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 top ten shortstops in MLB.
Check out the previous rankings from this 2021 MLB Rankings series:
2021 MLB Rankings: 10-6
10. Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays 2020: 17
2020: 29 games, .301/.328/.512 splits, .840 OPS, 5 Home Runs, 23 RBIs
Despite missing over half of the year with an injury, Bo Bichette continued to look great in 2020. While Vladimir Guerrero Jr. gets all the attention, Bichette is another young star for the Blue Jays. At the plate, he hits for a high average and has solid power. Defensively, he’s league-average, but heading into his age 23 season, Bichette could blossom into a star.
9. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros 2020: 9
2020: 58 games, .264/.326/.383 splits, .709 OPS, 5 Home Runs, 25 RBIs
The shortened season was not kind to Carlos Correa, who saw his power drop, along with those of several of his teammates. Now it can be argued that Correa’s past success was due in large part to cheating. However, it’s unfair to punish him too much on the ranking because of the shortened year. It will be interesting to see if he can turn it around in 2021.
8. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs 2020: 4
2020: 59 games, .203/.238/.360 splits, .599 OPS, 8 Home Runs, 24 RBIs
Another player who struggled in the shortened season, Javier Baez had the worst year of his career at the plate since his rookie season. Baez has the potential to hit 30+ home runs in a season but needs to limit his strikeouts if he wants to become more consistent. Defensively, 2020 was the best year of his career, as he earned the NL Gold Glove award.
7. Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox 2020: 11
2020: 49 games, .322/.357/.529 splits, .886 OPS, 10 Home Runs, 21 RBIs
After a breakout year in 2019, Tim Anderson proved to be the real deal in 2020, as he hit well above .300 along with ten home runs. The batting title champ in 2019, Anderson is a perfect leadoff hitter in an increasingly potent lineup. He has some speed on the basepaths as well. Defensively, he’s inconsistent at times but had a better year in 2020 than 2019.
6. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals 2020: 8
2020: 59 games, .335/.394/.588 splits, .982 OPS, 12 Home Runs, 41 RBIs
These top six shortstops are an elite class of their own, and all six could argue with getting the top spot. Regardless, Trea Turner comes in at six. Once only valuable for his speed, Turner has become a complete hitter as he hit 12 home runs in 2020 while stealing 12 bases. His defense, however, is where he struggles, and in an extremely tight position ranking, Turner gets knocked down.
2021 MLB Rankings: 5-1
5. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox 2020: 5
2020: 56 games, .300/.364/.502 splits, .867 OPS, 11 Home Runs, 28 RBIs
Xander Bogaerts is a pure slugger and continues to get better and better every season. A three-time Silver Slugger winner, Bogaerts has great power while providing a decent amount of speed on the basepaths as well. Like Turner, defense is Bogaerts’ weakness, as he has been somewhat of a liability since 2019. However, his bat alone carries Bogaerts into the top five.
4. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers 2020: 13
2020: 52 games, .307/.358/.585 splits, .943 OPS, 15 Home Runs, 41 RBIs
It’s incredible what a fully healthy Corey Seager can bring to the table. Now completely recovered from Tommy John surgery, Seager was able to play to his full potential in 2020 and re-establish himself as an elite shortstop. Seager has elite power at the plate, as shown by his 15 home runs and .943 OPS. His defense needs some work, but at age 27, he still has room to grow.
3. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies 2020: 2
2020: 59 games, .289/.355/.519 splits, .874 OPS, 11 Home Runs, 28 RBIs
One of the most underrated hitters in baseball, Trevor Story proved that he remains among the elite shortstops in 2020. A player with 30-30 potential, Story led the league with 15 stolen bases and four triples in 2020 while hitting 11 home runs. Defensively, he’s well above league-average, posting an Rdrs of 5 in 2020 in Colorado.
2. Francisco Lindor, New York Mets 2020: 1
2020: 60 games, .258/.335/.415 splits, .750 OPS, 8 Home Runs, 27 RBIs
Last year’s top spot occupant, Francisco Lindor, moves down one spot on the 2021 MLB rankings after getting traded to the Mets. Considering the circumstances of having trade rumors surrounding his name, Lindor had a down year in 2020. However, now with the Mets, he should be able to get back on track in 2021. Lindor has all five tools, and at age 27, is only hitting his prime now.
1. Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres 2020: 7
2020: 59 games, .277/.366/.571 splits, .937 OPS, 17 Home Runs, 45 RBIs
How the heck is Fernando Tatis Jr. only 22 years old? At age 21, Fernando Tatis broke onto the scene, finishing fourth in the NL MVP race while earning a Silver Slugger award. At the plate, Tatis is a complete hitter with elite power, contact, and speed. His only weakness is that he doesn’t draw enough walks. He’s a much-improved defender from 2019 as well. At age 22, Tatis Jr. has the potential to become one of the faces of MLB for several years to come.
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