Francisco Lindor is 22 years old, is batting over .300, and has already been worth about 5.5 WAR in his less-than-a-year old career. Sometimes he even does funny stuff. But most of the time, he just does amazing things with his glove and arm, and last night was no exception.
In Monday night’s loss to the Minnesota Twins, Francisco Lindor put on a defensive show from shortstop. His great throws, deep picks, and huge range are simply awe-inspiring. For example, this throw is just silly:
That play takes range, balance, smoothness, arm strength, accuracy, everything. Among the large group of upcoming shortstops, Lindor often stands out above the rest (especially on defense). Check out the play he made on a ball with more spin on it than a cable news station:
We may be going to 7 @Lindor12BC plays tonight — he just made another.
Here's his second, from the fifth: pic.twitter.com/udm2BANEhR
— #VoteTribe 5x a day (@Indians) April 26, 2016
He sticks with it, despite it bouncing off the pitchers glove, spinning away from him and after a bobble of his own (forced by the spin) and still gets the runner at first. Insanity. You can also watch the full play (and a few others from that game), here at MLB.com. A future gold glover has never been easier to spot. I can’t even tell which play is the most impressive.