Who’s the ____ at Shortstop

Posted: March 27, 2015 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports
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We wrap up the infield by taking a peak at the shortstop position. I used to know the reason why the shortstop position was #6 and 3rd base was #5, but I can’t remember. Maybe it’s because the shortstop plays deeper in the infield.

The Best; Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies. The gap may be closing a little bit at the shortstop position, but even with his injury history Tulowitzki is still the best. He played 91 games last season hitting .340 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI’s. If your the fantasy owner that takes a chance on Tulowitzki and he plays 140 games this season you’ll cash in big time. Of course there is also the chance that you spend a high draft pick on Tulowitzki and he plays 91 games again; so while he’s the best at his position you just never know what you’ll get out of him.

Underrated: J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles. You don’t hear Hardy’s name come up when they talk about shortstop’s, but if he ends up being your fantasy shortstop you won’t be unhappy. His power numbers were down a little last season. He hit 9 home runs, but his doubles stayed at at 20 and if he gets back into the 20’s for home runs and hits his career batting average of .261 it would be a solid season for you. Defense doesn’t count in all fantasy leagues, but Hardy is a 3 time Gold Glove winner; so he’ll help you there as well.

Bounce Back; Asdrubal Cabrera, Tampa bay Rays. The Cleveland Indians dealt Cabrera last season; so there young guys could get more playing time. He went to the Washington Nationals as a 2nd baseman for there playoff run. Tampa Bay signed Cabrera to a 1 year $7.5 million dollar deal and he’ll be their everyday shortstop. Just the fact that he’s going to be the guy everyday should improve his stats. Look for Cabrera to hit about .275 with 15 to 20 home runs and 75 or more RBI’s. His RBI total will depend on if he hits in front of Evan Longoria in the line up or behind him.

Stay Away from; Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds. Cozart hit .221 with 4 home runs and 38 RBI’s last season in 147 games. Even if Cozart’s numbers were to jump up would you be happy with .240, 10 home runs and 50 RBI’s out of your shortstop. Cozart’s career high batting average is .254 in 2013. Cozart did hit 5 triples last season, but that’s about the only positive offensive stat he had. If he ends up as your everyday fantasy shortstop your team might have some issues.

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