Indians promote Francisco Lindor to AA Akron

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.

[Related: Cleveland’s top prospect at the break]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Movin’ on up…Asdrubal Cabrera better start to swing that bat!!!

  • BROSEPH

    YES! I can finally go watch this kid!

  • Jaker

    End is near for ACab. By the time his contract is up, we will be pushing for Lindor to make the jump. Trade ACab while his value is high. If we pass now, we won’t get anything for him

  • markn95

    Great! Haven’t been down to Akron for prospect watching since Grady Sizemore was tearing up Canal Park 10 years ago or so. Think that might be changing now.

  • woofersus

    Why do you think his value will plummet? He’s currently in a hitting slump, but his offensive numbers have been fairly good over multiple seasons, and he’s a 2-time all star. Don’t you want to compete this year?

  • Bourn, Michael Bourn

    His value will decrease because he’s only under our control for 1.5 more years. The longer we wait, the less we’ll get for him.

  • nj0

    Didn’t someone in the front office claim that he wouldn’t get past A+ this year?

  • woofersus

    That’s one factor I realize, but I don’t think 1 year vs 1.5 is going to make all that much difference. Teams trade lots of value for rentals all the time, and allstar shortstops don’t grow on trees. It’s not like he’s putting up career numbers right this second either. He stands a chance to finish the season looking a bit better based on past averages.

    There’s no pressure on the Indians to move him yet unless they get an offer they just can’t refuse. Besides, we’re 1.5 games out of first place, and our SS of the future isn’t ready yet. Why bail?

  • saggy

    i don’t see why they can’t trade him for a major league pitcher. Just because the tribe would deal him doesn’t mean they aren’t competing.

  • Steve

    You’ll get more now because the Cardinals need a shortstop the rest of this season. Wait until the end of the year and they might find someone else, and what would be the expected highest bidder is now out of the market.

  • woofersus

    And if their offer matches a certain level of dire immediate need, then it might be a good decision to take it, but SS is a premium position. There will be teams who need one, and if he finishes the year with offensive numbers similar to where he was in the last few, he’ll be a valuable commodity regardless. I recognize that an offer right now MIGHT be best possible value, but I disagree that it’s a given and suspect that the overall difference might not be that much even if it is.

    My biggest problem with the idea isn’t that the Cardinals aren’t an obvious and logical trading partner for him. It’s that we still need him, we don’t really have to trade him right now, and I think it’s a bad idea to weaken the team for this year when the length of our contention window relies on winning back some fans.