Top 10 Shortstops

K Zone Master Ranking Mike’s Ranking Ian’s Ranking Mojo’s Ranking
 1) Corey Seager (LAD)  Corey Seager (LAD) Corey Seager (LAD)  Corey Seager (LAD)
 2) Francisco Lindor (CLE)  Carlos Correa (HOU) Trea Turner (WSH)  Francisco Lindor (CLE)
 3) Carlos Correa (HOU)  Francisco Lindor (CLE) Francisco Lindor (CLE)  Trea Turner (WSH)
 4) Trea Turner (WSH)  Trevor Story (COL) Carlos Correa (HOU)  Jonathan Villar (MIL)
 5) Xander Bogaerts (BOS)  Troy Tulowitzki (TOR) Xander Bogaerts (BOS)  Xander Bogaerts (BOS)
 6) Jonathan Villar (MIL)  Brandon Crawford (SF) Jonathan Villar (MIL)  Carlos Correa (HOU)
 7) Brandon Crawford (SS)  Addison Russel (CHC) Brandon Crawford (SF)  Jean Segura (SEA)
 8) Trevor Story (COL)  Xander Bogaerts (BOS) Addison Russell (CHC)  Asdrubal Cabrera (NYM)
 9) Addison Russell (CHC)  Trea Turner (WSH) Trevor Story (COL)  Brandon Crawford (SF)
 10) Troy Tulowitzki (TOR)  Didi Gregorius Jean Segura (SEA)  Troy Tulowitzki (TOR)

Some Brief Words of Explanation: Through the rise of a myriad of young stars, shortstop has gone from one of the weakest positions on the diamond to one of the strongest, over just the past couple years. Rookie of the Year and MVP Candidate Corey Seager was unanimously chosen as the top shortstop by all three writers, while Francisco Lindor combined excellent defense with a top tier hit tool and plus speed to make the 2-spot. Carlos Correa had an arguably disappointing year despite his 20 home runs, 13 steal, and 3rd ranking with likely improvement in 2017. Trea turner broke out last year in the outfield of the nation’s capital, batting .342/.370/.567 with 33 steals in less than half a season. He would have won the Rookie of the Year most other years, and has earned the 4th spot on the list. Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts rounds out the top half of the list, having just begun to show his true potential, hitting well over .300 for most of the season. Jonathan Villar broke out with the Brewers last year at 25 years old, leading baseball with 62 stolen bases, and placing himself in the 6-spot of the list. Brandon Crawford won his second Gold Glove in a row while putting up well above average offensive numbers, and taking a solid position as the #7 shortstop in the Bigs. Trevor Story had an outstanding power-filled April and continued to hit well throughout the year, despite being plagued by the strikeout and missing a huge chunk of the season due to injury. He ranks 8th overall. Addison Russell combined power and defense in 2016 to put together a nice year, and is expected to add to his tool in 2017. He earned the ninth spot on the chart. Finally, Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has fallen from grace as the far-and-away top shortstop in baseball after being traded away from Coors Field and falling victim to many injuries. However, decent power and good defense has kept him just barely in the top 10 overall. That is unlike Jean Segura, whose outstanding April, .319 batting average, and 20/30 year was not quite enough to stamp out fears of regression and get him ranked on the list.

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