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Francisco Lindor | Shortstop

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (21) / 11/14/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Indians prospect SS Francisco Lindor enjoyed his best game of the season Thursday, going 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, three RBI and a stolen base for Triple-A Columbus.
Lindor, 21, has gotten off to a rough start back in the International League, batting just .212/.293/.365 through 14 games, but he’s begun to heat up as of late with an .845 OPS and four extra-base hits in the last six games. The Indians don’t appear to be in a hurry to promote the defensively gifted Lindor, though it’d be surprising if he weren’t the Tribe’s starting shortstop by the end of June. Apr 24 - 2:28 PM

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Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor blasted his first homer Saturday for Triple-A Columbus.

It was a solo shot to left field. Lindor hasn't shown us much with the bat, hitting only .212 in his first 33 at-bats. Power is never going to be his strong suit but if Lindor can get that average up, he should get called up to the big leagues.
Apr 19 - 5:46 PM

Francisco Lindor went 1-for-4 with his first spring home run in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Padres.

Lindor went yard in the third inning against Ian Kennedy, putting the Indians up 2-1 at the time. The 21-year-old impressed last season between Double-A and Triple-A and should begin the season at Triple-A. However, Lindor could take over at shortstop in May or June with a strong start. Once he's in the majors, he'll provide a lot of fantasy value in all formats if he can hit for average.
Mar 15 - 6:54 PM

Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians plan to have shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor begin next season at Triple-A Columbus.

It's not surprising after they failed to promote Lindor in September when rosters expanded. Pluto writes that the Indians "believe (Lindor) can use more time" in the minors, and there's also the matter of holding back the start of his arbitration clock. It's possible Lindor can change the team's mind with a strong spring training, but the smart money is on Jose Ramirez starting at short until the Super Two deadline passes in late May/early June, at which point Lindor should take over.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 11:21:00 AM

Indians prospect shortstop Francisco Lindor went 4-for-4 with a home run for Triple-A Columbus.

Lindor has gone 8-for-9 with a home run over his last two games, raising his Triple-A line from .242/.276/.333 to .287/.316/.395. Lindor won't turn 21 until November and a promotion to the major leagues in September is the most likely way that he will conclude his season. He should be the Indians starting shortstop to start 2015 and is a must-own in every format going forward due to his potential to hit .280 with 30-plus stolen bases.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor went 4-for-5 for Triple-A Columbus on Friday, raising his line to .264/.295/.352.

Lindor was hitting just .212/.227/.259 in August before Friday's game, and is now hitting .244/.258/.289. His defense is major league-ready, but his bat is still a work in progress and there is a serious chance that Lindor may struggle to keep his average above the Mendoza line once he is promoted to Cleveland. Lindor will likely be promoted in September and take over as the primary shortstop in 2015.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 11:04:00 AM

Indians prospect SS Francisco Lindor went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI on Tuesday for Triple-A Columbus.

After getting off to hot start following his promotion to Triple-A in late July, Lindor, 20, was mired in an 8-for-54 slump (.148) with one extra-base hit and 14 strikeouts over his last 12 games entering Tuesday. He’s still having an impressive overall season, with a .269/.338/.383 batting line, 27 extra-base hits and 27 stolen bases through 108 games. It’s basically a foregone conclusion that Lindor will be the Indians’ shortstop come September, as he’s poised to take over at the position full time in 2015.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 03:02:00 PM

Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor went 2-for-3 with two home runs and a walk for Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.

Lindor has gone 6-for-18 with a double, two home runs, and three walks during his first five games in the Triple-A International League. His timetable is muddled by Asdrubal Cabrera, as many teams would have Lindor in the major leagues right now to take advantage of his defense. Lindor could be promoted immediately if Cabrera is traded, but otherwise he is likely to make his major league debut in early 2015.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 10:53:00 AM

Indians prospect SS Francisco Lindor went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and run scored on Tuesday in his debut with Triple-A Columbus.

He also struck out twice in the game. Lindor, 20, was promoted to Triple-A after batting .278/.352/.389 with 51 runs scored, 22 extra-base hits, 25 stolen bases and a 61-40 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 88 games at Double-A Akron. The slick-fielding shortstop should receive his first taste of the major leagues later this season before taking over for free-agent-to-be Asdrubal Cabrera at the position in 2015.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 02:33:00 PM

The Indians have promoted shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor to Triple-A Columbus.

Lindor won't turn 21 until November, but he earned the promotion by batting .281/.356/.393 with six homers, 48 RBI and 25 steals while playing excellent defense at Double-A Akron. The top prospect should get a shot with the big club in September and could open next season as the Opening Day shortstop.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 10:45:00 PM

Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor will miss the next 7-10 days at Double-A Akron after sustaining a non-displaced nasal fracture on Wednesday.

The injury occurred when a ball took a bad hop before smacking Lindor in the face. Thankfully, he avoided a serious injury. The Tribe's top prospect, Lindor is batting .283/.362/.409 with six homers, 43 RBI and 19 stolen bases at Akron this season. The 20-year-old could push for a late-season promotion.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 04:59:00 PM

Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a home run on Monday for Double-A Akron.

Lindor has collected exactly six extra base hits, which has included two home runs, in each month. With approximately one week left in June, he has a chance to break out of his consistent production in a big way. He has hit .281/.360/.403 for the season.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 08:41:00 AM

Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor went 3-for-6 with three runs for Double-A Akron on Tuesday.

Lindor is hitting .280/.366/.377 with seven doubles, three triples, and four home runs this season. His power has yet to burst out, but he has hit for a solid average, shown a good understanding of the strike zone, and played great defense. If the Indians trade Asdrubal Cabrera, he would likely get called up to the major leagues. Otherwise, he is in line to be the Indians' starting shortstop in 2015.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 08:07:00 AM

Indians prospect SS Francisco Lindor went 3-for-5 with a grand slam on Thursday for Double-A Akron.

Lindor has shown improved power in the early going this season, as he's now batting .298/.368/.463 with two doubles, three triples and four home runs in 31 games. He also has nine steals (in 12 attempts), 23 RBI and a 22/13 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 20-year-old defensive wizard has swung a hot bat in May, hitting safely in seven of eight contests to begin the month to go along with a .344 batting average. With Asdrubal Cabrera set to become a free agent after the season, the Indians could turn to Lindor earlier than expected this summer so long as he stays healthy and continues to produce at the plate.
Fri, May 9, 2014 11:12:00 AM

Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run on Friday night for Double-A Akron.

Lindor started slowly, and was hitting .234/.310/.375 after the game on April 21. Since then, he has hit a scorching .414/.455/.690 in the intervening eight games to put up a season line of .290/.356/.473 with two doubles, three triples, and three home runs. It's easy to forget that Lindor is the youngest player in the Eastern League by nearly five months, so the fact that he's putting up an OPS over 800 is very impressive. Asdrubal Cabrera, who is hitting .221/.302/.327 for the season, is a free agent after this season and Lindor is squarely in line to take over. He could be up this summer to give him some time to acclimate to major league pitching and life.
Sat, May 3, 2014 11:30:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Brett Hayes
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Jose Ramirez
3B1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Mike Aviles
LF1Michael Brantley
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Bourn
RF1Nick Swisher
2Jerry Sands
DH1Brandon Moss
2David Murphy
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4T.J. House
5Danny Salazar
6Gavin Floyd
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Scott Atchison
5Nick Hagadone
6Anthony Swarzak
7Zach McAllister
8Josh Tomlin