Notes on prospects who stood out in Cactus and Grapefruit League action, including Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.
Our first weekend of spring training games featured lots of prospect action, both good and bad. Let’s just dive right in.
Friday, February 28th
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September 13, 2013 6:00 am
Offense is hard to come by at shortstop, which means that these players could be intriguing despite their flaws.
As we continue our way around the infield (in as abstract a way as possible), we land on the most physically taxing position outside of catcher. This of course lessens the burden on the bat in basically every aspect, from contact to power to whatever else you may be looking for. What matters so much in real life, though—the ability to stay at shortstop—is so much less relevant to any prospective fantasy owner.
While the offensive shortstop is a rare unicorn (quiet, Russell) indeed, even in the fantasy realm, prospectors don’t care so much that they stay at the vaunted position as they do that the bat is real. Javier Baez could be a monster shortstop, but if he can hit and play third? Well, we’ll gladly accept it.