Farm Futures: Shortstop Tiers
Farm Futures: Shortstop Tiers

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

This is perhaps the sexiest article I will write all year. The second base and third base tiers were populated with dozens of players who have recently played shortstop, but whom I don't think will stick there long term in the majors. Many of the guys who made the cut for this article are the best of the best when it comes to defensive prowess on the infield dirt. They also happen to be dripping with fantasy-relevant tools. Speed and quickness often translate to good defense at shortstop, so it is no surprise that many of these prospects have a good shot to steal 20-plus bases in the majors. The quick actions that make a quality defensive shortstop also often translate to bat speed, and indeed, several of these players are on the short list for quickest bats in the minors.

Here are the 2019 shortstop prospect tiers:

TIER ONE

1. Wander Franco, Rays
2. Royce Lewis, Twins
3. Bo Bichette, Blue Jays
4. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres

What you value in a prospect will shine through with the order you prefer these four players. Mine are ranked roughly in the order of how much I like their hit tools. They should all log at least one 20-steal season in the majors, with Lewis having the best chance to be an annual 30-steal threat. Franco and Tatis have the most power upside. The top three could all hit .300 or better against big-league pitching.

TIER TWO

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast. FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year finalist in 2012.
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