Miami Marlins: 5 Shortstops to Target in the 2021 MLB Draft

Matt Melton
DAVID, PANAMA - AUGUST 16: Cody Schrier #19 of United States runs to third base in the 3rd inning during the WBSC U-15 World Cup Super Round match between Dominican Republic and USA at Estadio Kenny Serracin on August 16, 2018 in David, Panama. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
DAVID, PANAMA - AUGUST 16: Cody Schrier #19 of United States runs to third base in the 3rd inning during the WBSC U-15 World Cup Super Round match between Dominican Republic and USA at Estadio Kenny Serracin on August 16, 2018 in David, Panama. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images) /
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4. Trey Sweeney

School: Eastern Illinois

Sweeney sports one of the highest hit tool grades among college shortstops in this draft, grading out as a 60 on MLB’s 20/80 scale. The 2021 OVC Player of the Year slashed .382/.522/.712 with 14 HR’s and 58 RBI’s this past season, and is rising in recent mock drafts because of it.

The 21-year old displays a left-handed swing that sports consistent contact and power, as well as an excellent ability to draw walks at the plate. While he might not remain at shortstop going forward, Sweeney’s athleticism should allow him to easily transition to another position, most likely either second or third base.

3. Carson Williams

School: Torrey Pines (CA)

Aside from the obvious four top high school shortstops at the top of the first round, these next two are arguably the next best with Williams the arguable better defender. While also a solid hitter, the 18-year old displays quality speed to pair with strong fielding abilities and an above-average arm.

Drawing comparisons from some scouts to a Jordy Mercer type player, it’s clear why Williams is one of the top shortstops available, as well as a strong pitcher as well. Currently committed to California, Williams will most likely be selected between rounds 1-2, and is a player to watch, should Miami select a high school shortstop.

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