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2016 Shortstop Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Time for some All-Star break fun: here are my very, very preliminary 2016 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 are likely to be exercised.

 

Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2016. Click to see other preliminary 2016 rankings:

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

 

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2016 Shortstop Rankings

 

 

2016 Shortstop Team 2015 July
1 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 2 2
2 Carlos Correa Astros 51 5
3 Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 11 9
4 Ian Desmond   4 4
5 Jose Reyes Blue Jays 3 3
6 Jhonny Peralta Cardinals 18 6
7 Corey Seager Dodgers 77 45
8 Alcides Escobar Royals 10 13
9 Brad Miller Mariners 16 19
10 Starlin Castro Cubs 5 7
11 Jean Segura Brewers 14 10
12 Marcus Semien Athletics 22 2B 12
13 Alexei Ramirez White Sox 9 11
14 Elvis Andrus Rangers 6 16
15 Erick Aybar Angels 12 14
16 Francisco Lindor Indians 37 25
17 Wilmer Flores Mets 22 24
18 Jung-Ho Kang Pirates 26 21
19 Javier Baez Cubs 23 42
20 Brandon Crawford Giants 29 18
21 Andrelton Simmons Braves 15 22
22 Jimmy Rollins   13 15
23 Jed Lowrie Astros 17 33
24 J.P. Crawford Phillies 62 NR
25 J.J. Hardy Orioles 20 23
26 Adeiny Hechavarria Marlins 27 27
27 Zack Cozart Reds 25 NR
28 Jose Iglesias Tigers 36 30
29 Trevor Story Rockies NR NR
30 Didi Gregorius Yankees 28 32
31 Stephen Drew   24 28
32 Asdrubal Cabrera   19 29
33 Eugenio Suarez Reds 39 31
34 Danny Santana Twins 8 37
35 Trea Turner Nationals NR NR
36 Daniel Robertson Rays 67 NR
37 Christian Colon Royals 34 2B 46
38 Nick Ahmed Diamondbacks 40 41
39 Tim Anderson White Sox NR NR
40 Mike Aviles   39 2B 38
41 Freddy Galvis Phillies 30 36
42 Orlando Arcia Brewers 79 NR
43 Jonathan Villar Astros 47 49
44 Everth Cabrera   33 47
45 Jordy Mercer Pirates 31 43
46 Jorge Polanco Twins 73 NR
47 Ruben Tejada Mets 49 44
48 Eduardo Nunez Twins 41 39
49 Luis Sardinas Brewers 52 2B NR
50 Chris Taylor Mariners 44 NR
50 Tyler Saladino White Sox 78 NR
51 Gavin Cecchini Mets NR NR
52 Wilmer Difo Nationals 84 NR

 

Shortstops

 

o Should I have just gone ahead and placed Correa No. 1 now? I almost certainly would if Tulo were traded.

 

o Bogaerts at No. 3 doesn’t seem ideal, given that he doesn’t steal bases and he still isn’t showing much home run power. However, he does seem to be the safest choice, particularly now that he’s established himself as a guy who should hit in the top half of Boston’s order for a long time. If Desmond bounces back in the second half and lands in a comfortable situation in free agency, I’d probably push him back ahead of Bogaerts.

 

o Seager could be a top-five shortstop if things break right, but his fantasy upside is limited somewhat by his lack of steal ability (3 SB this year, 6 last year). He’s also not going to be a big-time home run hitter right away; I’d project him for right around 15 next year.

 

o I doubt the Nationals will go right to Turner at shortstop if Desmond exits in free agency, but he should be an option by mid-2016. He’s hit .276/.300/.448 in his first 16 games in Triple-A, putting him at .318/.368/.472 in 324 at-bats for the year. The Nationals could get by with Danny Espinosa at short until Turner shows he’s ready.

Matthew Pouliot
Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.