Baseball fans are truly living in a golden era of shortstops. The star power at that position is incredible, and we’re going to see that next winter when several of them hit the free-agent market. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the 10 best shortstops heading into the 2021 MLB season.
10. Carlos Correa
Injuries have hindered Carlos Correa in recent years. His numbers have also been a little down in both 2018 and 2020.
That being said, he’s still only 26 and we know how good he can be when he stays healthy and everything comes together.
9. Gleyber Torres
But the guy is only 24 and is still loaded with potential.
8. Javier Baez
We can give Javier Baez a little bit of a pass for a rough 2020 season.
We know he’s better than he showed and can be an electric player who did win a Gold Glove in 2020 and is an elite defensive player.
7. Corey Seager
Defensively, Corey Seager isn’t quite as quick as some of the other elite shortstops, which hurts his case for such a key defensive position.
But he’s come back strong after missing most of 2018 due to injury. He was arguably the most important hitter in the Los Angeles lineup last year in what was the best season of his career.
6. Xander Bogaerts
There’s nothing wrong with Xander Bogaerts hitting .300 or better in back-to-back seasons.
His power has also come on strong during that time, as he enters the prime of his career.
5. Francisco Lindor
Playing in the Big Apple should help rejuvenate Francisco Lindor after a subpar 2020 campaign.
He still has all of the tools to be one of the most exciting players in baseball.
4. Trevor Story
Trevor Story keeps plugging along as one of the best power hitters in baseball among shortstops.
Even if he didn’t play at Coors Field, there’s no question he would produce at a high level, and he’s proven he can do so year after year.
3. Tim Anderson
He’s not yet getting the notoriety he deserves, but Tim Anderson has been absolutely crushing it over the last two seasons. He hit .335 two years ago and .322 last year with a nice bit of power and strong defensive skills.
If the White Sox can make a move to the top of the American League hierarchy, more people will recognize Anderson as one of the best shortstops in baseball.
2. Trea Turner
Trea Turner was hands down the best shortstop in baseball last season, hitting .335 with an OPS of .982 and being a menace on the base paths with his speed.
He doesn’t quite have the track record to assume that he can keep it up, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see him maintain an elite level of play.
1. Fernando Tatis Jr.
There’s no question that Fernando Tatis has officially arrived. It doesn’t matter that he’s only 22 years old.
He has all of the tools and last year we saw him turn that potential into production. Given his age, he’s only going to get better in 2021 and beyond.