I usually do this over the All-Star break, but time didn’t allow for it last week. So here now are my very, very preliminary 2020 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.
Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2020. Click to see other preliminary 2020 rankings:
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2020 Shortstop Rankings
|6||Xander Bogaerts||Red Sox||5||6|
|8||Fernando Tatis Jr.||Padres||26||11|
|14||Tim Anderson||White Sox||15||21|
|15||Jonathan Villar||Orioles||4 2B||13|
|17||Bo Bichette||Blue Jays||48||36|
|34||Niko Goodrum||Tigers||26 2B||33|
|36||David Fletcher||Angels||35 2B||43|
|37||Freddy Galvis||Blue Jays*||39||41|
|38||Leury Garcia||White Sox||124 OF||44|
|43||Myles Straw||Astros||165 OF||51|
- With Alex Bregman and Manny Machado set to retain eligibility, the shortstop position boasts 12 players in the overall top 50 here. Top prospect Bo Bichette might only rank 17th on this list, but he’s in the overall top 100.
- Amed Rosario’s defense hasn’t been as bad lately as it was in April and May, but there would still seem to be a pretty good chance that he’ll move to center field next year. The Mets, though, would need a stopgap at shortstop in order to pull that off, since it doesn’t look like top prospect Andres Gimenez will be ready in April. He’s hit a modest .240/.306/.360 as a 20-year-old in Double-A.
- Dodgers prospect Gavin Lux is crushing it since moving up to Triple-A, hitting .469/.519/.878 in 12 games for his new team after coming in at .313/.375/.521 in 64 games for Double-A Tulsa. He should be a factor at second base next year, if not down the stretch this season.
- One can’t expect the same of Wander Franco, who has taken over as the game’s No. 1 prospect while excelling in A-ball as an 18-year-old this season. He might force the issue come June or July if he keeps progressing at this rate, but the Rays tend to be cautious and Willy Adames figures to progress some.