In 2018, Laureano batted a nifty .288/.358/.474 for the A's, but it was his defense that raised eyebrows the most. In only 48 games, he was worth plus-4 Defensive Runs Saved and, according to Statcast, plus-3 Outs Above Average. A couple of plays in particular stood out.
On September 11 at Baltimore, Laureano preserved a one-run lead in the eighth inning by using a sensational jump to cover 62 feet in only 3.5 seconds for a diving, five-star grab. And on Aug. 11 in Anaheim, he made one of the most memorable plays of the season by racing almost 80 feet into the gap to pick off a deep fly ball, then turning and firing a 321-foot, 92 mph strike back to first base for a double play. It was the longest tracked throw of 2018 that resulted in an out. (Andrew Simon- MLB.com- Dec. 27, 2018)