Ladies and Gentlemen: 30 days, 30 MLB position rankings. Nine positions and the top starting pitcher ranked from each team in three parts each. Each player on the list is based on who the projected starter is for a team for the 2020 season by position. On day fourteen of this series, we’ll look at the MLB shortstops ranked from 20 to 11.
Check out my previous rankings from this series:
Catchers 30-21 | Catchers 20-11 | Catchers 10-1 | First Base 30-21 | First Basemen 20-11 | First Basemen 10-1 | Second Basemen 30-21 | Second Basemen 20-11 | Second Basemen 10-1 | Third Basemen 30-21 | Third Basemen 20-11 | Third Basemen 10-1 | Shortstop 30-21
20. Willy Adames, Tampa Bay Rays
2019: 152 games, .254/.317/.418 splits, .735 OPS, 20 Home Runs, 52 RBIs
In his first full MLB season, Willy Adames took advantage of the opportunity to play, hitting 20 home runs. While Adames is a solid hitter, his best attribute is his glove. Playing at short, Adames recorded an Rdrs of 12 in 2019. Not to mention, he’s still only 23 years old. It will be interesting to see how Adames can build upon his strong 2020 campaign.
19. Amed Rosario, New York Mets
2019: 157 games, .287/.323/.432 splits, .755 OPS, 15 Home Runs, 72 RBIs
Amed Rosario is far from anything special as a shortstop but is just a very solid player. He hits for a high average and also provides the occasional home run. On the base path, he’s stolen 24 and 19 bases in the past two years. Jed Lowrie, who missed most of 2019 with injury, may also see more playing time at short in 2020, especially if Rosario struggles.
18. Didi Gregorius, Philadelphia Phillies
2019: 82 games, .238/.276/.441 splits, .718 OPS, 16 Home Runs, 61 RBIs
After great seasons in 2017 and 2018, Didi Gregorius battled injuries and had a down year at the plate. After spending the past five seasons with the Yankees, Gregorius signed a one year deal with the Phillies. In theory, if the MLB season doesn’t happen, we may never see him in a Phillies uniform. Hopefully, there is baseball, and hopefully, Gregorius can improve upon his down year in 2019.
17. Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays
2019: 46 games, .311/.358/.571 splits, .930 OPS, 11 Home Runs, 21 RBIs
Despite only playing two full months in MLB, Bo Bichette has shown he has an extremely bright future in the league. Bichette had an OPS well over .900, while also flashing a lot of power. Additionally, his OPS+ was well above league-average at 144. Defensively, Bichette also projects to be an above-average defender. At age 22, Bichette could be in for a breakout year in 2020.
16. Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks
2019: 158 games, .254/.316/.437 splits, .753 OPS, 19 Home Runs, 82 RBIs
Now a six-year MLB veteran, Nick Ahmed always flies under the radar but is a very solid shortstop. At the plate, he provides some power and does a good job of driving in runners. However, the reason Ahmed is above other players on this list is because of his glove. Ahmed is now a two-time gold-glove winner at shortstop, having won the award in both 2018 and 2019.
15. Jorge Polanco, Minnesota Twins
2019: 153 games, .295/.356/.485 splits, .841 OPS, 22 Home Runs, 79 RBIs
At age 25, Jorge Polanco had somewhat of a breakout year in 2019, earning his first all-star nod. However, after a hot start to the season, Polanco fell off as his average dropped significantly. He’s a below-average defender in the field and needs to improve to climb this list. It will be interesting to see if Polanco plays well in 2020, or if his first half of 2019 was just a fluke.
14. Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles
2019: 103 games, .264/.309/.364 splits, .673 OPS, 7 Home Runs, 40 RBIs
At age 29, Andrelton Simmons had arguably the worst year of his career as he battled injuries and posted the worst numbers of his career, with his OPS under .700. Simmons has never been a great hitter but is often a top-ten candidate due to his elite defense. Simmons is a four-time gold-glove winner, and that hasn’t taken a hit. He posted an Rdrs of 12 in 2019.
13. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
2019: 134 games, .272/.335/.483 splits, .817 OPS, 19 Home Runs, 87 RBIs
After returning from Tommy John Surgery in 2018, Corey Seager struggled at times in 2019, during his first full season back. During a year with juiced balls, Seager’s home runs numbers were down, although he did lead the NL with 44 doubles. Defensively, Seager is right at league-average. Hopefully, now that he’s further removed from his injury, Seager can return to playing at an elite level in 2020.
12. Adalberto Mondesi, Kansas City Royals
2019: 102 games, .263/.291/.424 splits, .715 OPS, 9 Home Runs, 62 RBIs
Back in January, I listed Adalberto Mondesi as the top infield breakout candidate for 2020. As you can tell from reading that article, I’m very high on him. Mondesi broke out towards the end of 2018 and continued that success before suffering an injury in 2019. He doesn’t hit a ton of home runs, but he prides himself on being one of the best base runners in MLB. Last year, Mondesi stole 43 bases, while only getting thrown out seven times.
11. Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox
2019: 123 games, .335/.357/.508 splits, .865 OPS, 18 Home Runs, 56 RBIs
Known for his bat flips, Time Anderson had a breakout year in 2019, as he won the AL batting title. Anderson hits for a high average but doesn’t do a good enough job at drawing walks. On the base paths, he helps the team as well as he recorded 17 steals in 2019. His defense is where he needs to improve. Playing a full season at shortstop, Anderson posted a low fielding percentage of .951.
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