Pre-Draft Player Rankings

12 Troy Tulowitzki (Col - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 13.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 91 315 71 21 52 1 .340
2015 Projections 129 476 92 28 77 1 .328
3 Year Average 88 314 59 18 54 1 .315
Outlook: The star-crossed Tulowitzki certainly justified his high-round sticker price through mid-July, as he led the majors with a Bondsian 1.035 OPS to accompany his usual slick defense at shortstop. Even on a Rockies squad headed for a losing season, he was still a leading MVP candidate behind what was shaping up to be a career year, but such talk would come to an end by early August. A supposedly minor thigh injury was viewed as a temporary setback for Tulowitzki, but he was later diagnosed with a torn labrum in his left hip, ending his season after 91 games. Tulowitzki is expected to be at full strength for the spring, but given that he’s missed at least 30 games three seasons in a row, those who invest in him certainly need a reliable insurance option on hand. Furthermore, the Rockies’ acknowledgement this offseason that they would entertain trade offers for the shortstop adds a wrinkle into Tulowitzki’s valuation in the event he lands in a more hitter-neutral park, as an unconscionable .417/.497/.748 line at Coors Field weighed heavier than normal into his numbers in 2014.
22 Ian Desmond (Was - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 27.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 154 593 73 24 91 24 .255
2015 Projections 149 589 80 24 82 23 .284
3 Year Average 147 569 74 23 81 22 .274
Outlook: Once again, Desmond ranked among the elite in terms of fantasy production from a middle infielder, turning in his third straight 20-20 season while racking up a career-high 91 RBI, but it was actually a bit of a down year for him. An ugly strikeout total (183, another career-high), driven primarily by more swings and misses on pitches outside the strike zone, led to a big drop in his batting average even as the rest of his batting profile remained relatively consistent. Desmond turns 30 in September and isn't likely to become more selective at the plate, so his days of making a positive contribution in batting average could be behind him, but hitting in the middle of a potent Nationals lineup should continue to supply him with plenty of offensive opportunities. If you're a believer in the big-contract-year theory, note that Desmond will become a free agent after 2015, although with no one ready in the system behind him, expect the Nats to make a big push to get him signed.
23 Hanley Ramirez (Bos - SS, LF)
DTD
ADP: 25.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: LF-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 128 449 64 13 71 14 .283
2015 Projections 119 459 72 19 75 14 .294
3 Year Average 124 452 68 19 73 15 .285
Outlook: A laundry list of injuries -- shoulder, calf, oblique, and hand -- limited Ramirez to 128 games in 2014, and it's fair to wonder just how many of his 512 plate appearances came at a level close to 100 percent health. With free agency on the horizon, Ramirez had every incentive to try and tough it out and prove that his injury-riddled seasons in 2011 and 2013 were truly behind him. Instead, his defense at shortstop regressed further, and he slugged just .411 in the second half. Overall, his performance at the plate was acceptable, as he led qualified shortstops in OPS (.817) and wOBA (.362) while providing double-digit home runs (13) and steals (14) for the ninth consecutive season. Ramirez has struggled to stay healthy over the better part of the past four seasons, but he'll remain shortstop eligible despite the expected move to left field with Boston, and there is some justifiable optimism about his power returning as he just one year removed from a career-high .293 ISO in 2013.
32 Jose Reyes (Tor - SS)
DL15
ADP: 35.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 143 610 94 9 51 30 .287
2015 Projections 143 557 80 9 45 28 .278
3 Year Average 132 545 79 10 48 28 .288
Outlook: Reyes' second season with the Jays was right in line with expectations, as he was able to avoid the injuries that ruined his 2013 season and split the difference between his 2011 and 2012 campaigns while setting the table in a potent Toronto lineup. Of some concern is that his walk rate tumbled from 8.1% in 2013 to 5.8% last season, shaving 25 points from his on-base percentage, but he experienced a similar slide in 2010 before recovering to a level close to his career mark (7.1%). Reyes still offers great speed, and he piled up 30 steals for the fourth time in the last five seasons. In addition to his contributions on the basepaths, Reyes has averaged 10 home runs annually since 2012, and his ability to avoid strikeouts (11.1 K%) provides value in the form of a stable batting average (career .291, above .282 in each of the last five seasons).
66 Starlin Castro (ChC - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 70.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 134 528 58 14 65 4 .292
2015 Projections 159 635 73 15 64 14 .285
3 Year Average 152 613 65 13 62 13 .272
Outlook: Castro bounced back from a disastrous 2013 with a career-high .777 OPS and 14 home runs, but he only stole four bases all year - after topping 20 in both 2011 and 2012 - and missed most of September with an ankle injury. In the meantime, the Cubs brought up Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara, and also traded for Addison Russell. Any of that talented trio could potentially usurp Castro at short in the next couple of years. Castro isn't exactly playing for his position this year - he's still just 25 - but if he doesn't improve on his batting eye (35:100 BB:K ratio) and the younger alternatives continue to develop, he could be the type of player who gets dealt for help on the mound as the Cubs complete their rebuilding process.
71 Alexei Ramirez (CWS - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 81.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 158 622 82 15 74 21 .273
2015 Projections 137 559 63 9 53 19 .281
3 Year Average 158 617 70 10 65 24 .274
Outlook: Ramirez made his first All-Star team in 2014. Uncoincidentally, he also had an OPS+ above 100 for the first time since his rookie season. He had seven home runs by the end of May, but only had eight more over the rest of the season and his OBP fell to .286 over the second half. The declining performance, taken into consideration with his age, may make him a risky play entering 2015. Still, Ramirez is incredibly durable and should have the White Sox's starting shortstop role all to himself.
112 Jimmy Rollins (LAD - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 124.0
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 138 538 78 17 55 28 .243
2015 Projections 137 527 72 13 44 21 .243
3 Year Average 151 590 82 15 54 27 .249
Outlook: Rollins' power bounced back last season after a down year in 2013. He finished fourth among shortstops with 17 home runs and swiped 28 bags, making him a solid contributor in both categories. Unfortunately, his batting average dipped to .242, due in part to a slight increase in his strikeout rate and a little bit of tough luck with his BABIP. Rollins is reaching the tail end of his career at 36, so some age-related decline should be anticipated, but his underlying metrics do not present any major warning signs. He did miss nearly all of September with a hamstring injury, but should be fully healthy this spring with an offseason of rest. The Phillies traded Rollins to the Dodgers in December, where an improved lineup around him should help ease the blow of likely regression in the power and speed departments.
115 Elvis Andrus (Tex - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 123.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 157 619 72 2 41 27 .263
2015 Projections 160 620 80 2 53 27 .274
3 Year Average 157 623 83 3 57 30 .273
Outlook: In a season where the Rangers' regulars were dogged by a wide variety of injuries, Andrus managed to stay healthy and play 157 games – his fourth consecutive year eclipsing 150 contests. The eight-year extension that he signed with Texas in 2013 will just begin to kick in this season, leaving the Rangers on the hook to pay him $120 million through 2022. It's possible that he'll be shipped elsewhere before a limited no-trade clause kicks in on his deal in 2016, but it's a long commitment to a player whose offense and defense regressed in a year where he turned 26 in August. The plate discipline and batted ball profile are stable with Andrus, yet his OBP dipped for the second year in a row to a career-worst .314. To make matters worse, the lack of healthy regulars around him bottomed out his runs scored and RBI counts to their lowest levels since 2009. He should be able to return to his 2013 levels and it's difficult to buy into the idea that his defense is truly in decline. If he can approach his steals total (42) from two seasons ago, Andrus should be a profitable target in many leagues this season.
126 Javier Baez (ChC - 2B, SS)
DTD
ADP: 138.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 52 213 25 9 20 5 .169
2015 Projections 124 487 69 26 49 12 .195
3 Year Average 52 213 25 9 20 5 .169
Outlook: Baez struggled in his two-month stint with the Cubs in 2014, hitting just .169 with a whopping 95 strikeouts in 213 at-bats, but he's still the frontrunner to win the job at second base this spring. Baez blasted seven home runs in his first 19 games with the Cubs, but he only hit two more in his next 33 games. Still, with 69 home runs and 41 stolen bases in the last two years, the 22-year-old Baez has the potential to be a special big leaguer - provided that he can get his bat on the ball. With Starlin Castro at short, Baez at second, and Addison Russell waiting in the wings, the Cubs have an embarrassment of riches in the middle infield, and that doesn't even include Arismendy Alcantara, who will most likely be the center fielder. Someone may be the odd man out eventually, but with Baez's high ceiling, the Cubs will give him a very long leash.
137 Xander Bogaerts (Bos - SS, 3B)
Healthy
ADP: 159.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 144 538 60 12 46 2 .240
2015 Projections 76 293 37 7 24 1 .263
3 Year Average 81 291 34 6 26 2 .241
Outlook: Bogaerts entered the 2014 season with high expectations coming off his preternatural contributions to Boston's championship team in 2013. The organization's top prospect opened the season as the team's starting shortstop, but questions about his defense emerged early. Despite that, he was one of the few players hitting in a sorry lineup through April and May. With the Red Sox needing any kind of a spark, they signed Stephen Drew and forced Bogaerts to shift to third base. This chain of events was followed by a summer stretch in which Bogaerts' offense went idle. He hit just .161 from June through August and struck out in 26.5% of his plate appearances, compared to 20.5% the rest of the season. The position change was cited by some as the trigger for the drop-off, but it was more likely a result of pitchers catching up to him and feeding him a steady diet of sliders. He eventually made adjustments and had a strong September, but is still unclear what happened to his ability to work the count -- his walk rate dropped from 11.2% in April/May to 3.8% his plate appearances after June. The plan calls for Bogaerts to start at shortstop in 2015 and he should stay there all season with free-agent addition Pablo Sandoval manning the hot corner.
138 Jean Segura (Mil - SS)
DTD
ADP: 176.1
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 146 513 61 5 31 20 .246
2015 Projections 109 439 53 5 31 27 .276
3 Year Average 112 417 51 6 31 24 .271
Outlook: Segura had a trying 2014 season, as he was forced to deal with a personal tragedy and several injuries, and his numbers took a significant dip following an impressive rookie season. He did hit .271 after the All-Star break and .319 in September, so all hope should not be lost, particularly with a fresh start in 2015. Segura won’t be ranked as highly on the cheat sheets as he was entering last season, but he still stole 20 bases in a down year and is an obvious bounce-back candidate in his age-25 campaign.
140 Erick Aybar (LAA - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 177.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 156 589 77 7 68 16 .278
2015 Projections 138 555 68 6 53 16 .274
3 Year Average 145 552 71 7 56 16 .279
Outlook: Aybar lost his familiar role in the leadoff spot to Kole Calhoun for most of last season, but the 31-year-old took well to his new surroundings in the middle of the order, posting career highs in both RBI (68) and runs scored (77). Aybar showed decent power coming into the All-Star break, notching a .411 slugging percentage in 360 at-bats, but he hit just one home run and eight doubles in the second half, causing him to finish the season with a .700 OPS. Owners were likely hoping that Aybar's speed would return after he missed time in 2013 with leg injuries, but he failed to steal 20 bases for the second consecutive year, despite playing in 156 games – the highest total of his career. If the Halos' shortstop can't get back into the 20-30 stolen base range, his upside could be limited heading into 2015, especially if he slugs less than .400 for the third straight season.
144 Ben Zobrist (Oak - 2B, SS, LF)
DL15
ADP: 136.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 146 570 83 10 52 10 .272
2015 Projections 149 550 74 13 60 10 .275
3 Year Average 153 581 83 14 66 12 .272
Outlook: The Swiss Army Knife of the Tampa Bay Rays will have one more season to do his thing for the team, unless they decide to move his $7.5M salary before the season starts. 2014 was the first time since he became a regular that he did not play in at least 150 contests, but there is no denying that the grind of playing multiple positions across full seasons, with more than half of the time coming on the fake grass, is taking its toll on him. His home run total has not improved for four consecutive seasons and his stolen base total has declined for five consecutive seasons. Like many switch hitters, Zobrist struggles from the right side but his .703 OPS against lefties was his worst since 2010. Conversely, he laid waste to righties hitting .340 with a .873 OPS. Traded to Oakland in January, it is going to be a push for him to be a double-double threat again in 2015 as this fantasy stud shifts on to the final stages of his career.
147 Jhonny Peralta (StL - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 184.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 157 560 61 21 75 3 .263
2015 Projections 128 495 52 14 58 2 .253
3 Year Average 138 500 56 15 64 2 .266
Outlook: The Cardinals turned to the veteran Peralta to fix their most glaring issue from the 2013 season, and he delivered as much if not more than they could have expected. Peralta proved to be one of the top defensive shortstops in baseball in 2014 and also delivered some solid offense, setting the record for home runs by a Cardinals shortstop with 21 long balls. He finished season with a 5.4 WAR, higher than any other St. Louis player, and slashed .263/.336/.443 while knocking in 75 runs. Heading into his age-33 season in 2015 it's unlikely he'll be able to repeat his performance as team MVP, but fantasy owners should expect above-average power and production from a premium position. Owners should also be optimistic given the Cardinals' offensive is likely to improve with the addition of Jason Heyward.
148 Alcides Escobar (KC - SS)
DL7
ADP: 192.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 162 579 74 3 50 31 .285
2015 Projections 146 593 62 3 46 29 .261
3 Year Average 158 597 66 4 51 29 .270
Outlook: Escobar is about as close as it gets to a modern day iron man, having played 155 or more contests in each of his four seasons with Kansas City. 2014 was the first time he played all 162 games, however, and Escobar turned that consistency into arguably the best season of his major league career. The defensive wizard was able to make his presence known at the plate as well, posting career-best totals in doubles (34) and runs scored (74). The latter number was partially bolstered by his movement to the leadoff spot in the order, a move made by manager Ned Yost in mid-September that continued on through the Royals' postseason run. Although fantasy owners can't hope for much from a power standpoint, 30 steals is a reasonable expectation as long as he maintains his batting average, as Escobar has eclipsed 31 steals in each year that he's hit .285 or better. If Yost sticks with Escobar atop his lineup in 2015, the 28-year-old shortstop could be poised for yet another highly productive fantasy season.
184 Danny Santana (Min - CF, SS)
Healthy
ADP: 192.8
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 101 405 70 7 40 20 .319
2015 Projections 104 422 62 5 36 17 .284
3 Year Average 101 405 70 7 40 20 .319
Outlook: Santana made quite the impression with a blistering rookie season and may become a cornerstone of Minnesota's rebuilding effort. The Twins aggressively promoted Santana in May after just 24 games at Triple-A. Once in the majors, he was given a shot at the starting center field job despite never regularly playing the position, with the Twins desperate for production. Santana took advantage of the opportunity, hitting .328 in his first month, and never slowed down (.314/.346/.483 in the second half). He was erratic in the outfield as he learned the position, but he showed outstanding range, a product of his excellent speed. It's not clear if he'll remain in the outfield, as the Twins still gave him occasional starts at shortstop and are contemplating moving him there permanently this spring. Santana's got a strong arm and good quickness, but it's not clear if he has the consistency to hold the job given his many errors at the position in the minors (36 errors in 2013). However, his 34 games played at shortstop likely qualify him as a shortstop in most formats, increasing his fantasy value. It's not clear he can sustain his level of success at the plate given that he had a low walk rate (4.4%), a high BABIP (.407) and with his major league success exceeding anything he did in the minors. But it's also possible he's just coming into his own at age 23 and could improve. Wherever he plays in 2015, his infield eligibility and speed on the base paths will make him a top fantasy option at shortstop.
188 J.J. Hardy (Bal - SS)
DL15
ADP: 205.9
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 141 529 56 9 52 0 .268
2015 Projections 154 619 72 20 65 0 .263
3 Year Average 153 598 69 19 65 1 .256
Outlook: Following a three-year stretch where he averaged more than 25 home runs annually, Hardy's 2014 power outage came as a big surprise. Although he didn't become more aggressive at the plate, Hardy's swinging-strike rate jumped to a career-high 7.3% and he became much less proficient at making contact on pitches outside the strike zone (63.6% contact rate on pitches outside the zone). A variety of injuries throughout the season may have been the culprit for his disappointing season, as back spasms, a hamstring strain, and a sprained thumb limited his contributions. Defensively, Hardy is still an elite option at his position, as he collected his third consecutive Gold Glove in 2014. After signing a three-year extension with the Orioles in October, it's reasonable to think that a healthy Hardy could provide double-digit home runs again with steady counting stats given the quality of the Baltimore lineup around him.
189 Asdrubal Cabrera (TB - SS, 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 206.3
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 146 553 74 14 61 10 .241
2015 Projections 144 556 71 15 62 10 .259
3 Year Average 142 539 70 15 64 9 .250
Outlook: The deadline deal that sent Cabrera to Washington from Cleveland didn't spark any sort of resurgence in his bat. Between the two stops, he ended up posting numbers very similar to his somewhat disappointing 2013 campaign: a batting average in the .240s, weak on-base percentage, solid power for a middle infielder and a handful of steals. His defense, never his calling card at shortstop, played much better at second base with the Nationals. Signed by the Rays as a free agent, he may see everyday at-bats between the middle-infield spots following the trade of Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in January.
202 Chris Owings (Ari - SS, 2B)
Healthy
ADP: 221.7
CHG: 0.0
Depth: 2B-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 91 310 34 6 26 8 .261
2015 Projections 73 192 19 2 14 5 .255
3 Year Average 56 182 20 3 16 5 .264
Outlook: Owings earned a spot on the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster and was the team's primary shortstop for the first three months of the season before left shoulder soreness derailed his rookie season. He returned to the roster in September and shifted to second base, starting 18 of 20 games before the injury shut him down for good. While the team insisted that the injury was merely a bruise, Owings had surgery to repair the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder in early October. The offensive production in Year 1 was a significant drop from his production at Triple-A Reno in 2013, but his numbers prior to the first instance of his shoulder woes in June (.277/.313/.458, six homers, 7-for-7 in stolen base opportunities) project favorably for a middle infielder over a complete season. If he's healthy when spring training begins, Owings' combination of power and speed will make him an intriguing sleeper in 2015.
258 Andrelton Simmons (Atl - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 218.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 146 540 44 7 46 4 .244
2015 Projections 109 433 49 9 38 3 .263
3 Year Average 117 437 46 9 41 4 .252
Outlook: Simmons appeared on the verge of superstardom entering 2014, having won a Gold Glove while hitting 17 homers in his first full major league season, but it became evident throughout the course of the year that his bat is still a long way behind his glove. Despite a 16-point increase in BABIP, Simmons' average dropped by four points, and his ISO fell by more than 60, to an abysmal .087. His walk rate fell to 5.6%, resulting in a 10-point drop in OBP (.286), putting him in the bottom four in OBP among qualified hitters in the NL. Simmons grounded into a whopping 25 double plays -- only plodders Casey McGehee and Albert Pujols grounded into more -- and hit just .209/.246/.279 in the second half. Thus, it will be hard to trust Simmons in shallower mixed formats. On the plus side, he is just 25, doesn't strike out much (10.4% K%) and his unparalleled defensive skills should keep him on the field close to every day. Further, his HR/FB rate of 4.7% from 2014 figures to return closer to the mean, providing some hope that he can once again supply double-digit homers from the shortstop position.
261 Jung Ho Kang (Pit - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 219.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-2
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 Projections -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Year Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Outlook: Kang had an outstanding season in South Korea last year, hitting .356 with 40 home runs for the Nexxen Heroes. At age 27, he could be the first position player from the KBO to come to MLB via the posting system. It's not clear if his power would translate to MLB since the KBO doesn't feature as high a level of pitching, and it's not clear if he'll stick at shortstop, but he could be in a MLB lineup next spring. The Pirates won the bidding for Kang, and he would presumably start over Jordy Mercer if he signs with Pittsburgh and assuming that the franchise views him as a viable defensive shortstop.
264 Jed Lowrie (Hou - SS)
DL15
ADP: 221.2
CHG: 0.0
Depth: --
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 136 502 59 6 50 0 .249
2015 Projections 129 496 62 11 52 0 .256
3 Year Average 129 482 61 12 56 1 .266
Outlook: Lowrie fell off a cliff in 2014, combining a huge batting average drop with an equally-large power decline. He finally played a full season in 2013 and responded with a .290 average and 15 homers, but even though he was able to play 136 games in 2014, he managed only six homers to go with his .249 average. Those numbers, combined with limited range and a poor arm at shortstop, led the A's to decline extending Lowrie a qualifying offer after the season and he thus became a free agent. Lowrie did injure his finger in mid-August which caused him to miss two weeks and likely affected his final month of the season, but he was struggling before the injury and even had back-to-back months in May and June where he failed to hit .200. Lowrie's past signs of power earned him a deal with the Astros to play short, but his 2014 was very concerning and there's little reason to think he'll return value as anything more than an endgame selection.
265 Jordy Mercer (Pit - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 220.6
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 149 506 56 12 55 4 .255
2015 Projections 79 310 35 8 31 2 .287
3 Year Average 98 300 32 7 29 2 .263
Outlook: Manager Clint Hurdle stuck with Mercer during a horrendous two-month stretch to open last season, when the shortstop batted below the Mendoza Line (.190/.227/.261) in his first 152 plate appearances. That confidence was rewarded, as the 28-year-old slashed .280/.335/.437 with 11 homers and 49 RBI the rest of the way. Hurdle moved Mercer into the No. 2 spot in the lineup on occasion against tough lefties, but for the most part batted him eighth. Mercer likely won't cost much in drafts and has no competition at shortstop, two selling points in fantasy. The former Oklahoma State closer makes for a cheap endgame pickup who'll start more games than a majority of NL shortstops.
270 Didi Gregorius (NYY - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 220.4
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 80 270 35 6 27 3 .226
2015 Projections 124 481 60 9 40 2 .249
3 Year Average 64 216 28 4 19 1 .241
Outlook: The Diamondbacks chose Chris Owings over Gregorius as the team's primary shortstop to begin the 2014 season, but Gregorius entered the mix in June after hitting .310/.389/.447 at Triple-A Reno. Defense is still Gregorius' calling card, but his room for growth as a hitter remains debatable. With a 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame, the left-handed hitting Gregorius doesn't fit the physical mold of a light-hitting shortstop, but his production fell across the board last season. For his career, Gregorius has a .243/.313/.366 line, 13 home runs, 57 RBI and 83 runs scored over 724 plate appearances, but he's maintained an acceptable level of plate discipline (17.4% K%, 7.4% BB%). Thus far, he's shown no ability to handle left-handed pitching at the big league level, striking out in 25 percent of his plate appearances and carrying a .184/.257/.233 line against southpaws. Acquired by the Yankees via trade in December, Gregorius will replace Derek Jeter at shortstop in the Bronx in 2015.
284 Brandon Crawford (SF - SS)
Healthy
ADP: 220.4
CHG: 0.0
Depth: SS-1
G AB R HR RBI SB AVG
2014 Season 153 491 54 10 69 5 .246
2015 Projections 130 500 52 8 51 2 .250
3 Year Average 148 475 50 8 52 2 .248
Outlook: Crawford turned in his best offensive season for the Giants in 2014, posting a career-high .713 OPS on the strength of 40 extra-base hits and a career-high walk rate (10.5%). Interestingly enough, he didn't hit right-handed pitching well at all, posting a .213/.291/.346 line while raking against lefties (.320/.395/.484) in a reverse platoon split atypical of his career norms. Defensively, he's a perennial Gold Glove candidate at shortstop, but he's fallen short of winning the award over three full seasons as a starter. At age 28, he's likely nearing a plateau in his ability as a hitter, but having an everyday job in a steady lineup should continue to afford him plenty of runs scored and RBI as a cheap middle-infield filler, or even as a shortstop for owners who choose to allocate resources elsewhere on draft day.
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