Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind got no respect on draft day this year after underperforming expectations in 2010. In 2010, expectations were high, and he did not meet those expectations as he hit just .237-.287-.425 with 23 HRs, 72 RBIs and 57 runs scored in 569 at bats. Expectations were high last year because he had a tremendous 2009 season where he hit .305-.370-.562 with 35 home runs, 114 runs batted in and 93 runs scored.
Lind was activated off the DL on Saturday and had a huge game on Sunday as he went 4-4 with 2 HRs and 3 RBIs. He is now hitting .326-.358-.563 with 9 HRs and 30 RBIs in just 135 at bats this season. His HR/FB% has increased from 13.3% to 16.7% (prior to Sunday's game) even though he is hitting less fly balls this season-38% vs 40% in 2010. It appears the power surge is real.
I am working on my first base rankings for the season to date and Lind will rank pretty high on that list. Lind, thus far, is answering questions about his 2010 season, but we have to wonder if he has another 2009 season in him at some point in his career.
He may answer that question this year.