Trevor Story did not make Baseball America's prestigious Top 100 Prospects list this year, but 20 other shortstops did, including Corey Seager at No. 1. (Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Addison Russell have already graduated from prospect status.)
BA's 2001 rankings included 12 shortstops. There were 13 five years later, and 14 five years after that; the average number since 1995 was 10.8. That means that there are about as many shortstops in this year's top 50 (13) as have usually appeared on the entire list.
The rankings are, of course, subjective. Still, it's hard to escape the notion that the Golden Age of Shortstops is just beginning. Here are four more potential stars who could reach the majors in the next few months:
J.P. Crawford, 21, Phillies (BA rank: 6). The organization's top prospect is as advanced at the plate as he is defensively: In four minor league seasons he has walked more often (173) than he's whiffed (172).
Orlando Arcia, 21, Brewers (BA rank: 8). Like Lindor, Arcia is a classic—meaning defensively gifted—shortstop who is also projected to hit .300.
Trea Turner, 22, Nationals (BA rank: 9). The speedy 2014 first-rounder is batting .364 with a .985 OPS and six steals in 17 games in Triple A.
Dansby Swanson, 22, Braves (BA rank: 17). Last year's No. 1 pick, the Marietta, Ga., native should be in the starting lineup when the team opens its new Cobb County ballpark next spring.