The Best AL Central Shortstops
The shortstop in modern is a position best made famous by the likes of Pete Rose and Derek Jeter. Although handy glove work still makes for a good shortstop, teams have been shopping for some pop from the shortstop position, as shown by the Cardinals pursuit of Jhonny Peralta. The American League Central shows a trio of deft-handed shortstops that also can contribute at the plate. This list is a good go to reference for people looking to draft in fantasy baseball.
Jose Iglesias - Detroit Tigers
The Tigers traded away a lot of good power in the form of Avasail Garcia to bring in Jose Iglesias from the Boston Red Sox. Iglesias did not disappoint and showed a steady glove with a consistent bat. Iglesias has speed coming out of the batter's box, which can turn a routine ground ball into a infield hit. Iglesias can also run on the basepaths and with the likes of Ian Kinsler and Austin Jackson around him, expect Iglesias to run more as well. Iglesias just missed being Rookie of the Year to the equally impressive Wil Myers, but expect the sure handed Iglesias to dazzle with his glove again in 2014.
Alexi Ramirez - Chicago White Sox
Alexi Ramirez has seen his power numbers take a tumble in 2013. It's been a trend for the past couple of years, and fantasy league players should take notice. However, Ramirez still brings a bat to work every time he is at the plate. His speed is also something to behold on the basepaths as well. Any fantasy baseball owners looking for a little bit of speed should definitely give him a look.
Astrubal Cabrera has seen his numbers take a big hit in 2013. After back to back All Star appearances in 2011 and 2012, Cabrera has mostly been frustrated at the plate. His offensive struggle may very well put him on the trading block for the Indians. His glovework has remained steady with only 9 errors. If Cabrera remains with the Indians under the guidance of manager Terry Francona, look for Cabrera to find hit bat again and combine it with his solid defense.
I believe that the American League Central has a good number of shortstops that make an impact for their respective teams. My favorite overall pick from this pool is easily Jose Iglesias. Although he struggled late and into the postseason, Iglesias can make a difference with his bat. Since the leadoff, second, third, and cleanup spots are all but locked in, look for Iglesias to make a big impact sparking the bottom of the lineup.