2020 Rankings: Top 15 Shortstops (Where To Rank The 2019 Breakouts, Any Surprises? & More)

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Spring Training is upon us, and that means it’s time to ramp up our preparation for our 2020 Fantasy Baseball Drafts. Let’s keep our “official” rankings on the site rolling, with even deeper rankings and more in-depth analysis available via our draft guide (click here for information on ordering the guide for just $8.25), with the Top 15 First Basemen. Who are the players worth targeting? Who could surprise? Who is destined to disappoint?

Let’s answer all of these questions and more as we get to the rankings:

RankPlayerTeamQuick Thoughts
1)Francisco LindorCleveland IndiansThere were a lot of rumors swirling about a potential Lindor trade, though they never came to fruition. His home locale never would've matter, as there's no question that he's one of the elite.
2) Trevor StoryColorado RockiesStory has the typical home (.328 with 24 HR) / road (.260 with 11 HR) split we've become accustomed to from Coors Field hitters. At the same time his ability to steal bases as well as produce RBI/R overcome any concerns that could cause.
3) Alex BregmanHouston AstrosHe's been an extra base machine over the past few years, and the doubles turned into home runs in '19 (41 HR). We do need to monitor his average, even with an elite approach, as he appears to be swinging for the fences (and that risk/limitation is the only thing holding him back).
4) Trea TurnerWashington NationalsWhile injuries did "limit" his performance, as he played in 122 games, Turner hit .298 with 19 HR and 35 SB. He's now stolen at least 33 bases in four straight seasons and that type of production is difference making.
5) Xander BogaertsBoston Red SoxBogaerts racked up 45 doubles, 3 triples and 23 HR in '18, and he topped that in '19 as he exploded for 52 doubles and 33 HR. His HR/FB didn't spike (16.7%), and when coupled with a strong approach it makes the breakout believable.
6) Javier BaezChicago CubsWe know he brings power, but his stolen base total regressed while he continued to show a poor approach (18.3% SwStr%, 44.1% O-Swing%). That's going to bring questions, but his production makes him impossible to ignore.
7)Manny MachadoSan Diego PadresTalking about disappointments, Machado's first season in San Diego hardly went as planned. The problem stemmed mostly from playing in Petco Park (.219), but he proved he could hit the ball out of the ballpark and should be able to make the necessary adjustments. Maybe he doesn't play up to his contract, but that doesn't mean he should be ignored.
8)Marcus SemienOakland AthleticsIt was the breakout campaign we've been waiting for, as he hit .285 with 33 HR, 92 RBI, 123 R and 10 SB. The key is the power, though his 15.3% HR/FB is right in line with the 14.7% he posted in 2017 (prior to his wrist injury zapped him of his power).
9)Gleyber TorresNew York YankeesTorres' 2019 "breakout" was more due to a spike in his power than anything, as the underlying metrics remained relatively unchanged. There are going to be questions about his approach (13.2% SwStr%, 35.1% O-Swing%) and concern that the power surge creates bad habits moving forward (like a pull heavy approach).
10)Fernando Tatis Jr.San Diego PadresHe produced immediately upon making the jump from Double-A (.317 with 22 HR and 17 SB). There are questions, specifically in his average, as to whether or not he'll be able to replicate the production (.410 BABIP as well as strikeout concerns).
11)Bo BichetteToronto Blue JaysBetween Triple-A and the Majors Bichette combined for 19 HR and 19 SB last season. While there likely will be some bumps (specifically in his AVG), the blend of power and spend makes him extremely appealing.
12)Carlos CorreaHouston AstrosThe talent of Correa is obvious, but can he ever stay healthy for a full season? He's played 110 games or fewer in each of the past three seasons, including 75 in '19.
13)Corey SeagerLos Angeles DodgersAfter losing '18 due to injuries Seager showed signs of returning to a potentially elite in '19 (.272 with 19 HR). There's more upside in his power (44 doubles) and AVG (.303 BABIP), adding to the potential appeal.
14) Jorge PolancoMinnesota TwinsHe may not have the biggest name, but he brings a good approach and the potential to see his power flourish (9.6% HR/FB in '19). There are limitations, but it wouldn't be surprising to see an even bigger breakout in 2020.
15)Paul DeJongSt. Louis CardinalsHe has power, but can he pair it with a solid AVG? He did hit .259 in the first half of '19, and with his power that would be more than enough to make him a strong option.

Sources – Fangraphs, Brooks Baseball

Make sure to check out all of our 2020 preseason rankings:

PositionLast Updated
Catchers02/10/20
First Basemen02/13/20
Second Basemen02/18/20
Third Basemen02/21/20
Shortstops02/24/20
Outfielders03/06/20
Starting Pitchers03/09/20
Relief Pitchers03/03/20

4 COMMENTS

  1. What are your thoughts on Amed Rosario? He just turned 24 in Nov and has progressed as a hitter every year in the league.

    2017 (Age 21): 45.5% O-Swing / 18.1% SwStr / 67.3% Contact / 75.9% Z-Contact / 24.1% Hard
    2018 (Age 22): 41.2% O-Swing / 12.8% SwStr / 76% Contact / 77.6% Z-Contact / 27.7% Hard
    2019 (Age 23): 38.1% O-Swing / 11.6% SwStr / 77.6% Contact / 88.2% Z-Contact / 33.4% Hard

    As his approach has improved, his swinging misses have decreased and his contact has improved. He batted .319 in the 2nd half last season. While that is supported by an unsustainable .363 BABIP, is it crazy to think he can hit .290ish with a .320-.330 BABIP.

    Standing 6’2″, he should continue to grow into his power. He hit 15 HRs on 10.3% HR/FB last year. He needs to hit more fly balls of course but a 20 HR season is well within his reach this year.

    He hasn’t been great on the base paths but he is aggressive enough to get 20-25 SBs.

    He is great value this year and s/b a top 15 SS

    • He still chases outside the strike zone an awful lot, which obviously isn’t a good thing, and te Hard% is a concern. For me he remains more of a depth option than anything

    • He was one of the first cuts, and it’s because of the potential missed time at the start of the season. If he was going to get 550-600 AB he’d be in the Top 15

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