Official K-Zone Ranking Mike’s Ranking Ian’s Ranking Mojo’s Ranking Guti’s Ranking
1. Carlos Correa (HOU) Trea Turner (WSH) Francisco Lindor (CLE) Corey Seager (LAD) Corey Seager (LAD)
2. Corey Seager (LAD) Carlos Correa (HOU) Carlos Correa (HOU) Carlos Correa (HOU) Carlos Correa (HOU)
3. Francisco Lindor (CLE) Francisco Lindor (CLE) Trea Turner (WSH) Francisco Lindor (CLE) Francisco Lindor (CLE)
4. Trea Turner (WSH) Corey Seager (LAD) Corey Seager (LAD) Manny Machado (BAL) Manny Machado (BAL)
5. Manny Machado (BAL) Manny Machado (BAL) Manny Machado (BAL) Trea Turner (WSH) Andrelton Simmons  (LAA)
6. Andrelton Simmons (LAA) Didi Gregorius (NYY) Andrelton Simmons (LAA)  Andrelton Simmons (LAA) Didi Gregorious (NYY)
7. Didi  Gregorius (NYY) Andrelton Simmons (LAA) Didi Gregorius (NYY) Didi Gregorious (NYY) Trea Turner (WSH)
8. Elvis Andrus (TEX) Xander Bogaerts (BOS) Elvis Andrus (TEX) Elvis Andrus (TEX) Elvis  Andrus (TEX)
9. Xander Bogaerts (BOS) Elvis Andrus (TEX) Xander Bogaerts (BOS) Xander Bogaerts (BOS) Jean Segura (SEA)
10. Jean Segura (SEA) Jean Segura (SEA) Jean Segura (SEA) Jean Segura (SEA) Xander Bogaerts (BOS)
Sleeper Chris Owings (ARI) Chris Owings (ARI) Paul DeJong (STL) Paul DeJong (STL)

 

The new wave of MLB shortstops is beginning to mature. The days of scraping the bottom of the barrel to find a 22nd rounder to fill the position on your fantasy team are long over. This wave is led by defending World Series champion Carlos Correa, who hit .315/.391/.550 in 109 games last season. There were MVP whispers before an injury cost of him the final third of the year. Corey Seager garnered the most 1st place votes but comes in second on the overall list after putting up a .375 OBP with 22 home runs and strong glovework in 2017. Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor finishes #3 on the list, after posting an .842 OPS despite a .275 BABIP. He was a member of the 30/15 club, and while he only put up 5 DRS last season, many expect a defensive resurgence to come this year. Like Correa, #4 SS Trea Turner missed about a third of the season on the DL, but was on pace for 76 steals as his .284 BA was going up every day. He lost about 100 points of SLG from his rookie season, which may be a realistic adjustment, but moderate power can still be expected out of the young bat. Impending free agent Manny Machado has been promised the Orioles’ starting shortstop gig in 2018, and he shouldn’t disappoint. Machado has averaged 13.5 DRS at third per season since his debut year, and expects a smooth transition to the position he had always played in the past. Manny had a rough start in 2017, mostly thanks to bad luck, but hit .290/.326/.500 in the second half with some speed. In 2016 Machado posted a 130 wRC+ and in 2015 he put up a 135 mark, so he will look to rebound to numbers similar to that. Andrelton Simmons had his “second breakout” with the Angels in 2017, hitting 14 home runs, stealing 19 bases, and hitting .278 with a .290 BABIP. Most notable, however, is his 32 DRS. From 2012-2017, the defensive wizard has saved 19, 41, 28, 25, 18, and 32 runs. Didi Gregorius comes in 6th after slashing .287/.318/.478 last year. The 3.9 fWAR player has improved every year, and looks to continue doing so under the eye of Aaron Boone. Elvis Andrus is the only veteran on this list, if you can call the 29-year-old that. Andrus stole more than 24 bases for the 8th out of 9 years last season, and, after buying into the “launch angle revolution” he set a career high in home runs (20) and near-career high in batting average (.297). Didi’s rival Xander Bogaerts experienced a down year 2017 but still managed to post 3.2 WAR, as his improved on-base skills saved him. The “X-man” will look to rebound in the power department for 2018. Last but not least (well, least out of the players already mentioned) is the Mariners’ Jean Segura. Segura has sustained a high BABIP 2 years in a row, which led him to a .300/.349/.427 line with 22 steals last year. Should he continue to defy his luck, Segura could continue to threaten as a multi-tool talent.

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Sources:
fangraphs.com
bbref.com

Images Attributed to:
The Houston Chronicle
The Associated Press

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