Minnesota Twins Top 10 Shortstops

I did some of these top 10 rating for catchers, second basemen, and center fielders last off-season so we will continue the series. Here are the Minnesota Twins top 10 shortstops based on the WAR numbers from Baseball-Reference.  To qualify a player must have played at least 51% of his games at shortstop. The list kind of shows how weak the Twins shortstops have been over the years. The best season by a Twins shortstop goes back to 1965 when Zoilo Versalles had his American League MVP season, that year he had a WAR of 7.2 .

Results
Rk Player WAR/pos From To G AB H HR RBI BB SB BA OPS
1 Roy Smalley 20.8 1976 1987 1148 3997 1046 110 485 549 15 .262 .750
2 Greg Gagne 17.9 1983 1992 1140 3386 844 69 335 188 79 .249 .677
3 Zoilo Versalles 15.2 1961 1967 1065 4148 1046 86 401 251 84 .252 .686
4 Leo Cardenas 11.1 1969 1971 473 1720 453 39 210 159 10 .263 .719
5 Jason Bartlett 8.9 2004 2014 324 1082 293 10 92 94 39 .271 .702
6 Cristian Guzman 7.5 1999 2004 841 3277 871 39 289 166 102 .266 .685
7 Pat Meares 6.0 1993 1998 742 2464 653 41 303 95 42 .265 .682
8 Eduardo Escobar 4.2 2012 2017 574 1860 474 48 221 119 10 .255 .704
9 Jorge Polanco 3.1 2014 2017 211 749 199 17 105 62 18 .266 .739
10 Pedro Florimon 2.7 2012 2014 210 616 126 10 55 51 24 .205 .567
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/18/2018.

It seems like the Minnesota Twins love drafting shortstops in the June free agent draft, since the draft started in 1965 they have drafted 13 shortstops in the first round, none of those draftees are on this top 10 list. That is not to say they never played for Minnesota, they just never played 51% or more of their games at short, I am talking about players like Trevor Plouffe, Michael Cuddyer, and Chuck Knoblauch.

There are no players on the above list drafted by Minnesota, Zoilo Versalles and Jorge Polanco were signed by Minnesota as amateur free agents. You can add shortstops as another position that the Twins don’t seem to draft well.

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