Here is a look at the best shortstop prospects in baseball. These are some of the best overall prospects in the game right now, which makes this unlike any of the previous positional rankings. The first five guys are easily in my top 10 overall hitting prospects. There is a changing of the guard coming at the Shortstop position, and these will be your future leaders.
1. Xander Bogaerts, BOS: Just turned 21, Bogaerts is primed to take over as the starting shortstop for the RedSox in 2014. While growing pains are possible, Bogaerts has very good bat speed, plus power and he’s shown a good approach at the plate. He’s a special talent and could be the top SS for dynasty leagues for years to come. There! I controlled my optimism! 20HR .290 in 2014!
2. Javier Baez, CHC: 20-year-old SS hit 37 homeruns and stole 20 bases between High A and AA in 2013. If he was 4 years older and played a lesser position, he’d be George Springer. Yep, he’s that good. Watch where he plays in the spring! If he’s at 2B, he may play for the Cubs in late 2014. His bat is going to be special no matter where he plays.
3. Carlos Correa, HOU: Correa, 19, played all of 2013 in A ball as an 18-year-old. He put up great numbers (.320/.405/.467). The Number one pick from 2012 has a great eye, good bat speed and developing power. The sky is the limit.
4. Addison Russell, OAK: All this 19-year-old did in 2013 was hit .277/.377/.508 in High A. He could easily be #2 on this list. Very good power, good speed and likely to stay at shortstop, Russell has the make-up and ability to perform at an all-star level.
5. Francisco Lindor, CLE: Lindor was promoted to AA in 2013 as a 19-year-old. He is an excellent defender, but he also will offer plenty of offense. He has an excellent BB/K rate 0f 10.8/10.2. He also stole 25 bases. He’ll be especially good in OBP leagues, but should provide AVG, R, SB otherwise.
6. Cory Seager, LAD: Another 19-year-old, Seager showed very good power numbers in 2013, hitting 16 HRs with an ISO over .200. He’s bigger than the other SS prospects, standing 6’4″ and weighing over 200 lbs already, so there’s concern that he may not be able to stay at short. He has all-star talent and his bat should play wherever he ends up.
7. Raul Adalberto Mondesi, KC: Playing most of 2013 as a 17-year-old, the son of Raul Mondesi, put up a .261/.311/.361 line in A ball. He has good bat speed and an advanced approach for someone his age. He’s very athletic and has great range at short. Power is a question right now, but he could be a 15 HR, 30 SB guy. He’s a special talent, but he’s a ways away.
8. Alen Hanson, PIT:21-year-old Hanson struggled in his promotion to AA late in 2013. He has a solid all around offensive package and could be a 10HR, 30SB guy. His defense is shoddy at best, and I mentioned a possible move to 2B here. He has a pretty high ceiling if his power develops a little more.
9. Hak-Ju Lee, TB: Lee, turning 23 in November, was looking great to start 2013 but then a knee injury knocked him out for the season. He is an exceptional defensively and should become a regular big league shortstop. He also has plus speed, so should be able to kick in some good stolen base numbers. Otherwise offensively, with the exception of 15 games in 2013, he’s shown little other than a decent BB/K rate.
10. Jose Peraza, ATL: 19-year-old Peraza stole 64 bases in A ball in 2013 while striking out just 12.7% of the time. He’s a great defensive shortstop and when you add in good contact and speed, there’s a lot to like here. Very high ceiling for this very young prospect.
11. Roman Quinn, PHI: 20-year-old Quinn has exceptional speed. A broken wrist ended his 2013 season early, but not before posting a line of .238/.323/.346. He did steal 32 bases in 67 games. A player with his kind of base-stealing ability who is playing shortstop could have great fantasy value. I want to see how he does in AA first as far as his hit tool and his defense.
12. J.P Crawford, PHI: 18-year-old, 2013 draftee got promoted to low A ball in his first professional year. He has a good hit tool, average power and above average speed. He’s great at short and projects to stay there. At 18, a lot will depend on how his body develops, but he’s an exciting prospect for the Phillies.
13. Amed Rosario, NYM: 17-year-old prospect from DR has some exciting tools. He can hit with power, has good speed, and quick feet defensively. He has an incredibly high ceiling, but also a very low floor. The kind of exciting prospect that it pays to pay attention to.
14. Jose Rondon, ANA: 19-year-old from Venezuela had a nice rookie ball season, hitting .293 with a 9.5/9.8 BB/K rate. He’s very good defensively, has good speed, and there’s some projection there as far as power. He’s a very intriguing prospect.
15. Rosell Herrera, COL: 21-year-old Rosell had himself quite the year in 2013. Underneath the insane .343/.419/.515 line was an ISO of .172, a BB rate of 11% and a K% of 17 and 21SB. I’m not throwing a parade just yet, but if everything plays well, he should hit for a good avg, obp, decent power and some speed. He’s worth keeping an eye on.
16. Trevor Story, COL: 20-year-old prospect saw his stock take a hit in 2013. He struck out 33% of the time with a .161 ISO. In 2012 his K% was 22 and his ISO was .229. He has some power, a decent hit tool and should likely stay at SS. Not a high-ceiling type guy, but could be a solid regular.
17. Luis Sardinas, TEX: This 20-year-old prospect is an excellent defensive shortstop. He has very good speed and K’s at a low rate. He doesn’t draw many walks and he has no power to speak of. He does have a very good hit tool and could end up hitting .300 in Texas.
18. Chris Owings, ARI: 22 year-old Owings made his MLB debut in 2013, logging 20 games with the Diamondbacks. Owings really broke out in AAA, but I’m skeptical due to it being in Reno and because of his 3.8% BB rate. There’s some average power and speed there, and he could develop into a 15/15 .270 SS if everything breaks right.
Very deep sleeper
Hanser Alberto, TEX: .213/.253/.287. That’s Alberto’s line at AA in 2013. He just turned 21 though, has good speed and very good contact skills.
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