As the start of Spring Training is drawing closer, we are taking a look at the top 10 shortstops right now. This season will be the first time in a very long time that you won’t see the name “Derek Jeter” in any debates about this topic, but this list is full of very talented players who make major impacts on their current teams. With numerous players being deserving of being on this list, let’s take a look at who we think are the best shortstops in the game today.
These three players fell just short of making our top 10 list.
Even after a somewhat down year for Elvis Andrus, he’s still one of the better shortstops in the game today. The 26-year-old has become one of the more durable shortstops in the game, as he’s played in an average of 157 games over the past three seasons. In order to improve in 2015, Andrus must work on stealing bases, as he was caught stealing a career-high 15 times during the 2014 campaign.
Rollins spent the first 15 seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers this off-season. showed everyone this past season that he can still play the game at a high level. The 36-year-old didn’t hit for a very high average in 2014, but his 17 homers, 28 stolen bases and above average defensive play really helped him stand out. If he’s able to stay healthy in 2015, he should be a very nice addition to a revamped Dodgers team that looks to compete for a World Series Championship.
After an outstanding 2013 season which earned him All-Star honors, many people felt that Jean Segura would become one of the best shortstops in the game right away. However, the 24-year-old struggled in 2014, as his production decreased in almost every major category. Even with his struggles last season, Segura still has a lot of talent, and should be a nice bounce-back candidate in 2015.
10) Alexei Ramirez (Chicago White Sox)
Ramirez had a very productive 2014 season, as he named an All-Star for the first time while also bringing home his second Silver Slugger Award. The 33-year-old has been a consistent and durable player for the White Sox, posting a slash line of .277/.314/.405 over his seven seasons in Chicago.
It’s no surprise that the White Sox have been hesitant to trade Ramirez, being that they feel he is an important piece to their roster, especially after the big moves they made this off-season. With the buzz surrounding around Chicago this season, Ramirez looks to continue his All-Star type production to help the White Sox find their way to the top of the AL Central.