The minor leagues are bursting with excellent shortstop prospects and none better than Jurickson Profar who returns to the same perch he held in last year’s Top 10. The 2012 draft added a couple of precocious talents to the rankings and several players like Xander Bogaerts and Javier Baez cemented their standing as some of the top shortstop (for now) prospects in the game.
1. Jurickson Profar – Texas Rangers
I could easily lump Xander Bogaerts and Carlos Correa in a group with Profar atop this list, but as one of the top two or three prospects in the entire game, Profar deserves a level all his own. An extremely polished young player, Profar has the potential to contribute in a big way in every phase of the game. He is a superstar in waiting and easily the top shortstop prospect in the game today.
2. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
3. Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
Bogaerts burst onto the scene in 2011 and then continued to explode with a monster campaign in 2012. His power potential approaches the top of the scale and despite an aggressive approach he has shown an ability to put that power to use in game situations. He may not be a shortstop for long, but even with a move to the hot corner or the outfield he will still rate extremely high on any prospect list. Correa was the top overall pick in last summer’s draft and while his GCL debut was nothing to get excited about, his skill set is. Correa is a better bet to stay at the position than Bogaerts, but he may not have the incredible offensive ceiling that Bogaerts displays.
4. Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
5. Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
6. Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City Royals
Francisco Lindor lacks the loud tools of some others on this list but he is a heady player with easy plus defensive ratings and the potential to hit for average and get on base. His power potential is minimal, but the rest of his game will carry him to the big leagues quickly. Along with Bogaerts, Javier Baez’s power potential ranks at the top of this position. He has the raw potential for 70-grades in both hitting ability and power, but that profile comes with significant risk because of his approach and attitude. Adalberto Mondesi could be the next great Kansas City prospect and he is one of the highest risers since the end of last season. Mondesi has potential on both sides of the ball and he could be poised for an explosion in 2013.
7. Nick Franklin – Seattle Mariners
8. Addison Russell – Oakland Athletics
9. Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies
10. Jonathan Schoop – Baltimore Orioles
Much like several other players on this list, Nick Frankin and Jonathan Schoop aren’t long for shortstop defensively, but they have the offensive potential to profile at other positions and were easy considerations for this list. Addison Russell was a first round pick last summer and I was impressed with what I saw in the NYPL after he signed. He has considerable room for growth but he also displays pretty nice polish, indicating he could start to move quickly through the A’s system. Story is a solid all-around player that should contribute in most phases of the game.
Just Missed: Gavin Cecchini – New York Mets, Alen Hanson – Pittsburgh Pirates, Chris Owings – Arizona Diamondbacks, Dorssys Paulino – Cleveland Indians, Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers