Prospect Watch: Francisco Lindor- Cleveland Indians

By now I’m sure most of you have heard of Francisco Lindor, he is one of the most talked about prospects in the game right now, very high expectations for this young man through out the Cleveland organization. The Indians made Lindor the first high schooler they’d taken in the first round since 2001 when they snagged him 8th overall, signing him for $2.9 million.

Lindor brings everything to the table with his tools, instincts and makeup. Once Lindor reaches the MLB, he is an ideal No. 1 or 2 hitter rather a run producer, but there is very little that he can do. He has a compact swing and has the ability to drive the ball all over the outfield. Raw power is the only tool where he is not above average, but he still has the talent to hit 15-20 homers once he fills out. Lindor is polishing his small ball aspects of his game, such as bunting and stealing, hes an above average runner and very intelligent on the base paths. Lindor shines even brighter on defense, often turning in plenty of highlight worthy plays at the shortstop position. Lindor has the making to be a Gold Glove shortstop. Lindor has soft hands, above-average throwing arm and a advanced feel for anticipating plays. He slows the game down and his work ethic is second to none, especially for his age.

Now with Asdrubal Cabrera out of the picture, the Lindor era could begin sooner than later. Indian fans should be excited about the future, Lindor is just the tip of the ice burg as far as young talent goes. Indians have a very bright future ahead of them.

ETA: Sept 2014/Opening Day 2015

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