The amount of depth at shortstop throughout my lifetime has not been steady to put it lightly. In the early 2000s and late 1990s the games three best shortstops were in a league of their own, Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra, and Alex Rodriguez were unmatched in their craft. The MVPs in 1995, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2007 were all shortstops and the recipients were Barry Larkin, Miguel Tejada, Alex Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez and you guessed it, Alex Rodriguez respectively.
Although Jeter and Garciaparra never won MVP honors they were both still world class shortstops for their time, and Jeter continued his success long into his late thirties.
Fast forward to the mid to late 2000s where Jeter was still at the forefront, but Garciaparra and Rodriguez had moved positions from SS to 1B and 3B respectively. Troy Tulowitzki was a big name having a strong 2008 campaign but he had trouble staying healthy. Jose Reyes, Starlin Castro and Asdrubal Cabrera had a few good seasons but haven’t done much since. The SS position has been a barren up until recently. The trouble of finding a shortstop is over because many of the prospects are on the horizon along with the talent in the league who all specialize at starting the 6-4-3 double play. Players like Xander Bogaerts, Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Jung Ho Kang and Addison Russell have already spent time in the majors and shown that they have what it takes to find success. Even as these prospects become proven stars, many more prospects have yet to break through AAA up to the show. These include Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals, Dansby Swanson of the Arizona Diamondbacks,J.P. Crawford of the Philadelphia Phillies, Orlando Arcia of the Milwaukee Brewers and Brendan Rodgers of the Colorado Rockies. All of these prospects are within the MLB’s Top 15 Prospects list and are being groomed to lead a future franchise. Baseball fans are in for a treat since shortstop is one of the more exciting positions to watch especially when a player can master it. With a surplus of shortstops in the near future, we are in for some of the most exciting baseball to date.