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Shortstop has become a position of young studs, and it seems to get younger and studlier every year.

It's to the point where if you don't have a long-term answer at the position by now ... well, you could probably just trade for one. There are more than enough to go around, at least in a 12-team league.

But if the market has gone dry or trading just isn't your thing, the next wave isn't lacking in talent. Shortstop is on the verge of becoming even younger and studlier, and it's evident from the number of prospects in my top 30 here.

Here are the three factors I weigh most heavily when putting together these rankings:

  1. Present value: What a player is expected to be in 2020
  2. Future value: What his peak looks like and how much peak he has left
  3. Confidence rating: How confident I am in him meeting his immediate and long-term value

Each factor is measured on a 1-to-5 score, with five being the best, and a player's ranking is primarily determined by adding the scores. Ties typically go to the younger player, but personal preference plays a role as well. The distinctions become less evident further down the list, so at some point subjectivity has to reign.

Top 30 dynasty shortstops
RankPlayerAge (on 7/1)PresentFutureConfidence
1 26 5 5 5
2 26 5 5 5
3 21 5 5 4
4 27 5 5 4
5 27 5 5 4
6
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Gleyber Torres NYY SS
23 4 5 4
7
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Bo Bichette TOR SS
22 4 5 3
8 27 4 4 4
9 25 3 5 3
10 27 4 4 3
11 27 4 4 3
12 19 1 5 5
13 26 3 4 3
14 24 3 4 2
15 29 4 3 2
16 26 3 3 3
17 27 3 3 3
18
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Carter Kieboom WAS 3B
22 2 4 3
19 29 4 3 1
20 24 2 3 3
21 26 2 3 3
22 26 2 3 3
23 19 1 5 2
24 21 1 4 3
25 20 1 5 2
26 23 2 4 2
27 23 2 3 3
28 20 1 4 2
29 18 1 5 1
30 26 2 2 3

Dynasty Rankings: SPRPOFSS1B3B2BC