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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

 

2020ShortstopTeam2019July
1Trevor StoryRockies11
2Francisco LindorIndians33
3Trea TurnerNationals22
4Alex BregmanAstros44
5Javier BaezCubs65
6Xander BogaertsRed Sox56
7Adalberto MondesiRoyals97
8Fernando Tatis Jr.Padres2611
9Carlos CorreaAstros814
10Manny MachadoPadres78
11Gleyber TorresYankees1712
12Corey SeagerDodgers1115
13Elvis AndrusRangers*1410
14Tim AndersonWhite Sox1521
15Jonathan VillarOrioles4 2B13
16Jean SeguraPhillies1016
17Bo BichetteBlue Jays4836
18Jorge PolancoTwins2419
19Dansby SwansonBraves3422
20Paul DeJongCardinals1920
21Amed RosarioMets1824
22Marcus SemienAthletics2823
23Andrelton SimmonsAngels2127
24Willy AdamesRays2328
25Jose PerazaReds1238
26J.P. CrawfordMariners4635
27Didi Gregorius 3126
28Gavin LuxDodgers76NR
29Kevin NewmanPirates5631
30Chris TaylorDodgers3034
31Addison RussellCubs3642
32Orlando ArciaBrewers3339
33Wander FrancoRaysNRNR
34Niko GoodrumTigers26 2B33
35Carter KieboomNationals6960
36David FletcherAngels35 2B43
37Freddy GalvisBlue Jays*3941
38Leury GarciaWhite Sox124 OF44
39Mauricio DubonBrewers45NR
40Nick AhmedDiamondbacks4345
41Willi CastroTigers72NR
42Brandon CrawfordGiants3750
43Myles StrawAstros165 OF51
44Daniel RobertsonRays42NR
45Tim BeckhamMariners3849
46Jose Iglesias 4454
47Jorge MateoAthletics6157
48Cole TuckerPirates58NR
49Miguel RojasMarlins5752
50Andres GimenezMets78NR

 

  • 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 NBC Sports Edge and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.