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2022 Shortstop Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: July 15, 2021, 5:05 am ET

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Up this week are my just-for-fun 2022 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.

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Shortstop Rankings

2022ShortstopTeam2021July
1Fernando Tatis Jr.Padres11
2Trea TurnerNationals22
3Bo BichetteBlue Jays64
4Trevor Story 33
5Adalberto MondesiRoyals79
6Xander BogaertsRed Sox85
7Corey Seager 56
8Carlos Correa 97
9Francisco LindorMets48
10Tim AndersonWhite Sox1110
11Javier Baez 1011
12Wander FrancoRays4718
13Gleyber TorresYankees1214
14Brendan RodgersRockiesn/a23
15Dansby SwansonBraves1313
16Jazz ChisholmMarlins3120
17Amed RosarioIndians1616
18Eugenio SuarezRedsn/a17
19Willy AdamesBrewers1821
20Gavin LuxDodgersn/a27
21Jorge PolancoTwins2125
22Bobby Witt Jr.RoyalsNRNR
23Josh RojasDiamondbacksn/a29
24Isiah Kiner-FalefaRangers2724
25Andres GimenezIndians1940
26Willi CastroTigers1535
27Paul DeJongCardinals2428
28J.P. CrawfordMariners3233
29David FletcherAngels2636
30Joey WendleRays3730
31Brandon Crawford 4832
32Didi GregoriusPhillies2334
33Oneil CruzPirates59NR
34Luis UriasBrewers4439
35Taylor WallsRaysNR51
36Tyler FreemanIndians58NR
37Mauricio DubonGiants2952
38Miguel RojasMarlins*3437
39Nick AllenAthleticsNRNR
40Ha-Seong KimPadres2241
41Austin MartinBlue JaysNRNR
42Andrelton Simmons 3345
43Jeter DownsRed Sox4654
44Jose Iglesias 3642
45Nick AhmedDiamondbacks3948
46CJ AbramsPadresNRNR
47Freddy Galvis 4147
48Niko GoodrumTigers4349
49Elvis AndrusAthletics3044
50Kevin NewmanPirates2843

 

 

  • Bobby Witt Jr. comes in 22nd. That might not sound like much, but this is an awfully deep list; I have him 121st among position players overall. There’s a decent chance Witt will open next year in the majors, and with his stolen base ability, he should be useful right away in fantasy leagues even if he doesn’t bust out immediately. He’s hitting .295/.375/.553 with 13 homers and 14 steals in 251 plate appearances in Double-A.

 

  • Of the rest of the shortstop prospects, Oakland’s Nick Allen might have the best chance of beginning next year in the majors. He’s hit .316/.372/.472 while sharing time between second base and shortstop in Double-A. The Pirates still haven’t tried Oneil Cruz anywhere other than shortstop. They don’t have anything much in front of him there, but most still think he’s going to wind up in the outfield. 2020 first-rounder Austin Martin is splitting time between shortstop and center field. Bo Bichette and George Springer aren’t going to step aside, but his bat could force the Jays to make room for him next summer. Jeter Downs was viewed as Boston’s second baseman of the future when he was acquired in the Mookie Betts trade, but he’s still mostly playing shortstop now. He’s been a disappointment in hitting .234/.309/.377 for Triple-A Worcester.