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25 & Under Rankings (2018): Top 5 Shortstops: Seager’s Outlook, A Surprise At #5 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Who are the next wave of superstars in Major League Baseball? That’s what we are about to dive into, as we go position-by-position, looking for the best players who are 25-years old or younger (as of April 1, 2018). Obviously, things will be slightly skewed to those who have already reached the Majors and produced, but minor leaguers and their upside will not be ignored.

There is little question that shortstop has become a loaded position, filled with young talent (with more on the way).  It’s easy to argue numerous players as the best, but who topped our rankings?  Let’s take a look:

Note – Alex Bregman has eligibility at SS in most formats heading into 2018, but he was included on our 3B rankings (where he ranked #3 behind Manny Machado & Jose Ramirez) and therefore is not included on these rankings.  If he was included he would rank #4.


1) Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
Age – 24

While he doesn’t bring blazing speed, he’s consistently shown the ability to steal 15+ bases.  The surprise was the sudden development in his power, with 33 HR in ’17 courtesy of a 14.0% HR/FB.  Obviously we don’t love seeing a 42.4% fly ball rate, but he continued to hit the ball hard (35.2% Hard%) and make consistent contact (6.4% SwStr%) so the change didn’t have a negative impact on his average outlook…  For the most part. Read more

Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 40 Starting Pitchers (#21-40): Where Does Ohtani Rank & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As we noted when we looked at the Top 20, both Shoehei Ohtani and Zack Greinke fell outside the Top 20 due to recent news.  How far did they fall?  Were there other pitchers who have seen their stock change recently?  Let’s continue updating our rankings with a look at the next twenty starting pitchers:

21. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks
22. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees
23. Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels
24. Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks
25. Jon Gray – Colorado Rockies
26. Jeff Samardzija – San Francisco Giants
27. David Price – Boston Red Sox
28. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs Read more

Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 15 Shortstops: Jorge Polanco Fallout & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The suspension of Jorge Polanco came as a bit of a surprise, and while he wasn’t going to be an elite shortstop he was still ranked #10 and costs fantasy owners one of our favorite “sleepers” heading into 2018.  Who steps into his spot of the rankings?  Have there been any other recent changes?  Let’s look and see how things currently stand:

1, Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
2. Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
3. Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
4. Alex Bregman – Houston Astros
5. Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers
6. Jean Segura – Seattle Seahawks
7. Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers
8. Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies Read more

Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 40 Starting Pitchers (#1-20): Greinke/Ohtani Fall & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With Zack Greinke banged up and the highly hyped Shohei Ohtani struggling, there’s some changes to be made to our starting pitching rankings.  With both now falling outside our Top 20 who steps in to take their spots?  Are there any other changes/concerns have developed this spring?  Let’s start updating our rankings and see where we are at:

1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals
3. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians
4. Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox
5. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians
6. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets
7. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
8. Luis Severino – New York Yankees Read more

Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders (#21-40): The Fall Of Santana/Braun & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As we mentioned when we updated our Top 20 outfielders (click here to view), the Brewers having not yet traded either Ryan Braun or Domingo Santana has to have an impact on our rankings.  While we didn’t see that in #1-20, we will in the next twenty.  Let’s take a look at how far both of them fall, as well as all of the rest of the changes to our rankings:

21. Lorenzo Cain – Milwaukee Brewers
22. Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds
23. Mitch Haniger – Seattle Mariners
24. Andrew McCutchen – San Francisco Giants
25. Nomar Mazara – Texas Rangers
26. Manuel Margot – San Diego Padres
27. Jay Bruce – New York Mets
28. Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs Read more

Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders (#1-20): Injury Concerns Loom…

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the Milwaukee Brewers failing to alleviate their glut of outfielders, at least as of yet, we have to downgrade the outlook for Domingo Santana and Ryan Braun.  While utilizing Braun at first base will help, it’s obvious that both players will likely receive more days off then we’d like to see.  How far down the rankings do they fall?  What else has changed of late?  While the Milwaukee situation didn’t impact the Top 20 there were changes so let’s kick things off:

1. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
2. Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
3. Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
4. Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies
5. Giancarlo Stanton – New York Yankees
6. Aaron Judge – New York Yankees
7. J.D. Martinez – Boston Red Sox
8. George Springer – Houston Astros Read more