MLB The Show 19: Predicting the top players at each position

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Shortstop: Manny Machado

Team – San Diego Padres

Ah, yes, we made it to Manny Machado, who helped lead the Dodgers back to the World Series last season. As of this story, Machado is still technically in the abyss of MLB free agency (he is expected to sign with the Padres, but one thing’s for certain, his numbers were remarkable at the shortstop position last year.

Machado ranked in the top three among shortstops in six different categories, including home runs and RBI. He also led everyone at the spot in hits and walks drawn, showcasing his elite plate vision and discipline.

With his ability to get base knocks and crush balls out of the ballpark at any moment, Machado will undoubtedly be a monster in MLB The Show 19. If there is a “weakness” per se, it’s his ability to steal bases, which, also was solid as he grabbed 14 bags in the previous year.

However, this ranked him ninth among shortstops in the SB category. Nonetheless, the 14 bags is just a reminder that he’s not someone you sleep on when he’s on first or second. And you especially don’t sleep on him when he’s at the plate.

Honorable Mentions:

Javy Baez – The NL MVP runner-up could easily take the top shortstop honor in MLB The Show 19 but barely takes a back seat to Machado. His ability to drive in runs in key situations make him dangerous, not only throughout the game but in the late innings as well. On top of this, the Cubs’ SS is one of the best defensive players in the sport. There’s a reason why he almost won the MVP.

Francisco Lindor – Like with Machado and Baez, Lindor doesn’t need an introduction. The shortstop leader in home runs and runs scored continues to put up big numbers as the face of the Indians. Another threat with the stick in his hands, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he wins an MVP one day.