Season Preview - Shortstop

Examining the top Shortstops for MLB Fantasy Baseball 2018. Season outlooks, projected stats and past stats to prepare you for the coming fantasy drafts. 

Trevor Story, SS - Colorado Rockies Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 519 131 0.252 26 73 83 72 30 3 219 10 5 176 52 276.00 1898.35
2018 598 175 0.293 37 88 108 41 6 339 27 7 168 47 263.00 0.00
2017 503 119 0.237 24 68 82 84 32 3 229 7 2 191 49 271.00 461.70
2016 372 100 0.269 27 67 72 74 22 4 211 9 5 130 35 241.00 340.50

Through two major league season it's been a tail of two halves for Trevor Story in each. After a blistering 2016 first half that made him a household name in fantasy circles, Story struggled through an ugly beginning to 2017 before righting the ship to finish with solid, if unspectacular power numbers. While he doesn't run much and he desperately needs to finds some consistency at the plate, the benefits of playing in Coors Field and in a talented Rockies lineup, along with his natural power (a 34+ HR per 162 game avg. through two seasons) are enough to make him a fantasy starter in deeper leagues.

Paul Dejong, 2B, SS - St. Louis Cardinals Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 558 146 0.262 26 72 88 89 29 2 231 3 6 152 33 307.00 1746.31
2018 436 105 0.241 19 68 68 25 1 189 1 12 123 36 173.00 0.00
2017 417 119 0.285 25 55 65 92 26 1 222 1 4 124 21 266.00 401.78

DeJong busted onto the scene last season, blasting 25 home runs, driving in 65 and hitting .285 for the Cards in a little more than 400 at bats. Gone to Toronto is Aledmys Diaz, who struggle last season after a breakout 2016 campaign. And it was the 24-year old DeJong's bat that helped make him expendable, as his performance last season was right in line with his minor league numbers-meaning the power is real. He looks like a solid source of run production from the shortstop position that could continue to improve.

Corey Seager, SS - Los Angeles Dodgers Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 575 166 0.289 26 101 82 103 36 1 256 4 4 123 63 370.00 1670.98
2018 101 26 0.257 2 13 12 5 0 37 0 2 17 11 39.00 0.00
2017 539 159 0.295 22 85 77 125 34 0 259 4 4 131 67 369.00 419.57
2016 627 193 0.308 26 105 72 147 40 6 323 4 4 133 54 445.00 568.54

After a big rookie campaign in 2016, the expectation was that Seager would take another step forward in year number two, with many projecting him to threaten 30 home runs and and 100 RBIs, while continuing to hit well above .300. Instead, the 23-year old was plagued by injuries and inconsistency, posting a .295 average with just 22 homers and 77 RBIs. With sky high expectations heading into 2017, the falloff left many fantasy owners disappointed. But there's real upside here for a bounceback, and even a modest improvement across the board by Seager is likely to likely to catapult him into one of the top tier fantasy producers at the position.

Carlos Correa, SS - Houston Astros Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 562 163 0.290 30 94 103 97 34 2 261 7 4 117 72 354.00 1654.70
2018 402 96 0.239 15 60 65 20 1 163 3 2 111 53 156.00 0.00
2017 422 134 0.318 24 82 85 108 25 1 233 2 2 92 53 324.00 530.96
2016 577 158 0.274 20 76 96 112 42 4 268 12 5 138 75 346.00 496.26

At just 23 years of age, Correa is already an absolute fantasy stud. Though he missed more than a month and half last summer due to a thumb injury, at the time of his injury he was on pace to eclipse 35 home runs, 130 RBIs and 120 runs, and still managing to lead all shortstops in OPS, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging for the season. If there's one hole here it's that prior to last season Correa looked like a five category player, topping double digit steals in each of his first two big league seasons. But the injury and playing in arguably the most potent lineup in baseball may have been what limited him to just two swipes on three attempts in 2017. It's something to keep any eye on, but if he picks up where he left off last season with the bat then no one is going to care.

Tim Anderson, SS - Chicago White Sox Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 585 154 0.263 15 66 64 107 28 4 220 15 4 153 20 327.00 1653.22
2018 567 136 0.240 20 77 64 28 3 230 26 4 149 30 213.00 0.00
2017 587 151 0.257 17 72 56 121 26 4 236 15 3 162 13 344.00 516.53
2016 410 115 0.280 9 57 30 84 24 7 180 11 1 118 13 256.00 260.29

Anderson is heading into his third season as the White Sox everyday shortstop, but there's still much to prove for the former first round pick. The arrival of top prospect Yoan Moncada likely pushes Anderson down in the order, which is unlikely to help him from both a runs and stolen bases perspective. And for a player that saw his average fall nearly 25 points from his rookie campaign and doesn't have a ton of power to start with, there's not a ton to love here, as he's mostly middle infield depth for fantasy purposes.

Xander Bogaerts, SS - Boston Red Sox Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 565 163 0.288 16 80 78 111 33 3 234 11 5 105 54 354.00 1470.69
2018 513 148 0.288 23 72 103 45 3 268 8 6 102 55 220.00 0.00
2017 571 156 0.273 10 94 62 118 32 6 230 15 6 116 56 368.00 632.49
2016 652 192 0.294 21 115 89 152 37 3 298 13 6 122 58 459.00 479.11

Bogaerts is starting to look like a player that is better from a real life perspective than he is as a fantasy asset. To be fair he played through a hand injury in 2017, which is probably the reason for his fall off in the power department. But from a fantasy perspective he's still a player without a category that he can really hang his hat on. Assuming he can regain some of his 2015 form, you're looking at a guy who that can threaten 20 homers, swipe 10-15 bags, and hit .290-.300. It's not sexy, but it's pretty good production from a middle infielder. The big question is what kind of value Bogaerts can provide hitting down in the order, as manager Alex Cora has declared Hanley Ramirez his number three hitter with Betts and Benintendi occupying the top two spots and newly acquired J.D. Martinez penciled into the cleanup spot.

Amed Rosario, SS - New York Mets Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 574 148 0.258 10 59 59 107 24 7 206 22 5 127 29 314.00 1433.26
2018 554 143 0.258 9 76 52 26 8 212 24 3 119 29 219.00 0.00
2017 165 41 0.248 4 16 10 33 4 4 65 7 2 49 3 90.00 168.68

Rosario's long-term upside is probably better than his 2018 outlook, as he is just 22 years old and will likely be the everyday shortstop for the Mets this season. His minor league numbers have been solid, but we haven't seen the power evolve yet the way many scouts thought it might. Still, Rosario did hit better than .325 over his last 200+ minor league games before spending the final two months of last season in the bigs. Assuming he finds a decent spot in the order and the Mets are willing to turn him loose on the basepaths, Rosario should be solid source of steals and runs out of a middle infield spot. He's a borderline fantasy starter at this stage of his career, but makes for a nice insurance policy with upside.

Trea Turner, SS - Washington Nationals Fantasy Baseball Sleepers Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 562 167 0.297 16 93 65 112 32 7 245 48 4 113 41 372.00 1415.13
2018 665 180 0.271 19 103 73 27 6 276 43 5 133 69 283.00 0.00
2017 412 116 0.282 11 75 45 87 23 6 184 46 4 80 30 278.00 693.35
2016 307 105 0.342 13 53 40 82 14 9 176 34 1 59 14 240.00 600.34

Depending on the value of stolen bases in your league, there's a case for Trea Turner as a mid-late first round pick in most drafts. While a fractured wrist cost Turner nearly two months of 2017, through just 198 big league games he has posted a .304 average, 133 runs, 25 home runs, 86 RBIs, and 81 steals. That's a per 162 game pace of .304, 109 runs, 20 homers, 70 RBIs and 65 stolen bases. That's right, we're talking Dee Gordon/Billy Hamilton-type stolen base chops with 15-20 homer power at a position that isn't that deep to start with. He's not quite as safe as some of the more established players at the position, but the upside is pretty tantalizing with the 24-year old.

Francisco Lindor, SS - Cleveland Indians Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 581 170 0.293 25 97 85 107 35 3 261 14 4 81 56 374.00 1329.18
2018 661 183 0.277 38 129 92 42 2 343 25 8 107 70 312.00 0.00
2017 651 178 0.273 33 99 89 130 44 4 329 15 4 93 60 407.00 611.55
2016 604 182 0.301 15 99 78 145 33 4 268 21 5 87 57 426.00 706.04

Once highly regarded for his glove, the consensus seemed to be that Lindor might need a little time as a hitter when he landed in Cleveland as a rookie midway through the 2015 season. But Lindor silenced any concerns by hitting nearly .306 over the course of his first two big league seasons, posting double digit home runs and steals, and proving to be an excellent source of runs hitting at or near the top of a potent Indians lineup. Then in 2017 Lindor's average fell to .273. Not that anyone really cared, as the player many once considered more of a toolsy shortstop, suddenly seemed to be developing into a full-fledged power hitter, belting 33 home runs (his previous career high was 15) and driving in 89 runs, while hitting either leadoff or out of the two-hole. And while normally we would expect a little regression after such a large jump in home runs, his 44 doubles (14 more than his previous career high) suggest the power might be real after all.

Orlando Arcia, SS - Milwaukee Brewers Fantasy Baseball Sleepers Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 563 147 0.261 15 62 68 102 27 3 210 15 3 109 41 311.00 1327.12
2018 348 82 0.236 3 32 30 16 0 107 7 1 87 15 114.00 0.00
2017 506 140 0.277 15 56 53 121 17 2 206 14 1 100 36 317.00 343.08
2016 201 44 0.219 4 21 17 29 11 4 75 9 0 47 15 94.00 144.75

Heading into his age 23 season Arcia already has more than 200 big league games on his resume. But there have been some growing pains along the way for the Brewers former number one prospect. To date Arcia has been mired in the bottom third of the order, as his glove was big league ready it seems long before his bat. But there are reasons to be optimistic about his development as a player. After hitting just .219 across 55 games as a rookie, Arcia upped his average to .277 last season and added 15 homers and 14 steals as the everyday shortstop. He doesn't possess elite power by any means, but another step forward as a hitter this season could force the Brewers to move him into the leadoff or number two hole in a very good hitting offense. Such a move would also open running opportunities up for a player who has 22 big league swipes to his name, but averaged better than 31 steals per 162 games across five seasons in the minors.

Jean Segura, SS - Seattle Mariners Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 590 163 0.276 14 80 63 118 29 2 224 21 7 97 35 361.00 1289.26
2018 586 179 0.305 10 91 63 29 3 244 20 4 69 32 270.00 0.00
2017 524 157 0.300 11 80 45 125 30 2 224 22 6 83 34 362.00 617.29
2016 633 201 0.318 20 102 64 147 46 8 323 33 12 98 39 450.00 734.40

Segura's best fantasy season to date came in his 2016 campaign with the Diamondbacks, playing half of his games in Arizona's hitter friendly Chase Field. Unsurprisingly, last season's move to Seattle's cavernous Safeco Field sapped some of his power, and a handful of injuries contributed to a down year in the other counting categories. Still, Segura did hit .300 for the second straight season, and had he not been limited to just 125 games, it's likely he would have topped both 100 runs and 30 steals. One of the better leadoff hitters in the game, outside of home runs and RBIs, he can provide solid to elite production without much downside. The real question here is the impact of Dee Gordon, who presumably will take over in the leadoff spot.

Elvis Andrus, SS - Texas Rangers Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 584 163 0.279 13 78 71 113 34 3 229 21 4 90 46 354.00 1255.03
2018 395 100 0.253 6 53 33 20 3 144 5 3 66 28 153.00 0.00
2017 643 191 0.297 20 100 88 143 44 4 303 25 3 101 38 434.00 658.57
2016 506 153 0.302 8 75 69 108 37 8 230 25 4 70 47 336.00 583.07

Since arriving on the scene as a 20 year old rookie in 2009, Andrus has long been a consistent source of steals, and not much else. In fact, prior to 2016 he was largely a liability in other categories, as despite his base stealing ability his .286 average and .727 OPS in 2012 were his best numbers in those categories, and he had never reached double digits in home runs. While 2016 saw a big step forward with Andrus hitting .302 and posting an OPS of .800, it was the leap from a career best 8 home runs and 69 RBIs that season to last year's 20 homers and 88 RBIs, while scoring 100 runs for the first time and still hitting .297 with an OPS of .808 that is intriguing. Everything points to last season being an aberration for Andrus from a power standpoint, but his production over the past two seasons suggest it may have just taken him a little longer to develop as a hitter and he might just be able to maintain his 2017 output.

Didi Gregorius, SS - New York Yankees Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 563 151 0.268 20 72 78 101 29 1 222 4 7 81 32 324.00 1224.06
2018 504 135 0.268 27 89 86 23 5 249 10 7 69 48 224.00 0.00
2017 534 154 0.288 25 73 87 127 27 0 256 3 3 70 25 354.00 383.52
2016 562 155 0.276 20 68 70 118 34 3 255 7 6 82 19 341.00 505.40

In 2017 Gregorius posted his best big league season to date. Once a promising prospect in the Diamondbacks organization, a lack of plate discipline early in his career seemed like it might ultimately doom his once bright future. But the combination of playing in one of the most potent lineups in baseball and continued maturing at the plate, helped him become one of the most consistent hitters for the Yankees in 2017. His 25 home runs last season were a career high, and he's probably going to top out in that range. Surrounded by guys like Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, and now Mike Stanton, Gregorius is an ideal spot to continue seeing good pitches to hit. And heading into his age 29 season there's no reason he can't continue to provide starting shortstop value at a price that won't break the bank on draft day.

Andrelton Simmons, SS - Los Angeles Angels Sn 

Season AB H Avg. HR R RBI 1B 2B 3B TB SB HBP SO BB Pts Roto
2018 (proj) 601 162 0.270 13 74 70 114 33 2 225 13 4 65 45 350.00 1080.10
2018 554 162 0.292 11 68 75 26 5 231 10 5 44 35 230.00 0.00
2017 589 164 0.278 14 77 69 124 38 2 248 19 3 67 47 365.00 553.56
2016 448 126 0.281 4 48 44 97 26 3 170 10 2 37 28 271.00 323.88

Last season Simmons quietly posted 14 home runs and 69 RBIs, while hitting .278 and logging a career best 19 stolen bases. It was far and away his most productive fantasy season, not only since joining the Angels, but ever. To the extent that the additions of Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart should improve the Los Angeles offense overall, even a small drop off from his 2017 output would likely make Simmons a viable fantasy option at a middle infield position.

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