Checking in on the Next Wave of Shortstops

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Shortstop is one of the deepest position for young players in MLB in recent years. With superstars such as Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, Carlos Correa and more, the influx of talent has been nothing short of amazing. However, there are plenty of shortstops coming up that are just as exciting and could make shortstop the deepest position in the game.

  1. Yasel Antuna.

Antuna started off his minor career great in 2017, batting .301 in 48 games in Rookie ball. The success has not followed him in A-ball so far this year as he is just batting .209 in 62 games. However, at just 18 years old, Antuna has plenty of time to right the ship and I believe in his skillset, he could be a sneaky late-round minor league draft pick as he will probably be ignored due to his struggles so far this year.

    2. Fernando Tatis Jr.

Arguably one of the best shortstops and prospects in baseball, Tatis has a world of upside. After hitting 22 home runs last year, he is off to another hot start this year. Batting .273 with 11 home runs already in the season. He also can run a bit, stealing 32 bases last year and 10 so far this year. It’s safe to say Tatis Jr is a superstar in the making.

  1. Bo Bichette.

Bichette got off to a slow start in 2018, but that is all behind him. He has gotten his average back up to .279 with a 30:50 BB/SO ratio. He already has 17 doubles on the season after swatting 41 last year. Overshadowed in the Blue Jays system by phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bichette has a chance to hit for a high average in the Major Leagues. I Would easily rank him as the #2 shortstop in the Minor Leagues at the moment.

  1. Brendan Rodgers.

The biggest question about Rogers is not IF he can play, but WHERE he will play. With Nolan Arenado, D.J LeMahieu and Trevor Story, Rogers is having a tough time cracking into the Rockies lineup. I believe he is Major League ready, they just have nowhere to put him. He is currently hitting .294 with 14 home runs and 9 steals in Double A. With his skill set, the Rockies will seemingly have to call him up sooner than later.

  1. Carter Kieboom.

Possibly one of the most underrated Minor League shortstops in the game, Carter Kieboom doesn’t just have an awesome last name, he has the skill set to back it up. Currently, in A-ball he has 15 doubles and 11 home runs with 6 steals. He is arguably tied with farthest away on this list along with Antuna, but he has the chance to rise quickly through Washington’s system.

There are plenty more shortstops in the Minors with chances to become stars, Royce Lewis, Nick Gordon, etc, but those are an update on 5 of the most dynamic shortstops in MILB.