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2015 Rangers Positional Review: Shortstop

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    Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers fields a single hits a by Kevin Pillar #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning during game three of the American League Division Series on October 11, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    With the Rangers' surprising season in the books, let's take a look at the season on a position-by-position basis.

    2015 shortstops

    The guy: Elvis Andrus

    The kid: Hanser Alberto

    Elvis Andrus rarely left the Rangers' lineup in 2015, playing all but two games in the regular season. But for the first half of the year, Rangers fans were clamoring for anyone but Andrus to be manning the shortstop spot for the Rangers.

    Andrus drew the ire of Rangers fans largely because he's making a lot of money now, and he hasn't so much lived up to that deal, especially early this season when he was one the worst everyday player in baseball according to advanced metrics from our friends at FanGraphs.

    Then, somehow, after the all-star break, Andrus flipped a switch and put together a solid season with a great second half, both at the plate and in the field.

    For the year, Andrus hit .258 with an awful .309 on-base percentage with seven homers and 62 RBIs while scoring 69 runs with 34 doubles. He also stole 25 bases, tying him for the team lead with Delino DeShields. But if you look at Andrus' second half, it looked much better.

    After the break, Andrus hit for a .277/.320/.398 triple-slash with 19 doubles, four homers with 33 RBIs, and he was also much better in the field.

    Overall, we'll give the shortstop a grade of B.