Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: 5 Shortstops You Can’t Trust

Why you want to avoid these guys when drafting your team next month.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Jed Lowrie – Astros

Lowrie would be golden…if he could only stay healthy. He's bombed 31 home runs in just over 700 at-bats the past three years, but has been put on the DL every single season. He's 28 years-old-now, so if you buy too high on him and he bites you, you deserve it at this point. Lowrie is nothing more than a last round flier, only because he has the potential to hit 25-30 home runs — but only if he stays out of the trainer's room, which will be about as tough as avoiding Mickey Mouse at Disneyland.

Ben Zobrist – Rays

I lost faith in Zobrist after he hit nearly the mendoza line the first two months of last season. He still managed to hit 20 home runs for the second straight year, but at 31-years-old and only stealing 14 bases, I can't spend $24 a guy that has shown signs of deterioration. Tread carefully.

Alexei Ramirez – White Sox

Only 16 walks and nine home runs in 621 plate appearances last season means the Sox will have him on a short leash this upcoming season. He still has some speed, but the loss of power and batting average of the last three years scares me.

Erick Aybar – Angels

He hit for a good average last year, but with only eight home runs, 45 RBI and 67 runs, he's nothing special. Give me Alcides Escobar, Jurickson Profar or Zack Cozart instead; all have major upside to do some serious fantasy damage, something Aybar does not.

Danny Espinosa – Nationals

Espinosa should have shortstop eligibility in your league, although he's primarily a second baseman. He's being priced around $18 though. In short, there's no way I'm paying that amount for a guy that hits no better than .247 (.236 in '11) and had a second half slash of .227/5/14. Not to mention, Espinosa strikes out at an alarming rate. He's only 25-years-old, so there is a chance he could still turn things around. However, I would much rather take a chance on any of the guys listed while speaking of Aybar (above).

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