Preliminary 2020 Rankings: Top 10 Shortstops (Where To Rank The 2019 Breakouts, Any Surprises? & More)

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As you view these rankings keep in mind that they are extremely preliminary and will change as we continue our evaluations and projections for 2020. They will also be expanded here on the site, with even deeper rankings and more in-depth analysis available via our draft guide (click here for information on pre-ordering the guide for just $8.25).

With that said, let’s get to the rankings:

RankPlayerTeamQuick Thoughts
1)Francisco LindorCleveland IndiansThere have been a lot of rumors swirling about a potential Lindor trade, though time will tell if that comes to fruition. Regardless of where he plays, is there any question that he's one of the elite in the game?
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 that.
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, but he amazingly topped that in '19 as he exploded for 52 doubles and 33 HR. His HR/FB didn't spike significantly (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 he continues to produce making it impossible to ignore.
7)Manny MachadoSan Diego PadresTalking about disappointments, Machado's first season 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 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 his power creates bad habits moving forward (like a pull heavy approach forming).
10)Fernando Tatis Jr.San Diego PadresHe produced immediately upon making the jump directly 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).

Sources – Fangraphs, Brooks Baseball

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