2023 Shortstop Rankings

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Up this week are my mostly-for-fun 2023 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be 20-game 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.

Click to see other other preliminary 2023 rankings:

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

Shortstop rankings

2023

Shortstops

Team

2022

July

1

Fernando Tatis Jr.

Padres

8

9

2

Trea Turner

1

1

3

Bo Bichette

Blue Jays

2

2

4

Bobby Witt Jr.

Royals

13

14

5

Tim Anderson

White Sox

3

4

6

Corey Seager

Rangers

5

6

7

Wander Franco

Rays

4

5

8

Francisco Lindor

Mets

10

3

9

Xander Bogaerts

Red Sox*

6

7

10

Dansby Swanson

19

12

11

Jeremy Pena

Astros

29

19

12

Carlos Correa

Twins*

15

16

13

Tommy Edman

Cardinals

n/a

13

14

Willy Adames

Brewers

17

17

15

Javier Baez

Tigers

9

10

16

Adalberto Mondesi

Royals

n/a

NR

17

Oneil Cruz

Pirates

22

21

18

Andres Gimenez

Guardians

28

25

19

Amed Rosario

Guardians

18

20

20

Nico Hoerner

Cubs

n/a

30

21

Gunnar Henderson

Orioles

NR

NR

22

Luis Garcia

Nationals

n/a

31

23

Royce Lewis

Twins

66

NR

24

Luis Urías

Brewers

26

29

25

Ezequiel Tovar

Rockies

NR

NR

26

J.P. Crawford

Mariners

31

35

27

Nick Gordon

Twins

n/a

48

28

C.J. Abrams

Padres

45

57

29

Kyle Farmer

Reds

51

41

30

Brandon Crawford

Giants

27

39

31

Jose Barrero

Reds

41

51

32

Isiah Kiner-Falefa

Yankees

36

38

33

Jon Berti

Marlins

n/a

27

34

Joey Wendle

Marlins

33

46

35

Dylan Moore

Mariners

n/a

45

36

Bryson Stott

Phillies

55

60

37

Anthony Volpe

Yankees

NR

NR

38

Jordan Westburg

Orioles

NR

NR

39

Didi Gregorius

35

43

40

Jorge Mateo

Orioles

n/a

37

41

Miguel Rojas

Marlins

42

53

42

Paul DeJong

Cardinals

40

72

43

Jose Iglesias

30

42

44

Harold Castro

Tigers

53

62

45

Diego Castillo

Pirates

n/a

65

46

Elvis Andrus

44

54

47

Luis Guillorme

Mets

n/a

58

48

Thairo Estrada

Giants

58

40

49

Garrett Hampson

Rockies

n/a

59

50

Lenyn Sosa

White Sox

NR

79

51

Aledmys Diaz

n/a

64

52

Tyler Freeman

Guardians

54

73

53

Geraldo Perdomo

Diamondbacks

70

76

54

Jacob Amaya

Dodgers

NR

NR

55

Ha-Seong Kim

Padres

48

55

56

Elly De La Cruz

Reds

NR

NR

57

Nicky Lopez

Royals

34

56

58

David Fletcher

Angels

39

66

59

Orelvis Martinez

Blue Jays

NR

NR

60

Nick Maton

Phillies

NR

NR

61

Vaughn Grissom

Braves

NR

NR

62

Christian Arroyo

Red Sox

n/a

68

63

Kevin Newman

Pirates

59

69

64

Liover Peguero

Pirates

NR

NR

65

Jeremiah Jackson

Angels

NR

NR

66

Nick Allen

Athletics

NR

74

67

Oswald Peraza

Yankees

67

NR

68

Luis Rengifo

Angels

62

61

69

Nick Ahmed

Diamondbacks

56

NR

70

Taylor Walls

Rays

52

77

  • 10 of my top 25 shortstops from the beginning of this season (including Trevor Story, Jorge Polanco and Marcus Semien) are probably losing their eligibility next year, taking away some of the depth here. That’s why someone like Luis Urías, whose stock is down a little, ranks several spots higher here for 2023 than he does in my July rankings. Still, the top 19 players here all rank among my top 100 position players for next year. It’s just that things fall off quickly after that.

  • It’s been interesting seeing the way the Orioles handle Gunnar Henderson and Jordan Westburg. Oddly, both played positions other than shortstop more frequently while at Double-A Bowie (third base for Henderson, second and third for Westburg), yet both have played more shortstop than anywhere else since moving up to Triple-A Norfolk. The two grade out similarly defensively, but that Henderson is the better prospect - and one of the very best overall in the minors - might get him the nod at short and push Westburg to third on a more permanent basis. I have Henderson 21st and Westburg 38th in the rankings. I’m guessing both will open next year back in Triple-A, but since the Orioles are hoping to make some noise now, that’s not at all a given.

  • Ezequiel Tovar is probably further away, but who really knows with the way the Rockies operate? He’s impressed in Double-A, hitting .318/.386/.545, and he has 30-steal ability. He could quickly become a top fantasy shortstop once his opportunity arrives.