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2017 Rankings: Top 15 Shortstops: Lindor/Story Both Among Top 5 & More

Monday, February 13, 2017 5:50
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by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There has certainly been a renaissance at shortstop, with a slew of high-end youngsters debuting in the past few years.  The top of the rankings are littered with young, high-end options, though there is a bit of a drop-off as you get near (and beyond) the Top 10 options.  Who are the players you want to target?  Who are the ones who are likely going to be overvalued?  Let’s tale a look:

1. Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
2. Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
3. Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
4. Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies
5. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
6. Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Jonathan Villar – Milwaukee Brewers
8. Jean Segura -Seattle Mariners
9. Marcus Semien – Oakland A’s
10. Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs
11. Troy Tulowitzki – Toronto Blue Jays
12. Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers
13. Eduardo Nunez – San Francisco Giants
14. Aledmys Diaz – St. Louis Cardinals
15. Brad Miller – Tampa Bay Rays

 

Thoughts:

  • It may surprise you to see Marcus Semien slotted ahead of Addison Russell, but even if you wanted to downgrade the A’s shortstop a few spots waiting to select him is a prudent decision.  We compared to two and discussed why Semien brings more value, which you can read by clicking here.
  • Corey Seager outside the Top 5?  While he’s coming off a monster season (.308, 26 HR, 72 RBI, 105 R), there is reason to believe that he’ll suffer through the dreaded sophomore slump.  The strikeout rate could easily rise (11.3% SwStr%, 19.4% strikeout rate), the luck could regress (.355 BABIP) and he also could see a drop in power (29.3% fly ball rate).  We will discuss him in detail shortly, but being cautious makes sense.
  • Speaking of sophomore slumps, that’s the perception you get from Carlos Correa’s 2016 despite hitting .274 with 20 HR and 13 SB.  The power is for real, he’s going to chip in some stolen bases and he’s proven capable of making consistent contact.  Look for a “rebound” and the potential to join Manny Machado in the elite tier at the position.
  • While stolen bases are hard to find, seeing both Jonathan Villar and Jean Segura emerge in 2016 should be welcome signs.  We looked at what to expect from Segura now that he’s in Seattle, which you can read by clicking here.
  • Aldemys Diaz is going to be a popular pick heading into 2017 drafts, and it makes sense after he hit .300 with 17 HR in his first season in the Majors.  The average is the main concern, especially after things tumbled to .257 during an injury plagued second half.  Considering his 15.6% line drive rate (along with a few other metrics), that may be closer to what our expectations should be however.

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Make sure to check out our other Early 2017 Rankings:

Position
Last Updated
Catcher 01/09/17
First Base 01/16/17
Second Base 01/23/17
Third Base 02/06/17
Shortstop 11/21/16
Outfielder 12/05/16
Starting Pitcher 12/13/16
Relief Pitcher 01/02/17



Source: http://rotoprofessor.com/baseball/?p=32025

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