The Best 3 National League East Shortstops
Rounding out our trip around the league for the shortstop position is the National League East. The 2013 National League East Division was plain and simple. The Braves grabbed first place early, and never looked back. Look for these three shortstops to contribute to their ballclub in the 2014 season.
Andrelton Simmons - Atlanta Braves
Andrelton Simmons was a pleasant surprise in his first full season in the Major Leagues for the Braves. He posted a decent .248 batting average with 76 runs scored and 17 home runs. More impressive was the pure impact that he had with his glove. Watching Simmons field is akin to watching an acrobatics show. His range is astounding and can be a game changer. Look for Simmons to continue impressing with his glove while hitting in the bottom of the Braves lineup.
Ian Desmond - Washington Nationals
It was a very disappointing year for the Nationals organization, but their slugging shortstop had a great year at the plate. Desmond compiled a .280 batting average with 20 home runs and 21 stolen bases. His mixture of power and speed adds a lot of value to his overall fantasy makeup. He has a weaker fielding percentage among National League East shortstops at .971, but expect him to be drafted early next year for his raw hitting ability.
Jimmy Rollins - Philadelphia Phillies
The veteran Jimmy Rollins suffered with his team in 2013. He only hit 6 home runs while posting a .252 batting average with 39 runs batted in. It could be possible that the steady veteran is suffering from a natural decline. One can hope that at the shortstop position, Rollins can still contribute with his glove while making as much of an impact as he can with his bat.
The National League East was mostly a laugher for the entire season. Expect some teams to fall back into contention, while others fall out of the race completely by the All Star Break. Look for the best shortstop on this list, Andrelton Simmons, to make a huge contribution with his glove while possibly breaking out with his bat.