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2016 MLB Draft Top Prospects: Shortstops

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A quick look at the top 20 shortstops in the 2016 MLB Draft

Delvin Perez, right, is the best shortstop prospect in this year's draft. Who else is in the top 20?
Delvin Perez, right, is the best shortstop prospect in this year's draft. Who else is in the top 20?
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Hey everyone, I wanted to continue the in-depth look at the top ranked players at each position. But it's two days until the draft, and I still need to finish my final draft rankings and my list of statistical sleeper seniors (some have even called it super). So I will share my top 20 shortstops, followed by top 20 outfielders, top 20 right-handed pitchers and top 20 left-handed pitchers. There will not be as much in-depth discussion, rather some brief snippets on a few of the players. Feel free to ask questions in the comments below.

Player POS YR B-T HT WT School Hometown ST Commitment
Delvin Perez SS HS R-R 6-1 150 Internationall BB Academy Loiza PR
Nolan Jones SS HS L-R 6-3 175 Holy Ghost Prep Langhorne PA Virginia
Gavin Lux SS HS L-R 6-2 175 Indian Trail Academy Kenosha WI Arizona State
Carter Kieboom SS/3B HS R-R 6-2 180 Walton Marietta GA Clemson
Luis Curbelo SS/2B HS R-R 6-3 185 Puerto Rico BB Academy Carolina PR
Hudson Sanchez SS HS R-R 6-2 175 Southlake Carroll Grapevine TX Texas A&M
C.J. Chatham SS/3B JR R-R 6-4 170 Florida Atlantic Fort Lauderdale FL
Sheldon Neuse SS/RHP JR R-R 6-0 195 Oklahoma Fort Worth TX
Cole Stobbe SS HS R-R 6-2 180 Millard West Omaha NE Arkansas
Nolan "Nonie" Williams SS HS B-R 6-1 190 Home School Kansas City KS Louisiana State
Colby Woodmansee SS JR R-R 6-3 195 Arizona State Phoenix AZ
Connor Justus SS JR R-R 6-0 193 Georgia Tech Cartersville GA
Alexis Torres SS HS R-R 6-0 170 Puerto Rico BB Academy Caguas PR
Stephen Alemais SS JR B-R 6-0 180 Tulane Bronx NY
Tyler Fitzgerald SS HS R-R 6-2 185 Rochester Rochester IL Louisville
Grae Kessinger SS HS R-R 6-2 175 Center Hill Olive Branch MS Mississippi
Logan Davidson SS HS S-R 6-3 185 Providence Charlotte NC Clemson
Francisco Thomas SS/3B HS B-R 6-2 195 Osceola Carolina PR San Diego State
Donnie Walton SS SR B-R 5-9
Oklahoma State Tulsa OK
Daniel Bakst SS HS R-R 6-2 185 Poly Prep Country Day New York NY Stanford

Delvin Perez is the consensus top shortstop in this year's draft. I still have some concerns about his bat, and a swing that needs quite a bit of work. But he's one of the younger players in this year's draft, and probably the top defensive shortstop (definitely among prep shortstops).

Nolan Jones is my favorite prep bat in this year's class. He has a chance to stick at shortstop, but the bat will play at third base.

Lux has flown up draft boards this spring. He is very good defensively, with his arm being the only weak point (but it's gotten stronger this year).

Keiboom is getting compared to Seager by some, which is a bit rich. But his bat isn't far behind Jones, and his defense isn't far behind Lux.

All four of these guys should be picked before the second round starts.

Curbelo looked like a first round guy after last summer's showcase season. He moved to Florida for high school, and didn't play up to expectations. There are still some nice tools here, but the risk is higher, and it will probably push him far enough down the draft that he goes to Miami for college.

Sanchez is one of the younger prospects in this draft class. He has solid tools across the board, but nothing that sticks out as excellent. His power potential is his best attribute other than his age, but he won't likely stick at shortstop. This may cause him to drop far enough that he goes to Texas A&M.

Chatham is pretty much the best college SS in this draft. He will stick at shortstop, and has the ability to be above-average offensively. He's a guy that a team could grab in the first round, given the lack of college shortstop talent, and should be gone by the end of the second.

Neuse is Chatham's only competition at the top for college shortstops. Not as good of a player defensively, he could definitely grind out a career there, or be an above-average second basemen. His bat is more advanced than Chatham's, however.

Stobbe is a prep shortstop that I feel I could be underrating. If I felt he could stick at shortstop, I'd have him higher. I love the quiet swing he has.

Nonie is a athletic prep player who originally wasn't eligible until 2017. He sped up his home schooling to graduate this year, making him age-appropriate. He's raw, but has the ability to make a lot of people look silly for passing on him. I think he will likely end up at Louisiana State, and be a first round target in 2019.