Next to the ability to cultivate pitching prospects, a team's ability to develop major league caliber shortstop play is the most important part of player development.
The first reason is relatively simple. If a team finds their guy at shortstop, they can plug him in there for years to come. Think Troy Tulowitzki and Elvis Andrus in this scenario. The number of teams with shortstops of the future pales in comparison to the number of teams signing fill-ins year to year. Players like Clint Barmes and Alex Gonzalez have made entire careers out of their ability to play solid defense day in and day out.
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