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2020 Shortstop Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: July 17, 2019, 5:11 am ET

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.
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.