We finally learned where Manny Machado will call home in 2019, and the move to San Diego is going to be seen as a negative. Should it be? At least a little, and he does slide down the rankings slightly, though he remains one of the elite in the league. Let’s take a look at how our shortstop rankings currently shake out:
- Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
- Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
- Manny Machado – San Diego Padres
- Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies
- Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
- Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
- Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
- Alex Bregman – Houston Astros
- Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees
- Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Jose Peraza – Cincinnati Reds
- Jurickson Profar – Texas Rangers
- Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City Royals
- Marcus Semien – Oakland A’s
- Eduardo Escobar – Arizona Diamondbacks
- The injury to Francisco Lindor does drop his outlook, though it isn’t enough to move him off the top of the rankings quite yet. If we learn that the injury is more severe than initially expected and that he’s going to miss more than a week or two (or that it will have a greater impact on his ability to steal bases) then we’ll have to reevaluate his standing. For now consider him a first round talent.
- How will the move to San Diego impact Machado’s power outlook? He has typically been less productive on the road (.443 SLG), though going to Los Angeles didn’t have a negative impact (.514 SLG over 29 games in ’18). It’s a small sample size, but it gives hope that he can continue hitting the ball out of any ballpark (33+ HR for four straight seasons). Even if he “drops” to 28-31 HR, it will be more than enough given his strong approach. Don’t consider him a lock to plummet down the rankings.
- Surprised to see Alex Bregman as low as he is? That’s a topic we are getting ready to cover in detail this week, so make sure to check back and find out why.
- Adalberto Mondesi is one of the hotter names as we head into 2019 drafts, but does he deserve it? Speed is hard to find, but there’s no guarantee that he gets to tap into it considering his questionable approach (18.2% SwStr%, 37.1% O-Swing%) and his lack of ability to use the entire field (17.6% Oppo%). With the risk that opposing pitchers start to throw him even fewer fastballs, it all creates more questions than we’d feel comfortable with.
Sources – Fangraphs, NFBC