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The Dynasty Guru’s 2020 Top 50 Shortstops, #1-20

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Without further ado, it’s time to continue our 2020 consensus rankings by looking at the 1-20 shortstops in dynasty leagues.

1) Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians (Age: 26, Previous Rank: 1)

There was a little momentum towards the next guy on this list, but not enough to dethrone the king at shortstop. After being number one in our ranks last year, Lindor followed up with another predictably amazing statistical season. He has everything you could possibly want for 5×5 roto, a true five-category dynamo. At just 26 years old there is zero risk in his profile. It is safe to expect Lindor to continue having seasons that rival or surpass those that he has already had and he remains four full seasons away from turning 30. Lindor has made an All-Star team and earned MVP votes each of the last four seasons. I have a feeling he’s got a monster season lurking in there that helps him take home that hardware. It just might not be with the Indians. (Jake Devereaux)

2) Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 11)

84 games. That’s it. That’s all it took for the baseball world to look at Tatis and say a collective “Oh, sh*t!” This kid is special, he’d dynamic and he’s going to win players many a league over the course of his career. In that short sample size Tatis had 22 homers, 16 steals, all with a line of .317/.379/.590. The reason why he only played in 84 games was a stress reaction he suffered in his lower back. This in itself isn’t a red flag, however, he has suffered many other injuries–broken finger, hamstring strain, etc.–that have led his club to ask him not to change the way he plays but to pick his spots. The best ability is availability and Tatis is going to learn how to pace himself to put up game totals like Lindor does year after year. If he can figure that out we may have a new number one on this list in 2021. (Jake Devereaux)

3) Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies (Age: 27, Previous Rank: 4)

The last two years, you could argue that Story has been the best roto asset on this list, putting up elite stats in all five categories. After his incredible breakout season in 2018 Story increased his runs scored from 88 to 111 while falling off of his stolen base and home run totals by just two and four respectively. He dropped his RBI from 108 to a still elite 85 and increased his batting average by three points to .294. What is the point of all this statistical talk? To point out that these stats indicate he has staying power, and he is going to remain an extremely safe option at the top of this position. I wouldn’t hesitate to go all-in on Story shares. (Jake Devereaux)

4) Trea Turner, Washington Nationals (Age: 26, Previous Rank: 3)

Have you heard steals are valuable in roto leagues? They are especially valuable coming from a player that isn’t going to drag you down to the bottom of the well in other categories. Meet Trea Turner. In a year where he was playing with a banged-up finger, missing 40 games, he still ended up with a combined 54 steals/homers. The belief that there is a 60 steal 25 homer season lurking in there is one I share. A season like that would make him an easy number one on this list. It’s worth noting that Turner continues to improve at the plate, upping his ISO from .145 to .200 and his batting average from .271 to .298. A fantasy season for the ages could happen any of the next three seasons. (Jake Devereaux)

5) Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 3 at Second Base)

Yankees fans call him Gleybae because his electric bat speed and impressive power has already endeared him to the hearts of the Bronx Bombers fan club. 22-year-old hitters don’t usually mash 38 home runs, never mind ones that play shortstop. The offensive skillset is unique and offers middle of the order numbers from a position not known for such prolific totals. While I think it might be unreasonable to expect the power to continue to grow, I do think that the approach at the plate will improve and we could see even higher batting averages than he has already posted. Torres has the benefit of hitting in the middle of one of the best lineups in all of baseball and will continue to be fantasy gold for the next decade. (Jake Devereaux)

6) Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox (Age: 27, Previous Rank: 7)

Last year, among shortstops with at least 350 PA, Bogaerts was 5th in R, 5th in HR, 1st in RBI, 3rd in BA, and 26th in steals. Speed is the only thing separating Bogey from being in the same conversation as the top four guys at this position. The Red Sox have a plenty dangerous lineup and Bogey spent the majority of the time batting third, leading to ample RBI opportunities. Since he’s entered the big leagues Bogey has never appeared in fewer than 136 games averaging 149 per season. All of this data leads me to the point that Bogaerts is about the safest bet on this list to produce like he has been while continuing to staying healthy. For teams in contention that are contemplating taking him at the top of drafts you can have the security and peace of mind that he’s going to be in your lineup and producing for many years to come. (Jake Devereaux)

7) Wander Franco, Tampa Bay Rays (Age: 19, Previous Rank: 9)

What can I say? Honestly. Everything possible has been written about Franco. The dude was practically wearing diapers last year when he was ranked 9th on this list over guys that have made All-Star teams. Wander Franco is good. There I said it. Like stupidly absurdly good to the point where he was actually putting up better numbers relative to the level than Vlad Jr. was all while playing a more premium position. He dominated the Appy league at 17 before conquering both the Midwest league and the Florida state league at 18. At every stop he’s walked more than he struck out and he has hit for power and average while stealing bases. By the time his ride in the minor leagues is over, which should be soon, we could be talking about him as the most dominant minor leaguer since Alex Rodriguez. (Jake Devereaux)

8) Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs (Age: 27, Previous Rank: 2 at Second Base)

They call him El Mago because of his glove, which just recently rated as the best out of all of the infielders in the majors according to Outs Above Average (OAA). Having eyes and enjoying defense I agree with this. Luckily for us fantasy players, Baez is also in his prime as a hitter contributing across the board in all stat categories. If you play OBP he takes a hit, but his average is still plenty good. Baez isn’t quite as safe as those above him on this list due to the swing and miss in his game, however, I wouldn’t worry about that catching up to him until he’s in his 30’s because of his exceptional hand-eye coordination and bat speed. Last year Baez rated highly in all Statcast metrics including 78th percentile hard-hit rate, 86th percentile sprint speed, and 79th percentile xSLG leading me to believe that he is a very safe buy. (Jake Devereaux)

9) Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 12)

Bo knows and you should too. Making his MLB debut in 2019 Bichette blew everyone’s lofty expectations out of the water putting up a line of .311/.358/.571 with a 142 wRC+ over 46 games. He was just 21 when this happened. To say the shortstop position is in a good place would be an understatement and it’s due to the young guys on this list. If you miss on the eight guys above, do not be alarmed because Bichette will be a five-category stud for you at a far lower ADP. The Blue Jays figured something out with the whole draft every ex-major leaguers’ kids thing. I’m not usually one to be on guys this young producing this early, but I can’t find anything in his profile that gives me pause. (Jake Devereaux)

10) Adalberto Mondesi, Kansas City Royals (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 8)

In our current draft environment where speed is at a premium, guys like Mondesi remain important. Statcast hates this man and so do most traditional statistics. Mondesi ranks in the bottom part of the league in hard-hit rate, expected batting average, expecting slugging, exit velocity, and basically anything that judges his ability to hit a baseball. Now he was injured last year which contributed to this data, but the numbers are far from encouraging. Despite all that he used his 99th percentile speed to steal 43 bases in just 102 games. I suck at math so I won’t try and figure out what that looks like over 162—it’s a lot. Steamer is projecting 20 homers and 48 steals for next year and I think that steals total is low. Roto is won with counting stats and his everyday playing time will provide plenty of opportunity. (Jake Devereaux)

11. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros (Age: 25, Previous Rank: 5)

Correa took the Fantasy world by storm in 2015 when he posted a 136 wRC+ in 432 PA while stealing 14 bases. This season will be his age-25 season, and he has failed to post 500 PA since 2016. Despite the injuries, he has been an above-average hitter and posted some of his best numbers in 2019. Steamer projects him for a .273 Batting Average and a career-high 33 HR which would make him one of the premier shortstop options. You can’t predict injuries, and I view Correa as someone who could be a top-5 fantasy SS by this time next year. He is still young and while he won’t help your SB cause, he’s going to be a great value to owners who can snatch him up while everyone else is down on him. (Joseph Garino)

12. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers (Age: 26, Previous Rank: 6)

Following up Correa we have another former top prospect that has been plagued by injuries and down years. Coming off of a lost 2018, Seager posted a .817 OPS which is not awful but certainly not what you would have wanted from one of the most valuable names on your team. Steamer views Seager as a little better than last season, but not by a significant amount. He posted a 113 wRC+ in 2019 and is projected for a 117 wRC+ in 2020. A 4% increase in what is going to be his age-26 season is not ideal for a player entering his prime. There is a real possibility this might be the last season you could trade Seager while his name holds significant value. (Joseph Garino)

13. Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics (Age: 29, Previous Rank: 28)

Prior to 2019, Semien had never posted an above-average season by wRC+. He had been roughly league-average for his entire career and had been viewed primarily as a defense-first SS. Semien changed the weight of the bat he used to make his hands quicker, and that change showed through career highs in almost every offensive statistics. I am a big believer that 2019 Semien will be Marcus Semien moving forward. I would not sell off the farm for him, but if you have an owner trying to dump him expecting regression then scoop him up as fast as you can. 2019 will probably end up being his career-best season, but if he produces 85% of what he did in 2019 then he could prove to be one of the best options moving forward. (Joseph Garino)

14. Amed Rosario, New York Mets (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 19)

One of the most polarizing members of this list, most of Rosario’s value will come through his speed. He posted 24 and 19 SB over the last two seasons and will not tank your BA/OBP. I think he has 20 HR upside if the ball remains the same as 2019, but even if it doesn’t he will still be a valuable option that seemingly has star potential locked behind a door. His strikeout rate has dropped every season since he came into the league, but he will need to stop chasing balls out of the zone. He had the 17th highest O-Swing% in baseball and needs to put more balls in play to utilize his speed tool. If he can cut down on the swing & miss, he could easily slide into the Top 10. (Joseph Garino)

15. Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox (Age: 26, Previous Rank: 16)

Tim Anderson had a .399 BABIP in 2019. He has good speed so generally, his BABIP is going to be higher than most. Despite that, I think 2019 has to be close to Anderson’s 90th percentile season. Steamer projects Anderson to post a .275 AVG (.060 points lower than 2019) and 17 SB with 21 Home Runs. I think those numbers look right, but I think 15 HR is a much more realistic expectation. I would trade all stock I own in Anderson to anyone willing to give me some value. He’s going to regress and it would best to jump off the train while you can. [ For another take on Anderson, check out Jim Melichart’s piece here– Ed.] (Joseph Garino)

16. Marco Luciano, San Francisco Giants (Age: 18, Previous Rank: NR)

A new addition to the list, Luciano posted a 177 wRC+ at Rookie ball in 2019. He’ll probably start the year in Low-A ball and could reach Double-A by the end of the year if he rakes. His bat is electric (reminds me of Carlos Correa) and he could move through the minors rather quickly. I could see him posting a .290 AVG and 30+ HR consistently once he hits the Majors. By 2021-2022 he could be MLB ready, but he might end up as one of the best prospects in Baseball before that. Buy now as it might be one of your last chances to trade for him before he becomes untouchable. (Joseph Garino)

17. Royce Lewis, Minnesota Twins (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 14)

Lewis had a forgettable 2019 that made the former number one pick a question mark. He’ll probably start 2019 at Double-A and this will arguably be his most important season to date. Regardless, as long as he can hit roughly around league average he should stick at the Major League level due to his well above-average speed and ability to steal bases. I would hold onto him for one more season as his value has been diminished quite a bit due to his terrible season. There is also talk of him potentially moving to the outfield, which would be an interesting transition. If he rebounds he could end up in the Top 10 of this list next year, but a median outcome comp could be Amed Rosario who was featured above. (Joseph Garino)

18. CJ Abrams, San Diego Padres (Age: 19, Previous Rank: NR)

The Padres top pick in the 2019 draft is an interesting one. He’s got incredible speed, but I doubt he is going to stick at SS. Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado are blocking the left side of the infield, but I could see him sliding over to second and being plus there. He doesn’t have incredible power, but his speed will keep him fantasy relevant for years. Contact/Speed guys seem to have a wide range of outcomes, and Abrams certainly comes with some amount of risk but plenty of upsides as well. (Joseph Garino)

19. Bobby Witt, Jr., Kansas City Royals (Age: 19, Previous Rank: NR)

The Royals are going to be bad for a really long time, and Bobby Witt Jr. is going to take a couple of years to develop. His big-league sample is quite small and you can’t really make anything of the numbers. Prospect analysts seem to like Witt and they know much more about him than I do. He looks pretty well rounded across the board and we should get a nice view of his skills this year in Rookie ball. If he could make A- by the end of the year I would consider that a successful season. (Joseph Garino)

20. Carter Kieboom, Washington Nationals (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 22)

Kieboom came up last year and was not great. With Trea Turner currently slated in at SS, I expect Kieboom to fill in at third, replacing Anthony Rendon. His Triple-A numbers were incredible and Steamer has him as a slightly below-average hitter who can steal some bases. I don’t think he’s going to dominate the Majors this year, but he could become a premier 3B option by sometime in 2021. (Joseph Garino)

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Ian Hudson

Ian Hudson

Ian is an editor for The Dynasty Guru and a bowtie enthusiast. If you guessed one of those things about him you could probably guess the other.

He's also an attorney in Tampa, Florida.

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4 Comments

  1. jdr
    February 3, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Did 21-50 of the Third Basemen get skipped by accident?

  2. Trey
    February 9, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    In a twelve teamer where you only keep 8, where would you think about drafting Franco this year?

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