That stated, should you produce first choice out of this group, I’m using the player probably to complete like a five-category fantasy asset in 2017: Francisco Lindor. He’s just 23 and coming off annually by which he went 15/19, scored 99 runs, drove in 78 and slashed .301/.358/.435. Lindor has opened up his career with back-to-back .300 seasons, and it is not a stretch to assume a couple of 20/20 campaigns. We all know Seager won’t run (plus he’s presently hurt), Correa won’t assist in AVG and Bogaerts hasn’t yet become basics-stealer. You will find zero holes in Lindor’s fantasy game. We’ve already seen him do all of it, and the career is simply getting began. Lindor is really a face-of-Major league baseball caliber player, a growing superstar having a stellar postseason already on his resume. He’s my guy any place in Round 2.
Funston backs Bogaerts: One of the four shortstops up with this debate, Bogaerts was the very best of the roto bunch in ’16, as he rode a lift in capacity to No. 34 overall within the Yahoo game. The rise in home runs should happen to be expected as his talent profile and minor league history recommended the next of high batting averages complete with lots of pop. In fact, the job-high 13 stolen bases in ’16 might happen to be more surprising than his 21 home runs. And, with David Ortiz no more following him within the batting order, Bogaerts believes he’ll convey more possibilities to operate in ’17. There is a realistic chance that Bogaerts could join teammate Mookie Betts within the 20/20 club this year. But if he doesn’t quite allow it to be, we’re speaking in regards to a rising 24-year-old star with batting title talent hitting in the center of among the elite offenses in Major league baseball. Without doubt, X marks the very best place within this debate.
Andy Behrens bangs the drum for Lindor: At the chance of undermining my argument the following in the beginning, I’d prefer to point out that we’re debating the merits of 4 terrific shortstops, all of them 24 or more youthful, who deserve consideration within the first couple of models of the draft. I’d gladly own them. This option all occupy exactly the same tier.
Seager just finished a season by which he went .308-105-26-72 at 22, easily winning the NL Rookie of the season award, and he’ll be batting second or third inside a selection that figures to become one of the National League leaders in runs scored. He was the only real middle infielder in baseball who hit .300 with a minimum of 25 homers and 100 runs scored. Again, he’s 22 years of age. Seager owns a job .312 batting average over 725 at bats (BA and runs scored are two most underrated fantasy cats and areas by which he’s a significant contributor), based on a tough-hit rate that rated within the top-15 last season. Seager can flat-out rake. Get him.
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Baltimore’s Manny Machado may be the consensus best choice within this SS-qualified crowd, but there’s an instantaneous quandary so far as who should appear the board next in the position. Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Xander Bogaerts and Francisco Lindor are going between picks No. 18 with no. 28 overall in Yahoo drafts and, because it so happens, Yahoo’s four fantasy baseball experts have the ability to another shortstop following Machado within their rankings. We’ve requested each expert to stump for his or her No. 2 shortstop of preference. I’ll kick things off within this four-way face-off:
Scott Pianowski champions the Correa cause: Hold on another, Behrens, how can we know Correa won’t assist in average? His career average is .276. This past year within the F&F League (a good representation of the standard mixer), the 2nd-best team average was .275. And improvement is definitely in play for any youthful, gifted player, as if you put on your guy, Lindor.
Typically, the top shortstop position has transported reasonably limited tag in fantasy baseball due to a insufficient depth along with a scarcity of elite options. But the position looks fantastic in 2017, with seven SS-qualified players being selected within the top 50 in average Yahoo drafts this spring.
Main point here, there isn’t any wrong answer with these guys. But may it becomes a bet on procedure for elimination. Seager is dinged this spring, and that i don’t take hurt players unless of course I’m paid for that move. He’s out (I love how Dalton easily ignores stolen bases, like this can be a hybrid 4×5 argument). Lindor continues to be terrific since hitting Cleveland, but his production level crushes what he did within the minors, making us a little suspicious, and that he most likely does not have the ability upside of Correa and Seager. Bogaerts collapsed in last year’s other half, and the high BABIP is really a curious situation, since he appears a great deal and does not have snappy hard-hit rates. I’ll hang my hat in Houston.
Dalton Del Don lends his support for Seager: There aren’t any wrong solutions here, as all of those choices are legitimate future Hall of Fame candidates (this really is clearly premature but additionally no exaggeration). The cop out response is to recommend taking whoever falls farthest inside your draft, and I’m admittedly fighting a constant fight at this time since Seager is coping with an oblique injuries. Having stated that, he’s still no. 2 shortstop on my small board, as he’s likely to be prepared for Opening Day.
And heck, if anybody has pedigree within this discussion, it’s Correa. He was the very first overall pick in the draft class in 2012. Correa expectations were so sky-high this past year, his .274-76-20-96-13 return was really seen as an minor disappointment.