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 – 

1) Trea TurnerDodgers – Turner’s 27 game hit streak came to an end, but he’s contributing across the board and should ramp things up shortly.

2) Wander FrancoRays – Franco owns a +1.000 OPS to start the year and is looking like a player well beyond his years. Hall of Fame Class of                2047 haha

3) Bo BichetteJays – Bo has started the season slow, but I’m still a believer in the talent and I’m sure these few weeks will be a small blip when we look at his stats at the end of the year.

Tier 2 – 

4) Francisco LindorMets – Lindor looks way more comfortable in his sophomore season in New York, with 4 homers, 3 steals, hitting over .300 and an OBP of +.400.

5) Trevor StoryRed Sox  – Another slow starter but I’m not ready to panic and assume this is a repeat of Lindor’s first year with the Mets.

Tier 3 –

6) Tim AndersonWhite 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.

7) Xander BogaertsRed Sox – The X-Man is off to a great start and has 200+ million reasons to earn a fat contract if he (likely) opts out after the year.

8) Marcus SemienRangers – Well, that’s a rough-looking Savant page. I’m gonna give Semien another few weeks before dropping him from this tier.

Tier 4 –

9) Jorge PolancoTwins – 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.

10) Javier BaezTigers – Baez has roughly 20 AB’s, as he’s recently been activated from the Injured List.

11) Adalberto MondesiRoyals – Mondesi has been ice cold.  Here’s to hoping the steals rise as the temperature does for the sake of the Razzball fam.

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 CronenworthPadres – 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.

14) Chris TaylorDodgers – Taylor continues to do his thing, be a productive cog in the wheel that is the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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.

15)  Corey SeagerRangers

16) Carlos CorreaTwins

17) Willy AdamesBrewers

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.

18) Gavin LuxDodgers

19) Brendan RodgersRockies

20) Bobby Witt Jr.Royals

Tier 7 – 

Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada make the list due to their strong starts. Grey told you to BUY Wade and Estrada. We’ll see if they’re just schmotatoes or not.

21) Brendan CrawfordGiants

22) Jeremy PenaAstros

23) Tyler WadeAngels

24) Thairo EstradaGiants

25) Gleyber TorresYankees

Have a great week and keep an eye out for the next big MLB milestone, which should be Clayton Kershaw becoming the all-time Dodgers strikeouts leader.

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TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
7 months ago

As a Marlins fan I watch virtually every Marlins game, Jazz is legitimate.

I just think if he were on a big market team he’d be getting more love.

He’s been outperforming his expected stats for 2 years now lol.

People salivate over the oft injured Mondesi who never has an OBP over .306 but Jazz is the one who can’t get on base and K’s every at bat. Same with Baez. I don’t get it. The first cold streak though Jazz will be a fluke and overrated.

That’s me venting !! Haha.

Anyways, great write up!! I’m glad I used a 3rd rounder on Wander, I feel like that’s a steal.

scar
Scar
Reply to  TarmanGotHim
7 months ago

If I were a Marlins fan, I’d probably feel the same as you! No doubt, Jazz is a talented player and there are definitely players that outperform their expected stats year in and year out. That being said, I do think Jazz will have some negative regression come is way, but Jazz is young and talented enough that he will eventually make adjustments.

Regarding Mondesi, this has to be his make-or-break year. The OBP drain is very significant, and there are many times where he simply looks lost against off-speed pitches. He’s ranked where he is due to his boom or bust potential. Another few weeks may drop him down the ranks.

Thanks for reading! Yes I grabbed Wander early in one of my leagues (I believe 3rd round too) and am feeling pretty good about that!

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
Reply to  Scar
7 months ago

My man!!

Love your articles. Keep up the great work!

I agree about Jazz, but he is young as we know and when a talent improves it can only get better in regards to floor and ceiling. So stoked for their future!!

Thanks!

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
Reply to  Scar
7 months ago

My man!!

Love your articles. Keep up the great work!

I agree about Jazz, but he is young as we know and when a talent improves it can only get better in regards to floor and ceiling. So stoked for their future!!

Thanks!

scar
Scar
Reply to  TarmanGotHim
7 months ago

Thanks for the kind words, much appreciated! Yes re: Jazz, a lot of hyped players (especially in keepers/dynasty) do seem to get written off if they don’t succeed immediately. If negative regression comes his way later this year, by no means is his career over. You Marlins fans should definitely be excited for Jazz, especially that the Marlins traded out of a position of depth (Gallen) to get a much needed middle infielder. I can see those pitchers all clicking in a year or two and making life trouble for the rest of the league.

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
Reply to  Scar
7 months ago

I just can’t wait for that Kahlil Jazz duo. Hopefully we get it and they don’t do anything stupid. They have such a surplus of SP I really hope they trade for a top tier prospect or MLB ready position player.

Maybe Rogers/Hernandez for Gorman and draft Berry/Jung/Green/Druw Jones and we’re set LOL.

scar
Scar
Reply to  TarmanGotHim
7 months ago

I think Wendle or Rojas can be decent stopgap options for the next couple of years. Khalil is more of a 2024/25 guy right now. I could see Lopez, Rogers and/or Eliser Hernandez getting dealt this season or next to say, the Orioles or Jays for some hitting, but yes always seems come down to good drafts and player development.

Andre
Andre
7 months ago

Someone in my league dropped Willy Adames. For a UTL spot, would you drop Votto to grab Adames in a 10tm OBP league?

scar
Scar
Reply to  Andre
7 months ago

Since it’s OBP, I would hold Votto for a while longer, he’s typically a slow starter. Last year he caught fire towards May/June.

Blake Wetzel
Blake Wetzel
7 months ago

Swanson was #14 preseason for Grey between Jazz & Seags… he’s not in your top 25? typo or just a huge difference in opinion?

scar
Scar
Reply to  Blake Wetzel
7 months ago

Ah oversight on my end – would have him end of Tier 4 or towards the top of Tier 5, nice catch.

CTFDU
CTFDU
7 months ago

Hi, I know is difficult to rank injured players, but where will you rank Tatis when he returns?

scar
Scar
Reply to  CTFDU
7 months ago

Wrist injuries usually zap power for hitters, but Tatis is an elite talent. He had such an incredible season last year with all his shoulder issues that I’d be comfortable ranking him a top 5 shortstop when he returns.

Don't be a Hader
Don't be a Hader
7 months ago

Nicky Lopez nowhere to be found. Ouch.

scar
Scar
Reply to  Don't be a Hader
7 months ago

Nicky doesn’t excite me too much. I chose to leave him off because he’s a zero in power and hasn’t stolen a base yet.