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2008 Fantasy Preview: AL-Only SS
02/04/2008 12:38 PM ET
Below is a chart of every AL shortstop covered in MLB.com's 2008 Fantasy Preview, a rundown that includes established big leaguers and up-and-coming prospects.

The list features dollar values compiled by our MLB.com staff based on standard 23-man, $260, 5x5 AL-league play. We included projected stats for the 2008 season as well as a one-liner prediction that encapsulates every player's value in 10 words or fewer. This page will be updated throughout the spring to reflect the impact of inevitable transactions, injuries and changing job situations.

An indispensable part of the draft-day kit, the cheat sheet can make the difference between winning and losing your fantasy league. With quick-hitting rankings and forecasts, it'll help you keep the remaining players on the board in order as the draft wears on. The last thing you want to be doing is flipping through some magazine when it's your turn to pick.

So play fair, but don't forget your cheat sheet when you head to your draft.

Stats listed are 2008 projections.    
AL-only rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: Mixed SS | NL SS
 Shortstops TM $$ Avg R HR RBI SB Notes
Derek Jeter NYY 26 .318 105 14 74 18 Veteran All-Star showing slight signs of decline.
Carlos Guillen DET 26 .305 98 20 104 11 Hits well enough at 1B, but better for SS.
Michael Young TEX 21 .312 86 14 87 11 Hitting machine could rebound in HR department.
Edgar Renteria DET 20 .286 97 10 68 11 Could be headed for downturn in Motown.
Jhonny Peralta CLE 18 .267 90 24 81 3 Young power hitter still improving.
Orlando Cabrera CWS 17 .278 87 12 66 17 Power to rebound a bit.
Julio Lugo BOS 14 .270 78 10 66 29 Speedy vet to deliver improved AVG.
Jason Bartlett TB 10 .277 76 6 47 25 Developing into nice source of SB.
Yuniesky Betancourt SEA 8 .282 70 9 61 10 Pretty consistent so far.
Brendan Harris MIN 5 .277 59 10 52 3 Bat is legit but could wind up in utility role.
Bobby Crosby OAK 3 .248 40 12 43 9 Will try once again to remain healthy.
David Eckstein TOR 3 .288 79 4 42 8 Still effective, but becoming more injury-prone.
Adam Everett MIN 2 .248 50 6 46 12 Could be mild surprise in new environment.
Erick Aybar LAA 2 .264 44 3 22 8 Facing tough competition for everyday job.
Donnie Murphy OAK 2 .266 42 11 41 5 Could get opportunities as Bobby Crosby's backup.
Juan Uribe CWS 2 .251 32 10 38 1 Likely headed for backup IF duty.
Tony Pena Jr. KC 2 .258 53 4 49 9 Not much to like other than few SB.
Nick Punto MIN 1 .275 40 1 22 15 Has speed but no value when not hitting for AVG.
Willie Bloomquist SEA 1 .262 26 1 15 8 Diminishing speed hurts utility value.
Wilson Betemit NYY 1 .266 48 16 49 1 Could make impact if injuries create opportunity.
Alex Cora BOS 1 .240 22 2 15 2 Backup MI unlikely to deliver much at plate.
Jed Lowrie BOS 1 .269 9 1 8 1 Can hit and play three IF spots.
Chin-Lung Hu LAD 1 .282 10 1 8 2 Defensive whiz can hit and run.
Ben Zobrist TB 1 .262 26 4 18 5 Capable of improving AVG.
Reid Brignac TB 1 .238 13 2 10 4 Looks like '09 will be his year.
Chris Gomez CLE 1 .288 18 2 17 1 Versatile veteran provides solid batting average.
Freddy Bynum BAL 1 .266 32 6 21 11 Will deliver more SB with more PT.
Jamey Carroll CLE 1 .270 28 2 20 5 Contact hitter should improve poor '07 average.
John McDonald TOR 1 .254 28 2 25 5 Headed back to utility duty.
Luis Hernandez BAL 1 .246 31 3 29 5 Bat lags way behind defense.
Marco Scutaro TOR 1 .256 28 4 26 2 Versatile vet has little value.
Miguel Cairo SEA 1 .250 16 0 14 7 Diminishing offensive skills limit value as utilityman.
Ramon Santiago DET 1 .254 19 3 17 5 Starting hopes dashed by Edgar Renteria trade.
Ramon Vazquez TEX 1 .231 23 5 20 1 Has a little pop but won't play enough to help.
Royce Clayton FA 1 .241 11 1 8 2 Big league career winding down.
Jason Smith KC 1 .227 14 5 16 1 Still looking for big league job.
Neifi Perez DET 1 .247 15 2 13 1 Long shot to contribute.
Angel Berroa KC 1 .242 8 2 9 2 Running out of big league chances.
Carlos Triunfel SEA 1 -- -- -- -- -- Keeper leaguers take note, a future stud in the making.

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