Final 2020 Power Rankings: Shortstop

Position Power Rankings

Before the season started, we unveiled power rankings for every position, following the same guiding principle we used to form our Preseason All-America Teams: If we were building a team to win the 2020 national title, which players would we choose? Even though the season was canceled prematurely and there will be no national champion, we’ll stick to that philosophy with our final updated power rankings.

These are NOT professional prospect lists, though they do take pure talent into consideration. We considered past performance and offensive statistics, but we also try to keep the numbers in context, because some leagues or ballparks are more offensive than others, and some leagues simply have more talent than others — so all stat lines are not created equal. And because the season was only four weeks long and nonconference strength of schedules vary so dramatically, we tried not to overreact to 2020 statistics. We made some adjustments based on performance this season, but we also gave some latitude to players who proved themselves over previous seasons and got off to slow starts this spring. We also considered defensive ability (especially at premium positions), makeup and reports of development in the preseason and the shortened spring season.

Finally, remember that there are 301 Division I teams, and we’re ranking the top 10 percent of starting players at each position. Many good players in the remaining 90 percent just didn’t make the cut.

With all that said, here’s a look at the top 30 shortstops in college baseball. New Mexico State superstar Nick Gonzales moved from second base to short and assumed the No. 1 spot at his new position after posting a laughable .448/.610/1.155 slash line in the abbreviated season, which came on the heels of a standout summer in the Cape Cod League and a first-team All-America sophomore campaign in 2019.

  1. Nick Gonzales, New Mexico State
  2. Anthony Servideo, Ole Miss
  3. Matt McLain, UCLA 
  4. Jordan Westburg, Mississippi State
  5. Trei Cruz, Rice

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