Shortstop

Without A-Rod and Nomar, it's no longer the glamour position it once was
March 20, 2006

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      Avg. HR RBI Runs SB  
1. AL Miguel Tejada, Orioles .304 26 98 89 5  
2. AL Michael Young, Rangers .331 24 91 114 5 The AL batting champ led all two-hole hitters in RBIs (75) and hit .368with runners in scoring position.
3. NL Jose Reyes, Mets .273 7 58 99 60  
4. NL Rafael Furcal, Dodgers .284 12 58 100 46  
5. NL Jimmy Rollins, Phillies .290 12 54 115 41  
6. AL Jhonny Peralta, Indians .292 24 78 82 0  
7. AL Derek Jeter, Yankees .309 19 70 122 14  
8. NL Felipe Lopez, Reds .291 23 85 97 15 Highly touted prospect out of the Toronto system in 2001, he finally playedto his potential last year.
9. NL Clint Barmes, Rockies .289 10 46 55 6  
10. AL Julio Lugo, Devil Rays .295 6 57 89 39  
11. NL Edgar Renteria, Braves .276 8 70 100 9 After scoring 100 runs in an otherwise disappointing '05, he returns to theNL and a run-producing spot.
12. NL Khalil Greene, Padres .250 15 70 51 5  
13. NL Hanley Ramirez, Marlins (Double A stats) .271 6 52 66 26  
14. NL Bill Hall, Brewers .291 17 62 69 18  
15. NL Adam Everett, Astros .248 11 54 58 21  
16. NL Craig Counsell, Diamondbacks .256 9 42 85 26  
17. AL Juan Uribe, White Sox .252 16 71 58 4  
18. NL J.J. Hardy, Brewers .247 9 50 46 0 Discovered his swing after horrific start to his rookie season, hitting.308 with eight home runs in 185 at bats after the All-Star break.
19. NL Omar Vizquel, Giants .271 3 45 66 24  
20. AL Angel Berroa, Royals .270 11 55 68 7  
21. AL Orlando Cabrera, Angels .257 8 57 70 21  
22. AL Carlos Guillen, Tigers .320 5 23 48 2 Injuries are biggest concern for a player who in '04 hit .318 with 20homers and 97 RBIs in 136 games; worth a gamble.
23. AL Bobby Crosby, A's .276 9 38 66 0  
24. NL David Eckstein, Cardinals .294 8 61 90 11  
25. NL Jack Wilson, Pirates .257 8 52 60 7  
26. AL Yuniesky Betancourt, Mariners .256 1 15 24 1 Cuban import, 24, made it all the way to the majors in his first season ofpro ball, showing moderate power and good speed.
27. AL Russ Adams, Blue Jays .256 8 63 68 11  
28. AL Alex Gonzalez, Red Sox .264 5 45 45 5  
29. NL Ronny Cedeño, Cubs .300 1 6 13 1  
30. AL Jason Bartlett, Twins .241 3 16 33 4  


SPOTLIGHT

HanleyRamirez

If you're one ofthose fantasy players who can't resist taking a chance on a rookie, the Marlinsare a good place to look. Florida cleaned out its roster this off-season in apayroll-cutting frenzy, so its young prospects will have to play, ready or not.Ramirez, who had been considered Boston's shortstop of the future before he wassent to the Marlins in the Josh Beckett trade, is tempting. But there are twoconcerns. One: Robert Andino, a 21-year-old prospect from the Marlins' farmsystem. Ramirez (.271, six home runs, 26 steals) and Andino (.269, five, 22)had similar stats last year in Double A, and the player who doesn't make thebig club will most likely be sent to Triple A so he can get at bats. Two:Ramirez (like Andino) is further along defensively than offensively and willprobably struggle against major league pitching.

DEEP SLEEPERS

STEPHEN DREW,Diamondbacks J.D. Drew's little brother has power and speed, and plays soliddefense. Craig Counsell is keeping the position warm, and Drew should get acall-up this season.

B.J. UPTON, DevilRays He has big league offensive skills, including 40-steal potential; however,after committing 53 errors in Triple A ball in '05 he spent the off-seasonbeing tutored by Ozzie Smith.

BRANDON WOOD,Angels He hit 43 homers in Class A last year, then broke the Arizona FallLeague record with 14 in 29 games. Wood could eventually move to third forfellow superprospect Erick Aybar.

PHOTOPHIL ELLSWORTH (RAMIREZ) PHOTOBRAD MANGIN (DREW)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)