You said he gets down the line in a shade under 4 seconds. I’m assuming you meant a shade above 4 seconds, but even then, wouldn’t a 4.05 be a burner even from the left side? Would that correlate to a 65-70 on the scouting scale?
I don’t find grades to be all that useful, but his time to first is probably a tick better than average for an SS and “60” speed overall.
Update: Sorry, I answer these comments to quickly sometimes. See below. Technically, it’s “80” speed against everyone. The scouting scale isn’t all that helpful though, “80” times are actually not that rare for middle infielders and center fielders. His speed is probably “55-60” compared to those types, as I alluded too in the main piece.
Asdrubal Cabrera could be moved this summer if the Indians are out of the race come June/July. Mike Aviles is under contract for 3 years, Juan Diaz is a capable stop gap in Columbus, Ronny Rodriguez could keep the seat warm next season if need as well. If the Indians get an offer of some top flight pitching for Cabrera this summer they’ll jump on it.
This makes no sense. If he was running under 4.00 that would indeed make him a burner, regardless of postion. You probably don’t know how to use a stop watch correctly. He’s an average runner, maybe a bit better, compared to all position players. You’re probably not interested in grades because you don’t know what they are or what they mean.
Also this article is littered with typos. Fangraphs, you’re better than this.
You’re right. I rushed and didn’t explain that comment well. I updated the comment above to be more clear. But, I stand by the way the article was written.
At under 4 from the left side, compared to everyone else, that’s “80” speed and very fast. But, frankly, it’s not rare to pull “80” times in the minor leagues – especially from SS and CF. I’ve pulled similar times from corners and have been more excited.
Of course, I know how to use a stop watch and I corroborate very time I take for major players.
Is there a real chance that Lindor ranks ahead of Bogaerts, Sano, and especially Buxton next offseason? There’s still plenty of time for his stats to fall off, but Buxton’s combination of tools and performance so far is pretty unreal.
Comment by skippyballer486 — April 30, 2013 @ 2:34 pm
Fact: He runs a 6.4 Sixty yard dash. Not a burner?
A real chance a head of all those guys, absolutely. If I had to bet, they end up Buxton, Lindor, Bogaerts, Sano this off season. Remember, Buxton is one month younger than Lindor and Lindor is a league higher with a lot more PAs under his belt.
Good article. You stated you felt he could become an average hitter for a major league shortstop, but didn’t elaborate much on this or go into specifics. Do you see him being significantly better than an average hitter? By the way the article is written, most of him being viewed as an elite prospect is because of his elite defense. And I know it’s very early to project, but any guess on the home run/steals/OBP numbers he could post at the major league level?