Well, we’ve worked our way around the horn. With each passing week, real-life baseball gets closer and closer. Just three more fantasy positions until Opening Day will be upon us, meaning we’ve only got three more weeks as well. The shortstop position is next up on the docket, and it’s arguably the most stacked position, pitchers excluded. The top five, and top 10 for that matter, may be hard to discern from, but here is a list of guys that you can’t go wrong with.
- Xander Bogaerts – There are a couple names that could have slid into this fifth spot, but Bogaerts makes the cut over the other based on potential. At just age 25, he is primed to have a better season than his last. For the Red Sox during his age-22 season, he hit .320. The year after, he hit 21 home runs. This year, he stole 15 bases. These were all career highs. If he can piece it all together, he can hit for average and power with a little bit of speed on top. I think this is his year to do that.
- Trea Turner – Fun fact about me, I’m a huge Trea Turner fan. If he has his best season and can stay healthy, he may, dare I say it, top this list. In fantasy terms, Turner has tremendous potential. Through pieces of the three seasons he’s played in the big leagues, which amount to a little over one full season worth of at-bats, the Nationals’ shortstop has hit .304 with 25 home runs and 86 RBI. A huge part for Turner’s game, though, is his speed. He has 81 stolen bases and 14 triples in just 198 career games. A 2016 ROY runner up, don’t be afraid to go after Turner early.
- Corey Seager – Seager provides maybe the most power out of the shortstop position. In a game dominated by the long ball, Seager is certainly one of the best to do it. Seager took 22 baseballs deep for the Dodgers last year, and there is no doubt that he can pass that number this upcoming summer. The shortstop position is stacked with young talent, and Seager is no exception. At just 23 years old, Seager has nowhere to go but up. He could be a good centerpiece to build your team around.
- Francisco Lindor – The top two players here won’t surprise anyone. Two of the biggest names in baseball top every shortstop list. The decision between the top of the list and the runner-up was solely based on last year’s numbers. Lindor only batted .273 for Cleveland, but showed a lot of power with 33 home runs. Yes, his batting average was the lowest of his three-year career, but it’s definitely nothing to complain about. A good thing for fantasy owners: he led the league in both plate appearances and at-bats last season. As long as a player is being productive, more chances can be nothing but good. It’s more than likely that he ups the batting average this year, and may even produce a 200-hit season. Lindor should definitely be either the first or second shortstop taken in a fantasy draft.
- Carlos Correa – Given the numbers last season, and the fact that he helped the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, it was a no-brainer to put Correa at the top of this list. He led this list with a .315 average last season. He hit 24 home runs, batted in 84 runs, and collected an OPS of .941. Oh, and mind you, he did this all in 109 games played. He’s shown flashes of speed as well, stealing double digit bases in 2015 and 2016. He seems like a veteran at this point, but, like everyone else on this list, is super young. He’s only going to be 23 this season. Along with Lindor, he should be one of the top two shortstops taken.