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2016 Update, Uncategorized

2016 Update, Shortstop

alex-rodriguez-siWelcome to the fourth in our series of post-season HoME updates. So far we’ve looked through the 1B, 2B, and 3B. Today, it’s SS. And we’ll cover the rest of the diamond and the dugout in the upcoming weeks.

Shortstop is at a bit of a crossroads in the majors. While we have greats like Carlos Correa, Kyle Seager, Francisco Lindor, and Xander Bogaerts creating the next wave, those on our list don’t inspire as much excitement. There’s one guy who hasn’t been a shortstop in a decade and who many want to forget. There’s another who’s sometimes forgotten because of all the time he misses. The rest are either guys who are about done or who are otherwise not HoMEward bound.

Enjoy!

Alex Rodriguez
2016 BBREF WAR:
-1.2

Rank at the position after 2015:
Miller: 2
Eric: 2

Rank at the position after 2016:
Miller: 2
Eric: 2

Who’d he pass in 2016?
Miller:  Nobody.
Eric: Nada

Who’s next with the same season in 2017?
Miller: He could play for another decade and neither catch Honus Wagner nor fall behind Jack Glasscock.
Eric: Zippo

Current career trajectory:
Unless A-Rod decides to take one last turn about the dance floor, this is it. I don’t need to tell you that it’s been quite a ride, and he’s one of the greatest ever to play the game.

HoME Outlook:
I guess we’ll take him.

Troy Tulowitzki
2016 BBREF WAR:
3.3

Rank at the position after 2015:
Miller: 40
Eric: 42

Rank at the position after 2016:
Miller: 33
Eric: 39

Who’d he pass in 2016?
Miller: Luis Aparicio, Al Dark, Travis Jackson, Dave Concepcion, Nomar Garciaparra, Maury Wills, and Julio Franco.
Eric: Luis Aparicio, Julio Franco, and Phil Rizzutto

Who’s next with the same season in 2017?
Miller: Donie Bush, Herman Long, Dick Bartell, and Rabbit Maranville.
Eric: Travis Jackson, Herman Long, Jack Rowe, Maury Wills, Davey Concepcion

Current career trajectory:
Tulo turned 32 during the playoffs. As players age, they’re not really expected to be more healthy. His 131 games this year were his most since 2011 and the fourth most of his career.But this guy is still a talented player.

HoME Outlook:
If he could stay healthy, he’d make a real run. I’m not betting on Troy Tulowitzki and health though.

Hanley Ramirez
2016 BBREF WAR:
2.8

Rank at the position after 2015:
Miller: 49
Eric: 46

Rank at the position after 2016:
Miller: 44
Eric: 44

Who’d he pass in 2016?
Miller: Johnny Pesky, Johnny Logan, Germany Smith, Jay Bell, and Mark Belanger.
Eric: Jay Bell and Garry Templeton

Who’s next with the same season in 2017?
Miller: Freddy Parent
Eric: Tony Fernandez and Alvin Dark

Current career trajectory:
Ramirez seems like he could be a slightly above average first baseman for a few more years tanks to strong secondary skills. He’s still below average with the glove no matter where you stick him, and his gradual loss of speed continues unabated. I’d anticipate that he’ll remain an asset during his tenure in Boston and declines thereafter.

HoME Outlook:
Nuttin’ Hanley. If he retains shortstop “eligibility” then he’s going to end up somewhere around Rabbit Marranville or Roger Peckinpaugh. If he ends up flipping over to first base, it’s more like Don Mattingly or Harry Davis.

Jimmy Rollins
2016 BBREF WAR:
-0.1

Rank at the position after 2015:
Miller: 51
Eric: 49

Rank at the position after 2016:
Miller: 52
Eric: 49

Who’d he pass in 2016?
Miller: He fell behind Terry Turner.
Eric: He fell into a tie with Cecil Travis

Who’s next with the same season in 2017?
Miller: Nobody.
Eric: Next season???

Current career trajectory:
He’s done, right? After two years of negative WAR, a mid-season release by the White Sox, and no other team’s desire to sign him, I think it’s time for J-Roll to call it a career.

HoME Outlook:
He’s not close.

Jose Reyes
2016 BBREF WAR:
0.4

Rank at the position after 2015:
Miller: 59
Eric: 56

Rank at the position after 2016:
Miller: 59
Eric: 55

Who’d he pass in 2016?
Miller: Nobody.
Eric: John Valentin

Who’s next with the same season in 2017?
Miller: Nobody.
Eric: Terry Turner

Current career trajectory:
He’s not the most attractive commodity on the free agent market. Battering women instead of baseballs will do that. Reyes’ days as a premium player who combined above average offense with blazing speed are long over. He’s still useful with the lumber and he’s still a little above average on the bases, but the glove is made of cast iron, and he’s always had trouble staying in the lineup. At 34, the speed and his first step, already affect by years of leg injuries, could go at any time, which would nearly end his usefulness altogether.

HoME Outlook:
He’s never been a HoME-level player, despite being an exciting player. That’s not changing anytime soon.

Elvis Andrus
2016 BBREF WAR:
3.7

Rank at the position after 2015:
Miller: Not yet ranked.
Eric: Unranked

Rank at the position after 2016:
Miller: 66 on my list, likely lower than that overall though.
Eric: Lower than 72

Who’d he pass in 2016?
Miller: Orlando Cabrera.
Eric: Cabrera and what we know of Dickey Pearce’s career

Who’s next with the same season in 2017?
Miller: Frank Crosetti.
Eric: Same here

Current career trajectory:
Elvis was a regular at age 20, so there was a lot of hope for him. However, he hasn’t turned into the star many hoped. He’s a good player, a guy you wouldn’t mind having on your team, but he’s nobody’s idea of a superstar.

HoME Outlook:
There’s very, very little hope.

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