The position of shortstop may not be quite as deep as it was during the late 1990s - when Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Nomar Garciaparra, Omar Vizquel and Barry Larkin were all among the game's best overall players - but there isn't a lack of exciting talents at the position in today's game.
Didi Gregorius, who is hoping for a bounce back in his first season with the Philadelphia Phillies, didn't crack our list of the top 10 shortstops in baseball for the 2020 season. Neither did Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, who despite poor fielding metrics is an exciting young star that hit .335 a season ago. Jorge Polanco, who is a major part of a Twins team with World Series aspirations, just missed the list. Ditto for Jonathan Villar, who is now a Miami Marlin.
So with all of these All-Star caliber talents not in the top 10, who topped them? Here's a look at the RADIO.COM Sports top 10 shortstops for the 2020 MLB season:
10. Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals
Despite hitting just .233 a season ago, DeJong was one of the most complete shortstops in baseball, homering 30 times, driving in 78 runs and posting a 4.1 fWAR in his age-25 season.
While he provides pop offensively, DeJong was an All-Star for the first time a season ago thanks in large part to his defensive prowess. In 2019, FanGraphs says that DeJong was the best fielding shortstop in baseball, posting 26 defensive runs saved, which was tied with Chicago Cubs' shortstop Javier Baez for the most at the position.
Though they were ultimately swept by the eventual World Series Champion Washington Nationals, DeJong and the Cardinals did reach the NLCS a season ago. If they are able to make it out of a crowded National League Central, the Cardinals are a team that could potentially make a run in October.
9. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
A broken index finger limited Turner to just 122 games a season ago, but he was still a very productive offensive player when he played: he hit .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBIs and 35 stolen bases in 2019.
The 26-year-old should be fully healthy entering the 2020 season, which he probably wasn't even when he returned from his finger injury a season ago. To compete in a crowded National League East, the Nationals may need Turner to have his best overall season yet.
Beyond how deep the division that the Nationals play in is, they lost Anthony Rendon, their best overall player a season ago, in free agency this offseason. Turner is part of a group that includes Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Carter Kieboom that the Nationals will need to step up to help make up for the loss of the superstar third baseman.
8. Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees
As Yankees fans like to say, Torres is still only 23. He already has one All-Star Game appearance under his belt and is likely to only get better.
In 2019, Torres slashed .278/.337/.535 with 38 home runs, 90 RBIs and a 3.6 fWAR. The main piece acquired in the July 2016 Aroldis Chapman trade with the Chicago Cubs, Torres is set to take over shortstop on a full-time basis in 2020 after the Yankees allowed Didi Gregorius to leave in free agency.
At least to start the season, Aaron Boone's squad may need Torres to carry even more of the workload, with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton's respective statuses both in doubt for Opening Day.
7. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
Remember when Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, was compared to Alex Rodriguez as he approached the major league level? That was probably an unfair standard for anyone to be expected to perform at, but it still doesn't feel like we've seen the best of the 25-year-old yet.
A major reason for that may be that of a possible 486 regular season games over the past three seasons, Correa has been limited by injuries to just 294 games. When he's been healthy in his career, Correa has posted elite production, and he still hasn't reached what should be his physical peak. It's just a matter of availability.
Correa issued what seemed like a genuine apology for his role in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, but that's not going to erase that cheating en route to winning a World Series will hang over the team in 2020, especially when you consider that a large percentage of his teammates haven't seemed remorseful.
But for as difficult of a task as it may be for the Astros to compartmentalize in 2020, Correa still is set to hit in a lineup that also includes George Springer, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley. The idea that this scandal is going to be the end of the Astros' run of success probably isn't especially realistic.
6. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
He wasn't able to match his career-best 2018 season, but Baez was still excellent for the Cubs a season ago, hitting .281 with 29 home runs, 81 RBIs and a 4.4 fWAR.
What's more, in his most extended look at shortstop, Baez graded out as the seventh-best fielder at any position in baseball, posting 26 defensive runs saved.
Even as the Cubs attempt to cut costs - which may eventually include trading former National League MVP Kris Bryant - Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reported in January that the Cubs have discussed a long-term deal with Baez, a sign of how much the organizational values the 27-year-old.