park. If he can just find a balance like Atomsphere, he’s golden. Great late round sleeper. Great!

  16. Eric W says:
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    @big o: the best part about big lebowski was when he snagged Dioner Navarro late.

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric W: That team was serious?

  18. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    thanks for the link back to 2nd basemen …. i was looking back through the SS articles .
    you see what you’re working with here , don’t you ? the 2B article was 4 days ago !! (talk about short-term memory loss) .

    it’s true about the lebowski guy.
    i had the 10th pick and went : hamilton , fielder , roberts , & ellsbury .
    wanted to post my team to the forum , for your analysis , but forgot how to copy and paste (again) .

    @Eric W:
    knew you were in there , but couldn’t find you during the draft .
    matters were complicated , ‘cuz i had to use wife’s lap-top .
    couldn’t figure out how to get yahoo draft room to fit on my screen , so it was all i could do to get my picks in on time .

    @Grey:
    the up-start of the lebowski’s strategy was that it made me feel compelled to reach for pablo in the 9th .
    well , that and knowing captain caveman was behind me , ready to snipe .

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Scary thing is, I understood everything you just said.

    So why doesn’t Captain Caveman and Big Lebowski stop lurking and explain themselves?

  20. Tony says:
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    Pablos going alot higher now in drafts isn’t he… i am hoping in my draft i can go round 13-15 for him….

  21. Eric W says:
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    @Grey: O it was a legit team thats how I was able to get Utley with the 26th pick. Almost had a heart attack when i saw him there.

    @big o: I made a topic in the forums to post teams for that league vinko got his roster in there already. If you cant get your roster in there let me know and i will post it for ya it will honestly take about 1 min.

  22. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Eric W: Utley at 26th is silly.

    We’re waiting on Big O figuring out the Shift key and how it does capitalization. Good luck on the copying and pasting.

  23. James says:
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    This post is a ringing endorsement to get one of the elite SS early.

  24. Emporers Monkey says:
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    So its a ringing endorsment to get a top 3 pick in your draft somehow? Otherwise the option wont even be there.

  25. papasmurf says:
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    I like Barmes. He can play all 3 IF positions (for yahoo anyway), and a .275 15 10 sort of season is doable if he keeps his job long enough for 475 ABs.

  26. Johnny says:
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    @Grey/@The Wild berry/@TMR

    “you focus to much on stats just look at games played thats were the secret is I mean Derek jeter plays almost every day and I have been able to steal him in the 2nd and 3rd in all my drafts.”

    from The Wild berry

    either:
    A) This was TMR writing as the wild berry playing on the nickname you gave him.
    B) Grey or someone else posting it as if it’s Matt Berry / TMR
    C) Matt Berry’s alter ego

    I’m not sure which is more hilarious. Thanks for the good work.

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