Best Shortstops Under Age 26

MLB’s Best Shortstops under Age 26

Best Shortstops Under Age 26Ah shortstop, the glamour position. Every little league kid wants to play shortstop and generally at that young age, that’s where most of the talent goes. It is probably the most important position on the diamond, with the exception of the pitcher. You need your best athletes at shortstop, and the position is usually rife with youngsters who can steal bases, smash homers and throw up a few web gems.

At this position we see a few more players who meet our qualifications, and from there, we narrow it down to a select few who stand out above the rest. Atop our list of best shortstops under age 25 is Starlin Castro of the Chicago Cubs. This north sider slugged over .400, had double digit steals, and scored over 50 runs. Not bad for a guy who just celebrated his 20th birthday. His defensive troubles have stolen much of the spotlight from this young kid, but trust me, his offensive upside can’t be ignored any longer. He probably has the most potential out of a pretty notable list of young shortstops which includes Asdrubal Cabrera and Elvis Andrus. Any one of these young shortstops could pop in 2011, so keep your eyes open.
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2010 Stats for Shortstops Under Age 26

Player Team Age AB R H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
Starlin Castro CHC 20 463 53 139 3 41 10 0.300 0.347 0.408 0.755
Ian Desmond WSH 25 525 59 141 10 65 17 0.269 0.308 0.392 0.700
Asdrubal Cabrera CLE 25 381 39 105 3 29 6 0.276 0.326 0.346 0.673
Elvis Andrus TEX 22 588 88 156 0 35 32 0.265 0.342 0.301 0.643

 

To see where other stars under the age of 25 rank around the diamond, see the links below.

Best Starting Pitchers 25 and Under

Best Catchers 25 and Under

Best First Basemen 25 and Under

Best Second Basemen 25 and Under

Best Third Basemen 25 and Under

Best Outfielders 25 and Under

 

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Aaron is an avid sports fan who passionately follows the NFL, NBA and MLB, in addition to NCAA Sports. He is an Arizona State University grad who loves the Dodgers and the Patriots.