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2016 Top 20 Shortstop Rankings: The new wave of superstars are here

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Ray publishes his early 2016 shortstop rankings and opines that we are in the beginning of a new wave of superstar shortstops.

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A few days ago, I published my early Top 20 Third Base rankings for 2016, and today, I am publishing my early Top 20 Shortstop rankings. It is early to be publishing position rankings, but the end of the season is near and many of you are either in the money in your roto and fantasy leagues, WE HOPE, or have moved on to fantasy football.

Over the past few weeks, the site has been dominated by fantasy football articles, and we hope you are enjoying them, but we won't stop covering fantasy baseball when the offseason begins. In addition, we will once again be covering fantasy basketball, as Bobby Del Rio is coming back to cover fantasy hoops for us. He will be providing regular FanDuel daily fantasy basketball content as well, so look for that as the season approaches. I hope to find a fantasy hockey writer in the coming weeks, as Troy Langefeld won't be back with us this season.

Well, the shortstop position will be very interesting to discuss in the offseason and into next season, as the position is now full of potential superstars, including Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, Addison Russell and Corey Seager. Add in Jung Ho Kang, who could miss the start of the season after Thursday's horrific knee injury, and the position is full of excellent hitters. All this after we saw the position thin out in 2015, with Troy Tulowitzki putting up the worst season of his career.

I have written before that I think that Tulo either was feeling the effects of his hip surgery last season or this could be the new Tulo, which will hurt his ranking heading into the 2016 season. Much will be written about him this offseason, as this could either be just a down year for him, it happens, or the beginning of his decline years. I tend to think it is the former and not the latter, so I ranked him as my #2 fantasy shortstop behind the new #1, Correa.

Correa has put up phenomenal numbers in just 84 games through September 17th, hitting 18 home runs, driving in 52 runs and stealing 12 bases in just a half a season of games. Could he put up a 30 home run, 20 stolen base season in 2016?

Behind those two we have several young shortstops in Bogaerts, Russell, Seager, and the new Tulo-lite, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, who put up the best season of his career in 2015, hitting 19 home runs and driving in 77 runs.

I might be low on Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, and reserve the right to move him up in my rankings after further research this offseason. He has been tremendous since his call up, but I am skeptical he can repeat the power output in 2016.

I ranked Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager at #5, but that is assuming he starts next season in the majors. I see no reason why he would not, especially with the way he has hit since his call up earlier this month. Plus, I wouldn't be surprised to see him play some third base next season as well, so he could easily have dual position eligibility early in the 2016 season.

Here is a look at my early Top 20 shortstop rankings for 2016, with stats courtesy of FanGraphs:

Rank

Name

Team

G

PA

HR

R

RBI

SB

AVG

OBP

SLG

wRC+

WAR

1

Carlos Correa

Astros

84

363

18

43

52

12

0.276

0.344

0.500

131

2.8

2

Troy Tulowitzki

Blue Jays

126

526

17

76

70

1

0.278

0.337

0.437

99

2.1

3

Xander Bogaerts

Red Sox

139

579

5

70

72

10

0.321

0.352

0.415

108

3.9

4

Brandon Crawford

Giants

127

504

19

58

77

4

0.255

0.315

0.463

115

4.1

5

Corey Seager

Dodgers

13

57

1

9

8

2

0.426

0.526

0.617

221

1.1

6

Addison Russell

Cubs

126

471

13

55

49

2

0.241

0.300

0.397

89

2.2

7

Jose Reyes

Rockies

107

477

7

53

48

23

0.277

0.312

0.388

84

0.7

8

Ian Desmond

Nationals

142

584

18

66

57

12

0.236

0.289

0.393

85

1.5

9

Francisco Lindor

Indians

83

367

9

41

41

8

0.315

0.355

0.474

128

3.7

10

Jhonny Peralta

Cardinals

141

588

16

57

62

1

0.272

0.330

0.413

103

1.6

11

Jung-ho Kang

Pirates

126

467

15

60

58

5

0.287

0.355

0.461

129

4

12

Wilmer Flores

Mets

129

488

16

54

59

0

0.265

0.298

0.416

98

2.1

13

Starlin Castro

Cubs

136

524

8

46

54

4

0.253

0.283

0.339

66

-0.3

14

Jimmy Rollins

Dodgers

133

532

13

66

41

12

0.220

0.279

0.355

77

-0.2

15

Marcus Semien

Athletics

142

553

12

59

39

11

0.253

0.304

0.386

92

1

16

Jean Segura

Brewers

127

530

5

52

46

24

0.270

0.294

0.344

69

0.6

17

Trea Turner

Nationals

17

13

0

2

0

2

0.167

0.231

0.167

11

-0.1

18

Elvis Andrus

Rangers

144

596

6

61

55

20

0.257

0.306

0.351

74

0.8

19

Asdrubal Cabrera

Rays

129

498

12

58

48

6

0.262

0.314

0.419

102

1.9

20

Erick Aybar

Angels

140

566

2

66

38

11

0.267

0.299

0.329

77

0.9


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