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Minor League Barometer: Ready to Shine

Jesse Siegel

Jesse Siegel

Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

Shortstop has once again become a power position in the minors. The list of top-flight shortstop phenoms is astounding. Addison Russell, Carlos Correa, Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor are all top-25 overall prospects. Add in rookie starting shortstops Xander Bogaerts and Chris Owings at the big-league level, and the amount of young talent flowing through the center of the diamond is simply astonishing. Major League Baseball may be searching for the next great shortstop now that Derek Jeter is retiring. Perhaps one of these neophytes can step into the void.

Let's punch out three more items in this week's edition of "Three Strikes:"

1. A few prospects I like more than other pundits: George Springer, Zach Lee, Lucas Giolito, Mike Foltynewicz, Clayton Blackburn. A few prospects I don't like as much as other scouts: David Dahl, Austin Hedges, Michael Choice, Jorge Alfaro.

2. Watch out for Jonathan Schoop of the Orioles. He was a surprise addition

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