Ranking the projected starting National League shortstops in 2019

Corey Seager is coming off an injury-shortened 2018 season. [Image Source: Flickr | David Blumenkrantz]
Corey Seager is coming off an injury-shortened 2018 season. [Image Source: Flickr | David Blumenkrantz]

Fresh off a second-place National League MVP finish, Javier Baez tops the list.

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After taking a look at the projected starting shortstops in the American League, it is now time to look at their counterparts in the National 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.

1

Javier Baez, Cubs

Baez/s breakout 2018 season saw him finish as the runner-up to Christian Yelich for National League MVP. In 160 games, the 26-year-old went on to hit .290 with 34 homers, 40 doubles, nine triples, 21 steals, and a league-leading 111 RBIs. To nitpick, he did walk just 29 times compared to 167 strikeouts in what has been an issue for him throughout his career. He can play all over the infield but should start the year at shortstop with Addison Russell suspended.

2

Corey Seager, Dodgers

After just 26 games in 2018 before having to undergo Tommy John surgery, Seager will look to revert back to his 2016-17 seasons. In those two seasons, he combined to hit .302 with 48 home runs and 73 doubles. Last year, he was at .267 with two homers prior to the injury. The 24-year-old has shown above-average range in the field during his major league tenure.

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