Blengino: The struggles of three shortstops

From SABR member Tony Blengino at FanGraphs on August 15, 2017:

Last week in this space, we took a look at some shortstops predominantly known for their gloves who’ve taken some real (and not so real) steps forward with the bat. (Zack Cozart was not included; he deserves his own article soon.) This time, let’s flip the script and assess the light offensive production of some shortstops known for their bats not all that long ago.

  Brandon Crawford, Xander Bogaerts and Trevor Story are all at different career stages and bring unique skill sets to the table. Crawford is 30 years old and has been a linchpin for multiple World Series champions. Bogaerts, amazingly still only 24, won a ring at age 20, weeks into his major-league career. He, like Crawford has a single 20-homer season to his credit. Story, 24, launched 27 homers in only 97 games in his rookie 2016 campaign. Whatever their differences, all three currently share something in common: all of them have struggled with the bat this time around.

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Originally published: August 15, 2017. Last Updated: August 15, 2017.