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TGIF: 2009 SS Rankings

The SS position never used to be a source of offense. Instead, it was always a defense-first area. Now it is not uncommon to get your 20 HR power instead of your Gold Glove from the left side of the infield. The Ozzie Smiths would not have a place on your roster, but today with Hanley Ramirez leading the charge (albeit with sub-par defense), an owner can easily count on solid production from a position once devoid of any offensive skill.

The best SS for the 2009 season…

  1. Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins
  2. Jose Reyes, New York Mets
  3. Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies
  4. Stephen Drew, Arizona Diamondbacks
  5. Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
  6. Rafael Furcal, L.A. Dodgers
  7. Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
  8. Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox
  9. J.J. Hardy, Milwaukee Brewers
  10. Michael Young, Texas Rangers
  11. Jhonny Peralta, Cleveland Indians
  12. Ryan Theriot, Chicago Cubs
  13. Mike Aviles, Kansas City Royals
  14. Miguel Tejada, Houston Astros
  15. Khalil Greene, St. Louis Cardinals
  16. Orlando Cabrera, Oakland A’s
  17. Jed Lowrie, Boston Red Sox
  18. Yunel Escobar, Atlanta Braves
  19. Edgar Renteria, San Francisco Giants
  20. Felipe Lopez, Arizona Diamondbacks
  21. Christian Guzman, Washington Nationals
  22. Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay Rays
  23. Clint Barmes, Colorado Rockies
  24. Yuniesky Betancourt, Seattle Mariners
  25. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
  26. Jerry Hairston Jr., Cincinnati Reds
  27. Nick Punto, Minnesota Twins
  28. Jeff Keppinger, Cincinnati Reds
  29. Cesar Izturis, Baltimore Orioles
  30. Marco Scutaro, Toronto Blue Jays

Some SS Advice

Frankly, after the top three SS are off the board (which probably will be by Round 2), the rest of the SS class is not worth reaching for until at least round four. Just because the position’s absolute elite are gone, that does not mean you should go into a panic mode. At this point, just focus on your other areas and trust me, a sudden SS run will not take place. It is not uncommon at this point for people to be thinking that since they have missed out on a top tier SS, they might as well grab one of the best catchers. Do not be this fool.

The name of the game is keeping your cool in the draft room. Don’t fall victim to position runs (just like when you play Madden Football and people get the sudden urge to draft Punters). The talent at SS this year is deeper than you think and if you miss the big three, then you still have a chance several rounds later to draft a SS who can get you the 20-HR power you want.

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