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In most leagues, three shortstops were drafted in the first round, unfortunately, two of them didn't live up to their lofty expectations.
Jose Reyes, New York Mets - It's hard to complain when he led all shortstops in fantasy points, but you couldn't blame Jose Reyes owners for being disappointed. he was down in runs (119-113) and stolen bases (78-56), but mainly it was just extraordinarily high expectations. Reyes should not be a top-four selection in 2009.
Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins - Ramirez IS worthy of a top-four selection. More runs scored (125) than Reyes, twice as many HRs (33) than Reyes or Rollins, 35 steals and a lifetime .308 batting average make him that valuable. If he'll just bat third in the lineup instead of first, his RBIs would increase and he would be a No.1 overall pick.
Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies - The final first-round shortstop was 2007 MVP Jimmy Rollins. There was no was he could match those numbers (139 runs, 30 HRs, 94 RBIs, 41 SB), but of course some owners foolishly expected another "career" year and they were greatly disappointed. Injuries kept his games played total to 137, but runs, home runs, RBIs and average dropped dramatically and his projected value next season should be much more reasonable. He's a late-second round pick.
Stephen Drew, Arizona Diamondbacks - Brother J.D. Drew got all the attention by carrying the Boston Red Sox in June, but Stephen Drew put on a pretty good late-season run himself and his year totals were better than Rollins in every category except stolen bases. He batted .311 in July, .316 in August and .337 in September with six homers, 12 RBI and 17 runs scored. Not bad for a player drafted in the middle of the 19th round (ADP 185).
J.J. Hardy, Milwaukee Brewers - Hardy was drafted only a little higher than Drew (ADP 145), but he also had a very good year. He posted 24 HRs, 74 RBIs and batted a solid .283 in the middle of the potent Brewers lineup. Two consistent years at this level should get him drafted between rounds 6-8 next season.
Orlando Cabrera, Chicago White Sox - The 33-year-old is often overlooked, but has been very consistent throughout his career. Over the last eight years, Cabrera has averaged 157 games played, 82 runs scored, 10 HRs, 70 RBIs, 21 SB and a .277 average. In 161 game this year he posted 93 runs, 8 HRs, 57 RBIs, 19 SB and hit .281. You know what you will get when you draft him and he is worthy of his 123 ADP.
Jhonny Peralta, Cleveland Indians - Most people only knew of Peralta because of the unusual spelling of his first name. But for a shortstop he is showing "unusual" power. He hit 23 HRs in 2008 and has averaged 20.25 for the last four seasons. He has also increased his runs scored total in each of the four years, cracking the 100-mark for the first time in 2008. He played much better than the 17th-round selection he was picked and you will have to pull the trigger on him in the eighth or ninth round in 2009 if you want him on your squad.
Michael Young, Texas Rangers - Young has been doing it for a long time and gets overlooked in most drafts because of the younger, flashier shortstops with better press clipping. But his 102 runs scored, 12 HRs, 82 RBIs and .284 batting average won't hurt you at this position. Still, with an average ADP of 80, a little more was hoped for. He will probably drop to a ninth or 10th round pick next year.
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees - Playing in New York gets Jeter a lot of press, but he is only nominally better than Michael Young in the fantasy world. Jeter gets the nod over Young because he has averaged 21 SB over the last 13 years. At age 34, however, he only stole 11 bases, so combined with 88 runs scored, 11 HRs, 69 RBIs and a .300 average makes him a disappointment for owners who drafted him in the fourth round.
Miguel Tejada, Houston Astros - For the fourth consecutive year, Tejada's home run total dropped. Hitting just 13 home runs in a hitter's park like Houston doesn't bode well for a guy drafted in the seventh round. He did have 92 runs scored, but it seems that there were a number of other shortstops who could have gotten you similar numbers for a cheaper price.
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