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February 5, 2014

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Shortstop Prospects

by Ben Carsley


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We’re about to undergo a fantasy shortstop renaissance.

The two best fantasy prospects in baseball, in my opinion, are shortstops. Four of the 10 best fantasy prospects are shortstops. I’d probably have 8-10 shortstops in my top 100 and another three or four in my top 150. This year’s crop of fantasy minor leaguers is teeming with shortstops who could change how we think about the position over the next few years.

Not all of these names will spend their entire careers at shortstop. Many will move off the position before they even reach the majors. But some of these players are going to be monster fantasy contributors playing at fantasy’s second-shallowest position, and that means owners in every format should be paying attention.

NAMES FOR 2014

Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
I might be on record as being somewhat of a Bogaerts fan, and he’s just as strong a fantasy prospect as he is a major-league one. Despite what certain FOX broadcasters would have you believe, Bogaerts doesn’t have any speed, but he should contribute strongly in the other four fantasy categories and will be a monster in OBP leagues, too. I like him to challenge for a top-10-fantasy-shortstop finish this year, and by 2016 or so, we could be talking about him as a top-40-overall fantasy asset. Years of 30 homers with a .300 average and 100-plus RBI are possible, and he has the ability to stay at short at least for the next several years. I don’t believe that anybody feels the way I do about him now.

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