FINAL POSITION RANKS: Emerging young shortstops and speedy options give many roster-building options

This year's group of shortstops offers a bit of everything including some young players who are poised to become stars. There are established stars; speedy options for stolen bases; and big names with potential for big bounceback seasons. Choose wisely.


The list:

Can't ever go wrong with Lindor, but a DL stint from Turner could totally destroy your season.


Is Tatis, Jr. going to make the jump into the first round for 2021? A good case can be made.


Bogaerts, Baez, and Torres offer attractive floors as players with low risk and strong counting stat contributions.

Feel like gambling? Mondesi is coming off an injury and has had issues staying on the field his entire career. He's also capable of hitting 10 homers and leading MLB in stolen bases.


I'm all-in on Bichette as a future star with a good combo of power-speed and an above average or better batting average.


I'd rather wait for the likes of Machado then pay up for Villar. For three-straight seasons, Correa didn't come close to playing every game. While he's a prime bounceback candidate with MVP-type talent, he's also a big risk too.

Speaking of bounceback candidates with MVP-type talent, Seager doesn't get the benefit of the doubt Correa is getting in drafts. His batted-ball data went the wrong direction last season, but The Bat X projects .274 batting average with eight homers and nearly 30 runs and RBI.


Andrus's caught stealing rate sucks, but the Rangers keep letting him run. And while we're on that subject, Newman's rate was hideous last season; he's a risk of being a batting average blanket and not much else if the Pirates slow down his aggressiveness.


Any good sleeper list includes Swanson on it. The Bat X views him as a similar player to Seager except with a little less batting average and a little more steals.

Playing time matters, especially in a shortened season, and these guys should be in the lineup each game or close to it. Adames and Ahmed are both projected to provide Swanson-like numbers.

Are the Cubs really going to trot Jason Kipnis out there all the time with Hoerner sitting on the bench? I have my doubts.


The Red Sox have talked up Peraza, who could play all over the diamond. Once upon a time, he went about 15 rounds earlier in drafts.


Iglesias, Lopez, and Crawford are projected to play everyday and hit at or near the top of their lineups. They're not projected to hit well, but someone has to score some runs for those teams.


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