Francisco Lindor has long been considered one of the best up-and-coming shortstops in all of baseball (and that’s really saying something given the current crop). So far, he’s lived up to the hype, slashing .313/.353/.482 in just under 450 plate appearances last season (4.6 WAR), while delivering highlight reel plays along the way.
Among his most marketable skills is his gold glove calibre defense at a position largely considered to be the most difficult on the field. But, as we know, it’s not always enough just to have a great glove, you have to have the arm to match it. And Lindor does.
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Not only does Lindor make a great play on the ball, going deep into the hole to nab it, but then he makes a quick turn and fires an absolute strike back to first baseman Mike Napoli. And it’s not as though Nori Aoki is a slouch of a runner either (81 stolen bases over the past four seasons).
That was a great play; MLB’s young crop of talented shortstops is heralding in a new era.