This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
Shortstop is the best position. These guys all have that "it" factor, at least in the first few tiers. Premium athleticism is required to stick at the six defensively, and over the past decade, the best shortstops have become middle-of-the-order run producers in addition to their defensive exploits. It is now one of the deepest positions in fantasy. I did a startup dynasty draft earlier this offseason and took a long-term dynasty approach, and of course that entailed taking over a half dozen shortstops/potential shortstops in my first 17 picks.
1. Royce Lewis, Twins
2. CJ Abrams, Padres
These two have such fantasy-friendly games. If they reach their ceilings, they will hit for a high average, likely hitting first or second in a good big-league lineup, while also stealing 25-45 bases (Lewis on the low end, Abrams on the high end) and hitting 20-30 home runs (Abrams on the low end, Lewis on the high end).
3. Bobby Witt Jr., Royals
4. Jazz Chisholm, Marlins
5. Noelvi Marte, Mariners
6. Tyler Freeman, Indians
Witt, Chisholm and Marte are the power/speed prospects to dream on. They each have the potential to grow into 35-45 HR power and the speed to steal 20-plus bases. Freeman easily has the best hit tool of the bunch and should also get to double-digit home runs and steals. I had Freeman in the second base tiers last year, but I now think he lines up to