FANTASY BASEBALL: Top 30 shortstops for the 2020 campaign … whenever that might be

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Rockies shortstop Trevor Story has become a standard-bearer at his position over the last two seasons, enjoying annual averages of 36 HRs, 96 RBI, 100 runs, 25 steals and a .355 on-base percentage.

The start of the baseball season might be an open-ended question, thanks to the dreaded Coronavirus.

However, that won’t stop us from churning out or updating certain positional fantasy rankings.

Today’s listing revises the top 30 shortstops for 2020 — factoring in the crucial categories of home runs, RBI, steals, runs, on-base average and OPS.

POSITIONAL FANTASY RANKINGS
TOP 50 OUTFIELDERS
TOP 25 FIRST BASEMEN
TOP 30 SHORTSTOPS
TOP 40 STARTING PITCHERS
TOP 25 SECOND BASEMEN
TOP 30 THIRD BASEMEN
TOP 20 CATCHERS

TOP 30 SHORTSTOPS FOR 2020

PLAYER #1

TREVOR STORY, ROCKIES
2019:
35 HR, 85 RBI, 111 runs, 23 steals, .294 BA, .363 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 32 HR, 92 RBI, 89 runs, 19 steals, .276 BA, .341 OBP

PLAYER #2

ALEX BREGMAN, ASTROS
2019:
41 HR, 112 RBI, 122 runs, 5 steals, .296 BA, .423 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 30 HR, 95 RBI, 105 runs, 11 steals, .289 BA, .391 OBP
BONUS: Bregman has dual-position versatility (3B/SS)

PLAYER #3

FRANCISCO LINDOR, INDIANS
2019:
32 HR, 74 RBI, 101 runs, 22 steals, .284 BA, .335 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 34 HR, 85 RBI, 110 runs, 21 steals, .278 BA, .342 OBP

PLAYER #4

JAVIER BAEZ, CUBS
2019:
29 HR, 85 RBI, 89 runs, 11 steals, .281 BA, .316 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 29 HR, 90 RBI, 88 runs, 14 steals, .282 BA, .320 OBP

PLAYER #5

TREA TURNER, NATIONALS
2019:
19 HR, 57 RBI, 96 runs, 35 steals, .298 BA, .353 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 19 HR, 65 RBI, 100 runs, 39 steals, .283 BA, .348 OBP

PLAYER #6

XANDER BOGAERTS, RED SOX
2019:
33 HR, 117 RBI, 110 runs, 4 steals, .309 BA, .384 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 22 HR, 94 RBI, 92 runs, 9 steals, .291 BA, .363 OBP

PLAYER #7

KETEL MARTE, DIAMONDBACKS
2019:
32 HR, 92 RBI, 97 runs, 10 steals, .329 BA, .389 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 23 HR, 76 RBI, 82 runs, 8 steals, .296 BA, .361 OBP
BONUS: Marte has three-position versatility (2B/SS/OF)

PLAYER #8

FERNANDO TATIS JR., PADRES
2019:
22 HR, 53 RBI, 61 runs, 16 steals, .317 BA, .379 OBP (84 games)

PLAYER #9

GLEYBER TORRES, YANKEES
2019:
38 HR, 90 RBI, 96 runs, 5 steals, .278 BA, .337 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 31 HR, 84 RBI, 75 runs, 6 steals, .275 BA, .338 OBP
BONUS: Torres has dual-position versatility (2B/SS)

PLAYER #10

JONATHAN VILLAR, MARLINS
2019:
24 HR, 73 RBI, 111 runs, 40 steals, .274 BA, .339 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 16 HR, 53 RBI, 71 runs, 33 steals, .261 BA, .322 OBP
BONUS: Villar has three-position versatility (2B/SS)

PLAYER #11

MARCUS SEMIEN, ATHLETICS
2019:
33 HR, 92 RBI, 123 runs, 10 steals, .285 BA, .369 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 24 HR, 81 RBI, 106 runs, 12 steals, .270 BA, .345 OBP

PLAYER #12

TIM ANDERSON, WHITE SOX
2019:
18 HR, 56 RBI, 81 runs, 17 steals, .335 BA, .357 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 18 HR, 59 RBI, 77 runs, 19 steals, .275 BA, .302 OBP

PLAYER #13

ALDABERTO MONDESI, ROYALS
2019:
9 HR, 62 RBI, 58 runs, 43 steals, .263 BA, .291 OBP (102 games)

PLAYER #14

MANNY MACHADO, PADRES
2019:
32 HR, 85 RBI, 81 runs, 5 steals, .256 BA, .334 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 34 HR, 96 RBI, 82 runs, 9 steals, .271 BA, .337 OBP
BONUS: Machado has three-position versatility (SS/3B)

PLAYER #15

BO BICHETTE, BLUE JAYS
2019:
11 HR, 21 RBI, 32 runs, 4 steals, .311 BA, .358 OBP (only 46 games)

PLAYER #16

JEAN SEGURA, PHILLIES
2019:
12 HR, 60 RBI, 79 runs, 10 steals, .280 BA, .323 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 11 HR, 56 RBI, 83 runs, 17 steals, .294 BA, .337 OBP

PLAYER #17

CARLOS CORREA, ASTROS
2019:
21 HR, 59 RBI, 42 runs, 1 steal, .279 BA, .358 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 20 HR, 69 RBI, 61 runs, 2 steals, .278 BA, .357 OBP

PLAYER #18

DANNY SANTANA, RANGERS
2019:
28 HR, 81 RBI, 81 runs, 21 steals, .283 BA, .324 OBP
BONUS: Santana has a quintet of positional versatility (1B/2B/3B/SS/OF)

PLAYER #19

JORGE POLANCO, TWINS
2019:
22 HR, 79 RBI, 107 runs, 4 steals, .295 BA, .356 OBP

PLAYER #20

AMED ROSARIO, METS
2019:
15 HR, 72 RBI, 75 runs, 19 steals, .287 BA, .323 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 12 HR, 62 RBI, 76 runs, 22 steals, .273 BA, .310 OBP

PLAYER #21

COREY SEAGER, DODGERS
2019:
19 HR, 87 RBI, 82 runs, 1 steal, .272 BA, .335 OBP

PLAYER #22

GARRETT HAMPSON, ROCKIES
2019:
8 HR, 27 RBI, 40 runs, 15 steals, .302 BA, .385 OBP
BONUS: Hampson has three-position versatility (2B/SS/OF)

PLAYER #23

DIDI GREGORIUS, PHILLIES
2019:
16 HR, 61 RBI, 47 runs, 2 steals, .238 BA, .276 OBP (82 games)
2-YEAR AVERAGE (2017-18): 26 HR, 86 RBI, 81 runs, 6 steals, .277 BA, .326 OBP

PLAYER #24

ELVIS ANDRUS, RANGERS
2019:
12 HR, 72 RBI, 81 runs, 31 steals, .275 BA, .313 OBP
3-YEAR AVERAGE: 13 HR, 64 RBI, 78 runs, 20 steals, .279 BA, .321 OBP

PLAYER #25

WILLY ADAMES, RAYS
2019:
20 HR, 52 RBI, 69 runs, 4 steals, .254 BA, .317 OBP

PLAYER #26

PAUL DEJONG, CARDINALS
2019:
30 HR, 78 RBI, 97 runs, 9 steals, .233 BA, .318 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 24 HR, 73 RBI, 82 runs, 5 steals, .237 BA, .316 OBP

PLAYER #27

SCOTT KINGERY, PHILLIES
2019:
19 HR, 55 RBI, 64 runs, 15 steals, .258 BA, .315 OBP
2-YEAR AVERAGE: 14 HR, 45 RBI, 60 runs, 12 steals, .242 BA, .291 OBP
BONUS: Kingery has three-position versatility (SS/3B/OF)

PLAYER #28

GAVIN LUX, DODGERS
2019: 
2 HR, 9 RBI, 12 runs, 2 steals, .240 BA, .305 OBP (only 23 games)

PLAYER #29

JON BERTI, MARLINS
2019:
6 HR, 24 RBI, 52 runs, 17 steals, .273 BA, .348 OBP
BONUS: Berti has four-position versatility (2B/SS/3B/OF)

PLAYER #30

KEVIN NEWMAN, PIRATES
2019:
12 HR, 64 RBI, 61 runs, 16 steals, .308 BA, .353 OBP, .800 OPS

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