If you want to get defensive at shortstop in baseball, there's no better place to be than the American League West.
The West features three of the best defensive shortstops in baseball, including two in Elvis Andrus and Erick Aybar who are also solid offensive players. Seattle's Brendan Ryan may have one-upped the both of them last year with his defensive work at short.
Here's a look at the team rankings of the shortstops in the West.
1. Texas Plenty of Texas fans are already lamenting what's going to happen when Elvis Andrus' current contract expires after the 2014 season. They should enjoy what they have instead. Andrus, who is entering just his fifth season in the majors, is already a two-time All-Star with some of the best range in baseball and an ever-improving offensive game. Andrus is coming off a season in which he set career highs in games plays, at-bats, hits, doubles, triples and RBI. If that weren't enough, his .286 average was a career bes...
With his rich new contract extension set to kick in this year, can Angels fans expect more from Erick Aybar with him entering his prime or will it just be more of the same productive but maddening inconsistency?
2012 Stats: 554 PA, .290 AVG, .324 OBP, .416 SLG, 67 R, 8 HR, 45 RBI, 20 SB, 4 CS, 61 K, .321 wOBA, 109 OPS+, 3.4 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 601 PA, .276 AVG, .317...