Good day, All,
Things have been interesting as usual as we are approaching the end of the first calendar month of the MLB season – future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cabrera reached 3,000 hits, the Rays threw nine no-hit innings in a game that ended up not being a no-hitter, and MLB is allegedly using two different kinds baseballs in games.
While batting averages are down, there is still plenty of value to be found at the shortstop position. Here’s a look at the shortstop rankings so far, keeping in mind the season is only a few weeks old:
Tier 1 –
Tier 2 –
Tier 3 –
6) Tim Anderson – White Sox – Anderson is batting over .300, exhibiting the power and steals combo we’ve seen from him the past few years. He’s been among the few dependable bats in the banged-up Sox lineup that just lost Eloy Jimenez for the foreseeable future.
Tier 4 –
9) Jorge Polanco – Twins – A mixed bag for Polanco, as he’s walking and striking out at career highs. He’s still batting in a premium spot in the Twins lineup and I’m giving the veteran the benefit of the doubt that he will rebound.
12) Jazz Chisholm Jr. – Marlins – Smooth Jazz has been outperforming his expected stats thus far and I’m sure we’ll see some negative regression. However, he’s been everything and more for his owners as of now.
13) Jake Cronenworth – Padres – Although Cro has been slumping, he’s walking at a career-best rate and his BABIP is roughly 100 points below the league average. Jake can be one of the biggest risers from his current stats over the next couple of weeks.
Tier 5 –
This tier of players is pretty much interchangeable. We know what kind of players these guys are, and while they’re currently underperforming, they are safe bets to rebound.
Tier 6 –
This group of players has the potential for big moves up the rankings in a month or so. Lux has been getting plenty of playing time. Rodgers has an ice-cold Savant page, but I’m giving him some time to heat up. Witt has been for now due to a 4/0/4/.184/.216 line, but hey, even the great Mike Trout struggled in his first go-around in the majors. Look for Witt to settle in shortly.
Tier 7 –
21) Brendan Crawford – Giants