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The underrated Alexei Ramirez

The White Sox shortstop is the best in the AL at his position, but no one really seems to notice

Updated: June 4, 2011, 3:37 AM ET
By Dave Cameron | FanGraphs
Alexei RamirezAP Photo/Jeff ChiuIf All-Star voting is any indication, fans have no idea how good Alexei Ramirez is.

When it comes to shortstops, the National League is stacked. Troy Tulowitzki is generally accepted to be one of the game's best players, and it was no surprise when he was selected first overall in ESPN's Franchise Player Draft on Wednesday. The NL also boasts Hanley Ramirez, Jimmy Rollins and a revitalized Jose Reyes for those who like guys who can run, and Stephen Drew's production at the position is one of the reasons the Diamondbacks are surprising contenders in the NL West. Toss in 21-year-old Starlin Castro, and there will be some tough decisions to be made when it comes time to pick who will represent the Senior Circuit at the position in next month's All-Star Game.

Over in the American League, however, it's a different story. Derek Jeter is the big name but his skills have eroded to the point that he's barely contributing anymore, and the rest of the teams in the Junior Circuit field shortstops who are mostly anonymous to the national public. However, there's one shortstop in the AL who deserves more recognition than he's received to date and has shown that he's good enough to hang with the big boys at the position.