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2023 Shortstop Rankings

Luis Urias

Luis Urias

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Up this week are my mostly-for-fun 2023 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be 20-game 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 have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

Click to see other other preliminary 2023 rankings:

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

Shortstop rankings

2023 Shortstops Team 2022 July
1 Fernando Tatis Jr. Padres 8 9
2 Trea Turner 1 1
3 Bo Bichette Blue Jays 2 2
4 Bobby Witt Jr. Royals 13 14
5 Tim Anderson White Sox 3 4
6 Corey Seager Rangers 5 6
7 Wander Franco Rays 4 5
8 Francisco Lindor Mets 10 3
9 Xander Bogaerts Red Sox* 6 7
10 Dansby Swanson 19 12
11 Jeremy Pena Astros 29 19
12 Carlos Correa Twins* 15 16
13 Tommy Edman Cardinals n/a 13
14 Willy Adames Brewers 17 17
15 Javier Baez Tigers 9 10
16 Adalberto Mondesi Royals n/a NR
17 Oneil Cruz Pirates 22 21
18 Andres Gimenez Guardians 28 25
19 Amed Rosario Guardians 18 20
20 Nico Hoerner Cubs n/a 30
21 Gunnar Henderson Orioles NR NR
22 Luis Garcia Nationals n/a 31
23 Royce Lewis Twins 66 NR
24 Luis Urías Brewers 26 29
25 Ezequiel Tovar Rockies NR NR
26 J.P. Crawford Mariners 31 35
27 Nick Gordon Twins n/a 48
28 C.J. Abrams Padres 45 57
29 Kyle Farmer Reds 51 41
30 Brandon Crawford Giants 27 39
31 Jose Barrero Reds 41 51
32 Isiah Kiner-Falefa Yankees 36 38
33 Jon Berti Marlins n/a 27
34 Joey Wendle Marlins 33 46
35 Dylan Moore Mariners n/a 45
36 Bryson Stott Phillies 55 60
37 Anthony Volpe Yankees NR NR
38 Jordan Westburg Orioles NR NR
39 Didi Gregorius 35 43
40 Jorge Mateo Orioles n/a 37
41 Miguel Rojas Marlins 42 53
42 Paul DeJong Cardinals 40 72
43 Jose Iglesias 30 42
44 Harold Castro Tigers 53 62
45 Diego Castillo Pirates n/a 65
46 Elvis Andrus 44 54
47 Luis Guillorme Mets n/a 58
48 Thairo Estrada Giants 58 40
49 Garrett Hampson Rockies n/a 59
50 Lenyn Sosa White Sox NR 79
51 Aledmys Diaz n/a 64
52 Tyler Freeman Guardians 54 73
53 Geraldo Perdomo Diamondbacks 70 76
54 Jacob Amaya Dodgers NR NR
55 Ha-Seong Kim Padres 48 55
56 Elly De La Cruz Reds NR NR
57 Nicky Lopez Royals 34 56
58 David Fletcher Angels 39 66
59 Orelvis Martinez Blue Jays NR NR
60 Nick Maton Phillies NR NR
61 Vaughn Grissom Braves NR NR
62 Christian Arroyo Red Sox n/a 68
63 Kevin Newman Pirates 59 69
64 Liover Peguero Pirates NR NR
65 Jeremiah Jackson Angels NR NR
66 Nick Allen Athletics NR 74
67 Oswald Peraza Yankees 67 NR
68 Luis Rengifo Angels 62 61
69 Nick Ahmed Diamondbacks 56 NR
70 Taylor Walls Rays 52 77

  • 10 of my top 25 shortstops from the beginning of this season (including Trevor Story, Jorge Polanco and Marcus Semien) are probably losing their eligibility next year, taking away some of the depth here. That’s why someone like Luis Urías, whose stock is down a little, ranks several spots higher here for 2023 than he does in my July rankings. Still, the top 19 players here all rank among my top 100 position players for next year. It’s just that things fall off quickly after that.

  • It’s been interesting seeing the way the Orioles handle Gunnar Henderson and Jordan Westburg. Oddly, both played positions other than shortstop more frequently while at Double-A Bowie (third base for Henderson, second and third for Westburg), yet both have played more shortstop than anywhere else since moving up to Triple-A Norfolk. The two grade out similarly defensively, but that Henderson is the better prospect - and one of the very best overall in the minors - might get him the nod at short and push Westburg to third on a more permanent basis. I have Henderson 21st and Westburg 38th in the rankings. I’m guessing both will open next year back in Triple-A, but since the Orioles are hoping to make some noise now, that’s not at all a given.

  • Ezequiel Tovar is probably further away, but who really knows with the way the Rockies operate? He’s impressed in Double-A, hitting .318/.386/.545, and he has 30-steal ability. He could quickly become a top fantasy shortstop once his opportunity arrives.