Francisco Lindor boosts Indians’ bumper crop of infield prospects
Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cleveland Indians No. 2 overall prospect Francisco Lindor exceeded expectations in the farm league, said Ross Atkins, Indians vice president of player development.
In 122 games for the Indians’ Class A Lake County Captains, Lindor hit .257 with six home runs, 24 doubles, three triples, 27 stolen bases, 42 RBIs and 83 runs scored. The offense was better than predicted while his solid defense came as advertised.
The 19-year-old shortstop, who is Cleveland’s first-round pick in the 2011, is joined by middle infielders in almost every stop in the Tribe system.
Juan Diaz, who debuted in the Majors a year ago, is primed for Triple-A. Tony Wolters and Ronny Rodriguez will likely open next season at Double-A. Francisco Lindor is on a path to High Class A Carolina, with Dorssys Paulino and Jose Ramirez in the Class A mix as well.
“It’s certainly an area of strength,” said Ross Atkins, Indians vice president of player development. “When you look at Juan Diaz, and his ability to play shortstop and the progress he’s made, the potential of having Ronny Rodriguez, Tony Wolters, Francisco Lindor, Dorssys Paulino and Jose Ramirez playing at two, three or potentially four levels, that is an unusual situation, and a good problem to have.”