Francisco Lindor, Cleveland’s top draft pick in 2011 and best overall prospect is making the jump to AA Akron.
Lindor’s numbers at Carolina this season through 83 games- .306 average, 51 runs scored, 19 doubles, 6 triples, 1 home run, 27 RBI, 35 walks, 39 strikeouts. He’s also the best defensive shortstop in the organization. From MLB’s profile-
“Any baseball field Lindor is on, he looks like he belongs, whether it was as the youngest regular in the Midwest League in 2012 or in a big league stadium at the All-Star Futures Game. An argument can be made that Lindor is the best defensive shortstop in the Minors. Not only does he have an outstanding arm and well above-average range, but those tools play up because of his off-the-charts instincts and feel for the position. But he’s far from all glove. He has a quick swing and advanced approach that leads to hard line drives to all fields. He has some power, particularly to the pull side, but can also play small ball. An above-average runner, those instincts allow him to be a basestealing threat. His tools combined with his plus plus makeup have most believing he’ll make an impact in Cleveland in a hurry.”
Lindor could easily spend the rest of the season in Akron, with a possibility of becoming Columbus’ everyday shortstop next season.
Lindor will report to Akron on Monday or Tuesday.
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