Francisco Lindor Scouting Report

Francisco Lindor Scouting Report

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Francisco Lindor Scouting Report

Francisco Lindor, the Indians first round pick in 2011, has been consistently been rated as one of the games best prospects since he was drafted, and he appears poised to break into the majors at some point in 2015. Despite an average slash line of .276/.338/.389 in 2014 in time spent between AA and AAA, Lindor also accumulated 26 stolen bases and showed promise of helping the Indians compete in AL central.
While his stats don’t gush with the inflated numbers of some other top prospects, the glowing recommendations and support he receives from staff throughout the IndiFrancisco Lindorans minor league staff help elevate his hype. His maturity, intelligence and leadership on the field set him apart from other more raw prospects, and because of this, he has Indians executives excited for his potential to make a substantial contribution at the major league level right away. His defense is by and far what sets him apart; of the top shortstop prospects in the minors, including Addison Russell, Javier Baez, and Carlos Correa, Lindor is almost unanimously considered the best defender among them, and he seems ready to defend that reputation in the majors in the near future.

 

 

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While Indians executives also praise his offense, that seems to be the one area of his game he needs to improve to truly become an elite player. Not that his offense is shabby, he hit .303 between Advanced A and AA in 2013, but he hasn’t been able to consistently maintain that level of production across his minor league career. His true average of .231 in 165 AB’s at AAA in 2014 is slightly troubling, but scouts have consistently praised him as a legitimate switch hitter, and his defense will at least guarantee him a shot to prove himself offensively in the majors. Perhaps the most interesting evaluation of Lindor, and the one that helps identify him as a player the most is that he will hold a much higher value in real life than in fantasy baseball leagues. An observation of many baseball experts, this highlights the value of his intangible characteristics, and makes it evident that Lindor will need to translate those characteristics into statistical results to please critics who place more emphasis on that kind of success.

Info:
Position: SS
DOB: September 22, 1994
Bats: Both, Throws: R
Height: 5′ 11″ Weight: 175
Rankings: #3: MLB Top Prospect.com Shortstop
#5: MLB Top Prospects.com list of Top 100 Prospects
#1: Cleveland Indians prospect by MLB Top Prospect.comv Draft details:
Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1st round (8th) of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from Montverde HS (Montverde, FL).
Scouting grades:
On the scouts scale of 20 to 80.
Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 55 | Arm: 60 | Field: 70 | Overall: 65