Top 10 Right Now – Shortstops

The final of our positional lists (with only the Ultimate Top 10 to come next week), shortstop is absolutely loaded.  Remember the group that included Jeter, Rodriguez and Garciaparra?  This class is deeper.

A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting in February. The lists will highlight the Top 10 players at each position, managers and executives, finishing up with the Ultimate Top 10 list, a ranking of each of the position’s number one player.

Here’s a list of what’s to come and already been published:
Nov. 12 – Executives
Nov. 19 – Managers
Nov. 26 – Catchers
Dec. 3 – Left Fielders
Dec. 10 – First Basemen
Dec. 17 – Starting Pitchers
Dec. 24 – Designated Hitters
Dec. 31 – Third Basemen
Jan. 7 – Right Fielders
Jan. 14 – Relief Pitchers
Jan. 21 – Second Basemen
Jan. 28 – Center Fielders
Feb. 4 – Shortstops
Feb. 11 – Ultimate Top 10

Below are two lists, one (“Statistical”) shows players ranked per a combination of their 2018 stats and where they ranked in those stats per their respective position. Offensive, defensive, base running and all-inclusive stats are included in the calculations.  The second (“Adjusted”) list is based on stats but then given adjustments based on track record, injuries and projections and reflects our ranking of the players as they head into 2019.

The list in which the players appear depends mostly on where they played the most games (or innings) in 2018 but also where they project to play this coming year if substantially different than last (i.e. role player getting a more permanent position).

2018 Statistical Top 10
T-9. Jean Segura, Philadelphia Phillies
T-9. Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics
8. Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees
T-5. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
T-5. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
T-5. Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
4. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
T-2. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
T-2. Manny Machado, Free Agent
1. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

Adjusted Top 10
10. Willy Adames, Tampa Bay Rays
9. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
8. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
7. Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
6. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
4. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
3. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
2. Manny Machado, Free Agent
1. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

In consideration (with their rank from last year’s list): Gregorius (8), Elvis Andrus (9), Brandon Crawford (10), Semien, Segura, Paul DeJong, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Yairo Munoz, Adalberto Mondesi, Amed Rosario, Tim Anderson, Orlando Arcia, Jose Peraza, Jorge Polanco

Notes: Picking a number one here is like picking a favorite child (hopefully you can’t).  Bad analogy, maybe, but there are several guys that could easily claim the top spot.  Perhaps most exciting is how young this position is so it promises to be great for years to come… Lindor had a monster year and figures to keep getting better… our list doesn’t factor in “make up” so Machado, with his character coming into question lately, is at number two… let’s hope Correa’s injuries are behind him… although Story came up without the hype (I did predict his breakout after watching him take just one spring training at-bat, however), of the Lindors, Correas and Seagers, he is proving at least as productive as that group… can Baez repeat?… Seager – another injury guy – falls in a little later due to the amount of time he missed… could have gone Segura or a number of others at the ten spot, but I really like what Adames did last year… Gregorius probably claims the 10th spot if not for his injury that will cost him a big chunk of ’19… in Gurriel, Adames, Munoz, Mondesi, Rosario, Anderson and Arcia, the next (concurrent) wave may be arriving… Addison Russell is an omission this year – even from “in consideration” – due to his fluid situation in Chicago.  I don’t see a path to much playing time.

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