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Bernie Pleskoff’s Fantasy Baseball Shortstop Rankings (2020)

by Bernie Pleskoff | @BerniePleskoff | Featured Writer
Feb 24, 2020

Marcus Semien is one of the most under-rated and under-appreciated players in the game.

The shortstop position is one of the richest and most profitable of all positions in fantasy baseball. The first half of the players in the rankings below can help any fantasy team in multiple categories. There is, however, a dropoff after the first half.

Barring injuries, the shortstops listed below should likely retain their positions all year, with little chance they will move positions.

As always, fantasy baseball requires skill, knowledge, and plenty of luck. 

Be certain to add depth to your club to prepare for unforeseen injuries.

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SHORTSTOP RANKINGS

1. Francisco Lindor (CLE)

  • Age: 26
  • Bats: Both
  • 2019 Stats: .284 AVG, 101 R, 32 HR, 74 RBI, 22 SB

2. Trevor Story (COL)

  • Age: 27
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .294 AVG, 111 R, 35 HR, 85 RBI, 23 SB

3. Javier Baez (CHC)

  • Age: 27
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .281 AVG, 89 R, 29 HR, 85 RBI, 11 SB

4. Gleyber Torres (NYY)

  • Age: 23
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .278 AVG, 96 R, 38 HR, 90 RBI, 5 SB

5. Marcus Semien (OAK)

  • Age: 29
  • Bats R
  • 2019 Stats: .285 AVG, 123 R, 33 HR, 92 RBI, 10 SB

6. Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD)

  • Age: 21
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .317 AVG, 61 R, 22 HR, 53 RBI, 16 SB

7. Xander Bogaerts (BOS)

  • Age: 27
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .309 AVG, 110 R, 33 HR, 117 RBI, 4 SB

8. Trea Turner (WSH)

  • Age: 26
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .298 AVG, 96 R, 19 HR, 57 RBI, 35 SB

9. Carlos Correa (HOU)

  • Age: 25
  • Bats R
  • 2019 Stats: .279 AVG, 42 R, 21 HR, 59 RBI, 1 SB

10. Jorge Polanco (MIN)

  • Age 26
  • Bats: Both
  • 2019 Stats: .295 AVG, 107 R, 22 HR, 79 RBI, 4 SB

11. Tim Anderson (CWS)

  • Age 26
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .335 AVG, 81 R, 18 HR, 56 RBI, 17 SB

12. Bo Bichette (TOR)

  • Age 21 (Bichette will turn 22 in mid-March)
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .311 AVG, 32 R, 11 HR, 21 RBI, 4 SB

13. Corey Seager (LAD)

  • Age 25
  • Bats: L
  • 2019 Stats: .272 AVG, 82 R, 19 HR, 87 RBI, 1 SB

14. Adalberto Mondesi (KC)

  • Age 24
  • Bats: Both
  • 2019 Stats: .263 AVG, 58 R, 9 HR, 62 RBI, 43 SB

15. Didi Gregorius (PHI)

  • Age 30
  • Bats: L
  • 2019 Stats: .238 AVG, 47 R, 16 HR, 61 RBI, 2 SB

16. Paul DeJong (STL)

  • Age: 26
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .233 AVG, 97 R, 30 HR, 78 RBI, 9 SB

17. Elvis Andrus (TEX)

  • Age: 31
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .275 AVG, 81 R, 12 HR, 72 RBI, 31 SB

18. Kevin Newman (PIT)

  • Age: 26
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .308 AVG, 61 R, 12 HR, 64 RBI, 16 SB

19. Willy Adames (TB)

  • Age: 24
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .254 AVG, 69 R, 20 HR, 52 RBI, 4 SB

20. Amed Rosario (NYM)

  • Age: 24
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .287 AVG, 75 R, 15 HR, 72 RBI, 19 SB

21. Nick Ahmed (ARI)

  • Age: 29 (Ahmed will turn 30 in mid-March)
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .254 AVG, 79 R, 19 HR, 82 RBI, 8 SB

22. Andrelton Simmons (LAA)

  • Age: 30
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .264 AVG, 47 R, 7 HR, 40 RBI, 10 SB

23. Freddy Galvis (CIN)

  • Age:30
  • Bats: Both
  • 2019 Stats: .260 AVG, 67 R, 23 HR, 70 RBI, 4 SB

24. Dansby Swanson (ATL)

  • Age: 26
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .251 AVG, 77 R, 17 HR, 65 RBI, 10 SB

25. Jose Iglesias (BAL)

  • Age: 30
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .288 AVG, 62 R, 11 HR, 59 RBI, 6 SB

26. Miguel Rojas (MIA)

  • Age: 31
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .262 AVG, 52 R, 5 HR, 46 RBI, 9 SB

27. Orlando Arcia (MIL)

  • Age: 25
  • Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .223 AVG, 51 R, 15 HR, 59 RBI, 8 SB

28. Niko Goodrum (DET)

  • Age: 27 (Goodrum will turn 28 at the end of February)
  • Bats: Both
  • 2019 Stats: .248 AVG, 61 R, 12 HR, 45 RBI, 12 SB

29. Brandon Crawford (SF)

  • Age 33
  • Bats: L
  • 2019 Stats: .128 AVG, 58 R, 11 HR, 59 RBI, 3 SB

30. J.P. Crawford (SEA)

  • Age: 22
  • Bats: L
  • 2019 Stats: .226 AVG, 43 R, 7 HR, 46 RBI, 7 SB

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There are other players that may get time at shortstop. Some include:

It is the belief in this corner that Marcus Semien and Jorge Polanco are two of the most under-rated and under-appreciated players in the game. That’s why you see their rankings to be higher than those given by most other analysts.

Beware of injuries, Didi Gregorius is returning from Tommy John surgery. Adalberto Mondesi had shoulder surgery. Fernando Tatis Jr. missed time due to a barking back. That’s the reason he has dropped in my rankings. Back issues are very, very tough on players. The same can be said for Carlos Correa. Back and rib issues have sidelined him. For this scout, he is an injury risk. Xander Boegaerts is dealing with ankle issues this spring. Be careful.

Rising: Polanco, Semien, Anderson, Ahmed, Newman

Falling: Galvis, Crawford, Andrus, Swanson, Simmons

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Bernie Pleskoff is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Bernie, follow him @BerniePleskoff and read more of his work here.

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