With just a few days until Pitchers and Catchers report, I thought it would be nice to release my 2015 positional rankings (as I see them, of course). I also thought it would be nice to start with the ugliest position and mine for gold. If you mine for gold. Dig? Is it dig for gold or mine? Ah. Don’t get up. I’ll google it. You read on ahead.

1. Ian Desmond, Nationals
Here’s a SS that’s a lock for 20/20 each year. He finished last season as fantasy’s #1 SS and that was with an awful Batting Average. I don’t think he repeats the average (it’ll get better), but I certainly think he repeats (improves upon?) the 24/24 line. 25/25? That doesn’t feel like too much of a reach. Winky face.

2. Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox
Han-Ram is an OF this season, but you aren’t drafting him there. Because of his eligibility, he’ll finish as one of the game’s top shortstops. Obviously he’s an injury risk, and that risk goes up with him patrolling the outfield, but his talent is worth the gamble.

3. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
Okay, but you’re drafting another SS at some point if you take Tulo where you’re going to have to take him. The good news is, while he’ll only play 100 games, you can grab some late round value and those two players combined will certainly be solid. I know that’s weird, but it makes sense if don’t spend too much time on it.

4. Jose Reyes, Blue Jays
This is where things get weird. I don’t really trust any of the remaining shortstops at this point, but each provide a touch of value in their own special way. Reyes steals bases and can reach double-digit HRs, so he’s the best bet at this point. Maybe.

5. Ben Zobrist, Athletics
Continuing the trend of double-digit HRs, is Ben Zobrist. He won’t give you many steals, but his eligibility is fantastic and he won’t kill you anywhere. Zorilla is the best of the late round bargains. Maybe.

6. Jean Segura, Brewers
Super bounce back candidate here. Segura was the best fantasy shortstop in the game in 2013, and then fell off the face of the planet a year later. Good thing he stole a few bags on his way down, at least. While I don’t know about his 2013 power, I do believe in his SB potential and think he could see double-digit HRs.

7. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
Post hype snoozer here, everybody. Bogaerts was enjoying some early season success last year, but then Boston went and messed that up by bringing in Stephen Drew. Bah. Welp, Drew is gone and the X-Man should once again take over SS. This is a guy with 20 HR potential that’s pretty much going at the end of drafts, people. Get him.

8. Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
Semi-sexy Alexei. It seems like every shortstop has double-digit potential this year. Who knew? Probably everybody, but maybe you didn’t, and now you do. Ramirez will hit for okay power, good enough average, and swipe 20+ bags. Great value at this point.

9. Starlin Castro, Cubs
Castro looked like a very solid shortstop last year, and another year to improve will only help his line. He’s someone you can count on for HRs in the teens and a respectable average, but not a ton else. The Cubs are supposedly going to be awesome this year too, so there’s that. 

10. Elvis Andrus, Rangers
Ugh. I hope you’ve gotten your guy by now. I guess I don’t hate Andrus (after all, he seems like a nice enough guy), it’s just that he doesn’t hit the ball out of the park or drive in any runs. Texas should be much better this season, granted, so if there’s value here, it’s as a bit of a sleeper, maybe? 

Stay tuned for more rankings as we draw closer to the 2015 season.
I’m thinking once per week, maybe more often than that, if you’re lucky.

P.S. – You can both mine and dig for gold. Who knew? You, probably, I’m sure. Until next time..

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