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The top 20 shortstops for 2010 fantasy baseball are a bit deeper this year, but they’re still shallower than the top 20 2nd basemen and ranked only ahead of the catchers for depth.  All the 2010 fantasy baseball rankings can be found under that thing that said 2010 fantasy baseball rankings.  (Don’t worry, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to link to things a little more seamlessly).  Shortstops usually get the short end of the stick when I’m drafting.  If I don’t get Hanley, I’ll probably just take a flier on some late round player.  In leagues that play a middle infielder, then you might need two of these schmohawks.  Hopefully, you can grab two decent 2nd basemen and only need one of these guys.  As with the other top 20 rankings, I point out where I think tiers start and stop and my projections.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 shortstops for 2010 fantasy baseball:

1.  Hanley Ramirez – Already covered him in our top 10 for 2010 fantasy baseball post.

2.  Troy Tulowitzki – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Rollins.  I call this tier, “Even the elite shortstops are no guarantees.”  Already covered him in our top 20 for 2010 fantasy baseball post.

3. Jimmy Rollins – Already covered him in our top 20 for 2010 fantasy baseball post.

4.  Jose Reyes – Already covered him in our top 20 for 2010 fantasy baseball post.

5. Derek Jeter – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Zobrist.  I call this tier, “Overrated.”  I’m not going to draft Jeter in any leagues.  Some crazed Noo Yawker will get him before I can even think about it.  I do like him a bit more going into 2010 than I did in last season’s preseason after seeing how hitter-friendly The Stadium Adjacent To The House That Ruth Built is.  2010 Projections:  110/16/70/.315/20

6. Jason Bartlett – I don’t buy into Bartlett’s 2009.  In October, I said, “I didn’t believe the high average in May and I still don’t (he hit around .230 in September).  I’m pretty sure when February Grey gets around to going through guys that will disappoint in 2010, Bartlett’s name will be there.”  That was a *pinkie to mouth*  Bartlett Quotation.  Okay, so January Grey’s here to say, February Grey’s got nothing on me.  Bartlett more than doubled his homer per fly ball rate so I don’t believe the 14 homers, either.  Average outlier + power outlier + repeatable, but not blazing speed = Pass.  2010 Projections:  95/7/50/.285/27

7. Ben Zobrist – Went over Zobrist in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball post.

8. Elvis Andrus – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Asdrubal.  I call this tier, “Since there’s so few top shortstops, we’re left with upside.” Andrus is ranked ahead of Alexei and Drew simply because his value comes from speed and that doesn’t just disappear, unlike guys whose value is predicated on power.  Can Andrus jump into the upper tiers like Drew and Alexei can?  It’s possible, and they have more downside.  They’re all real close and I could see taking any of them depending on how you’re assembling your team.  Your eyes want more?  Elvis Andrus sleeper.  2010 Projections:  75/8/50/.270/37

9. Alexei Ramirez – I’m usually a peaceful person, but this guy made me want to choke someone out last year.  Preferably Alexei.  His homers should bounce back a bit from last year, but his .277 average looks pretty right on.  He’s established that he starts slow, so if you do draft him keep that in mind.  2010 Projections:  70/18/80/.280/15

10. Stephen Drew – Rising ground ball rate, falling fly ball rate… Who’s this guy trying to be, Luis Castillo?  Hit the ball in the air!  After his 2008 season, Drew had more promise than the first twenty minutes of Inglourious Basterds.  Then Drew’s 2009 was spent running a French movie theater and falling in love with a black guy.  Hopefully, Drew’s 2010 can be set in a tavern basement and get the ball rolling again.  2010 Projections:  85/22/75/.265/4

11. Asdrubal Cabrera – Went over Asdrubal in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2010 fantasy baseball post.

12. Yunel Escobar – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here to Peralta.  I call this tier, “I’m punting this tier.”  Yunel could get to 17 homers (a long shot), but he has the speed of a man 300 pounds heavier, assuming that man isn’t Pablo Sandoval.  2010 Projections:  90/15/75/.305/3

14. Miguel Tejada – On C-SPAN, Jim Bunning is arguing in front of Congress that Tejada’s high average last year should be withdrawn from all official records because of a high BABIP.  2010 Projections: 70/15/85/.295/4

14. J.J. Hardy – I’ll give this to Hardy, I almost dropped him to the Furcal tier, indicating I would almost draft him.  Maybe in my horseshoes or hand grenade draft.  2010 Projections:  65/23/80/.260

15. Marco Scutaro – Marco…. Scutaro… Whatevero.  2010 Projections:  70/11/80/.275/7

16. Erick Aybar – I get a utility man vibe from Aybar.  If you draft him, there’s a 95% chance of you dropping him before May.  2010 Projections:  85/3/50/.290/17

17. Jhonny Peralta – If you don’t have nothing nice to say, then don’t say nothing.  2010 Projections: 75/18/85/.265

18. Rafael Furcal – This is the last tier.  This tier I call, “These are fliers I’m taking a chance on late.”  Furcal’s a bit of a wild card to even be around still by this tier.  Someone will draft him earlier, totally forgetting what happened last year Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer-style.  Others will see his last month as a sign of good things to come.  If he’s around at the end of your draft, I’d take a flier that there’s still a bit left in the tank.  He is admittedly not a very exciting flier.  Hey, they can’t all be Alcides Escobar.  2010 Projections:  90/10/55/.275/20

19.  Alcides Escobar – I compared him to a 2009 Elvis Andrus in the Alcides Escobar fantasy sleeper post.  Go look at it.  Go ahead.  The Royal We will be here.  2010 Projections:  80/5/55/.265/40

20. Ryan Theriot – Feels like a poor man’s Alcides… Or maybe it’s a conservative man’s Alcides.  2010 Projections:  85/3/50/.285/22

There’s lots of guys after the top 20 shortstops for 2010 fantasy baseball, but these two stand out:

Ian Desmond – Went over him in my Ian Desmond Fantasy sleeper, keeper, something or other post.  2010 Projections:  85/10/60/.275/20

Everth Cabrera –  Here it is.  The last guy you could conceivably take and still get an affirmative head nod from yours truly.  You want that affirmative head nod or not?  It’s up to you.  If you need 30-plus steals late in your draft, then EverCab can do the trick.  (EverCab is also available for bar mitzvahs.)  2010 Projections:  85/3/50/.260/35

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  1. Simply Fred

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    8. Andrus: 75/8/50/.270/37
    19. Escobar: 80/5/55/.265/40

    Escobar beats him in 3 of 5 cats. Yes, I read both sleepers. Just don’t get that these two aren’t the same tier.

  2. Tom says:
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    I love Escobar late, but I’m always thinking I’ll get the 1st or 2nd pick and grab Hanley.

    Hey Grey, I was thinking about your 2B ranking. If Uggla gets traded and Coughlin gets 2B eligibility again (seemed like it WAS likely, but who knows now), where would he rank?

  3. Simply Fred

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    @Tom: Uggla just re-upped with Marlins for one more year. Unlikely trade at this point. Don’t count on that 2B eligibility.

    Go with the love. Eschew Hanley. Take Pujols.

  4. Boyoyoyong, keep em coming Grey… these rankings are like little sarcastic cups of espresso in the morning.

  5. Tom says:
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    @Simply Fred: didn’t exactly re-up. He was getting that raise regardless, from whatever team he plays for next year. He’s still a trade candidate, though not as likely as it was in November. The deal doesn’t change much though.

  6. Eddy says:
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    Ha! finally someone that thinks Inglorious Bastards sucks beside me!! Great post, surprised to see you like Andrus so much, but definitely won’t doubt your reasoning.

  7. mikey boy324 says:
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    grey say hanley tulo and jose are off the board can you see yourself drafting rollins or are you more inclined to punt ss and go for andrus?

  8. Tom says:
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    @Eddy: I was actually thinking “Hey! Grey LIKED Inglorious Basterds but thought that the lady running the theatre was boring plot. Me too!” Those two scenes he mentioned were excellent.

    What do you say Grey, thumbs up or down?

    And what round will Hardy likely go in? He’s such a wild card. I think I’m staying away, but if I can get him with EverCab late, it might be worth the gamble.

  9. Eddy says:
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    @Tom:
    after the chapter labeled “Inglorious Basterds” ended, I thought “man I’m in for a treat!”. Then it allllllll went downhill from there

  10. sean says:
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    @Tom: I’ve been able to get Hardy in the 20s easily. Wouldn’t surprise me to see him go completely ignored in shallow leagues.

  11. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: Andrus is a sure thing with upside from there, Alcides is risky with downside from there.

    @Tom: Coghlan would rank around 15th on the 2nd basemen list if he had eligibility.

    @Fman99: Thanks!

    @mikey boy324: I’d probably punt him.

    @Tom: I liked the beginning and the tavern scene. Didn’t like the French girl stuff, which was a huge chunk of the movie. Wasn’t crazy about the end either.

  12. Critter Nagurski says:
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    Zobrist only played 13 games at short last year and started only 6. Since his listed position this year is 2nd he won’t qualify in many leagues. Unfortunately for me, since he’s one of my keepers.

  13. Tony says:
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    I’m in the Andrus camp now. It really plays into my drafting alot of power early with his SB’s. I also draft at the turn (12 & 13) and there’s going to be other talent there too great to pass on for TULO. I am thinking I’m going to let him slide (yes i’ve contemplated taking him there) and then when he does his usual april/march .194 career hitter and may up to .274 but still no power, i’m going to send the trades out…. Let someone else suffer thru the brutal first two months then try and buy him low. (How did i hold onto this guy last year?)

    He’s hit 8 total career HR’s in those 3 months.

    He’s hit 14, 12, 13, and 18 in june, july, august, and then sept/oct respectively.

    let someone else pay, then swoop in with some decent offers… and pray he doesn’t figure it out EARLY this year if this is your strategy….

  14. Grey

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    @Critter Nagurski: Yeah, probably won’t for ESPN, but will for Yahoo.

    @Tony: Maybe I told you to hold onto him.

  15. Simply Fred

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    If one is looking for late speed, A. Escobar is the only MI in either of Grey’s 2B or SS 10-20 rankings with 40 SB potential (with the one exception of E. Young who doesn’t have a job); the rest 20 SB or less (go ahead, look it up). If you need speed, he is an EXCELLENT pick. Use that earlier pick for a heavy hitter.

  16. Steve says:
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    @Simply Fred: @Grey: Andrus also has a bit of extra seasoning.

  17. Eddy says:
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    @Steve:
    I heard that seasoning goes great with a little bit of Borbon on the side

  18. Ben says:
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    I concur with the stated idea that the 2nd round blows this year. At this point, my hope is that I get the third pick and can go AROD/AGON. To spend your second round pick on a whole heap of question marks makes me nervous as hell.

  19. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: Yes, that would be ideal.

    @Steve: Yes, that’s true.

    @Ben: Yeah, it’s a minefield.

  20. tony says:
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    @Grey: haha…. i think i just stuck it out and he turned it around in june… plus i was out front and leading most of the year and NOTHING on the wire compared to a struggling TULO.

    BTW: snagged elvis in the 14th of another mock. Off school today, ice day (ohio)… its great being a teacher.

  21. Jo says:
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    The more I look at it, the more Stephen Drew looks like the Tulo of last season. I can’t help but bring him above andrus in my rankings

  22. Grey

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    @tony: Nice, gotta love snow days.

    @Jo: He could be, but his numbers last year weren’t good.

  23. tony says:
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    @Jo: @Grey: ya Drew was on my list last year to snag, thank god someone else took him before me, that seemed to happen alot(alexie, chris davis)! LOL he had a great end to 2008 which got him alot of hype… what happened?

    in his past 3 years he’s batted .238, .291, and last year .261, WTF?

    From his splits it almost looks as if he’s a solid hitter at home and in the second half…. away and first half… bleh….

  24. tony says:
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    Grey what do you say on the “elvis has more seasoning”?

    because in all reality thats not true…. does 100 ab’s really count for that much? plus Everth is actually a couple years older…

    I’m just wondering because i did that mock and a guy asked me “why elvis over everth?” and most of my points dont seem so great now that i look at both of them more…. elvis in the 12-14th or Evereth in the 20+ rounds?

  25. Grey

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    @tony: Everth is a 2-4 homer, .250 guy on a terrible team, Andrus is a 7-10 homer, .270 guy on a good team and a great stadium. That’s worth something.

  26. Steve says:
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    @tony: The ‘more seasoning’ comment related to Escobar, not Ever-Cab.

  27. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Speaking of Drew and Andrus, I’m guessing you like Andrus better than Drew in dynasty leagues??

  28. nevybear says:
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    Where will Alicedes hit in the Brewers lineup?

  29. Grey

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    @nevybear: 1st, 2nd, 7th or 8th depending on Weeks being in the lineup and his production.

  30. cws05nuts says:
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    Wait did Drew run off with Rudy?

  31. Grey

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    @cws05nuts: Nah, he’s coming out with Point Shares any day now.

  32. cws05nuts says:
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    @Grey: And this list made me want to punt ss. Blech! Peralta/Theriot @ rnd 20ish cuz I ain’t getting any of the first four. Hell maybe even Starling Castro.

  33. fuzzy dunlop says:
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    reports out today say cristian guzman may have some sort of arm issue. i waited until the end of my auction to get a SS and wound up with furcal. do i drop furcal for desmond? if desmond ends up getting sent down and someone else picks up furcal i’d get stuck with pennington or uribe. is it worth that risk?

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @fuzzy dunlop: Not really worth the risk. I’d like to own Desmond though.

  35. @Grey: mlb.com reporting this morning that desmond has been named starter. does that change your desmond vs. furcal reco?

  36. @Grey:

    No, I really havent seen that much of Velez as hes never been able to stick in the lineup. I can see the interest in him if he’s gonna be hitting leadoff for awhile for sure. I’ve got Sizemore now, but I’m wondering why to drop him after such a small sample size.

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