With the 2020 MLB season rapidly approaching, it's time to begin preparation for this year's fantasy baseball drafts. Here at The Duel, we'll have you covered every step of the way.
We've already got our top 100 fantasy baseball players for the 2020 MLB season, but now we're going to take things a step further and break it down by position. Be sure to check out the rest of our positional rankings as well.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 shortstops for fantasy baseball in 2020.
Fantasy Baseball SS Rankings
10. Jonathan Villar, Miami Marlins
9. Adalberto Mondesi, Kansas City Royals
Adalberto Mondesi is one of the most unique assets in fantasy baseball. He had the second-most steals in MLB last season (43), and he's shown he has a little more pop than many similarly accomplished base runners, even if Mondesi didn't show that much in 2019. Mondesi smashed 14 bombs in 75 games in 2018, suggesting he could certainly improve upon the nine home runs he hit in 2019. He was top-100 in hard hit percentage, not great, but solid, and his home run to fly ball rate was only 9.3 percent in 2019 (19.7 in 2018). If his power numbers end up falling somewhere in the middle, his ability to rack up steals makes him a high-upside option.
8. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
7. Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees
6. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts had a career year in 2019, and there's little reason to believe he'll fall off now. His .390 weighted on-base average (wOBA) was second-best among all qualified shortstops, and he was 12th in hard hit percentage (38.8). Bogaerts is one of the best all-around offensive shortstops in baseball, hitting .309 with career highs in home runs (33) and RBI (117). Despite the loss of Mookie Betts and the turnover at manager, the Boston Red Sox lineup should be as dynamic as ever, and Bogaerts looks poised for another great campaign.
5. Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres
4. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
3. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
2. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
1. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
Francisco Lindor has made four consecutive All-Star appearances, finishing top 15 in AL MVP voting in each of those seasons. He's dominant in pretty much every statistical category, sitting fifth among shortstops in hard hit percentage (42.2), ninth in wOBA (.349) and he's hit at least 32 jacks in three consecutive seasons. Combining those power numbers with the 20.0 stolen bases he's averaged over his last four campaigns makes him one of the best assets in fantasy, and our top-ranked shortstop.
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