2020 Prospect Position Rankings: Shortstop

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Each year, following the release of our Top 100 prospects, Baseball America ranks the top prospects in baseball by position. You can find our position-by-position rankings here

Here are the top shortstop prospects for 2020. 

Best Bat: There are plenty of talented hitters in this group, but Rays SS Wander Franco is in his own tier. Despite being 18, Franco has a preternatural feel for the barrel, with a fast, efficient swing from both sides of the plate, outstanding plate coverage and the ability to square up all types of pitches. His high baseball IQ shows in the batter’s box, and the all-around offensive package is enough for scouts to put future 70 to 80 grades on his pure hitting potential.

Best Glove: D-backs SS Geraldo Perdomo is a bouncy athlete at shortstop, where he has a quick first step and plus range. He can make the acrobatic plays, but unlike a lot of flashy young shortstops, he doesn’t make too many mistakes, and he can finish plays with a strong, accurate arm.

Sleeper: Arrows are pointing up on Rangers SS Luisangel Acuña, the younger brother of Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña. Luisangel has a smaller, compact frame, but he swings hard, makes a lot of contact and has a good eye for the strike zone, making him one of the top prospects to watch coming out of the Dominican Summer League.

1. Wander Franco, Rays | Scouting Report
2. Gavin Lux, Dodgers | Scouting Report
3. Carter Kieboom, Nationals | Scouting Report
4. Marco Luciano, Giants | Scouting Report
5. CJ Abrams, Padres | Scouting Report
6. Bobby Witt Jr., Royals | Scouting Report
7. Royce Lewis, Twins | Scouting Report
8. Jordan Groshans, Blue Jays | Scouting Report
9. Nico Hoerner, Cubs | Scouting Report
10. Oneil Cruz, Pirates | Scouting Report
11. Ronny Mauricio, Mets | Scouting Report
12. Tyler Freeman, Indians | Scouting Report
13. Geraldo Perdomo, D-backs | Scouting Report
14. Jeter Downs, Dodgers | Scouting Report
15. Jazz Chisholm, Marlins | Scouting Report
16. Luis Garcia, Nationals | Scouting Report
17. Noelvi Marte, Mariners | Scouting Report
18. Orelvis Martinez, Blue Jays | Scouting Report
19. Bryson Stott, Phillies | Scouting Report
20. Brice Turang, Brewers | Scouting Report
21. Gabriel Arias, Padres | Scouting Report
22. Andres Gimenez, Mets | Scouting Report
23. Liover Peguero, Pirates | Scouting Report
24. Jeremiah Jackson, Angels | Scouting Report
25. Maximo Acosta, Rangers | Scouting Report
26. Brayan Rocchio, Indians | Scouting Report
27. Jeremy Pena, Astros | Scouting Report
28. Ryan Vilade, Rockies | Scouting Report
29. Robert Puason, Athletics | Scouting Report
30. Oswald Peraza, Yankees | Scouting Report



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