Updated Top 15 Shortstops (2019): Now In San Diego, Does Manny Machado Fall?

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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:

  1. Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
  2. Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
  3. Manny Machado – San Diego Padres
  4. Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies
  5. Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
  6. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
  7. Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
  8. Alex Bregman – Houston Astros
  9. Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees
  10. Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers
  11. Jose Peraza – Cincinnati Reds
  12. Jurickson Profar – Texas Rangers
  13. Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City Royals
  14. Marcus Semien – Oakland A’s
  15. Eduardo Escobar – Arizona Diamondbacks

Thoughts:

  • 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

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  1. Big believer in Peraza? Heard he might not bat lead off this year which means 7-8. I have to make a choice between him and Glasnow.

  2. People way too hesitant on Machado. Day of the signing, made trade in my Dynasty league to acquire Machado by flipping Arenado straight up. Gives me an elite SS to compete this year, while allowing me to utilize Tatis in the SS position starting next season.

  3. Btw…. can you write on an article up on Hicks? Theres lots of debate how high he should be drafted and even more so now that he has this extension.

    • Here’s an excerpt from the Draft Guide, which explains why he fell just short (he’s #16):

      “That’s not to say that there aren’t questions, as he continues to chase outside the strike zone (34.6% O-Swing%), doesn’t hit the ball hard (25.8% Hard%) and has seen his Oppo% shrink over the past few seasons (37.3% in ’15 all the way to 23.5% last season). With more of a groundball approach (51.5% in ’18) that will make him more prone to the shift and could lead to a drop in his average (as we saw in the second half, where he hit .270 courtesy of a .281 BABIP).”

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