Francisco Lindor's default defensive setting is 'wow'
Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor did it again - and again, and again, during Monday night's loss to the Twins.
The 22-year-old put on a defensive clinic at shortstop, showcasing both his range (big enough to play two positions at once, basically) and his throwing arm (a rocket) in a series of plays that help explain just how he posted a WAR of 4.6 a season ago.
In the third, Eduardo Nunez hit a hopper to the hole at shortstop - but there was Lindor, gliding over and uncorking an off-balance laser to retire him at first base:
Two innings later, Lindor ranged in the OTHER direction to corral a bouncer that deflected off pitcher Danny Salazar's glove before ricocheting toward second. What makes this one extra fun is this: Lindor, moving like a blur across second base, managed to reach back behind himself and grab the ball before firing to first:
Said Lindor to MLB.com's Jordan Bastian after the game regarding the 1-6-3 putout:
Just don't hit it in his general direction, hitters. But maybe that isn't the best advice, since Lindor's general direction seems to be anywhere on the diamond.
Indians manager Terry Francona summed up Lindor's level of play when speaking with Bastian:
We're simply not worthy.