Remember when there were only a few shortstops to go around?
Those days are over.
For whatever reason (I think you can thank Derek Jeter) the shortstop position has become arguably the best in baseball, bursting at the seams with young, arguably generational talent.
Cutting this list to 10 wasn't easy, but these are the best in baseball in 2017:
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Aledmys Diaz - Cardinals
Diaz, 26, came out of nowhere to have a great year for the Cardinals in 2016. He was an All-Star and posted a tremendous slash line of .300/.369/.510 — MVP numbers if the Cardinals made more of a push for the postseason.
Will he be able to maintain the numbers? If so, he'll be much, much higher on this list next year.
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Andrelton Simmons - Angels
He might not be the best hitter, but no one picks it better than Simmons. He's been by far the best defensive shortstop in baseball for the last three years.
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Troy Tulowitzki - Blue Jays
Once the gold standard, Tulo hasn't been his elite self since arriving in Toronto (funny how that worked ...).But don't underestimate him — he still has plenty of pop in that bat and is good for a spectacular play every now and again.
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Addison Russell - Cubs
He might be at No. 1 on this list one day, but right now the 23-year-old Russell is still at top-flight prospect, developing into the player he will soon be. He's an exceptional defensive shortstop. When the bat catches up, look out.
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Xander Bogaerts - Red Sox
He's had back-to-back really good years at the plate and there's still potential that his glove becomes better than league-average. It's hard to see him getting much better at the plate, but he is 24 ...
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Brandon Crawford - Giants
The captain of my all-underrated team, Crawford is the best defensive shortstop in the National League by a good margin — and he's a solid 100-plus wRC+ performer in a ballpark that steals home runs (he'd be good for 20 annually if he played anywhere else).
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Trea Turner - Nationals
A speculative play, sure — but Turner was so impressive at the plate in his rookie season and flashed some mean leather in spring training that he's worthy of this spot. Few guys in the sport can do it all like him.
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Carlos Correa - Astros
(Now we're firmly in annual MVP contention territory.)
Correa may be a work in progress, but he's already a gamechanger and his ceiling is incredibly high — Gold Gloves and 140-plus wRC+ annually high.
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Corey Seager - Dodgers
Seager well could have won the MVP award last year, as he posted an absurd .308/.365/.512 slash line in his rookie year — and already posted one of the best defensive WAR ratings at the position at age 22.
Even if he never gets any better and just maintains for the next decade, Seager will be a Hall of Famer. But he's going to get better ...
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Francisco Lindor - Indians
There's no other way to put it: Lindor is special.
He's special with the glove — the 23-year-old has a chance to be one of the best to ever play the position.
He's special at the plate — .301/.358/.435 last year — and getting better. Lindor also has a penchant for clutch hits.
There might not be a more valuable player to his team in baseball — and that includes Mike Trout. And there's no better shortstop in baseball.