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THE DYNASTY GURU’S 2024 TOP 50 SHORTSTOPS: #31-#50

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Without further ado, let’s continue our 2024 consensus rankings with some shortstops!

#31-#40

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
31Jett Williams32.1
32Sebastian Walcott32.3
33Marcelo Mayer33.7
34Carson Williams35.4
35Masyn Winn36
36Colt Emerson36.3
37Orelvis Martinez37.7
38Ezequiel Duran38.2
39Cole Young38.5
40Vaughn Grissom39.9

I used to like writing up this group it would usually yield a couple underrated vets that would be useful but in 2024 this tier is all upside. Literally, the oldest player in this tier is 24. As such, I want as many of these guys on my Dynasty teams as possible. Some may like the pedigree of former first rounders Marcelo Mayer, Jett Williams and no-relation Carson Williams, Colt Emerson, or Cole Young. Jett Williams made it to Double-A in his first full professional season and with a legit first name of Jett you know he’s going to have 70-speed (he does). Williams has decent Future Value power grades (50) and at only 20-years-old he’s a great player to hope on, even if he’s only 5’6” (short kings unite!).

Marcelo Mayer had a rough introduction to Double-A (63 wRC+ in 190 Plate Appearances) but that came after being promoted from High-A where he slashed .290/.366/.524 in 164 PA. If that has created a buy low window in your league, may as well try to open it. Carson Williams climbed three levels in 2023, starting at High-A and making it to Triple-A, though that was due to getting him a few extra at-bats at season’s end, he only played six games at Double-A. Expect him to start back at Double-A in 2024 for his age-21 season with a possible big-league debut in summer. Especially suited for fantasy after going 23/20 (HR/SB) last year and 19/28 in 2022.

Seattle’s Cole Young is already in the top 100 of most prospect lists after being drafted in the first round in 2022; he’s going to bring a bit of everything and should make it to Double-A by season’s end. Colt Emerson was drafted last season with pick 22 overall out of John Glenn HS in New Concord, Ohio. He and Mariners teammate Emerson Hancock can now form a punk rock/jazz fusion band called Emerson2Emerson. Colt played 16 games for the Modesto Nuts (I liked it better when they were the Modesto A’s) with a wRC+ of 147. Yes, please, come join my team in the FYPD.

Sebastian Walcott has been the darling of many a prospect writer this off-season, so with our ranking we may be a bit behind the curve, but it really is your choice how you order these guys in your rankings; I could see Walcott (and others in this tier) ranked ahead of the guys ranked 21-30, and in a real startup draft, they will probably be drafted before many of those guys. Back to Walcott; making it to High-A as a 17-year-old after starting the season in the Dominican Summer League is quite impressive, and that’s why he’s shot up lists.

My favorite of this group is Masyn Winn. If I was writing the “SS to Target 2024” post, Winn would be there. Winn made his debut in 2023 as a 21-year-old, and stunk it up, proving he wasn’t ready, but the 2023 Cardinals had nothing to play for (as a Cubs fan you have no idea how warm and fuzzy I feel writing that sentence) so they let Winn play in 37 games, where he hit .172 and stole a couple of bases and hit a couple homers. Combined with his Triple-A numbers, he went 20/19; we may be looking at another potential 20/20 bat for a decade at SS. If you can stash him on your minor league roster if he doesn’t make the big league team out of the gate in 2024, that would be best, as Winn could use some more seasoning at Triple-A (but he may not get it).

Orelvis Martinez should make his debut in 2024; if he has a good enough spring and Toronto doesn’t sign any more hitters, he may start the season in the bigs. This guy is a 25+ homer hitter right away, his three full minor league seasons home run totals: 28, 30, 28.  Vaughn Grissom is one lucky guy; while blocked in Atlanta, he has a clear path to playing time in Boston. Whether or not you think he can win a job, that’s the question. Grissom is a good example of using a hot start by a prospect to capitalize for your team. When Grissom came up in August of 2022 he was at his highest value, I traded him along with Cristian Javier and prospect Dustin Harris for Nolan Arenado, who helped my team win the title; a risk worth taking, and capitalizing on Grissom’s super-hot start.

(Phil Barrington)

#41-#50

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
41Brooks Lee40.2
42Luisangel Acuna40.3
43Roderick Arias43.3
44Tim Anderson43.5
45Marco Luciano44.9
46Edwin Arroyo45.9
47Javier Báez47.3
48Tommy Troy47.6
49Geraldo Perdomo47.6
50Brayan Rocchio47.7

This tier definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, but you knew that already if you are dumpster diving all the way down here for a shortstop. The tier’s main two staples are Tim Anderson and Javier Baez. Well I should say more appropriately the skeleton of what used to be Baez and the ghost of Anderson. Things aren’t all bad in these depths though, as up and coming youngsters are an important part of dynasty teams and this tier has that in abundance with Brooks Lee, Luisangel Acuña, Roderick Arias, and Tommy Troy

Let’s start with the youth infusion of this group. Brooks Lee showed promise in his first full season in pro ball with a slash line of .292/.365/.476 at Double-A and made it up to Triple-A before season’s end. He shows some good potential as a hitter who should have a good batting average, on-base skills, and produce enough power to be respectable. He demonstrated the power across both levels this past season, hitting a combined 16 home runs. The issue might be playing time, because the Minnesota Twins are carrying a full house at the infield position already. This shouldn’t be a big issue long term as the likely outcome is someone on the big league roster will be moved by the time he is ready to come up this season or next. Definitely a prospect that could force the Twins’ hand sooner rather than later. 

The next player in this tier that could be a must-have in deeper leagues is Luisangel Acuña. Yes, the little brother of league destroyer Ronald Acuña Jr. The little Acuña is on a similar path to the big leagues as Lee, but should find an easier way to playing time, even if it’s not at shortstop. He slashed .294/.369/.410 at Double-A in 2023. He won’t give you the power of Brooks Lee, but he swiped 57 bases last season and should be a real force on the basepaths when he gets his shot. 

Now let’s turn to the giant eyesores in this tier, Tim Anderson and Javier Báez. Anderson had a nightmare season in 2023 and should be a total avoid for fantasy leagues unless you are desperate. He dropped off the face of the Earth with a slash line of .245/.286/.296, while adding just one home run. Does he have a chance to bounce back in 2024, absolutely. First though, he needs a team to take a chance on him and that might be hard to see at this point. With absolutely no power over the last two seasons, it’s not looking good for Anderson. On the other side of this painful twosome is Báez, who might have had a worse 2023 even though he provided more power than Anderson. Báez had a slash line of .222/.267/.325, but did add nine home runs. 

Rounding out this tier are young prospects who debuted in 2023, Marco Luciano and Brayan Rocchio. Neither made any meaningful impact in short MLB stints in 2023. Both could provide some value given they should be on the field racking up at bats in 2024. While they are expected to get at bats, Luciano and Rocchio are players that seem to be fading down rankings and losing value compared to the other youngsters in this range. Luciano has some power potential, but big contact issues. He hit 15 home runs over 74 minor league games in 2023, but missed the ball to a tune of an uncomfortable 31% strikeout rate. Rocchio conversely can make contact and might have a better profile as he slashed .280/.367/.421 at Triple-A, while adding seven home runs. The power might be limited, but he only struck out at a 12% rate in Triple-A. If he can do something similar in the big leagues, he might put up enough counting stats to be serviceable.

(Daniel Labude)

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Phil Barrington

Phil Barrington

Fantasy player since 1999, specializing in OPS leagues. Accountant by day, fantasy writer by night. Spreadsheets are life.

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