Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes got injured last night, and it wasn’t pretty. Reyes hurt his ankle during a slide into second base and Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has estimated that Reyes will be out for at least one month and perhaps up to three months. Reyes is undergoing an MRI today to determine the exact extent of the injury and a more narrowed down timetable for return.
One thing that is for certain is that Reyes will be heading to the disabled list for a long time and that spells bad news for fantasy owners. Reyes is (or rather, was) one of the best shortstops to own when it came to fantasy baseball thanks to his speed and batting average. He also contributed a home run from time to time. Reyes had an average draft position of round 2.7 in Yahoo! leagues this year.
Prior to being injured last night, Reyes was living up to expectations. He was batting .395 in 38 at-bats with one home run, five RBIs, and five stolen bases. He had yet to be caught stealing. Losing him deals a significant blow to any fantasy team.
Reyes hasn’t been updated on the DL yet, but Yahoo! should update his status any day now. Here are five potential replacements currently available in many leagues you could use as a fill in at shortstop.
Alcides Escobar (SS – Kansas City Royals)
Owned in 82 percent of Yahoo! leagues
2013 stats: 10 games, 40 at-bats, 5 runs, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 SB, .300 average
Escobar is actually a pretty decent replacement, at least when it comes to stolen bases and batting average. He had 35 bags and hit .293 last season and is doing pretty well in both categories this year as well. If he is available in your league, he would be the guy to grab.
Jean Segura (SS – Milwaukee Brewers)
Owned in 41 percent of Yahoo! leagues
2013 stats: 8 games, 28 at-bats, 2 runs, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .429 average
Segura is a speedster but you wouldn’t be able to tell from his whopping zero stolen bases this season. That should change as the year goes on and he is capable of grabbing 30 or more. He had 7 steals in 8 attempts in just 44 games last season. His .429 average is also encouraging.
Everth Cabrera (2B, SS – San Diego Padres)
Owned in 61 percent of Yahoo! leagues
2013 stats: 10 games, 38 at-bats, 5 runs, 2 SB, .237 average
Cabrera is a pretty good source of steals but that is about it when it comes to fantasy. He is a career .240 hitter, doesn’t get a lot of RBIs, and has almost non-existent power. He did swipe 44 bags in just 115 games last year, though.
Alexei Ramirez (SS – Chicago White Sox)
Owned in 57 percent of Yahoo! leagues
2013 stats: 10 games, 37 at-bats, 3 runs, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB, .297 average
Ramirez is a well-rounded fantasy player that will contribute across a lot of categories. He generally hits between 10-20 home runs, steals between 10-20 bases, and hits for a respectable .276 over his career.
Erick Aybar (SS – Los Angeles Angels)
Owned in 71 percent of Yahoo! leagues
2013 stats: 7 games, 28 at-bats, 4 runs, 1 RBI, .321 average
Aybar may currently have no stolen bases, but he should provide 20-30 over the course of the season. He also hit .290 last year and is batting .321 currently so he won’t hurt you in average.