Top 3 National League West Shortstops
The National League West features some shortstops that get it done with good defense. Others add value to a fantasy team with the bat. In this list, I'll cover the best of the National League West shortstops, taking both offensive and defensive metrics into consideration.
Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies
One would expect a hitter that plays in the hitter friendly climate of Coors Field to have outstand offensive numbers. Troy Tulowitzki headlines the National League West shortstops with a .312 batting average and 82 runs batted in. He also has had the best fielding percentage over the most total chances of any shortstop on this list. The only scare with Tulowitzki is the injury bug. The last time the power shortstop played over 130 games was in 2011.
Hanley Ramirez - Los Angeles Dodgers
After keying the Marlins for several years, Hanley found his home in Los Angeles playing shortstop for the Dodgers. Everyone knows that he has a bat with pop and legs with speed. Although he missed half the season, Ramirez batted a lovely .345 in 86 games with 20 home runs and 62 runs scored. Hanley is a huge liability with his glove however, and is largely viewed as a hitter that just happens to play shortstop. His errors can be costly, but expect him to contribute plenty with the bat.
After a fast start in 2013, Gregorius rapidly cooled off, and he finished with a pedestrian .252 with 7 home runs and 28 runs batted in. Gregorius has a decent glove, but he should be expected to contribute more with his bat. Whether it's lack of offensive chemistry or a statistical anomaly being corrected, Gregorius hasn't contributed as much with the bat as one would have hoped.
A good bat, a steady glove, and overall good makeup put Troy Tulowitzki at the top of this list. If he remains healthy, Tulowitzki can be expected to key a Colorado Rockies offense that was one of the worst in the 2013 season. Expect Ramirez and Gregorius to be key contributors to their respective ball clubs as well.