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AL Central Position Rankings - Shortstop
Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:38 AM
The Candidates (2011 stats)
Minnesota Twins - Jamey Carroll - .290/.359/.347 (.706) with 14-2B, 6-3B, 0-HR, 17 RBI
Chicago White Sox - Alexei Ramirez - .269/.328/.399 (.727) with 31-2B, 2-3B, 15-HR, 70 RBI
Cleveland Indians - Asdrubal Cabrera - .273/.332/.460 (.792) with 32-2B, 3-3B, 25-HR, 92 RBI
Detroit Tigers - Jhonny Peralta - .299/.345/.478 (.824) with 25-2B, 3-3B, 21-HR, 86 RBI
Kansas City Royals - Alcides Escobar - .254/.290/.343 (.633) with 21-2B, 8-3B, 4-HR, 46 RBI
Looking for a settling influence for an infield that really struggled in 2011, the Twins look to Carroll in 2012. The veteran is solid with the glove. He is also terrific as a top of the order, on-base guy. Don't expect much, if any, power from him, but it is fair to expect to see him help the Twins with the glove and in the lineup. The 38 year old played 146 games for the Dodgers in 2011.
Alexei Ramirez finished second in rookie of the year voting in 2008. In 2010, he won the AL Silver Slugger Award for shortstops. The 30-year-old Cuban had a down year in 2011, but he does provide some good extra-base hit power near the bottom of the lineup.
Asdrubal Cabrera was a first-time All Star in 2011 and won his first Silver Slugger Award. I think many were surprised that he was not named a Gold Glove winner because he is very good with the glove. The 26-year-old has a lot of power and turned it into home run power in 2011. He also stole 17 bases.
Jhonny Peralta was moved to 3B when he was traded from Cleveland to the Tigers, but last year he moved back to the middle of the diamond. He posted his best season in 2011 and played in his first All Star game. Although he has been around a long time, he will turn 30 at the end of May.
When the Royals traded Zach Greinke before the 2011 season, they received several players that will impact them for several years. They wanted to improve their shortstop defense so one of the players they received from the Brewers was Alcides Escobar. He is a free swinger who occasionally gets an extra base hit, and with his great speed, he turns singles into doubles and doubles into triples. He turned just 25 years old in December and played in 158 games in 2011.
There is your information, now it is time to vote. Who will be the best first baseman in the AL Central in 2012?
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:20 AM
This is really tough, but I agree with this exact order. I think Ramirez has the best likelihood of being both a plus with his bat and pretty good at defense. Peralta can rake (and that's on a good lineup), but I've heard he's below average defensively. Asdrubal has potential, but is hurt a lot. Escobar is still young, but I'm not convinced he can hit in the bigs. Carroll is the only guy on this list who ISN'T REALLY A SHORTSTOP, but I put him 4th instead of 5th because he is a veteran with a track record, and I think he's shown he can at least avoid getting out pretty well.
If you really feel optimistic about this team, continue following these "positional rankings", and if you're being honest with yourself, ask how we really stand up position-by-position. It's easy to look at an overall squad and feel good about "your guys", but when you break it down, it isn't too pretty. But whatever, I'm more excited for the new season every year at this time!
Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:42 AM
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:04 AM