Top 5 Shortstop Prospects

September 19, 2010

C / 1B / 2B / SS / 3B / OF / CF / P

Rk. Name Notes Age Lvl Team Pos Pos 2 Grade
1 Jose Iglesias Glove is MLB-ready and bat has potential 20.7 AA BOS SS n/a B-
2 Danny Espinosa Decent bet to turn into a MLB regular 23.4 MLB WAS SS 2B B-
3 Manny Machado Highest offensive upside on this list 18.2 SS BAL SS DH B-
4 Darwin Barney Good D & contact but won't hit for power 24.9 MLB CHC SS 2B C+
5 Hak-Ju Lee Not built for power; does everything else 19.9 A CHC SS n/a C+
HM: Christian Colon, Wilmer Flores, Hector Gomez, Grant Green, Adeiny Hechavarria and Chris Nelson
* Ages are as of 9/19/10            
** Lvl is the highest the player has reached            
*** Our rankings put a lot of weight into floor as well as ceiling            
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Nick Franklin is on my second base prospect list.

Consider this list a rough draft for our off-season rankings. Our prospect analysts are going to do a lot more research on all of these guys this off-season -- and hopefully see some of them play again. Given the lack of elite upper-minors talent at shortstop and the amount of defensive responsibility shortstops must take on, this list may change more than any of my other positional lists as we get deeper into the offseason.


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