Tiers are a practical way of organizing rankings for their most optimal use on draft day. The goal is to accentuate which position is closest to a drop-off by denoting (roughly) where the drop-offs are at each position. During the heat of the draft, you'll know that the position to target is the one that's current tier is closest to depletion.
Below are the shortstop tiers for 2022, which depict a position with ever-increasing star power and no shortage of early-round targets.
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The Elite: Trea Turner, Bo Bichette
The Near-Elite: Marcus Semien, Xander Bogaerts, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Wander Franco, Tim Anderson, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Javier Baez^
The Next-Best Things: Jorge Polanco, Jazz Chisholm^, Bobby Witt, Willy Adames
The Fallback Options: Fernando Tatis, Jake Cronenworth, Dansby Swanson, Chris Taylor, Brendan Rodgers, Oneil Cruz
The Last Resorts: Brandon Crawford, Nicky Lopez^
The Deep-Leaguers: Eugenio Suarez, Luis Urias, Gleyber Torres, Gavin Lux, Amed Rosario, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Kyle Farmer
The Leftovers: Jonathan Villar, David Fletcher, Didi Gregorius, Paul DeJong, Jose Barrero, Gio Urshela, J.P. Crawford, Josh Rojas, Jeremy Pena, Bryson Stott, Jordan Groshans, Andres Gimenez
^ one tier lower in points leagues
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