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2021 MLB Rankings: Shortstop 30-21

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2021 MLB Rankings: 30 days of MLB rankings! In this series, we will be ranking every projected starting player for the 2021 season at each in position, each in three parts. On day nine of this series, we’ll look at the bottom 10 shortstops in MLB. 

Check out the previous rankings from this 2021 MLB Rankings series: 

Catchers 30-21 | Catchers 20-11 | Catchers 10-1First Base 30-21First Base 20-11 | First Base 10-1Second Base 30-21Second Base 20-11| Second Base 10-1

2021 MLB Rankings: 30-26

30. Kyle Farmer, Cincinnati Reds 2020: NR

2020: 32 games, .266/.329/.313 splits, .641 OPS, 0 Home Runs, 4 RBIs

The shortstop has been a weakness for Cincinnati over the past few seasons, and that will continue to be the case in 2021. Farmer hasn’t shown much on either side of the game, with nine career home runs in 188 games in four MLB seasons. If Farmer struggles, 24-year-old Jose Garcia could take his playing time. 

29. Kevin Newman, Pittsburgh Pirates 2020: 23

2020: 44 games, .224/.281/.276 splits, .556 OPS, 1 Home Run, 10 RBIs

After a strong year in 2020 in a small sample size, Kevin Newman struggled in the shortened 2020 season. He has the potential to break out but needs to provide power at the plate consistently. If Newman struggles, Cole Tucker could take his playing time this season.  

28. Freddy Galvis, Baltimore Orioles 2020: 24

2020: 47 games, .220/.308/.404 splits, .712 OPS, 7 Home Runs, 16 RBIs

After an underwhelming year in Cincinnati, Freddy Galvis signed with the Orioles, where he’s projected to be the everyday shortstop. Galvis hits for a low average and isn’t a consistent enough power hitter to be considered reliable. Defensively, he’s been below league-average throughout his career as well, having posted an Rdrs of -1 in 2020. 

27. Elvis Andrus, Oakland Athletics 2020: 21

2020: 29 games, .194/.252/.330 splits, .582 OPS, 3 Home Runs, 7 RBIs

After spending the first 12 years of his career with the Rangers, Elvis Andrus heads to Oakland in 2021. Once a top-ten shortstop, Andrus has completely fallen off, as has his speed, which had been his best tool. With Marcus Semien leaving for Toronto, the Athletics suffered a massive downgrade at the shortstop position.   

26. Orlando Arcia, Milwaukee Brewers 2020: 27

2020: 59 games, .260/.317/.416 splits, .734 OPS, 5 Home Runs, 20 RBIs

Now headed into his sixth MLB season, it’s clear what Orlando Arcia is. He has decent power but struggles to draw walks and doesn’t have enough speed to be much higher on the ranking. Defense is his best quality, but he is nothing special. At age 26, this could be a make-or-break year for his career.  

2021 MLB Rankings: 25-21

25. Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants 2020: 29

2020: 54 games, .256/.326/.465 splits, .792 OPS, 8 Home Runs, 28 RBIs

Once a top-ten shortstop, Brandon Crawford has fallen off the map over the past two seasons. While he was decent in 2020, he struggled in 2019 and hasn’t been very good since 2018. Crawford, a three-time Gold Glove winner, is now a league-average defender and likely only has a few years left in MLB.  

24. Andres Gimenez, Cleveland Indians 2020: NR

2020: 49 games, .263/.333/.398 splits, .732 OPS, 3 Home Runs, 12 RBIs

As a rookie, Andres Gimenez made an immediate impact as he took Amed Rosario’s job and finished seventh in the NL Rookie of the Year of Race. A key piece of the Francisco Lindor trade, Gimenez will have the chance to break out in his first full year in 2021. Arguably his best attribute is his speed, and he stole eight bases as a rookie.  

23. Isaiah Kiner-Falefa, Texas Rangers 2020: NR

2020: 58 games, .280/.329/.370 splits, .699 OPS, 3 Home Runs, 10 RBIs

While Isiah Kiner-Falefa doesn’t bring much to the table as a hitter, his elite defense is the reason why he gets regular playing time. Playing at third base in 2020, Kiner-Falefa won a Gold Glove award for the first time in his career. With Nick Solak playing third, Kiner-Falefa will move over to shortstop after Elvis Andrus got traded away.  

22. Miguel Rojas, Miami Marlins 2020: 28

2020: 40 games, .304/.392/.496 splits, .888 OPS, 4 Home Runs, 20 RBIs

In 40 games in 2020, Miguel Rojas had the best year of his career, hitting over .300 while posting an OPS just below .900. The only issue is that he’s only been good in a small sample size after struggling the first six years of his career. If he can replicate that success in 2021, then he’ll fly up the rankings next year. 

21. J.P. Crawford, Seattle Mariners 2020: 30

2020: 53 games, .255/.336/.338 splits, .674 OPS, 2 Home Runs, 24 RBIs

A former top prospect with the Phillies, J.P. Crawford moves up nine spots from the bottom spot in 2019. He is still a work in progress at the plate as he doesn’t have a ton of power, however, Crawford plays elite defense, earning a Gold Glove at shortstop in 2020. If he can continue this path, he could end up becoming a player reminiscent of Andrelton Simmons. 


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