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Shortstop OBP Prospect Rankings for Fantasy Baseball

When you think about shortstop for Fantasy Baseball purposes, you think about the studs at the top. This season, based on NFBC ADP, nine shortstops are being drafted in the top 40 picks. Six of those are in the top 25. The position does bottom off after a certain point, but given the talented shortstop prospects on the way, this position is only getting better. Who is at the top, and how deep is the position? Let’s dive in on my shortstop OBP prospect rankings.

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Shortstop OBP Prospect Rankings

1Wander FrancoTB202021
2Bobby Witt Jr.KC202021
3Marco LucianoSF192022
4CJ AbramsSD202022
5Noelvi MarteSEA192023
6Jeter DownsBOS222021
7Jordan GroshansTOR212022
8Nick GonzalesPIT212022
9Jazz ChisholmMIA23Debuted
10Royce LewisMIN212022
11Ha-Seong KimSD252021
12Geraldo PerdomoARI212021
13Orelvis MartinezTOR192023
14Tyler FreemanCLE212021
15Oneil CruzPIT222022
16Wilman DiazLAD172026
17Luisangel AcunaTEX192023
18Carlos ColmenarezTB172026
19Cristian HernandezCHC172026
20Liover PegueroPIT202023
21Robert PuasonOAK182024
22Xavier EdwardsTB212022
23Brayan RocchioCLE202023
24Ed HowardCHC192024
25Bryson StottPHI232022
26Maximo AcostaTEX182024
27Greg JonesTB232022
28Ronny MauricioNYM192022
29Reginald PreciadoCHC172025
30Braden ShewmakeATL232022
31Brice TurangMIL212022
32Gunnar HendersonBAL192024
33Jeremiah JacksonLAA202023
34Jose GarciaCIN22Debuted
35Carson TuckerCLE192024
36Manuel BeltreTOR162026
37Yasel AntunaWSH212022
38Arol VeraLAA182024
39Will WilsonSF222022
40Kyren ParisLAA192024
41Keoni CavacoMIN192023
42Jeremy PenaHOU232022
43Gabriel RodriguezCLE192024
44Alex De JesusLAD182024
45Jordan WestburgBAL222023
46Ji-Hwan BaePIT212022
47Alexander VargasNYY192024
48Oswald PerazaNYY202023
49Brainer BonaciBOS182024
50Angel MartinezCLE192024

Shortstop 2021 Impact

  • A month ago, I said Bobby Witt Jr. would not debut in 2021. After a dominant Spring Training, there is speculation that Witt could break camp with the team. His ETA seems like it will inevitably be 2021, and I see no reason why Witt will not make an immediate Fantasy impact. He has moved ahead of Abrams and Luciano for me because of proximity and the skills he has shown this spring.
  • Jeter Downs and Jazz Chisholm were both discussed in the second base rankings article.
  • Ha-Seong Kim was one of the big splashes the Padres made this offseason. Kim was one of the most hyped prospects from the KBO in several years. After hitting 30 home runs and stealing 23 bases last season in the KBO, Kim’s expectations are high. I would not expect him to play every day, but 5 days a week seems reasonable. A 15/15 type season from Kim would be solid.

Shortstop Breakout

  • Geraldo Perdomo does not have any tools that will wow you. He does have excellent OBP skills, developing power, and above-average speed. For his Minor League career, Perdomo has a .411 on-base percentage. Perdomo looks like a prototypical leadoff hitter. He also gets the added benefit of being a switch hitter. Perdomo has been underrated much of his career, but a player I believe could take off in 2021.

Shortstop Faller

  • Ronny Mauricio came into Spring Training looking noticeably bigger. His power projection was always about him filling out his frame. He looked impressive in 12 Spring at-bats, gathering five hits. The issue is they were all singles, and Mauricio still did not show much power. I have been pessimistic about Mauricio’s power for some time. If it does not being to show in 2021, I am not sure we will ever see the plus power hitter that some thought would develop.

Media References: MLB Pipeline

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