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2019 Shortstop Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Time for some All-Star break fun: here are my very, very preliminary 2019 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options are likely to be exercised.
 
Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2019. Click to see other preliminary 2019 rankings.

 

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

 

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2019 Shortstop Rankings

 

2019 Shortstop Team 2018 July
1 Manny Machado   2 3B 2
2 Francisco Lindor Indians 2 3
3 Trea Turner Nationals 1 1
4 Carlos Correa Astros 3 4
5 Trevor Story Rockies 6 5
6 Javier Baez Cubs 10 8
7 Jean Segura Mariners 7 7
8 Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 9 9
9 Tim Anderson White Sox 14 10
10 Corey Seager Dodgers 5 NR
11 Jose Peraza Reds 13 14
12 Elvis Andrus Rangers* 8 12
13 Andrelton Simmons Angels 18 13
14 Addison Russell Cubs 11 16
15 Didi Gregorius Yankees 16 11
16 Scott Kingery Phillies 12 2B 26
17 Paul DeJong Cardinals 23 18
18 Chris Taylor Dodgers 16 2B 17
19 Jurickson Profar Rangers 113 OF 20
20 Marcus Semien Athletics 17 19
21 Ketel Marte Diamondbacks 21 21
22 Orlando Arcia Brewers 15 42
23 Daniel Robertson Rays 58 32
24 Dansby Swanson Braves 26 30
25 Amed Rosario Mets 22 34
26 Eduardo Escobar   34 3B 24
27 Brandon Crawford Giants 30 25
28 Brendan Rodgers Rockies 67 NR
29 Jorge Polanco Twins 28 28
30 Lourdes Gurriel Blue Jays 79 47
31 Adalberto Mondesi Royals 36 2B 39
32 Marwin Gonzalez   19 27
33 Willy Adames Rays 50 38
34 Tim Beckham Orioles 20 31
35 Jose Iglesias   37 35
36 J.P. Crawford Phillies 33 3B 45
37 Troy Tulowitzki Blue Jays 31 44
38 Johan Camargo Braves 39 36
39 Freddy Galvis   34 41
40 Nick Gordon Twins 64 NR
41 Enrique Hernandez Dodgers 47 37
42 Fernando Tatis Jr. Padres 71 NR
43 Aledmys Diaz Blue Jays 33 43
44 Wilmer Difo Nationals 38 48
45 Kevin Newman Pirates 65 59
46 Adeiny Hechavarria   35 53
47 Yairo Munoz Cardinals 56 56
48 Jordy Mercer   42 54
49 Nick Ahmed Diamondbacks 51 49
50 JT Riddle Marlins 54 57
51 Jorge Mateo Athletics 46 NR
52 Bo Bichette Blue Jays NR NR
53 Miguel Rojas Marlins 59 58
54 Mauricio Dubon Brewers 62 NR
55 Tyler Saladino Brewers 41 2B 50 2B
56 Jose Reyes   24 52
57 Brock Holt Red Sox 43 2B 51
58 Nicky Lopez Royals 77 62
59 Cole Tucker Pirates 70 NR
60 Ronald Torreyes Yankees 49 NR

 

  • Trea Turner wasn’t going to stay ahead of Manny Machado, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa forever; he always figured to have a shelf life as an elite basestealer. Still, I thought we’d have a couple of more years of 50ish-steal seasons. Right now, though, he’s at 22 steals in 96 games after coming in at 46 in 98 games last year. He stole 12 bases in April, four in May, six in June and none so far in July (he’s been caught three times this month, matching his total from the first three months combined). I want to see if Turner bounces back there in the second half before entirely writing him off as next year’s No. 1 shortstop, but if he’s a 30-steal guy, rather than a 50-steal guy, going forward, he’s going to fall behind that top tier.

 

  • Brendan Rodgers is the high prospect on the list, though 28th could still be quite low if he’s able to become the Rockies’ second baseman next year with DJ LeMahieu eligible for free agency. Rodgers has hit .270/.333/.508 with 17 homers in 11 steals at Double-A Hartford while logging time at second and third along with short. My guess is that he opens next year in Triple-A, but if it looks like he’ll get the job, he’d crack the top 20 here, maybe the top 15.

 

  • The Twins’ disappointing season would seem to make it more likely that Nick Gordon will get the chance to take over at second base next year, though he needs to pick it up in Triple-A; he’s at .242/.250/.353 in 49 games since his promotion to Rochester. He opened the year by hitting an impressive .333/.381/.525 in 42 games at Double-A Chattanooga.
Matthew Pouliot

Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of NBC Sports Edge and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.