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2012 OPS projections: top 10 shortstops

Feb 9, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

Troy Tulowitzki

Moving right along to shortstop. I have four shortstops projected to top .800, which is the same number that did so last year.

.943 – Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) – 545 AB – .916 in 2011
.891 – Hanley Ramirez (Marlins) – 538 AB – .712 in 2011
.823 – Jose Reyes (Marlins) – 546 AB – .877 in 2011
.808 – Starlin Castro (Cubs) – 631 AB – .773 in 2011
.783 – Asdrubal Cabrera (Indians) – 594 AB – .792 in 2011
.776 – Stephen Drew (Diamondbacks) – 539 AB – .713 in 2011
.775 – Jed Lowrie (Astros) – 468 AB – .685 in 2011
.772 – Yunel Escobar (Blue Jays) – 550 AB – .782 in 2011
.766 – Jhonny Peralta (Tigers) – 539 AB – .824 in 2011
.766 – Alexei Ramirez (White Sox) – 598 AB – .727 in 2011

- Along with Tulo, Reyes and Peralta, J.J. Hardy was the fourth shortstop to manage an .800 OPS last season. He’s 11th here at .765 for 2012.

- I have Elvis Andrus fourth among shortstops with a .364 OBP (and ranked third at the position in fantasy leagues), but his lack of power keeps him out of the top 10 in OPS.

- Derek Jeter comes in at .282/.353/.373.  He bounced back to hit .297 last season, but his isolated slugging percentage went from .131 in 2009 to .100 in 2010 to .091 last year.

- At the bottom of the list is the Giants’ Brandon Crawford. He gets a .603 OPS in 432 at-bats. Of course, there are some backups and prospects even lower. Boston’s Jose Iglesias is one: he gets a .225/.258/.270 line in 111 at-bats.

  1. bouwel92 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    nice to finally see an astro is finally on the list

    • wendell7 - Feb 10, 2012 at 7:56 AM

      finally.

      he just became an Astro, hasn’t even played a game for them yet and if his injury history continues he probably won’t play many

  2. ptfu - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Why is Hanley Ramirez on the SS list? I thought he is moving to 3B so Jose Reyes can start at SS.

    • Jonny 5 - Feb 10, 2012 at 8:22 AM

      On fantasy leagues he’ll probably be available at both positions.

  3. scout144 - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Uh… Hanley is going to play third……So how can he be on the list?

  4. hammyofdoom - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    I think in fantasy baseball you’re listed at your old position until you actually have playing time at that position. So just take his OPS and compare it to the 3B people and move everyone down a notch, there ye go

    • yettyskills - Feb 10, 2012 at 3:05 AM

      Winner

    • dwrek5 - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      What in the heck makes you think I have the ability to think critically?!?!?!

  5. unsellro - Feb 10, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    Where do have furcal?

  6. Mark - Feb 10, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    I’d be pretty shocked of Andrus had a 364 OBP. His BB rate isn’t that good and he won’t hit for a high enough BA to get him there.

  7. Utley's Hair - Feb 10, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    I’m shocked and appalled that you don’t have Jimmy Rollins on that list, or even mentioned in the post, for that matter!!!! Shocked. Appalled. Both shocked AND appalled!!!!

  8. kaf39 - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I agree with Utley’s hair. He should be on there.

  9. Ari Collins - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    I suspect that at least Utley’s Hair is semi-joking, but the other guy doesn’t appear to be, so:

    Jimmy Rollins hasn’t had an OPS high enough to make this list since 2008. You’d probably project him for an OPS somewhere around .730.

    Of course, when you add in his defense, he’d make a top ten overall shortstop list. Just not by OPS.

    Now if only Jose Iglesias figures out how to hit at all. He’ll probably never make a list like this, but with his defense, he’d still be a valuable player if he could OPS even .700. He’s young yet, so here’s hoping.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      Who? Me? NEVER!!!!!!

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