2020 Shortstop Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld

I usually do this over the All-Star break, but time didn’t allow for it last week. So here now are my very, very preliminary 2020 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2020. Click to see other preliminary 2020 rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

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2020 Shortstop Rankings

 

2020

Shortstop

Team

2019

July

1

Trevor Story

Rockies

1

1

2

Francisco Lindor

Indians

3

3

3

Trea Turner

Nationals

2

2

4

Alex Bregman

Astros

4

4

5

Javier Baez

Cubs

6

5

6

Xander Bogaerts

Red Sox

5

6

7

Adalberto Mondesi

Royals

9

7

8

Fernando Tatis Jr.

Padres

26

11

9

Carlos Correa

Astros

8

14

10

Manny Machado

Padres

7

8

11

Gleyber Torres

Yankees

17

12

12

Corey Seager

Dodgers

11

15

13

Elvis Andrus

Rangers*

14

10

14

Tim Anderson

White Sox

15

21

15

Jonathan Villar

Orioles

4 2B

13

16

Jean Segura

Phillies

10

16

17

Bo Bichette

Blue Jays

48

36

18

Jorge Polanco

Twins

24

19

19

Dansby Swanson

Braves

34

22

20

Paul DeJong

Cardinals

19

20

21

Amed Rosario

Mets

18

24

22

Marcus Semien

Athletics

28

23

23

Andrelton Simmons

Angels

21

27

24

Willy Adames

Rays

23

28

25

Jose Peraza

Reds

12

38

26

J.P. Crawford

Mariners

46

35

27

Didi Gregorius

 

31

26

28

Gavin Lux

Dodgers

76

NR

29

Kevin Newman

Pirates

56

31

30

Chris Taylor

Dodgers

30

34

31

Addison Russell

Cubs

36

42

32

Orlando Arcia

Brewers

33

39

33

Wander Franco

Rays

NR

NR

34

Niko Goodrum

Tigers

26 2B

33

35

Carter Kieboom

Nationals

69

60

36

David Fletcher

Angels

35 2B

43

37

Freddy Galvis

Blue Jays*

39

41

38

Leury Garcia

White Sox

124 OF

44

39

Mauricio Dubon

Brewers

45

NR

40

Nick Ahmed

Diamondbacks

43

45

41

Willi Castro

Tigers

72

NR

42

Brandon Crawford

Giants

37

50

43

Myles Straw

Astros

165 OF

51

44

Daniel Robertson

Rays

42

NR

45

Tim Beckham

Mariners

38

49

46

Jose Iglesias

 

44

54

47

Jorge Mateo

Athletics

61

57

48

Cole Tucker

Pirates

58

NR

49

Miguel Rojas

Marlins

57

52

50

Andres Gimenez

Mets

78

NR

 

  • With Alex Bregman and Manny Machado set to retain eligibility, the shortstop position boasts 12 players in the overall top 50 here. Top prospect Bo Bichette might only rank 17th on this list, but he’s in the overall top 100.

  • Amed Rosario’s defense hasn’t been as bad lately as it was in April and May, but there would still seem to be a pretty good chance that he’ll move to center field next year. The Mets, though, would need a stopgap at shortstop in order to pull that off, since it doesn’t look like top prospect Andres Gimenez will be ready in April. He’s hit a modest .240/.306/.360 as a 20-year-old in Double-A.

  • Dodgers prospect Gavin Lux is crushing it since moving up to Triple-A, hitting .469/.519/.878 in 12 games for his new team after coming in at .313/.375/.521 in 64 games for Double-A Tulsa. He should be a factor at second base next year, if not down the stretch this season.

  • One can’t expect the same of Wander Franco, who has taken over as the game’s No. 1 prospect while excelling in A-ball as an 18-year-old this season. He might force the issue come June or July if he keeps progressing at this rate, but the Rays tend to be cautious and Willy Adames figures to progress some.

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