From 2015-2019, Francisco Lindor was considered one of the top players in the game, a two-way star shortstop. In that span, he posted a 119 OPS+ over 3,244 PA, with a single-season high of 132 in 2018, when he slugged 38 HR. To many, it feels like Lindor has been a disappointment this year so far. Yet, he has a 119 OPS+. It’s just a little tougher to recognize the value of what he’s doing at the plate with the depressed offensive levels we’ve witnessed so far in 2022. Even with a slow start defensively, Lindor is on pace for a 5-fWAR season.
My hope is that Lindor has an extra gear that he can show us. But it’s wise to keep in mind that only one Mets SS in team history has ever recorded a 5-fWAR season, that being Jose Reyes, who turned the trick four times. Reyes’ lowest BABIP total when he turned in a 5-fWAR season was .302 and Lindor has a .269 mark so far this season. Some positive regression towards his lifetime .291 BABIP, combined with improved defensive play the rest of the year could mean Lindor becomes the first Mets shortstop ever to post a 6.0 fWAR.