Bold Predictions: Shortstop Edition
1. Carlos Correa won’t be a top 15 Shortstop
Correa is currently going off the board as the number 9 shortstop. This would have been a much more jarring prediction before last season but Correa’s 2018 casts some doubt over his future. I wrote more about my thoughts on Correa in this week’s Overvalued and Undervalued series. I think he’s just not that special.
2. Adalberto Mondesi finishes outside the top 20 among Shortstops
I wrote up my thoughts on Mondesi in a player spotlight earlier this week. He’s wildly overrated and he has huge bust potential. He also has top 10 overall hitter upside so this could look pretty bad. We’ll know soon.
3. Paul DeJong is a top 10 shortstop
I’m pretty confident in Paul DeJong bouncing back this year. He’s healthy and he’s improving his plate skills. I can easily see 30 HR and a solid average from DeJong this year. I love the way he makes adjustments at the plate and really understands his swing.
4. Fernando Tatis Jr doesn’t debut until September
Tatis is being drafted at pick number 306 in the NFBC. I think he’s a great prospect but I’m not sure there’s a clear path to him playing in the MLB this season. He’s yet to play at the AAA level and I think the Padres are going to want to make sure he’s 100% ready for the big league level. They are probably a year away from contending so there’s no rush for them to move Tatis up too soon.
5. Jean Segura is a top 5 Shortstop in 2019
With the ballpark and lineup upgrades that Segura received in his trade to Philadelphia, I expect Segura to have a monster season. He’s going to hit a career high in home runs, bat .300, and steal 25 bases. A season similar to his 2016 is what I’m looking for.