Padres Draft: Best players drafted eighth overall

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Padres Draft, Francisco Lindor
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Francisco Lindor

Lindor has been one of the premier shortstops in baseball since taken by the Cleveland Indians in the 2011 MLB Draft. He never hit lower than .257 at any stop of the minor leagues and made his highly-anticipated debut in June 2015.

He finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting, posting a .313/.353/.482 slash line to go along with 12 home runs and 51 RBI.

2016 was the first of four consecutive All-Star selections for Lindor while receiving AL MVP consideration as well. 2018 was an exceptional year for the then 24-year-old. He posted a .277/.352/.519 line with 38 long balls and 92 RBI.

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Now 26, Lindor has already accumulated a career 27.6 WAR, including a 7.8 WAR in 2018. His accolades include two Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards, and he’ll likely add a few more before he calls it a career. Lindor could end up being the best player drafted eighth overall, assuming he remains healthy.