CineSportsTalk vs MLB Network: 2016 Top 10 Shortstops

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Every year MLB Network runs down their list of “Top 10 Right Now” at each position. They do it a few different ways. First, they use their machine called the “Shredder.” The Shredder takes all of the human factor out of it and goes based solely on numbers alone. They rank each position in that manner and use both offensive numbers as well as defensive numbers. Then the host of the show, Brian Kenny, gets his chance to count them down as does Bill James and then finally the special guest host for that particular countdown gets their say.

We will start with the Shredder, Brian Kenny and the special guest host and then move on to Steve, Scott and the Sportz Nutt from CineSportsTalk! Here we go and let us know what you think!

MLB Network

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CineSportsTalk

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Steve’s Top 10

10. Andrelton Simmons

Simmons

He has been pretty mediocre at the plate, but he makes my top 10 because he is an absolute beast in the field. He has a cannon for an arm and can throw anyone out at first and has the range to get to anything.

9. Elvis Andrus

Andrus

Another one that is pretty mediocre at the plate. He has a decent average with no power, but he does have 30+ steal potential and can wreak havoc on the base paths.

8. Addison Russell

Russell

I struggled with this one because while he has some nice pop for a middle infielder, his ability to hit for average is simply not there.

7. Jhonny Peralta

Peralta

He’s going to miss some time early in 2016 because of an injury, but Peralta is a very solid hitter and a decent fielder on a very good team.

6. Brandon Crawford

Crawford

This guy put it together last year with some pop and run production. I don’t know if he can continue this trend, but if he stays consistent then he will prove that he can hold his own at the dish.

5. Francisco Lindor

Lindor

I’ve seen Lindor ranked anywhere from #1 to #8. I’m putting him right in the middle at #5 because his bat was better when he hit the majors last year than he has shown in the minors. Are the pitchers in the AL going to make some adjustments this year? If they are smart they will, but it will be interesting to see the counter adjustments Lindor makes at the plate. He’s got some speed, some average and some pop.

4. Corey Seager

Seager

Truth be told, I wanted to rank Seager in the #2 spot, but he simply hasn’t done enough to warrant that. You all know that I give the benefit of the doubt to the vets who have shown over and over again that they can do it. That being said, I think the Dodgers have the next big thing at the shortstop position.

3. Xander Bogaerts

Xander

I’m putting a lot of stock in his potential for this season. I’ve read a lot about how he can hit 20-30 homeruns a year. I think he will get close to that this year and begin to take off in 2017. Don’t be surprised if he is in the top spot next year for me.

2. Troy Tulowitzki

Tulo

He does his thing every year. He hits for average and power and drives in runs. The problem is that you can book a trip to the DL for Tulo every single year. The Blue Jays should know going into this year that they can only bet on him for about 130 games. With the player you get in Tulo you absolutely take those 130 games compared to other options at 155 games.

1. Carlos Correa

Correa

This was a tough choice for me. You can make an argument for any of the top 5 on this list to be at #1. I landed on Correa because I think he will be less of an injury risk than Tulo and he possesses more potential to be an absolute beast than anyone else on this list.

Scott’s Top 10

10. Addison Russell

Russell

9. Starlin Castro

Starlin

8. Brandon Crawford

Crawford

7. Elvis Andrus

Andrus

6. Francisco Lindor

Lindor

5. Corey Seager

Seager

4. Jose Reyes

Reyes

3. Troy Tulowitzki

Tulo

2. Xander Bogaerts

Xander

1. Carlos Correa

Correa

The Sportz Nutt’s Top 10

10. Marcus Semien

Semien

Has had the potential for years, but could never piece it together.

9. Ketel Marte

Ketel

Don’t know about him yet…..you will.

8. Jung-Ho Kang

Kang

Already injured, let’s hope he can be what he was projected to be.

7. Brandon Crawford

Crawford

Yawn, he should do well.

6. Addison Russell

Russell

If only he could NOT bat 8th or 9th in that lineup.

5. Corey Seager

Seager

The potential is there, but will he live up to the hype?

4. Francisco Lindor

Lindor

More of a defensive player than offensive in my mind.

3. Xander Bogaerts

Xander

Slowly but surely putting all of the tools together to become one of baseball’s finest.

2. Troy Tulowitzki

Tulo

As long as he stays healthy, he should be #2 in this lineup.

1. Carlos Correa

Correa

Da man.