Ranking the projected starting National League shortstops in 2019


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.

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