Ranking the projected starting American League shortstops in 2019

Francisco Lindor may miss the beginning of the season with injury. [Image Source: Flickr | Keith Allison]
Francisco Lindor may miss the beginning of the season with injury. [Image Source: Flickr | Keith Allison]

Many of the best shortstops in the American League are currently no older than 26 years old.

MLB

After ranking the projected starting catchers, first basemen, and second basemen in both leagues, it is now time to look at the shortstops starting with the American League.

As a subjective list, many of these players can almost be considered interchangeable as to where they are ranked. Depth charts were taken from Roster Resource.

(Note: This list may be missing the still unsigned Manny Machado if he joins a team in the Junior Circuit and becomes their shortstop.)

1

Francisco Lindor, Indians

Lindor had his third-straight top-nine American League MVP finish as he was sixth in 2018. He led the league last year scoring 129 runs while also batting .277 with 38 homers, 42 doubles, and 25 stolen bases. The 25-year-old won a Gold Glove in 2016 and still excels in the field. A right calf strain will likely keep him out to begin the regular season. News5Cleveland reports how MLB Network named him the best shortstop in baseball.

2

Carlos Correa, Astros

Just one season after hitting .315, Correa saw his batting average dip 76 points to .239 last season. Still just 24 years old, he also hit 15 home runs and 20 doubles, nine and five less respectively than in 2017 despite only 20 less at-bats. After 27 errors in his first two seasons, he has made just 15 in the last two years.

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