We continue our trip around the diamond and the division with a power ranking of the shortstops. Again, I’ll be using mlbdepthcharts.com to help put the list together of who’s starting. This is as of the date posted. Let’s take a look around the division.
- Houston Astros- Tyler Greene
Feb 23, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels shortstopErick Aybar
(2) throws to first during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Greene is a good defensive player and can play all over the infield. However, he’s yet to prove himself as a hitter. He hit .230 with 11 homers and 30 RBI in 305 at-bats between the Cardinals and the Astros last season.
- Seattle Mariners- Brendan Ryan
Speaking of good fielding shortstops, Ryan may be one of the best, if not the best in the game. Ryan was anemic offensively last season though, hitting .194 with a .277 OBP. Ryan can no doubt pick it at short, but his offense is getting worse.
Nakajima was a bit of a surprise free agent signing by the A’s. He hit over .300 in five of the past six seasons in Japan, and was almost a Yankee last season. The A’s have to hope he’s better than fellow middle infield imports Kaz Matsui and Tsuyoshi Nishioka were in the major leagues. If he can’t, Jed Lowrie could step in.
- Los Angeles Angels- Erick Aybar
Aybar is a steady player. He hits between .270 and .300 and he’ll get you about 20 stolen bases every year and play good defense. The thing that could really help his game is an increase in his on-base percentage, especially since he could be hitting behind Mike Trout and ahead of Albert Pujols this year.
- Texas Rangers- Elvis Andrus
Andrus was a part of the heist that the Rangers got from the Braves for Mark Teixeira. Andrus set career highs last year in AVG, OBP, slugging, hits, doubles, triples and RBI. He’s just 24 years old and hasn’t even entered the prime of his career.
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