RANKED: Every MLB Team’s Shortstop From Worst to Best

26. J.P. Crawford — Seattle Mariners

As recently as ’16, Crawford was regarded as the Phillies’ top prospect. After appearing in 72 games with the Phils over the past two years, the team decided they were ready to move on. Now in Seattle, Crawford will have a golden opportunity to show that he is more than just hype. Crawford is a disciplined hitter — as his walk rate may suggest — and has shown bursts of power in the Minors. While that hasn’t yet translated in the pros, Crawford has tantalizing potential. Despite committing eight errors last season, Crawford projects as an above-average defensive shortstop. Only 24, Crawford has plenty of time left to capitalize on his skills.

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25. Jordy Mercer — Detroit Tigers

The need for the Pirates to develop Kevin Newman spelled the end of the road for Mercer in Pittsburgh. A five-year vet, Mercer will look to bring some leadership and steady play to Detroit. You know what to expect with the 32-year-old — he will hit around .255, strikeout between 80-90 times, and provide middling defense at short. He doesn’t excite you, but Mercer is a serviceable, reliable shortstop.

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